Northrop Grumman Reviews

Updated June 28, 2015
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Northrop Grumman Chairman, CEO & President Wesley G. Bush
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Pros
  • The 9/80 schedule makes it easier for employees to maintain a better work/life balance (in 136 reviews)

  • 40 hour work weeks, on the dot, plus the 9/80 schedule (in 115 reviews)

Cons
  • work life balance is preached but NOT practiced (in 28 reviews)

  • I felt a lack of direction from upper management (in 54 reviews)

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  1. Challenging environment with great opportunities

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Contract Administrator in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Contract Administrator in Baltimore, MD

    I have been working at Northrop Grumman part-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Job flexibility, alternate work schedules, career mobility, good benefits, facilities and resources, communication of company goals and information

    Cons

    Visibility into salaries, often short staffed in contracts, merit and performance planning


  2. Large company, restrictive policies

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD

    I have been working at Northrop Grumman full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Large companies with many opportunities for career growth. Locations around the United States and Europe. Excellent employer for new college grads as many opportunities exist.

    Cons

    Very restrictive with many policies, procedures and individual thought or innovativeness in process is not necessarily welcome. Do it the way it has been done seems to be the motto.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to employees and be innovative in processes. Decisions seem to be made at the top level of management. Let the lower level managers make decisions so changes can occur more quickly.


  3. Intern Review

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    Current Intern - Intern - Hourly in Baltimore, MD
    Current Intern - Intern - Hourly in Baltimore, MD

    I have been working at Northrop Grumman as an intern (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great pay! Great Work Hours! Great People!

    Cons

    Sometimes you get stuck for 2-3 hours with nothing to do.


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  5. Great Corporation

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Information Systems Analyst in Linthicum, MD
    Current Employee - Information Systems Analyst in Linthicum, MD

    I have been working at Northrop Grumman full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The corporation makes an effort to appease customers, employees and shareholders. There is a vast array of various opportunities and fulfilling carers within the company. I enjoy the people I work with and the manager that I report to. A large corporation brings stability.

    Cons

    Due to the size of the company, some agility is sacrificed. Changes are slower to execute. There is bureaucracy that exists in certain parts of the organization that is unavoidable.

    Advice to Management

    A difficult but important objective should be to foster constructive two-way communication from the executive management to the boots on the ground and every level in between.


  6. procurement

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    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Supply Chain Planner in Baltimore, MD
    Former Contractor - Supply Chain Planner in Baltimore, MD

    I worked at Northrop Grumman as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    great company, benefits, and working environment

    Cons

    i really can't think of any cons, except not enough non-security jobs


  7. IT Manager

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT Manager in Bwi Airport, MD
    Former Employee - IT Manager in Bwi Airport, MD

    I worked at Northrop Grumman full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    High Tech and cutting edge.

    Cons

    Long hours and do more with less.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Northrop Grumman, Average Defense Contractor

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Baltimore, MD

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Northrop Grumman provides its employees flexible hours, full payment of most graduate degrees, and if you get into it, the Professional Development Program (PDP), which allows rotation of jobs for new college graduates to find the right fit, is an awesome experince. They also offer generous relocation packages and offsite rotations through this PDP program.

    Cons

    If you're not going to school or in the PDP program or relocating, it's just a very average place to work. The jobs feel unengaging, the benefits are constantly being slashed, the CEO is greedy, and the raises are a mediocre 3% a year if you do a "decent" job. I also feel like there aren't as many opportunities as there should be. They use outdated technology and are far too restrictive.

    Advice to Management

    You need to find a way to keep the PDPs once the program is over; they are the future of the company. There is literally no real reason to stick around otherwise once you have earned all the degrees you want. The benefits are constantly being slashed, and the CEO is extremely greedy.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Great Company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Production Associate in Bwi Airport, MD
    Former Employee - Production Associate in Bwi Airport, MD

    I worked at Northrop Grumman (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    For me at least, very supportive management team. Great benefits. Great products. You felt like you were doing great with your position.

    Cons

    Downsized some of the staff so work became harder. With the downsizing, it brought on new challenges that the company ignored.

    Advice to Management

    Management, in my opinion, did a great job. Of course I had heard stories of problems but not with the group I was with. Would like to see more money spent in new products and research but this is difficult to swallow in these tough economic times.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Great experience, many good years.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Manufacturing Engineer in Bwi Airport, MD
    Former Employee - Senior Manufacturing Engineer in Bwi Airport, MD

    I worked at Northrop Grumman part-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Manufacturing Engineer - great place to work, many choices to move around, good benefits

    Cons

    Can't think of any cons.


  11. Helpful (5)

    Great place to build your resume and then leave to actually make money

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD

    I worked at Northrop Grumman full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Big company with a lot of opportunities to move around. You can get experience in many different functional areas without leaving the company.

    Great resume building company. Respectable name with the opportunity to learn several different skill sets in a short time.

    Cons

    ALL about hiring to increase "diversity"... Regardless of if the individual is qualified or a good fit for the job or not.

    This may be true in every Company this size right now, but benefits have taken a major hit across the board the past few years. Health Insurance is getting extremely expensive with less coverage.

    Hard to get materials you need to do the job. Lots of red tape and executive management approvals for even smaller cost items like computer monitors or projectors.

    Runs a matrix management type organization, so functional groups create and implement processes and procedures to allow their matrices to look good without considering what it does to other stakeholders in the organization. (Puts a bandaid on a problem rather than finding the root cause).



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