Northrop Grumman

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Northrop Grumman is a great company, but there are areas to avoid!

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Career Opportunities
Former Employee - Senior Competitive Intelligence Analyst in Falls Church, VA
Former Employee - Senior Competitive Intelligence Analyst in Falls Church, VA

I worked at Northrop Grumman

Pros

Northrop is a great company that treats its employees well and provides excellent benefits and good working conditions. They pay at or just above market value, and the current yearly raise is roughly 3%. There is a legacy pension plan (in most of the sectors) for employees that have been there a long time. For newer employees there is a reasonable 401K matching program and a generous company funded savings program. The holidays vary based on sector with Electronic Systems and Corporate having the best holiday schedule, followed by Aerospace Systems, then Information Systems and Technical Services. Vacation and sick time are combined into accrued PTO (Paid Time Off), and the allotment is standardized across the corporation and based on the number of years you've been employed by the company. They have a good tuition reimbursement program. There is also an excellent employee discount program that includes supplier price for US auto manufacturers, Home Use Program for Microsoft products, special pricing on GE appliances, and many others. For positions with travel requirements, travel arrangements are typically made by the employee through the company approved online travel site, except for international travel which must be booked over the phone. Business class travel is allowed for international travel where the total travel time including layovers in a 24-hour period exceeds 12 hours. The typical federal travel requirements (lowest available fare, per diem rates, etc.) apply to selecting flights and hotels.

Cons

Northrop is an engineering company at heart. It's very process-oriented, and if you don't have an engineering degree, officer's retirement from one of the military branches, and/or high-level acquisition experience with one of the major customers, it's tough to work your way up the ladder. The online expense report tool the company uses is...well, let's just say it's not friendly. There are groups within the company that should be avoided at all costs for various reasons. In some cases, they are career black holes. In other cases their management is abysmal. In rare cases, the two coincide and result in a working nightmare. If you're interviewing, ask to speak to some or the people that would be your teammates/counterparts (alone if possible). Find out how long they've been in their positions, if they're happy with their position, career prospects and management, and what happened to the person who was in the seat you're interviewing for. If you end up in a bad seat within the company, there are no internal safeties - it will likely be tough to get out of that group without switching companies, and the yearly review process can be manipulated to make even a stellar employee look like a flunky.

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There should be better mentorship and a formal grooming program for future management. Also, an employee review of their direct management should be included in the yearly review process. The employees' review of their management should account for a substantial portion of the manager's total review score. Most of the management at NG is great, but there are some that really damage NG's ability to hang onto good employees and have the potential to become serious legal liabilities for the company.

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    My experience has been techincally and monitarily rewarding.

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

    I have been working at Northrop Grumman

    Pros

    Northrop Grumman maintains competative salary rates.
    Northrop Grumman's Engineering organization works well at placing personnel when a program winds down.

    Cons

    Information flowed down from upper and middle management is often delayed or non-existant.
    Management does not always make best use of experienced personnel, they assume that less experienced personnel can do the same job for less compensation. This leads to technical problems on programs causing schedule delays and cost increases.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Northrop Grumman Management should provide more formal means for diseminating information down to employees such as regularly scheduled all-hands, department and group meetings.

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  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Big Company in industry full of bigger companies

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in El Segundo, CA
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in El Segundo, CA

    I have been working at Northrop Grumman

    Pros

    -Lots of jobs on several projects that you can jump around to
    -Good pay for entry/intermediate level aerospace workers
    -They find work for the good workers.
    -Rarely will they lay people off
    -Education benefits are good

    Cons

    -Top heavy Management
    -Always the little brother and treated as such by bigger companies
    -Rarely will NGC be the recognized leader in an industry
    -Poor PR and advertising/marketing

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you demand low cost, yet expect unquestioned quality and unprecedented performance. Cut from the top, not the bottom.

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