Northrop Grumman Reviews

Updated June 19, 2015
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Northrop Grumman Chairman, CEO & President Wesley G. Bush
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  • 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. Great Corporation

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Information Systems Analyst in Linthicum, MD
    Current Employee - Information Systems Analyst in Linthicum, MD

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

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

    Pros

    The corporation makes an effort to appease customers, employees and shareholders. There is a vast array of various opportunities and fulfilling carers within the company. I enjoy the people I work with and the manager that I report to. A large corporation brings stability.

    Cons

    Due to the size of the company, some agility is sacrificed. Changes are slower to execute. There is bureaucracy that exists in certain parts of the organization that is unavoidable.

    Advice to Management

    A difficult but important objective should be to foster constructive two-way communication from the executive management to the boots on the ground and every level in between.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Software Architect

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Architect in Linthicum, MD
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Architect in Linthicum, MD

    I have been working at Northrop Grumman

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

    Pros

    If you work for right group you will do reasonable challenging work. Will not last long though

    Cons

    Be very diligent in checking out the manager you will work for. In Maryland ES there are managers that once you hire into that group will never let you leave. They will control your salary to extent you will never recover. If you try to leave the group they will put information into your JPAS / Background investigation files that will have all employers, contract COTARs etc call them. So once you work for a bad manager and leave you will not be able to work for about 12 years. The managers at Northrop will play games. You will alway have two tasks and they will change priorities back and forth to get more and more work from you. None of which will make you look good on evaluations. Again, there are great groups. Stay away from the ES sector in MD. You will never work again if you leave. It is a cute game to them. There is a book called "A Just Cause" that describes all the crap they will do to you.

    Again , there are good groups but most of the groups in MD / ES are terrible. They will slander you if you leave the company. People in mid career should never hire into Northrop. You will not get any promotions, raises, etc. You will ruin any skills you have because you will not use anything cutting edge at Northrop ES sector in MD. Stay away from any managers that used to work in Sikesville MD. They are a band of people that work together to hurt people. There is the Associational of Old Crows (AOC) that will control your salary in any company you go to after leaving Northrop... I know people that for ten years were unable to wrork. They will call your employers when your clearance / access to projects comes through and you are put onto JPAS system. BE VERY AFRAID ! If you see various games played by a manager where they will not respond in writing, games on tasks, deliverables. you will find you will not be able to transfer to another group. If you leave you will be ruined.

    Advice to Management

    Lie detect all workers in management, program management. Fire all of the people that cannot honestly pass simple questions about screwing with other employers. Then again I think it is the corporate culture to screw people.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Director

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Linthicum, MD
    Current Employee - Director in Linthicum, MD

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    I have been with Northrop Grumman for 30 years and was involved with many exciting programs. This is a good company and we had good benefits including a pension program. You can move around to different programs and sectors easily.

    Cons

    We are slowing taking away benefits and bonuses.

    Advice to Management

    Take care of your good people first and not just looking at shareholder values.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Great place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Process Assessor in Linthicum, MD
    Former Employee - Process Assessor in Linthicum, MD

    I worked at Northrop Grumman

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

    Pros

    Great place to work, great team environment

    Cons

    Cannot think of anything that should be changed

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work


  6. Helpful (2)

    Great benefits, poor salary

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Linthicum, MD
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Linthicum, MD

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    9/80 work schedule, flexible hours, child-care resources, 100% tuition reimbursement (for job related classes)

    Cons

    Very rigid promotion structure, the company's "pay-for-performance" motto doesn't really hold up too well since you can receive an above average performance rating but only get the average merit increase


  7. Helpful (2)

    Painful and completely unsatisfying

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Trade Analyst in Linthicum, MD
    Former Employee - Trade Analyst in Linthicum, MD

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

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

    Pros

    Free MBA - they paid for your education up front, including books. The 9/80 Program.

    Cons

    Inept managers promoted and shuffled around rather than let go. Incompetent employees receive raises. No employee development.

    Advice to Management

    Realize that more than half of the employees sit and watch birds out the window all day and are being treated the exact same as the few who work. Innovation shouldn't be a rarity and the strong discouraging message from management on involving HR in employee issues is a problem.


  8. Helpful (2)

    Fantastic experiences, highly intelligent staff, great benefits......overall a great place to work!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager, Engineering in Linthicum, MD
    Current Employee - Manager, Engineering in Linthicum, MD

    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

    Cutting edge technology
    Great people
    Diverse assignments
    Technical Breadth and Depth
    Above average benefits
    Honorable Mission

    Cons

    Staffing shortfall causes many individuals to work excessive overtime. Difficult work/life balance in some instances. Large company and facility can make it difficult to know the experts. Due to the high degree of technical expertise in product areas people become highly stovepiped.

    Advice to Management

    Maintain the company values. Emphasize the mission and product end-user. Create a stronger link between the employees and their customers/users via demos, on-site tours and info-sessions. Promote cross-functional development via technical rotational assignments. Enforce the highest standards.


  9. Helpful (3)

    OK company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Linthicum, MD
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Linthicum, MD

    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

    Good benefits and work life balance

    Cons

    Culture and Westinghouse mentality still exists

    Advice to Management

    Keep promoting the same "old" unqualified people and not considering the up and coming qualified people


  10. Technically challenging and interesting

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Linthicum, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Linthicum, MD

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

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

    Pros

    Opportunity to exercise technical skills room for advancement into many areas

    Cons

    Working within the framework of government contracts can be challenging


  11. 23 years with Northrop Grumman

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

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

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

    Pros

    VERY smart people, Great company, Excellent benefits!

    Cons

    None. None. None. None. None.



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