Northrop Grumman

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A good place to start a career but a lot of luck is necessary to reach the best programs and upper echelon.

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Former Employee - Software Engineer II  in  Baltimore, MD
Former Employee - Software Engineer II in Baltimore, MD

Pros

As a large company it provides various opportunities for engineers early in their careers to try out different roles and a position that fits with both their strengths and personality. The company is involved in full life-cycle product development from inception to customer delivery to maintenance so it is possible to participate in multiple stages of a product's path to creation.

Those who perform well and aggressively seek out opportunities can find a rewarding career at Northrop. Once you exit the company it is a large and known company on your resume to point to in future interviews.

Cons

Access to the best opportunities requires a combination of luck and ninja networking tactics to get noticed by senior engineers or program managers.
Top performers who are not vocal about their career aspirations can find themselves stuck on a project and with a depressed salary.
Performance reviews are administered by a manager that meets with you at most twice a year. The review manager is a different individual then the employee's direct supervisor (likely an engineer) and program manager. The advancement process can seem slow and linear to the ambitious but this is common in most large corporations and not specific to Northrop.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Streamline the process for approval of research projects and submission for outside publication. The performance review process should be administered by a direct supervisor of the employee. A manager that meets with an employee once or twice a year is likely not in a position to recognize or advocate for top talent.

Modify the advancement process for engineers so title and pay is tied more towards performance, ability, and future prospects than to class year and graduate degrees.

Reduce the layers of management and bureaucracy between the engineers and senior management.

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Other reviews for Northrop Grumman

  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not the place for folks with ambition/vision

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    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer  in  Redondo Beach, CA
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Redondo Beach, CA

    Pros

    Good work/life balance. Allows for flexible work hours. Education assistance is available with training on and off site.

    Cons

    Bureaucratic and slow to promote achievers. Management overall lack leadership. Currently in a declining industry for the next ten years. Projects/programs can be severely hampered by government auditors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give more power and accountability to lower management. Discision making is too high up to be timely and effective, causing lower to middle management to become bureaucratic administrators rather than leaders.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    It's a great company to work for.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Fairfax, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fairfax, VA

    Pros

    Great benefits, great salary, work with great people. I have been able to use corporate aircraft for my personal use when needed, in conjunction with other executives.

    Cons

    Some of the management is a little out of touch. The vacation policy is a little out of whack, even though they are generous with vacation time, per se.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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