Northrop Grumman Reviews

Updated March 5, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    NGC Test Engineer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Test Engineer in Fairfax, VA
    Former Employee - Test Engineer in Fairfax, VA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Large Defense Contractor with ability to secure relatively long-term contracts.

    Cons

    May require much self-initiative to navigate the advancement process.

    Advice to Management

    Include more career enhancement training opportunities to keep employees engaged and increase value. Do not spend all energy solely on the job at hand.

  2. Great company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Configuration Analyst in Fairfax, VA
    Former Employee - Configuration Analyst in Fairfax, VA

    I worked at Northrop Grumman full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great to work for and chances to grow

    Cons

    Not much bonus awarded to employees

    Advice to Management

    Award better bonues

  3. Helpful (2)

    Office Space

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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

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

    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    - Outdated technology for the most part.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 Management

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

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  5. Helpful (1)

    Not a bad place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 (More than 8 years)

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

    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 Management

    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.

  6. Helpful (6)

    Good work just gets a pat on the back

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 (More than 3 years)

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

    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 Management

    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.

  7. routine & average

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

    I worked at Northrop Grumman part-time (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.

  8. Helpful (3)

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Director in Fairfax, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Director in Fairfax, VA

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

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

    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 Management

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

  9. People

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    stable, well-known, numerous locations, large

    Cons

    Treated as a number, impersonal

  10. Pays the bills

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 (More than 8 years)

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

    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 Management

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

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 (More than 8 years)

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

    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 Management

    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.

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