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Somewhat boring but the pay and experience was good

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Current Employee - Integration Engineer in Palmdale, CA
Current Employee - Integration Engineer in Palmdale, CA

I have been working at Northrop Grumman full-time (more than 3 years)

Pros

competitive salary
good benefits
world class products

Cons

sucky location (Palmdale CA)
bureaucratic processes
boring job

Advice to ManagementAdvice

The salary and benefits of this position need to compensate more for the undesirable location

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Actual Results May Vary

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer III
    Former Employee - Software Engineer III

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

    Pros

    Good benefits - health, 401k
    Generally good pay and compensation - as always, depends on the manager
    Flexible time (unofficially)
    Compassionate - accommodates an aged workforce - will never fire (only lay-offs)
    Assigned tasks are really easy and simple
    Nice co-workers

    If you've got drive and lots initiative, you can do well by working hard and most importantly doing other people's work or doing work that others didn't think could be done. Just make sure to take credit.

    Cons

    Extreme lack of technical expertise- can't emphasize this enough. For every 3 engineers that are knowledgeable will be 7 utterly clueless bodies with the same title and pay-grade. You'll need to be diligent to stay current with modern technologies on your own time.
    Based on legacy/obsolete technologies - error prone, bad software tools - rate of productivity is slow
    Culture is generally devoid of any sense of accountability relating to the progress of the overall product. For example, system engineers can create requirements that don't make sense... all that matters is that they wrote words to describe a capability. System engineers and testers do not have working knowledge of modern operating systems
    Amazing hierarchy of managers - allows for a large body of middle managers that is prone to information mix-ups/spins. Lack of technical expertise in managers fuels fear of change.
    Process-heavy, i.e. lots of meaningless paperwork, suffers chronically from well-known pitfalls of the waterfall process

    Don't be fooled. Making weapon systems doesn't mean it's cutting-edge. The hardest part of the job is effectively communicating technical issues/solutions to non-technical engineers

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    ngc not for me

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Northrop Grumman full-time

    Pros

    numerous opportunities due to multiple federal contracts

    Cons

    old fashioned, fear-based management culture; little diversity; work life Unbalance; unethical behaviors tolerated at the management level

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    start employing a two-way performance feedback program so that employees can formally communicate to you how you well or poorly you are doing, and advice on how you can improve your own performance

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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