Northrop Grumman
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Northrop Grumman Reviews in Palmdale, CA

Updated May 28, 2014
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3.8 21 reviews

                             

89% Approve of the CEO

Northrop Grumman Chairman, CEO & President Wesley G. Bush

Wesley G. Bush

(9 ratings)

72% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Very rewarding position in a company that respected me.

    Systems Engineer (Former Employee)
    Palmdale, CA

    ProsIt was a great place to intern - they respected me, challenged me, and gave me interesting things to work on. They never thought that I was incapable of doing something or figuring my position out. Great for self starters.

    ConsNot for people who want to be micromanaged. The office politics can become tiresome and compensation can be lower than some smaller companies.

    Advice to Senior ManagementContinue to treat your employees well and work on eliminating the office politics and you will have an undeniably great place to work for anyone!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Northrop was the cutting edge aerospace company, became a stodgy, bureaucratic machineafter merging with Grumman.

    Technical & Engineering Change Proposal Writer (Former Employee)
    Palmdale, CA

    ProsI worked on a highly profiled but highly classified military aircraft program for 10 yrs. in Pico RIvera & Palmdale, CA. It was exhilarating & personally & professionally to work on the cutting edge of technology & being considered among the the industry elite. Tuition reimbursement.

    ConsHigh pressure, high stress environment, I saw many who suffered terribly from work-related stress or just buckled under the pressure & quit. Easy to transfer & find other jobs within the large, diverse company but you had to kept abreast of current/future contracts because layoffs followed when they concluded. Underbid annual DoD contracts & no union made for many weekends of unpaid OT & very low employee morale. Like most aerospace or Fortune 500 companies now, when approaching retirement &/or 401K vesting milestones beware of the 60-day layoff notice to avoid paying pensions, transferring/moving targets survive here but most don't. Military/contractor revolving door & old boys club made for only ex-military upwardly mobile into mgmt. in my program.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHire about 75% less retired military, reduce the huge gap between the ivory tower upper mgmt. & the workforce through increased communications at all levels.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    My experience at Northrop Grumman west very good.

    Administrative Assistant (Current Employee)
    Palmdale, CA

    ProsWorking a 9/80 work week is great being off every other Friday is great too.

    ConsWorking long hours sometimes can take a toll on you.

    Advice to Senior ManagementManagement should be a little more sensitive to employee needs.

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    The management has been less than truthful throughout my employment.

    Logistics Planner/Field Engineer (Current Employee)
    Palmdale, CA

    ProsFreedom to travel; great co-workers, Not much else comes to mind.

    ConsMicromanagement; failure to recognize skills, abilities, or education;

    Advice to Senior ManagementTrust your employees; they are professionals.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Pleasent experience

    Engineer III (Current Employee)
    Palmdale, CA

    Prosgood people and friendly atmosphere

    Consunclear / shaddy promotion process

    Advice to Senior Managementcommunicate basics more to employees

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great atmosphere, management, and team environment

    Logistics Planner (Current Employee)
    Palmdale, CA

    ProsGood management, room for growth!!

    ConsNot sure yet. I have been with the company for three years now... I have yet to find something worth complaining about.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    NGC has been an extremely enjoyable experience.

    Logistics Engineer V (Current Employee)
    Palmdale, CA

    ProsBenefits, growth potential, breadth of experience possibilities

    ConsNo more than any other company

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Underwhelmed - don't stay here long, just get some experience and leave

    Engineer (Current Employee)
    Palmdale, CA

    ProsMostly hardworking coworkers focused on the deliverables we've committed to. There's a strong sense of purpose to completing team goals.

    ConsTerrible focus on employee growth except for interns and short skirts. Northrop's annual salary pools are worse than their competitor's and don't inspire anyone to excel. There benefits are becoming less competitive every year. They really don't plan to keep anyone longer than a few years since they only pay new employees well to get them to join.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou conduct an annual employee survey, and then ignore the negative answers. If you focus on improving your survey results through actual change, you'd be unstoppable. Alas, we all know the survey is just Fortune 500 window dressing. I bet the executives get a giant bonus even when the results don't improve.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Northrop Grumman is a Good Company for Engineers

    Engineer (Former Employee)
    Palmdale, CA

    Pros- Pretty easy to stand out
    - Lots of career opportunities
    - Very good locations
    - Excellent work/life balance (not much night shift)
    - It's pretty hard to lose your job there
    - Bleeding Edge product offerings

    Cons- Way too many layers of management
    - Way too many managers at each level
    - Management Oversight is too high on contract proposals; NG can't compete well as a result
    - Transferring out of a department is difficult if you don't have someone pulling you
    - It's better to look good than to be good
    - Raises are the same whether you're Extremely Effective or Extremely Ineffective
    - They lag upgrading personal workstations (For instance, I was upgraded from Windows 95 to Windows 2000 long after Windows XP was available)

    Advice to Senior ManagementPlease consider process improvement initiatives for the support functions - not just manufacturing. The true opportunities for cutting costs exists in evaluating what is really necessary to support your shop floor. Keep a watchful eye on management's "Empire Building".

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    A learning experience, in a professional conservative environment.

    Industrial Engineer (Current Employee)
    Palmdale, CA

    ProsPositive environment that is willing to work with you in order help you grow as an employee.

    ConsThis is the type of industry that can provide stability, but is also very slow paced.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLet's try to keep the nepotism to a minimum.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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