Northrop Grumman Reviews

Updated August 30, 2015
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  1. Helpful (2)

    Facilities

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Maintenance Mechanic in Redondo Beach, CA
    Former Employee - Maintenance Mechanic in Redondo Beach, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Northrop Grumman full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great location and work schedule. Alot of opportunities to social climb. Technical abilities is not at important as covering for friends. Pay scales are high and job opportunities are abundant if you dont compliant about anything ever.

    Cons

    The Facilities Department is shameless and incompetent. The power of the dysfunctionist will stress a reasonable person out. A lot of good people just leave right away. I tried to hang in there to make things better but moved on for my families sake. Some have to learn the hard way. If you can connect with people well and go with the flow no regard to ethics, its perfect for some. I wish you success.

    Advice to Management

    No advice because they know what their doing.


  2. Helpful (8)

    Not a place to work!

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer I in McClellan, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer I in McClellan, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Northrop Grumman full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    9 hour day shifts, every other Friday off. Flexibility.

    Cons

    Toxic environment to work. Legacy software with no documentation at all. Go Fish mentality. They throw you in the water and if you swim, you survive. Not a collaborative environment. People hold their knowledge (job security) and you get clues instead of answers when you try to resolve problems. You can go in circles for days trying to get an answer for a simple question or problem you need to solve in the system. There are only few people who know the system. All the others do not work there anymore. Defense industry depends on politics. At the meetings, managers forecast all the great opportunities and contracts to come but in reality they didn't have much. Defense industry has a lot of up and downs. Hence, lot of layoffs.

    Advice to Management

    Something big need to be done to change that toxic culture.


  3. Helpful (5)

    Lots of Mental Masturbation

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer III in Rancho Bernardo, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer III in Rancho Bernardo, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    1. It's a paycheck. 2. Low expectations. Makes #1 easy. Shouldn't really be a pro but after realizing that no matter how hard you work you're going nowhere, you just shrug your shoulders and take what you can get. 3. Good place to start a career, not a good place to stay.

    Cons

    1. Title says it all. The real value-added work, the cool stuff, goes either to senior people or the golden boys. 2. The 9/80 workweek is a recruiting gimmick. It's really a bait-and-switch. Don't expect to get anywhere if you don't show up on off-Fridays or put in overtime, which the company euphemistically calls "extended work week." 3. Crappy place to work if you're a woman or minority or gay. 4. Worked at this and other large aerospace defense firms. By and large NGC most resembles the Dilbert cartoons.

    Advice to Management

    FIre yourselves.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    sr. software developer IV

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Northrop Grumman full-time

    Pros

    its not so great company and most of the contracts are depend on the federal

    Cons

    too many red tapes ..... managers sucks


  6. Helpful (3)

    Beware if you weren't referred by someone already there - Keep your Resume active! ”

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Administrator in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Contractor - Administrator in Philadelphia, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Northrop Grumman as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The pay was competitive; the manager (SH) is competent and has been in the role a long time.

    Cons

    Lots of nepotism, the deputy managers and leads are very aggressive. The leads don't seem competent in the area they are leading. No communication, you have to research everything yourself. There are cliques and brown-nosing is a must to receive good increases. Too many different teams and I was often finding out information about my team from cross-talk from people outside the team. The constant change of work-order/pay codes gave an increasing sense of disorganization - at one point forcing employees to leave an area with one day notice because their contract expired.

    Advice to Management

    Promote people who know the job, and who know how to manage and not lead by fear and intimidation


  7. Helpful (5)

    Communication, culture need work.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Behavioral Research Scientist
    Former Employee - Behavioral Research Scientist
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Northrop Grumman full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Federal holidays off plus 10 hours of vacation time accrued each month. Great work/life balance, 40 hour work weeks, and flexible time off.

    Cons

    The company culture (for this particular location) was very closed-off. The leadership team didn't share many of the important changes and happenings, and the rumor mill reigned supreme. Projects were slow-going and had management vs. leadership weren't on the same page about their priorities. Performance feedback was given inconsistently or not at all. Politics ruled the types of assignments and government project managers you got to work with. Lastly, there was no sense of camaraderie and funness. Personalities seemed to get discouraged.

    Advice to Management

    Be more open with the employees about performance-related and company-wide issues and information. Give prospective employees a more realistic preview of what to expect.


  8. Helpful (5)

    No professionally trained management

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Huntsville, AL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Huntsville, AL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Northrop Grumman full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits. Flexible work schedule.

    Cons

    No movement. Lack of managers that know how to progress, train and mold their employees for advancement. Dishonest about the product they are providing to the American soldier. Hit and miss ethics, mostly miss. Tend to paint a lie into truth. Mark Twain would be proud of them.

    Advice to Management

    Go to courses. Do Webinars. Please educate yourself on being a well rounded manager. Put away your dagger when someone leaves your employment.


  9. Helpful (4)

    Northrop Grumman

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Dulles, VA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Dulles, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very few other than a steady paycheck.

    Cons

    Pretty much everything. Taking benefits from employees seems to be the only source of profit for this company. Cubicles were reduced to the size of a closet and employee are now packed in like sardines. Now you're given two weeks notice once your contract ends to find another job in the company or you're let go. Oh and it takes them a week to get you on the priority list for hiring within the company.

    Advice to Management

    What management?


  10. Helpful (9)

    Awful career choice

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Program Manager II in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Program Manager II in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The best thing about working here is that you don't have to do ANYTHING to be successful in your career. 90% of the people who work at Northrop Grumman show up, shut their office door and wait 9 hours... then go home. Actually most of them only wait 7 hours before sneaking out the side door. Of course, everyone claims to work SOOO many hours. They are truly raping the government and your hard earned tax dollars.

    Cons

    Management blows. 90% of the employees could qualify for mental disabilities. Offices are unclean and full of animal infestations... I actually once saw a raccoon in my cubicle. No joke.. I came in very early one morning and the raccoon was sifting through my trash can looking for food.. I was shocked. I eventually tamed the raccoon and now own it as a pet.. As much as you can "own" a raccoon.. They really aren't family friendly. I found that out the hard way.

    Advice to Management

    No advice I could possible give would change the terrible attitudes of all levels of management. This company and all its management is defunct and devoid of any talent. Seriously a terrible place to work. SO glad I retired after 35 years of not having to do a single thing.


  11. Helpful (9)

    Insider view

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Northrop talks a good game. They claim to be a diverse workplace that values women and minorities. Don't believe it. Its for show.

    Cons

    Women may be at the upper levels for the public eye, but the reality is that there are exceptionally few women in management. They will low ball your salary. They will low ball your promotions. They lie. They overwork everyone, promise the world, never deliver. Their benefits have dropped significantly.

    Advice to Management

    Your HR people do more to demotivate employees than keep them. Your promotional policies are antiquated. You are still an ex-military old boys club. You say you want to attract youth - but you do nothing to support that claim.



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