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Northrop Grumman Reviews in Fairfax, VA

Updated September 9, 2014
Updated September 9, 2014
1,751 Reviews
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Pros
  • The 9/80 schedule makes it easier for employees to maintain a better work/life balance (in 121 reviews)

  • Flexible work hours, 9/80 schedule gives you every other Friday off (in 102 reviews)


Cons
  • 15-23 yrs experience engineers quietly in order to save upper management staff (in 49 reviews)

  • Very large company sometimes takes longer to get things done (in 35 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not a bad place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager, Programs  in  Fairfax, VA
    Current Employee - Manager, Programs in Fairfax, VA

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

    Pros

    There is opportunity and training at Northrop Grumman, but only for the self-driven individual. Promotions at the lower levels are given fairly. While annual raises were much better in years past, they have been consistent over hte last few years and a new annual bonus structure has been put in place for top performers.

    Cons

    Little room for significant upward growth with the log jam of "older" senior management who always seem to find a position when theirs goes away or there is a realignment. The benefits have certainly declined over the years, but most of the competitors of similar size have as well.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Practice what you preach - and enforce it. You can't just put a few flyers or newsletters together on leadership and expect to now have a workforce of leaders. Invest (and recognize) in the younger talent pool and don't force them to leave in order to get promoted.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Office Space

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  Fairfax, VA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Fairfax, VA

    I worked at Northrop Grumman full-time

    Pros

    - Variations in different locations, units have some autotomy in deciding what culture to uphold, to an extent
    - Good benefits, ok pay
    - Actually more vacation time/work from home allowances than expected

    Cons

    - Outdated technology for the most part. This is sort of institutional because of the nature of government contracting.
    - Onboarding/welcoming process was poor
    - Most people don't seem to care/are already checked out of their careers
    - Upper management does not seem to be in touch with employees
    - Company does not really pay for training. Offers it, but you'll have to do it on top of work, so most people don't.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Talk to employees
    - Focus on good engineering practices
    - Loosen up

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 6 people found this helpful  

    Good work just gets a pat on the back

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Fairfax, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fairfax, VA

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

    Pros

    The travel opportunities have been fantastic, I have great insurance at a good price, and I get to work with some truly talented people everyday. I also have a flexible work schedule, so I can shift my hours around as needed to accommodate outside activities.

    Cons

    Despite excellent performance reviews, it can be difficult to advance here. This is based on both my own experience as well as watching several others get frustrated and eventually leave the company for large pay increases and better work environments.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    After the first year or two, stop being obsessed with whether someone has a certain degree or certification and focus more on the work they are doing and the customer satisfaction that results.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    routine & average

    Former Employee - Intern  in  Fairfax, VA
    Former Employee - Intern in Fairfax, VA

    I worked at Northrop Grumman part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Decent pay, good reputation, nice employee base, smart people to work with in general. However, a lot of it is defense

    Cons

    I got this job through a matching program at my school, and I was kind of free to do what I want as long as it is related to DSP. I ended up not doing a lot due to lack of guidance.

  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Age discrimination rampant, devoted my entire career NG (appropo) & given two week to go, no outplacement support.

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    Former Employee - Senior Director  in  Fairfax, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Director in Fairfax, VA

    I worked at Northrop Grumman full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Ample training, good benefits, nobody really cares about productivity so you won't feel any pressure, good place to work if you have a heart condition.

    Cons

    Poor communication, a sense of going nowhere, executive bonus plans creates a culture of haves and have nots. Leadership of over promoted administrative types, very poor on the technical side, consider other companies that invest in technology. be ready to spend inordinate time on the latest good idea from a management seminar.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be engaged, many of your top managers are just talking heads who do no real work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    People

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst  in  Fairfax, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Fairfax, VA

    I worked at Northrop Grumman full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    stable, well-known, numerous locations, large

    Cons

    Treated as a number, impersonal

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Pays the bills

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Accounting  in  Fairfax, VA
    Current Employee - Accounting in Fairfax, VA

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

    Pros

    Northrop Grumman offers okay benefits and many locations depending on what function you'll be working on and free coffee and tea.

    Cons

    Unstable industry making employees out for themselves to try to keep their jobs. Low moral evident in employee's Gallup Poll on their managers but nothing is really done or said for fear of retaliation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If your managers have low Gallup Poll ratings for several years, bring in people to fix the issues. The managers themselves obviously haven't.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great Place to stay for the long term, Not a place for quick Promotions

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Fairfax, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Fairfax, VA

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

    Pros

    Family atmosphere, Working with some of the smartest people in the world. Opportunity to learn new things and be on the cutting edge of technology and defense.

    Cons

    No opportunity to move up, very, very slow promotions. If the government pulls funding the program you are on can be cut at anytime.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You are losing middle carereer professionals because you pay the older non productive professional for to long and you under pay the lower career professioanls because they are expendable. Spend more time and effort on the middle career professionals, this is your future.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    It's a great company to work for.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Fairfax, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fairfax, VA

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, great salary, work with great people. I have been able to use corporate aircraft for my personal use when needed, in conjunction with other executives.

    Cons

    Some of the management is a little out of touch. The vacation policy is a little out of whack, even though they are generous with vacation time, per se.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Company does not act like the 1NG that they promote.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - FTL Systems Engineer  in  Fairfax, VA
    Current Employee - FTL Systems Engineer in Fairfax, VA

    I have been working at Northrop Grumman

    Pros

    Compensation is very competitive. If you can find the correct program to be on, there may be cutting edge work that will challenge and help you grow.

    Cons

    Those "good" programs that I spoke of? They're diamonds in the rough, especially in Information Technology. You are constantly surrounded by people who are grossly outdated. No matter how much company leadership says they want to bring in young blood to come up with the next great ideas, the young employees typically get stuck doing busy work that effectively stunt their growth as engineers. Good and bad programs aside, Northrop Grumman as a whole does not act like one cohesive company. There is very little communication of opportunities cross company sectors, and more often than not employees are discouraged or blocked from looking towards opportunities in other sectors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need to do more than offer the company cool aid and above average compensation to keep new young talent. What we crave more than anything is good challenging work in our area of interest. If this is not possible, don't over promise and under deliver.

    Doesn't Recommend

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