Northrop Grumman

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Good career, good people, good pay& benefits

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Current Employee - CAD/CAM Engineer  in  Linthicum, MD
Current Employee - CAD/CAM Engineer in Linthicum, MD

Pros

If you are into defense the product & technology can wow you. For most departments it's a tight knit group. You can joke around with people, when it's appropriate. The work is often enjoyable. Informal name, usually just first names unless it's a common name, so many Joes, Johns & Jim's. Many of this generations executive management started at entry level, the do understand your job & the job difficulties.

Cons

Too many reorg's & renamed department titles. Sometimes processes & procedures are too much red-tape leaving you frustrated. Sound exhibition of The Peter Principle. More than a few employees work well into retirement and bogs down upward mobility. Sometimes it's hard to affect change because 'that's the way we have always done it.'. Too often the news that there was record profit for the term is followed by an announcement that raises will be lower that year. In a blizzard teams will work to clear the parking lots & announce that it is open, if you can't get it it is vacation & not a plant shutdown paid disaster. Lots of overtime to keep on schedule.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Don't hold the all hands meeting in the summer. The hangar is too hot. Demote the incompetent Peter Principal & adjust their pay appropriately. It may be ok if they leave for wage stagnation, that money should go to the people doing that persons job.

Other reviews for Northrop Grumman

  1.  

    great mentors if you find them, great place to learn analytical skills

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
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    Current Employee - Proposal Analyst  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Proposal Analyst in San Diego, CA

    Pros

    seasoned experts, some very competent upper managers who are very sharp and genuinely care about your growth. not too much politics

    Cons

    culture is very old school,slow. not much young blood. you become very specialized and may become bored quickly with little room for innovation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    it takes too long for employees to orient themselves; assimilate your employees better and create an agile environment and drive your tasks to completion aggressively.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Insane

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer III  in  Rancho Bernardo, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer III in Rancho Bernardo, CA

    Pros

    The group of people I worked with, including my managers, were amazing. Together we beat many challenges, and I learned a whole heck of a lot. The opportunities to dig really deep into technical problems abound. I loved this aspect of the job.

    Cons

    There is a phenomenal amount of institutional mismanagement at this company - perhaps in the whole of Defense. Management spends so much of its time satisfying every whim of the customer and the government that they don't have time to correct deficiencies that prevent engineers from performing even the simplest tasks. For example, instead of correcting licensing issues the team was asked to work in shifts (that often spanned days) so that we didn't have idle engineers. There is no thought about improving efficiency, it's all about following a process and keeping your nose down. It's really sad to see such an opportunity for greatness squandered.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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