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Would not recommend this company.

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

I have been working at Northrop Grumman

Pros

If you like working on defense contracts, and don't mind paper work, it isn't a bad place for job stability (and knowing what to expect on a day-to-day basis) when there are plenty of contracts. Watch out when contracts are about to end, though.

Cons

Once contracts come to a close, you may be laid off (it's the nature of defense contracting). Middle management is pretty inept in terms of assigning adequate work and encouraging career growth. Everyday operations are incredibly inefficient and riddled with large amounts of paperwork and Powerpoint presentations, but very little actual design work. Promotions are given out based on tenure, not merit. And raises are given out based on averages amongst people with your same job title, so all-in-all, raises are given just at the level of inflation (or a bit lower).

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Encourage hard work by rewarding people based on merit, not tenure. Apply company policies with integrity, do not use them as excuses to penalize employees.

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  1. Northrop's a great place for engineers at the Really Big facilities.

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    Former Employee - Principal Systems Engineer in Linthicum Heights, MD
    Former Employee - Principal Systems Engineer in Linthicum Heights, MD

    I worked at Northrop Grumman

    Pros

    The WestQuest buildings in Linthicum are top notch, and there are a ton of facilities in the area around BWI. The ES sector is a little less growth/research focused than the nearby IT and MS sectors. The nearby sites in the greater DC area are even more striking.

    From a defense contractor standpoint, NG definitely respects their engineers considerably more than other defense contractors I worked with or for, including Raytheon, EDS, and Harris. Engineers are given a great deal of latitude to develop novel solutions and management tries hard to integrate those into future proposals. At NG, everything is about the technology.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, a slew of reorganizations and senior manager / directors retiring, taking positions with competitors and smaller site closings created a definite uneasiness with non-executive employees about the direction of the company. Facilities that were deemed unproductive or too small were given the axe, even if they were producing 2 to 3 times their overhead and salary rates. There was apparent politicking and maneuvering throughout the company with respect to funds, proposals, and general sector preferences.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make it one Northrop Grumman. The sectors have defined roles, and there is naturally overlap. I never really saw the sectors working together to win the really big projects they easily could win. There were even instances where sites were bidding against each other on contracts.

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  2. Bored yet content

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    Current Employee - Computer Systems Analyst in El Segundo, CA
    Current Employee - Computer Systems Analyst in El Segundo, CA

    I have been working at Northrop Grumman

    Pros

    A lot of opportunities to do different types of work if you are motivated and/or willing to move. Decent salary, benefits that are better than most companies, even though they have been cut.

    Cons

    Can get pigeon holed into your positions and have to fight your way out at times by applying to other positions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too many people in the East Cost make decisions that negatively impace other sites. "ACE" was a nice cool acronym, but people know achieveing competitive excellence meant standarizing and dummy-ing down jobs. People would rather have you "tell it like it is" rather than glowing about how many jobs were open across the country. If you are cutting systems administrator jobs and salaries, just say it.

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