Northrop Grumman Reviews

Updated June 23, 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. Senior System Engineer and Database Architect

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    Former Contractor - Senior Systems Engineer in Carson, CA
    Former Contractor - Senior Systems Engineer in Carson, CA

    I worked at Northrop Grumman as a contractor (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Team leads given wide latitude to perform their job.

    Cons

    Upper level management to isolated from knowing the actual status of a system development.

    Advice to Management

    see above


  2. Helpful (2)

    Mission Assurance

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Mission Assurance in Carson, CA
    Former Employee - Mission Assurance in Carson, CA

    I worked at Northrop Grumman full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The company was very well organized in the business operations and employee placement in their correct position.

    Cons

    The management sometimes was not as forth coming as they should be in the what is happening when a project is concluding.

    Advice to Management

    The management needs to let their employees know what is happening since their future in on the line also.


  3. 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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

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

    Cons

    great middle management. cutting edge engineering

    Advice to Management

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


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  5. 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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  6. Great work/life balance

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    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.


  7. Great place to work

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    • Senior Management
    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)

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

    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 Management

    could be better


  8. 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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


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

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    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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


  10. Helpful (4)

    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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).


  11. Helpful (2)

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    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    company resources are vast, top notch employees

    Cons

    poor leadership at division level

    Advice to Management

    leverage younger employees more effectively. age discrimination is rampant



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