Northrop Grumman

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Northrop Grumman Reviews

Updated September 6, 2014
Updated September 6, 2014
1,743 Reviews
3.4
1,743 Reviews
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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. 6 people found this helpful  

    Unethical management

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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

    Pros

    Pay, location, weather and free parking.

    Cons

    Too many to list but here are but a few: loud unprofessional office environment, no training budget, no local IT group, management that rules by fear and intimidation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop manageing to a limited set of metrics. Stop using fear and intimidation as your primary motivational tools.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 12 people found this helpful  

    The company has declined badly and now focuses on shareholder profits, with no job security for technical people.

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    Current Employee - Software Development Lead  in  Vienna, VA
    Current Employee - Software Development Lead in Vienna, VA

    I have been working at Northrop Grumman

    Pros

    - There are some cool projects to work on. My current project is great and is the only reason I am still with the company.
    - Pay seems to be competitive with other large companies like Northrop Grumman.

    Cons

    - The company has changed from having a long-term focus and developing its employees as a vital resource to just hiring and firing whoever they need for a project. There is no job security and you will be laid off as soon as your project is complete.
    - The benefits used to be okay, but the company is cutting our benefits (like paid vacation) to save money. This is disturbing since the company is profitable and the senior officers are paid millions of dollars a year, while the actual engineers are treated worse each year.
    - It's become difficult to get money or other resources to do research or pursue technology that might benefit a customer. The company doesn't invest much in research anymore.
    - The company has become less agile over the last few years and now it's almost impossible to get a computer that's ideal for your work needs or to get permission to install needed software like VMware Workstation. The IT and other departments now make their own jobs easier at the expense of those of us who actually do the engineering work for our customers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My immediate management is competent and caring. The levels above that, all the way to the top, appear to be either unsure what to do or concerned only with saving their jobs and profiting themselves and the shareholders. No one I know feels valued by the company and we all know we can be laid off at a moment's notice no matter how exceptional we are.

    Northrop Grumman has a toxic work environment. Many of the best people n my operating unit have already left and more are leaving soon. I am still with the company only because I like working on my current team and doing great things for our customers, and my colleagues feel the same way. If our project ends, we will all move to new companies.

    This is a challenging time for Northrop Grumman, but the senior management's approach to improving the company's profitability has driven away most of the most talented engineers in my operating unit and those of us left will leave if/when our project ends. I'm not sure how to fix this situation, but I can tell you that reducing benefits and making it harder to do our jobs with increasing bureaucracy is not the way forward. Also not helpful is the fact that when you moved the headquarters from California to Virginia, you paid (or overpaid) all the expenses of senior management, who already make millions of dollars a year. When a great engineer sees that the senior management makes ridiculous amounts of money to make dubious decisions, and that the future of Northrop Grumman depends entirely on questionable forces out of his control, he begins to look elsewhere. The Engagement surveys are also a slap in the face of the line workers. It should be obvious why people are becoming less engaged over time and having managerial work groups will not improve the situation.

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

    Be ready to sell your soul to get ahead

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Redondo Beach, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redondo Beach, CA

    I have been working at Northrop Grumman

    Pros

    9-80 schedule & December holiday shut-down

    Cons

    Problems with most Management - Horrible communication, willing to lie to make themselves look good, unethical, hypocritical, immature, irresponsible, and unfair. Hard work is ignored. Money is wasted in ways that are shameful. The work environment kills your spirit. They promote cliquey work environments. Most learn to just go through the motions and not be concerned with doing good work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend time identifying the unethical employees and get rid of them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

    Bureaucratic and unfulfilled promises

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Linthicum, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Linthicum, MD

    I have been working at Northrop Grumman

    Pros

    Provides a security clearance. Made some great friends among my peers. Intramural sports leagues and regular social outings. Great health benefits. OK 401K plan (you put in 4% and they'll match 2% max).

    Cons

    Lack of communication and feedback; managers wait until end of year to provide anything meaningful. Employees put into leadership positions without demonstrating any ability to manage people. Far behind the cutting edge. Laid off 800 people 3 times in the past 2 years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop laying people off while still giving upper management bonuses. Place an emphasis on providing real feedback monthly, with meaningful goal setting.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Opportunies for growth is very limited

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Chantilly, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chantilly, VA

    I have been working at Northrop Grumman

    Pros

    It is a very diverse company.

    Cons

    There are many bias Managers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They should treat all employees fairly.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  7. 6 people found this helpful  

    A very bad company for software development

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    Current Employee - Engineer Embedded Software II  in  El Segundo, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer Embedded Software II in El Segundo, CA

    I have been working at Northrop Grumman

    Pros

    Relative job stability until there are defense budget cuts. Good retirement benefits.

    Cons

    Terrible management at every level. Relatively low compensation, including salary and benefits. A great deal of bureaucracy for any task.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Become leaner and more agile. Value technical excellence. Promote talent and do everything you can to retain it. Improve working conditions.

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

    Wasteland of Obscurity

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Tobyhanna, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tobyhanna, PA

    I have been working at Northrop Grumman

    Pros

    Excellent pay that is about the only good thing I can say about the place

    Cons

    Limited PTO
    Incompetent management
    Little to no recognition
    "class" structure inequalities between "real" employees, and Contract Specific Employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find some way to treat all your employees as members of the company provide education assistance to CSE's and CSA's. Remember there are plenty of extremely talented people who could become an incredible asset to the company if allowed to develop professionally.

    Doesn't Recommend
  9.  

    poor

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Charlottesville, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charlottesville, VA

    I worked at Northrop Grumman

    Pros

    global business and diverse product line

    Cons

    poor managment with no communication

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Company is gone, so it doesn't matter anymore. Too big to fail.

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    Former Employee - Engineer  in  New Orleans, LA
    Former Employee - Engineer in New Orleans, LA

    I worked at Northrop Grumman

    Pros

    Pay, paid holidays, PTO, 4 day work week. All of that is gone now. Northrop Grumman doesn't own the shipyard anymore.

    Cons

    The shipyard isn't owned by Northrop Grumman anymore. It was "too big to fail".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They won't change. The new company put the same old dog and pony show up front. Good luck! Too big to fail. The new company owns the yard AND the debt.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    OK

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    Former Employee - Engineer  in  Pascagoula, MS
    Former Employee - Engineer in Pascagoula, MS

    I worked at Northrop Grumman

    Pros

    Fair amount of time off, good benefits package, plenty of opportunity to prove abilities and skills

    Cons

    *Too many high schoolers with bad attitudes
    *Horrendous hours

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trim dead weight and non-performers

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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