Northrop Grumman Reviews

Updated April 18, 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. Helpful (18)

    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)

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

    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 Management

    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.

  2. Helpful (1)

    People were great, corporate policies were not

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    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Software Engineer
    Former Employee - Software Engineer

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

    Pros

    I was working on a non-classified system and the people were really good. Management did a good job of keeping all the different reorganizations from affecting our day to day activities.

    Cons

    Corporate policies are set to benefit the company, not the employee. The value that I added to the company by taking graduate classes on my own time was viewed only through a financial lens, not a human lens.

    Advice to Management

    Senior management needs to view their employees as significantly contributing to the bottom line instead of placing their needs below those of the client and share holder's.

  3. Helpful (1)

    Software Development Analyst

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Northrop Grumman full-time

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

    Pros

    Great Work environment, Challenging work,

    Cons

    Old working equipment, dirty carpet, etc.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up

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  5. Nine Years and still counting

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, 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

    Knowing that what I do can make a difference in the security of this country makes the job worth it. Great company to work for - work/life balance is a nice plus.

    Cons

    HR is awful. This department needs an overhaul. Treat your employees like you would want to be treated.

    Advice to Management

    Let ALL employees have a chance of rotation within departments. The programs would benefit and the chance for employees to cross train in new areas is beneficial to the employees and the company. Include admins in the rotation process. There are many admins that could teach new program managers about different business areas. This would be a win/win for all.

  6. great work-life balance

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer III in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer III in San Diego, CA

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

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

    Pros

    Interesting projects to work on and great people.

    Cons

    Too much red tape. Have to jumps hoops to accomplish simple tasks at times.

  7. Company continues to restructure after multiple mergers

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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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity to learn plus education reimbursement.
    Opportunity to grow...if you're willing to relocate.
    Typically flexible with work schedule.
    Benefit package is pretty good.

    Cons

    Constant budget challenges often causes a stressful environment.
    Transfer of knowledge is sometimes scarce.
    Opportunities to advance mostly occur at larger sites.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on developing the younger workforce to one day replace you. Structure career paths for those with the desire to advance their career.

  8. Helpful (1)

    Manager

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    Former Employee - Colorado in Colorado Springs, CO
    Former Employee - Colorado in Colorado Springs, CO

    I worked at Northrop Grumman full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Fair compensation and benefits for long-term employees.

    Cons

    Increasing bureaucracy. Customer work locations can be lacking in amenities.

  9. Sector Director

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Northrop Grumman full-time

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good company and seeks diversity.

    Cons

    Benefits are being cut and the company is not as good as before.

  10. Helpful (1)

    Personal and technical growth is a given

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Lake Charles, LA
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Lake Charles, LA

    I have been working at Northrop Grumman full-time (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Personal growth and engagement is part of the culture of the company.

    Cons

    Difficult to move up in the chain

    Advice to Management

    Keep growing the employees

  11. Helpful (1)

    Software Engineer 2

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Northrop Grumman full-time

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

    Pros

    I work with hard working dedicated people for the most part.

    Cons

    Sometimes the bureaucracy gets overwhelming.

    Advice to Management

    Work on breaking down roadblocks to better products.

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