Northrop Grumman

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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    not the best

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    Former Employee - Design Engineer in Redondo Beach, CA
    Former Employee - Design Engineer in Redondo Beach, CA

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

    Pros

    Good pay for straight out of engineering undergrad. Tough to beat defense and stay in engineering.

    Cons

    Large bureaucracy. They will not fire incompetent people. Lots of waste of government money. Depending on where you are the work can be boring. Can work on project or design for long time then it doesn't even get used and if the decision making process was better and groups were accountable for wasting money this would not happen.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire incompetent people.

  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Office Space

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Fairfax, VA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Fairfax, VA

    I worked at Northrop Grumman full-time

    Pros

    - Variations in different locations, units have some autotomy in deciding what culture to uphold, to an extent
    - Good benefits, ok pay
    - Actually more vacation time/work from home allowances than expected

    Cons

    - Outdated technology for the most part. This is sort of institutional because of the nature of government contracting.
    - Onboarding/welcoming process was poor
    - Most people don't seem to care/are already checked out of their careers
    - Upper management does not seem to be in touch with employees
    - Company does not really pay for training. Offers it, but you'll have to do it on top of work, so most people don't.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Talk to employees
    - Focus on good engineering practices
    - Loosen up

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

    Started out well, been going downhill ever since.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sacramento, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sacramento, CA

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

    Pros

    Interesting work, talented people, large company has the potential of providing more resources and capabilities to bring to bear on solving a problem.

    Cons

    Big companies tend to be overly bureaucratic and rigid, they adopt a "no exceptions allowed" attitude because they are scared to death of being accused/sued for treating different people differently.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be truthful to your employees, stop lying to them. Perform a company wide assessment, is the manager to employee ratio at NGC similar to peer companies? You may find some surprising answers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Fine

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Software Engineer

    I have been working at Northrop Grumman full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Interesting applications. Working for good of USA in effect was nice.

    Cons

    Not innovative. Continuing to use old tech and charging so much money that current customers go to other companies for work. Instead of pushing the envelope they treat current products (10-15 years old) as cash cows. Many of the managers working hear don't care about the legacy they leave for the next generation of workers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good entry-level positions but very difficult to advance.

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    Current Employee - Subcontract Administrator
    Current Employee - Subcontract Administrator

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

    Pros

    Brand name looks good on a resume. Pension. 9/80 Fridays. Paid for my MBA at Smith.

    Cons

    Low pay, false hope, no rewards. Easy to lose motivation. Slow-paced.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees when they're trying to talk to you about career development and fair compensation. Don't brush them off and insist it's out of your hands.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Going downhill

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer III in Huntsville, AL
    Current Employee - Software Engineer III in Huntsville, AL

    I have been working at Northrop Grumman full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good starter company for new entries into the workforce.

    Cons

    No room for advancement except in management. Benifits have deteriorating over time. Raises dependant on where you are in the bell curve rather than on performance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look for ways to improve benefits. Reward top performers with something other than "star" awards. Promotions for technical track above level III should not be dependant on managing. That's what manager tracks are for!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 12 people found this helpful  

    Meh. It's ok, if you like being a tiny cog in a huge wheel.

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    Former Employee - RF Engineer in Rolling Meadows, IL
    Former Employee - RF Engineer in Rolling Meadows, IL

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

    Pros

    The people are super nice. Especially if you're a new grad, you can easily make tons of friends here. But even if you're not, everyone I ever met at NGC was extremely friendly.

    It is very hard to get fired. You literally have to punch someone. Though I did hear about a year after I left there was a round of layoffs. They didn't sound horribly bad though.

    There are some interesting projects, I think. With all the clearances, it can be hard to tell! You have to get on the right project.

    If you are a huge superstar, you have the opportunity to rise to the top of a gigantic corporation, which would be cool.

    Even though there are a ton of cons for NGC Rolling Meadows, I still have a soft spot in my heart for it. It was kind of like boot camp for the real world. Like really painful Navy SEAL bootcamp, but still. Somehow I can't bring myself to give it only 1 star.

    Cons

    The way I was treated at my Rolling Meadows job was kind of insulting. My degree is in EE at the University of Illinois. I spent the bulk of my 2 years there soldering tiny parts on boards, moving lab equipment around, and getting other people's mail (yeah, really). It was fine to be doing that stuff for the first 6 months, but after that, yeah. Got a lil ridiculous. By the time I decided to leave, I was worried that I couldn't find another job in EE because NGC hadn't given me any marketable skills - and in fact I ended up switching to a different career altogether. I really should have left after a year... chalk it up to inexperience.

    It is definitely still the Old Boys Club there. I'm a woman, and I personally experienced 2 incedents of sexual harrassment during my time there. I didn't report them - again with the inexperience.

    People who work there fall into mostly 2 categories. 1) New grads who don't know any better. They're fresh out of college and happy just to have a job, even though they are getting paid peanuts and have 0 extra benefits to show for it. 99% of them eventually figure it out and move on before their 5 year anniversary (like me). 2) Lazy people (aka people who had kids before figuring out that this job sucks). These people don't have the energy to look for a new job. They just want to cash that paycheck each week and not think about it. These are the people who will stand in the lab talking to you for 45 minutes, or surf the web for 2 hours each day.

    Finally, the benefits SUCKED! The pay was way below average for my skill level and the location. The office was boring as all heck - cubical land with no windows and 0 extra effort put into making it look nice. You can't have cool tech gadgets like iPhones or anything if you work in a secured area. There were no windows anywhere. Part of the reason I left was, one day I pictured myself 20 years down the line at NGC sitting in a windowless room soldering tiny parts, and just realized, this was no way to live!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hah, not like anyone will actually listen to me. But, how about, instead of bulk-hiring 1000 new grads each year, do a more careful interview process and only hire 200, and pay them a bit more? You could save money and spend it on improving the office environment and culture a little bit. Also, cull the herd. Get rid of the people who are not performing so that the ones who are can feel more like they are part of an elite group and less like a cog in a wheel. Finally, you may think you have curbed the sexual harrassment problem, but you haven't.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    software engineering intern

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Northrop Grumman part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    good pay and I learned a few new things which was fun. I also got to see professional software engineering in action.

    Cons

    no one ever talked to me. I really didn't get much feedback. I didn't feel like I was encouraged to ask question. Lost funding for interns mid semester.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Research how to make younger generations comfortable, and help intern set and achive goals.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    It's become a very harsh work environment the last few years.

    Current Employee - Manager in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Manager in McLean, VA

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

    Pros

    are looking for younger employee - to bring down costs

    Cons

    subject to the political environment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management is not in tune with the employees. They are more interested in shareholder value.

  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Will never work for a defense contractor again

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Northrop Grumman

    Pros

    They were in a good part of town. Lots of restaurants to go to for lunch. Absolutely had to get out of there at least once a day.

    Cons

    By far, the most dysfunctional working environment I've ever experienced.

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