Northrop Grumman Reviews

Updated August 31, 2015
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Pros
  • 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. Featured Review

    Helpful (6)

    A Great Company to work for

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Program Manager III
    Former Employee - Program Manager III
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Highly Competitive Benefits program Strategic Focus with Great Alignment to Corporate Mission and Vision Commitment to outreach programs and local organizational communities

    Cons

    Talent Management Program is somewhat limited for mid-career personnel. Model tends to let many leading technical professionals slip away. Frequent corporate to division to departmental realignments limit momentum for high-performer personnel and top performing departments and divisions.

    Advice to Management

    Designate career development plan for all stages of personnel development (college/entry, Mid career, and Sr./executives) and align corporate resources for each demographic.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Good Company to work with... if you a go-getter.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director
    Former Employee - Director
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Lots of impactful work. Game changer in terms on the value that you can provide and impact you can make. If you want to work for something more than a paycheck - this is the place to be. - Opportunities for go-getters - but you got have to be aggressive in terms of chasing them. - Good Work-Life balance - Mostly everybody is respectful of it. You have to set your own boundaries. - Get to work on some really cool things and solve world challenges. - Some of the smartest folks you'll get to work with - Overall, a great place to work ... unfortunately, every so often you have to leave for the org to realize your potential and then maybe come back to the org.

    Cons

    - Red Tape.... Meetings about meetings. - More talkers than doers... - Ultra Conservative - Difficult to grow... even if you are recognized top-performer in the company. - Politics... & more politics. - Middle management is too "in-the-box" thought process. - Compensation is not competitive -- as a result, loosing some great minds. Those that are sticking around have too much vested in terms of yrs, pension to look outside, so they are riding it out.


  3. Engineer

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    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Carson, CA
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Carson, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great benefits and extra bonus for good work

    Cons

    Lack of new contracts for employees

    Advice to Management

    Get new contracts and keep all employees


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Mechanical Engineer

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Madison, AL
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Madison, AL
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Enjoyed the work we accomplished at my stint, with NG

    Cons

    Upper management lost focus on hardware engineering.


  6. Industrial Engineer

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer II in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer II in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Like any job you get what you put into it. Many people that I have heard complain dont put the effort in to get to their ultimate career goal. I have had a great manager that has been excellent with me. Ask for stretch assignments and there is a chance you will get that opportunity down the line. 9/80 schedule is awesome.

    Cons

    Get rid of all the dead weight. A good chunk of employees are on cruise control and management is always slow to get rid of the lazy people. They hate laying off employees unless its on a mass layoff basis. Any other company would immediately get rid of these people immediately if there is no work or they are not performing. In all departments i have seen its only 1 or 2 employees holding the whole department together. Lets get the 4/10 schedule going!

    Advice to Management

    Give more young engineers stretch assignments, it made me stick around unfortunately others left the company because they did not get that opportunity.


  7. a good place to innovate

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethpage, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethpage, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Unlimited opportunities to do most anything and be able to really innovate all kinds of new technology, If you like technology this is the place to work. Just be ready and able to relocate. You can work on almost anything if you want to and can.

    Cons

    Down sizing that can uproot families, uncertain job futures due to working in defense.

    Advice to Management

    Allow people to be able to engineer anywhere like we used to do. That is what secure networks can do for you.


  8. Best job I've ever had.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Mechanical Technician
    Current Employee - Mechanical Technician
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    NGC truly understands that investing in their employees is the best way to produce the best products possible while retaining the best talent in the industry. Plenty of room for professional growth as long as the worker is motivated and driven.

    Cons

    Location. Affordable housing is not in the best areas. Traffic.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Great place to work, office politics embedded in culture, in-line with industry shareholder vs personnel benefit shift

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Aerospace Engineer II in Redondo Beach, CA
    Current Employee - Aerospace Engineer II in Redondo Beach, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of smart folks, and potential to learn a lot based on the various talent the company attracts

    Cons

    Office politics, lack of employee compensation, requires improvement on tribal knowledge transfer and lessons learned

    Advice to Management

    Increase your training budget, offer more mentorship, apply lessons learned more effectively


  10. Currently employeed

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Linthicum, MD
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Linthicum, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Lots of training opportunities. Work 9/80 weeks which means every other Friday off. Company shuts down over Christmas holidays.

    Cons

    There is a lot of bureaucracy. Not enough office space. The culture is conservative, change happens slowly over time. Average raises are 2-3%, although it can be more for top performers.

    Advice to Management

    The company needs to be more agile. Company hire top students, but advancements opportunities are limited so not enough advancement opportunities to go around.


  11. Good Company To Work For

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer Manager in El Segundo, CA
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer Manager in El Segundo, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Northrop is a good company to work for. I love the 9/80 schedule. It helps you use less paid vacation time when you plan time off from work. It is also a great company to for long term career growth. There are a lot of different types of positions available, so the company have options to vary your career.

    Cons

    There is a lot of bureaucracy at this company. It is often hard to make changes to company policy and procedure. There are a lot of employees who are "traditionalist", so it's hard for them to think outside the box in order to do something a different way.



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