Northrop Grumman Reviews

Updated August 22, 2014
Updated August 22, 2014
1,731 Reviews

3.4
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Northrop Grumman Chairman, CEO & President Wesley G. Bush
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Pros
  • The 9/80 schedule makes it easier for employees to maintain a better work/life balance (in 121 reviews)

  • Flexible work hours, 9/80 schedule gives you every other Friday off (in 102 reviews)


Cons
  • 15-23 yrs experience engineers quietly in order to save upper management staff (in 49 reviews)

  • Very large company sometimes takes longer to get things done (in 35 reviews)

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    If all you want is money...

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    Former Employee - Former Northern California Employee
    Former Employee - Former Northern California Employee

    I worked at Northrop Grumman full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Good salary and cutting edge projects.

    Cons

    Once you are hired you become a number. If you are geographically separated from the main offices you are on your own. Don't do anything wrong because the company does not believe in second chances or making mistakes even insignificant ones. Very much an "us and them" mentality...no common culture or concern for personnel. Too many people just taking up space and earning a salary. Team concept is only given lip service. No room for growth in smaller offices. They expect loyalty but none is returned.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try considering that your employees are people and not simply resources to pad the stockholders bottom line. To some employees a job is much more than the salary. And remember that loyalty goes both ways.

    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Disorganized nepotism/cronyism runs rampant in my particular section

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer II  in  Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in Kansas City, MO

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

    Pros

    Long-term contracts and decent benefits if you're salary. High wages if you're hourly to offset the benefits.

    Cons

    Very little room for advancement, if any. Leadership is rarely, if ever, on the same page. Hours can be long, and extended travel is mandatory. Rarely follow their word/promises/agreements to employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Like any good relationship, communication is key. The clarity of reporting hours and expenses varies between mid-level management at my location, and rarely are employees treated equally. Hiring of unqualified people based on upper managements mandates has become a real issue.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Make your own career here-it's who you know, for better or worse

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Woodland Hills, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Woodland Hills, CA

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

    Pros

    Mobility within company, great people, amazing products and technology. 9/80 schedule, educational reimbursement, health plans, on-site cafeteria, credit union, doc/nurse, health coordinator, employee resource groups (ERG).

    Cons

    Politics, politics, politics, the "good old boys club" runs rampant, ignorant uneducated management (mismanagement), poor (none) design-for-manifacturability, HR is corporate and on the side of the company not an advocate for employee, NEPOTISM from the TOP down (hiring and promoting incompetent, unqualified people based on bloodlines, personal relationships, shared foreign nationality -hint hint Middle East), harassment and different treatment of women, rewards and awards programs"revamped" designed to minimize opportunities for employees and reduced $ amount of awards, employee reviews based on politics and quotas (allegedly) from corporate (think of that one horrible teacher in college who only gave two A's max no matter the merit), regular layoffs, layoffs based on management politics.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be leaders, not sheep. Do the right thing and do the thing right, be ethical, hire, reward and promote on merit and potential not on personal relations,

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 6 people found this helpful  

    If you want to work in Dilbertville for a pointy-haired boss....

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    Current Employee - Engineer  in  El Segundo, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in El Segundo, CA

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

    Pros

    Right now there are none. Senior management has lost focus and is consumed by pursuing Dilbertesque management practices. The latest flavor-of-the-month is "Engagement".

    Cons

    Someone sold senior management a bill of goods with "Engagement". This is another non-value-added boondoggle along with other counterproductive management practices that are currently in place that detract from what should be the core goal of delivering a quality product.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Dump the BS programs like "Engagement" and focus on delivering a product.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Gone down hill

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    Current Employee - Cyber Systems Engineer
    Current Employee - Cyber Systems Engineer

    I have been working at Northrop Grumman full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Used to be a great place to work

    Cons

    Hard to get raises, small raises, no upward movement, lack of training

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote those who have made an effort to excel

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Age discrimination rampant, devoted my entire career NG (appropo) & given two week to go, no outplacement support.

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    Former Employee - Senior Director  in  Fairfax, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Director in Fairfax, VA

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

    Pros

    Ample training, good benefits, nobody really cares about productivity so you won't feel any pressure, good place to work if you have a heart condition.

    Cons

    Poor communication, a sense of going nowhere, executive bonus plans creates a culture of haves and have nots. Leadership of over promoted administrative types, very poor on the technical side, consider other companies that invest in technology. be ready to spend inordinate time on the latest good idea from a management seminar.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be engaged, many of your top managers are just talking heads who do no real work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    This is like any other big corporation: heartless.

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    Current Employee - IT Tech  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - IT Tech in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Northrop Grumman as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Steady pay, nothing else to say.

    Cons

    Lack of local management control (upper management controls everything), constant firings, too many people contracted instead of being hired directly, etc. Just another tyranny.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop giving orders from above when you clearly don't know what's happening below.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    The management has been less than truthful throughout my employment.

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    Current Employee - Logistics Planner/Field Engineer  in  Palmdale, CA
    Current Employee - Logistics Planner/Field Engineer in Palmdale, CA

    I have been working at Northrop Grumman full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Freedom to travel; great co-workers, Not much else comes to mind.

    Cons

    Micromanagement; failure to recognize skills, abilities, or education;

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust your employees; they are professionals.

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

    No Advancement for Off-Site Workers

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer

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

    Pros

    Salary was high. Education reimbursement available. "Brand" name on your resume.

    Cons

    Salary frozen for two-years. Pencil exercise for reviews and engagement surveys. All talk of action and change to improve but nothing actually done. Management does not have any mechanism to here advice from the workers on improving their processes. They make decisions with no real knowledge of what really needs their attention.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    It was very good when it was TRW. Average after NGC took over.

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    Current Employee - Engineer Systems V  in  Redondo Beach, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer Systems V in Redondo Beach, CA

    I have been working at Northrop Grumman full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    NGC is good for aircraft people.

    Cons

    NGC is bad for spacecraft people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to keep experienced people to maintain generation gap.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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