Northrop Grumman Reviews

Updated March 27, 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)

  • Flexible work hours, 9/80 schedule gives you every other Friday off (in 115 reviews)

Cons
  • Work/Life balance can be quite nonexistent depending on the program and location you are in (in 28 reviews)

  • 15-23 yrs experience engineers quietly in order to save upper management staff (in 54 reviews)

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  1. 13 people found this helpful

    Great company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager in El Segundo, CA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in El Segundo, CA

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

    Pros

    Most positions are on a 9/80 schedule, which will give you every other Friday off in exchange for an extra hour Mon-Thurs. Everyone is allowed to express their opinions. Highly, highly ethical organization (may be a result of DCMA auditors always being around, but whatever the reason, if you have integrity, this is the place for you). You often get to work on things you only get to read about. Great work/life balance overall... occasionally a project may temporarily disrupt this, but even then, in at least some instances the company will provide straight overtime even though you are salaried.

    Cons

    HR is the biggest issue here. They take the job requisitions very literally, and so you often have people who are only qualified on paper in a role they have no business being in, while talent has to sit around until they have enough years to qualify for a given role. Merit based bonuses for lower level staff are extremely difficult to get, although surprisingly high (for non-sales folks) if you do.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fix your HR, pronto. They know nothing about the programs, nor do they know the existing employees line managers have often worked with and spotted potential in, so they reject your real talent, which hurts the project when the wrong person is in the job and may eventually drive away the talent because they don't want to wait 6 years to get promoted.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful

    was a happy employee there

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Northrop Grumman

    Pros

    friendly atmosphere, nice people, great social gathering, decent pay and benefits, every other Friday off

    Cons

    stability was not very good there

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful

    Great company to work for even though not for everyone

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer II in El Segundo, CA
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer II in El Segundo, CA

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

    Pros

    Growth opportunities do exist. Good work life balance.

    Cons

    Almost feel like dealing with politics. Technically interesting work isn't always a great help to career growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to value more on technical talents.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5. 2 people found this helpful

    17 years @ NG

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Melbourne, FL
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Melbourne, FL

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

    Pros

    Super company, growing like crazy in Melbourne. Excellent communication between the site manager and everyone. Fair salary, good working conditions, great people. Fantastic weather.

    Cons

    None to think of right now.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to listen to the workers

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6. 2 people found this helpful

    International HR Analyst

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Northrop Grumman

    Pros

    Innovative technology and overall a great place to work

    Cons

    Not much flexibility to work autonomously

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust your team and let them work

  7. 1 person found this helpful

    Great place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Carpinteria, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Carpinteria, CA

    I have been working at Northrop Grumman

    Pros

    Technical challenges and opportunities not found elsewhere for both civilian and miliary work

    Cons

    Need more steady work as jobs come and go with individual projects and contracts

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The work environment has improved in the past five years. Work environment feels more fair and balanced

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. excellent

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Northrop Grumman

    Pros

    Great people to work with

    Cons

    long walk to work but doable

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. Electrical Engineer II (Contractor)

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Electrical Engineer II in Rancho Bernardo, CA
    Current Contractor - Electrical Engineer II in Rancho Bernardo, CA

    I have been working at Northrop Grumman as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    THE PEOPLE I WORKED WITH WERE GOOD PEOPLE. THE PAY GREAT. WHENEVER I NEEDED HELP OR A QUESTION ANSWERED THEY WERE MORE THAN WILLING TO HELP ME OUT. THE COMPANY WILL BE AROUND FIVE YEARS FROM NOW, WHICH PROVIDEDS SOME JOB SECURITY.

    Cons

    It's a contracting job so you know when it ends. Harder to get in there systems to do work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make the system more fluent for contractors

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful

    NGES

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    Former Employee - Systems Engineering Manager in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Systems Engineering Manager in Baltimore, MD

    I worked at Northrop Grumman

    Pros

    Solid technologies, processes, people, environment!

    Cons

    no cons of which to speak..

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11. 1 person found this helpful

    Diverse opportunities over a broad spectrum of technology areas.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Large company that offers opportunities to try new things in diverse areas. Company culture supports diversity and employee growth

    Cons

    Your experience may depend highly on the project you are working on or your functional group. So YMMV.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encourage employee growth and employees to try new things. Find ways to ensure employees are engaged and motivated on all projects.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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