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Northrop Grumman Reviews in Carson, CA

Updated January 21, 2015
Updated January 21, 2015
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Pros
  • The 9/80 schedule makes it easier for employees to maintain a better work/life balance (in 136 reviews)

  • Flexible work hours, 9/80 schedule gives you every other Friday off (in 115 reviews)


Cons
  • Work/Life balance can be quite nonexistent depending on the program and location you are in (in 28 reviews)

  • 15-23 yrs experience engineers quietly in order to save upper management staff (in 54 reviews)

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  1.  

    mechanical engineer II

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    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer II in Carson, CA
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer II in Carson, CA

    I worked at Northrop Grumman

    Pros

    25yrs of civil and aerospace engineering using 3D cad.

    Cons

    great middle management. cutting edge engineering

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    listen to workers not just upper management. Upper management has lost connection to the work force.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Good pay and benefits.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carson, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carson, CA

    I worked at Northrop Grumman full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Benefits are great. Environment was pretty good. Work week is 9/80, I quite liked that.

    Cons

    Management was a little overpowering. Not much room for creativity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop micro management! Not everyone does it but, the ones that do are not reprimanded. For the most part the company is a good place to work and I would work there again.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great work/life balance

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer III in Carson, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer III in Carson, CA

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

    Pros

    Awesome work life balance. Hours are very flexible and time off is very generous.

    Cons

    Compensation is lower than other tech companies as a software engineer.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great place to work

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    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer III in Carson, CA
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer III in Carson, CA

    I have been working at Northrop Grumman full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits compare to the small private companies.

    Cons

    Not easy to get overtime....
    Keep cutting existing benefits. Sad for the new hires...:(

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    could be better

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Adventurous - With Ups and Downs

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer III in Carson, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer III in Carson, CA

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

    Pros

    This is a great company with nice compensation depending on experience. It is a large company with many opportunities to enhance your career, so it is easy to stay in just one company. Since it is large, each program has its own culture, leadership and process. Generally, managers do look out for you when you need another project to go to. There are a lot of company jobs out there that you can also apply for yourself. Since it's a defense company you have a chance to work with many interesting military technologies and challenges. Just like anywhere, a good reputation counts at Northrop Grumman, which will be advantageous when you need to transition to another project, or position.

    Cons

    It's easy to feel comfortable in the same position, so try to learn as much as you can about other functional areas so that you can understand the business, and enable you take advantage of new opportunities.

    The opportunities are not always available in California.

    Leadership varies among project and organizations.

    I'm not sure if this is a company wide issue, but I find that in the past, some hiring managers fail to follow-up with job seeking employees, and don't return emails or phone calls. Managers should communicate with the employee directly or via the Talent System and provide the status of interview process, whether denied, in-process, etc. I understand that there may be a lot of candidates to consider, but at least inform the job seeker, so that other arrangements can be made.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When there are important technical issues to be solved, perhaps management should consider and encourage all team members in the project to participate, and not just work group members. Sometimes non-working group members may have invaluable insight which may lead to a better solution. Cultivate an open communication among employees, and catch and reward good behavior; the reward doesn't have to be monetary. Grow employees so that the project can improve by taking advantage of the existing skill set of each employee, which may extend beyond his or her functional area. Encourage employees to cross-learn other functions areas, doing this may lead to better solutions, and ultimately a better product.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 6 people found this helpful  

    Gets worse each year

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Carson, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Carson, CA

    I have been working at Northrop Grumman full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Work-life balance, you just do your 9 hours and go home. Unless there's a deadline, you won't work overtime very often. Friendly coworkers.

    Cons

    Extremely low pay for your experience level. Management has cut the pay raises for the last 2 years for "budget reasons", so after 2-3 years your salary is far below the industry average. Upper/middle management is very poor. They wonder why our annual engagement (i.e. employee morale) surveys are so low each year, but then cut our raises and have no incentive in place for hard work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you want to actually keep your talented people, then PAY them what they're worth. After years of working hard to only get a microscopic raise each year, people will either leave for better paying work, or get demotivated and just work really lazily. And enough with trying to blow smoke to your employees by telling them that a 2% raise is actually "very good"

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Working with system developers, at the lowest levels, is very satisfying

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    Former Employee - Senior Software/Database Engineer in Carson, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software/Database Engineer in Carson, CA

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

    Pros

    The people that actually do the work are highly qualified.

    Cons

    Company is not a CMMI 5, Some managers need a lot of (re-)education of process.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to listen to the developers on the ground doing the work; and need better metrics.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    Pretty good work-life balance but relatively low pay and very limited opportunities for growth

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Carson, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Carson, CA

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

    Pros

    Surrounded by friendly, smart people, the work (of the company although not always of the individual) is meaningful and important. The navy and airforce customers are highly professional and knowledgeable. Work-life balance is one of the best aspects of the job with 9/80 (every other Friday off) schedule and a "work whenever to get your job done by the deadline" mentality.

    Cons

    Funding issues, contract issues, poor management have gotten progressively worse over the 4 years of working here. Even work-life balance has suffered as people get laid off and contracts are bid at lowest possible price. Non-existent raises and promotions, very limited training opportunities (mostly online classes and brown bags).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Middle Management needs a shakeup

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Carson, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Carson, CA

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

    Pros

    The work was decent and interesting. They also allow a 9/80 schedule which is a big plus! Pay is decent.

    Cons

    Seniority over attitude. Policy consistently result in the best and brightest leaving (e.g. requiring relocation across the country, only seriously considering the opinions of the grey beards)

    Middle management, in my experience is extremely lacking in this technology company. This is across the spectrum from technological understanding to work practices. For instances it's commonly acceptable for management to make statements like "I really don't understand this, its for the smart people to understand" in regards to basic technology concepts like ethernet or Linux. Management also values working overtime and doing nothing higher then working 8 hours and accomplishing task. The more hours you sit at your desk, there is just an assumption that your actually doing more. There is also no vision or risk taking whatsoever and this costs the company overall in loss of contracts due to stagnation. Middle management also cannot identify key people and skill levels of the employees.

    I will say though, that this is my experience at one location, other sectors and locations may or may not be different.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take some chances, not just on technology but people. Consider promoting based on merit, enthusiasm and ideas rather then just years in service.

    Also work harder to retain good people. I've seen some great people leave due to lack of opportunity. Some of these people cannot be replaced and can be extremely productive.

    Constant cuts to benefits are a clear signal to employees to look elsewhere. Management should address this to retain good employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    review

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Carson, CA
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Carson, CA

    I have been working at Northrop Grumman full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    company resources are vast, top notch employees

    Cons

    poor leadership at division level

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    leverage younger employees more effectively. age discrimination is rampant

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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