Northrop Grumman

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Northrop Grumman Reviews

Updated November 23, 2014
Updated November 23, 2014
1,832 Reviews
3.4
1,832 Reviews
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Northrop Grumman Chairman, CEO & President Wesley G. Bush
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Review Highlights

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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Full of people doing just enough to get by

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Some of the people are really great and the office environment is comfortable. The work can be interesting. There isn't a lot of pressure.

    Cons

    Not everyone seems to be there to work. A lot of people are doing just enough not to get fired, and the rest of us that pick up the slack don't really make that much more than them. They like to pigeon-hole people and hold them captive in their role. Process is added for the sake of process and no real benefit. Focus is on bringing money into the local business unit and keeping it there by spending it on monitors, computers, etc., but never the people (compensation, training).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let the business people worry about business and give the engineers some actual engineering work to do instead of forcing the engineers to be engaged in business development discussions. Don't be surprised when good people leave after minimal raises and no opportunities for career growth. And please, please define the expectations for people that are seeking graduate degrees. Many of these people believe they are going to get a raise because the company treats new hires with graduate degrees like they have work experience and gives them higher starting salaries, but when people earn graduate degrees the company doesn't value the degree or all the work that the people put into the degree. This is the number one reason why people with 0-5 years experience leave the company.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    A decent place to work but nothing special from the non-exempt employee perspective.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Production Test Technician in Salt Lake City, UT
    Former Employee - Production Test Technician in Salt Lake City, UT

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

    Pros

    Hourly wages are competitive. Flexible scheduling. Generous tuition reimbursement program is available and employees are encouraged to take advantage of it.

    Cons

    Engineers are put on a pedestal, techs are second class citizens at best. There is no chance of moving into management without an engineering degree.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus more on promoting and developing current employees.

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

    Meh - NGC takeover from TRW changed the culture from people to metrics

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    Former Employee - Infotech in Redondo Beach, CA
    Former Employee - Infotech in Redondo Beach, CA

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

    Pros

    Co-worker environment great - productivity level at max when personnel treated right.

    Cons

    No loyalty. Since Takeover from TRW Aerospace & Defense, bottom line/metrics more important than the people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Show loyalty and reward meritocracy, no cronyism.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Constant Change

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palmdale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palmdale, CA

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

    Pros

    Benefits are decent but constantly being rolled back. The company realizes it must do more to attract and retain young talent as the world of tech is very competitive and is making a genuine effort at culture change. The company creates some amazing technology for it's customers and there is a genuine esprit de corps and pride in being at the vanguard of the industry. CEO is visionary and has managed the company's stock price extremely well.

    Cons

    Latest performance evaluation scheme smells like stack ranking. Employees must work on shoddy, antiquated equipment much of the time and physical plant is often run down. Constant change and restructuring makes for lack of vision and stress over direction and stability. Very bloated management structure with cuthroat culture to get ahead.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cut the dead weight in the middle and promote younger talent.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Very unique. Many changes take place rapidily here.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Northrop Grumman (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Always busy, friendly hourly staff.

    Cons

    Always busy, don't think about having a weekend.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    It would seem like a great company to work for

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    Former Employee - Net Backup/Avamar Administrator in Chester, VA
    Former Employee - Net Backup/Avamar Administrator in Chester, VA

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

    Pros

    Cutting edge technology, the latest tech., just not fully funded

    Cons

    No budget for required support. No raises to speak of. No bonuses, sparse fringe benefits

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend a little money on infrastructure and personnel!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Maintenance

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Steady income, reasonable benefits, good pay

    Cons

    Lack of cooperation and listening skills of upper management

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 5 people found this helpful  

    Mediocre company with average benefit/pay and no work life balance

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    Current Employee - Senior Digital Engineer in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Senior Digital Engineer in Baltimore, MD

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

    Pros

    Overtime pay can help you financially.

    Cons

    Most project managers have no idea what it takes to design a product. Often make unrealistic schedules and the team is forced into working a ton of overtime. The benefit is mediocre. if compared to the private sector. The company has no real attraction to keep young talents for long term career commitment. Almost all of the top notch people that joined the same time I did are gone.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I know the business environment is hard, but if you keep underbidding the projects and overwork your engineers, more people will leave.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Too much red tape

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    Former Employee - Electronics Assembly in Sacramento, CA
    Former Employee - Electronics Assembly in Sacramento, CA

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

    Pros

    The best thing was they gave me what i had to build and left me to do it.

    Cons

    Too picky about how things were built.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Teach, don't judge.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    typical aerospace. few perks. standard benefits

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    Current Employee - Engineer V in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer V in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    freedom to perform task with minimal oversight

    Cons

    holidays, perks and benefits continually reduced.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    reintroduce profit sharing to all employees, not just management

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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