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Northrop Grumman Reviews

Updated December 15, 2014
Updated December 15, 2014
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Pros
  • The 9/80 schedule makes it easier for employees to maintain a better work/life balance (in 136 reviews)

  • Flexible work hours, 9/80 schedule gives you every other Friday off (in 115 reviews)


Cons
  • Work/Life balance can be quite nonexistent depending on the program and location you are in (in 28 reviews)

  • 15-23 yrs experience engineers quietly in order to save upper management staff (in 54 reviews)

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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    Very little job continuity due to insufficient contracts.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Northrop Grumman full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    There are some really good jobs at NG, just not in the groups I worked in.

    Cons

    You may get hired for a job that doesn't exist.
    If you have specific areas you want to work in, and you make it clear during the interview, it doesn't seem to matter. They put you where they want you.
    While some managers work hard to help you keep a charge number, if you lose contract coverage, standard procedure appears that you have to find your own next job in the company or get laid off.
    With a supportive manager, you may have to jump from contract to contract to keep a charge number, if contracts aren't coming in.
    Apparent age discrimination.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Mechanical Engineer

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer II in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer II in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Northrop Grumman full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    average work/life balance at NGC

    Cons

    no career opportunities for last 6 years

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    need career growth

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 4 people found this helpful  

    The time I have been here on VITA program it has gone from so-so to the dumpster

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Manager of Staff in Chester, VA
    Current Employee - IT Manager of Staff in Chester, VA

    I have been working at Northrop Grumman (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    401 and those sorts of benefits are the only good thing they have going even though our leave was cut back quite a bit since I started here

    Cons

    Management acts like they are in Jr High with their clicks and favorites. It does not matter if you are a good worker or not only that you play by their rules of which always rides on the edge of being ethical. If you do not you will get laid off eventually if you don’t say yes to everything, you can never disagree about any subject no matter if it is unsafe or unethical
    The program I am on has lost money for several years and the only way for them to recover is to let go staff then the remaining employee's have thier own work plus who ever left's work thrown on top of an already small plate.

    If you apply for another position they will block it because they dont want to loose you because your manager knows he will never get a replacement. Also they only want fresh kids out of college so they can pay them super low pay and weed off the older workers.which borders on age discrimination. This is one of thier favaorite little tricks. If you apply for another position and you are the most qualified they will cut the position then post the very same job back online until they get the right combo of young and cheap versus taking the experienced person.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get your head out of the sand and really go and be around the worker bees now and again and see what they face. Every Program Director sounds like a car salesman and “boy do we have a deal for you!” everything is rosy and trouble free if you listen to them. it is not...They rotate out every 2-3 years anyway, so they dont really care anyway, just a stepping stone to another high paying gig for them..

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    NG - Northrop Grumman or NO GOOD

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Northrop Grumman full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Not much. Big company government contract oriented

    Cons

    Ran job remotely. Manager showed up once a year and ended up banned from job site by prime contractor.
    HR rep changed monthly. no notice to employees as to chenge of reps.Treated employees inour group like dirt.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn employees do not like absentee management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 8 people found this helpful  

    Used to be a great place to work, has deteriorated to horrible

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer
    Current Employee - Engineer

    I have been working at Northrop Grumman full-time

    Pros

    Some projects have very interesting work. Some of the nicest and smartest engineers you will ever meet. Flex schedule is an option for some, 9/80 schedule, straight time for overtime, they do have medical/dental/401k. Onsite gym is great, cafeteria is pretty good.

    Cons

    Used to be wonderful at NGC Rolling Meadows - has gone so far downhill it makes people want to cry. Many are counting the days to retirement (there’s even an app for that), or stuck due to other reasons and hanging on by their fingernails. Everyone who CAN leave is looking.

    Things to beware of: Benefits are below other defense contractors and absolutely not close to the Chicago commercial companies –pay raises are tiny if not 0% (a chunk of employees get 0% every year), and for several years raises were on an 18 month cycle (only in Rolling Meadows, with no reasonable explanation).

    Your management will not stand up for you or have a backbone. If someone is gunning for you (this happens frequently) you can be walked out at any time. Senior management and Directors in Engineering are almost invisible (on purpose) so that ‘the other guy’ sticks out and can be targeted. VPs seem unbelievably ineffective.

    Huge problems are appearing in multiple product lines, can be directly traced to year after year of engineering layoffs, all while trying to hire new grads (i.e.: CHEAP labor). Some issues are so crucial that customers are yelling at the CEO directly. Final product testing that is customer-viewed had to be CANCELED DURING THE TEST because of repeated failures. It’s embarrassing.

