Northrop Grumman Reviews

Updated January 31, 2015
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  1. 1 person found this helpful

    Internship

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    Former Employee - College Intern I in Falls Church, VA
    Former Employee - College Intern I in Falls Church, VA

    I worked at Northrop Grumman

    Pros

    Very cooperative work culture
    Lots of feedback from/interaction with senior management

    Cons

    Very segmented,focused internship since it is such a huge company. You won't get a broad sense of how the company works as much as a very developed skill set in your specific role.

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

    I have enjoyed working with my Co-workers

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    Current Employee - Human Resources Business Partner in Falls Church, VA
    Current Employee - Human Resources Business Partner in Falls Church, VA

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

    Pros

    Diverse workforce and dedicated employees

    Cons

    Poor management due to untrained managers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote more fro within.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful

    Not much opportunity for advancement

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    Current Employee - Manager in Falls Church, VA
    Current Employee - Manager in Falls Church, VA

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

    Pros

    Great people, decent pay, exceptional ethics. Lots of good training classes. Get to work on some really exciting projects.

    Cons

    Constantly reinventing the wheel. New pay/bonus structure favors upper management. Cost cutting is going a little overboard. Not a lot of room for personal advancement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful

    NG is a great place to work. I have had opportunities to move around the company in different job functions and domains

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    Current Employee - Business Development Manager in Falls Church, VA
    Current Employee - Business Development Manager in Falls Church, VA

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

    Pros

    Encourage movement within the company. Respect employees, extremely ethical company. Many opportunities to move between business areas and job functions, but you have to seek out those opportunities. Strong senior management leaders, middle management is just okay.

    Cons

    Heavily focused on process and lose sight of employees that perform and get results. Tend not to "fire" people, many people have been with the a long time. Risk adverse.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on performance, not tenure.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful

    Large company with focus on bottom line, not employees

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Falls Church, VA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Falls Church, VA

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and comparable salaries for the industry. Highly technical workforce and motivated individuals. The facilities are new and work life balance is easy to maintain.

    Cons

    Highly militarized work force leads to "yes" men all over the company which reduces the possibility for original thinking. The initial training received upon being hired is non-existent as is on the job training.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in your new employees instead of holding on to the legacy individuals with bad attitudes.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful

    Unfair

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    Current Employee - Human Resources Manager in Falls Church, VA
    Current Employee - Human Resources Manager in Falls Church, VA

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

    Pros

    The travel is constant and the sites where you travel are interesting places. The technology is great.

    Cons

    Political, must be in the "in" crowd at headquarters, poor benefits, fallen behind in salary increases, diversity has become a numbers game and definitely not employee friendly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Who is there for the employee when HR is definitely part of your team.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful

    Great company with people who car about what they do, but it can be improved.

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    Current Employee - IT Project Manager in Falls Church, VA
    Current Employee - IT Project Manager in Falls Church, VA

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

    Pros

    1. Competitive pay and excellent benefits, including flexible work arrangements for many people (9/80, 4/10, WFH).
    2. Exposure to interesting cutting edge engineering technologies.
    3. People who care a lot about their mission to help protect warfighters.
    4. Lots of opportunities for advancement.
    6. Good work life balance.

    Cons

    1. Lots of meetings that don't seem to have a purpose.
    2. Ineffective managers and staff are often coddled. These individuals are not fired and often are not even confronted for their inappropriate behavior.
    3. Very hierarchical organization. Although "open door" is promoted, using it is not likely to get you the outcome you desire.
    4. Some areas of the company are understaffed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1. Weed out the poor performers.
    2. Hire more young people. NG needs to do a better job of marketing itself to college students. Most college students today are concerned about finding a job when they graduate, and NG has many jobs to offer IF students obtain the right degree. These students already have a leg up because of US citizenship requirements for employment in the defense industry, but they don't know it. We need to reach out to them and let them know there's a great chance of a job at NG if they get the needed skills.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful

    Decent benefits, low raises, "you are lucky to have a job mentality" until you put in your notice to leave.

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    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Falls Church, VA
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Falls Church, VA

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

    Pros

    Large company and you can get lost in the sauce. Benefits are standard but are decreasing never increasing.

    Cons

    Medical coverage cost went up every year, raises were low, does not like to move contractor employees to new positions, would rather hire from outside. They have a lot of people that are "stuck" working there as they can't find better without losing accrued leave time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If someone qualifies for a different position, let them move to it rather than make them stay in a position that drives them to leave the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 5 people found this helpful

    Northrop Grumman is a great company, but there are areas to avoid!

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    Former Employee - Senior Competitive Intelligence Analyst in Falls Church, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Competitive Intelligence Analyst in Falls Church, VA

    I worked at Northrop Grumman

    Pros

    Northrop is a great company that treats its employees well and provides excellent benefits and good working conditions. They pay at or just above market value, and the current yearly raise is roughly 3%. There is a legacy pension plan (in most of the sectors) for employees that have been there a long time. For newer employees there is a reasonable 401K matching program and a generous company funded savings program. The holidays vary based on sector with Electronic Systems and Corporate having the best holiday schedule, followed by Aerospace Systems, then Information Systems and Technical Services. Vacation and sick time are combined into accrued PTO (Paid Time Off), and the allotment is standardized across the corporation and based on the number of years you've been employed by the company. They have a good tuition reimbursement program. There is also an excellent employee discount program that includes supplier price for US auto manufacturers, Home Use Program for Microsoft products, special pricing on GE appliances, and many others. For positions with travel requirements, travel arrangements are typically made by the employee through the company approved online travel site, except for international travel which must be booked over the phone. Business class travel is allowed for international travel where the total travel time including layovers in a 24-hour period exceeds 12 hours. The typical federal travel requirements (lowest available fare, per diem rates, etc.) apply to selecting flights and hotels.

    Cons

    Northrop is an engineering company at heart. It's very process-oriented, and if you don't have an engineering degree, officer's retirement from one of the military branches, and/or high-level acquisition experience with one of the major customers, it's tough to work your way up the ladder. The online expense report tool the company uses is...well, let's just say it's not friendly. There are groups within the company that should be avoided at all costs for various reasons. In some cases, they are career black holes. In other cases their management is abysmal. In rare cases, the two coincide and result in a working nightmare. If you're interviewing, ask to speak to some or the people that would be your teammates/counterparts (alone if possible). Find out how long they've been in their positions, if they're happy with their position, career prospects and management, and what happened to the person who was in the seat you're interviewing for. If you end up in a bad seat within the company, there are no internal safeties - it will likely be tough to get out of that group without switching companies, and the yearly review process can be manipulated to make even a stellar employee look like a flunky.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There should be better mentorship and a formal grooming program for future management. Also, an employee review of their direct management should be included in the yearly review process. The employees' review of their management should account for a substantial portion of the manager's total review score. Most of the management at NG is great, but there are some that really damage NG's ability to hang onto good employees and have the potential to become serious legal liabilities for the company.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful

    Excellent

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - International Trade Analyst in Falls Church, VA
    Former Employee - International Trade Analyst in Falls Church, VA

    I worked at Northrop Grumman

    Pros

    Great atmosphere to work in, all superiors were extremely respectful to me, exciting and engaging field to work in with growing opportunities.

    Cons

    Pay is good but not great, seems like advancement may take longer than at other companies but it is definitely possible.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to make time at least once a week to speak with your subordinates and make sure everything is going well with them. Managers did this, but directors not as much.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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