    Everyone is now afraid of HR and/or Sector ‘leadership’. A previous review from a new hire states she didn’t inform HR of 2 sexual harassment incidents - VERY smart move. Generally, HR will simply ignore you. If you push for your rights - HR will target you as a “troublemaker”. Corporate claims “retaliation is not tolerated” – right. Retaliation happens ALL the time (multiple people who ‘stuck their head up’, reported something to HR, have been told by HR they should quit, and their lives have been made so difficult that some have quit).

    The word ETHICS is rammed down employees throats until we choke on it, but it’s just a club to beat the employees. Lots of employees ethics complaints go uninvestigated, unless it is of use to NGC (no visibility into the ethics “process” is allowed, so the employees are left wondering). If there are any ethics complaints against HR, they are investigated by…. HR (I’m SURE HR will have no problem explaining away the ethics of that). Unqualified minorities are routinely put in positions simply so HR can ‘check the box’, be prepared to do your job and theirs because SOME people “have to be protected” (direct quote from a staff meeting).

    Be prepared to lose a few civil rights if you work her - NGC rewrote the rules a few years ago and employees CANNOT sue NGC. You have to go through “mediation” – guess who picks the mediator?

    Advice for new hires:
    • If you must come here, get a VERY high salary coming in (NGC is famous for low-balling – explains why something like 75% of offers are rejected these days).
    • Find out who the “protected, special people” are and KEEP AWAY from them.
    • Avoid HR at all costs.
    • It’s more important WHO you work for, than specifically WHAT you are doing. A few managers are truly good people and good managers. If you want to be here for a while, find them.
    • Do not stay long, or your skills will be specifically for defense contractors, and this is the only one in the Chicagoland area.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start paying attention - the golden goose is being drowned.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    OK company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Linthicum, MD
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Linthicum, MD

    I have been working at Northrop Grumman full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits and work life balance

    Cons

    Culture and Westinghouse mentality still exists

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep promoting the same "old" unqualified people and not considering the up and coming qualified people

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 8 people found this helpful  

    Unpleasant is an understatement

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Program Control Specialist in Chantilly, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Program Control Specialist in Chantilly, VA

    I worked at Northrop Grumman full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Don't have anything good to say about NG. Too big and can't manage themselves well any longer. Wrong values and no loyalty.

    Cons

    Have been working for gov't contracts for 30 years now and NG was the worst place to work that I have experienced in all these years. Absolutely no help with issues, constant restructuring, loss of benefits, lack of management direction, everyone worked 50+ hours per week and usually more, only concerned about $ and not employee satisfaction and I found that the organization that I was in (IS) worked to achieve mediocracy at it's best.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Complete overhaul is needed but won't happen. It starts at the top and the culture there does not support the things I find important: loyalty, work/life balance, career opportunities, etc. Just a generally unpleasant experience which resulted in me resigning.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    I was laid off from an expiring contract.

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    • Culture & Values
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    Former Employee - LASER TECHNICIAN in Apopka, FL
    Former Employee - LASER TECHNICIAN in Apopka, FL

    I worked at Northrop Grumman full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    There were many pros, learning, experience and pay being the best. The management was terrible, and work conditions were not safe.

    Cons

    The entire culture was about looking out for yourself. No one helped anyone else and the management blamed every one of their choices on the other people below them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire them

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Ill-Equipped for Enterprise-Wide Coherent Engineering

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Northrop Grumman

    Pros

    Honestly can not identify any Pros

    Cons

    Incompetent and/or abusive personnel placed in management positions. Prevailing leadership style and culture fosters an environment of fear and anger and humiliation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Complete overhaul of management and replace with personnel who have not worked there since the days of Litton.

  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    Northrop Grumman in Richmond VA was a do-nothing job

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    Former Employee - Director of Creative Ways to Waste Taxpayer Money in Richmond, VA
    Former Employee - Director of Creative Ways to Waste Taxpayer Money in Richmond, VA

    I worked at Northrop Grumman full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good cafeteria, big parking lot.

    Cons

    My job was to roll a rock up a hill in the morning and roll the same rock down at night. The root cause of the problem is a leadership vacuum. Northrop Grumman brought its junior varsity management team to Richmond. Three months was all I could take. If you're interested in developing a career in engineering, stay away from this place.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more for good managers and get rid of the people who were no good at IT and decided they wanted to take on a leadership role. Give them a rock to roll around; that's something they can handle.

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