Northrop Grumman

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Northrop Grumman Reviews

Updated November 23, 2014
Updated November 23, 2014
1,830 Reviews
3.4
1,830 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The 9/80 schedule makes it easier for employees to maintain a better work/life balance (in 131 reviews)

  • Good Benefits, Predictable paycheck, management wont fire you if your a sleezebag (in 132 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 53 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great Place!!!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    I have been working at Northrop Grumman

    Pros

    Challenging and innovative. Good work life balance. Management cares about employee growth and diversity.

    Cons

    Not much bad to say. Very conservative. Can be an asset but difficult to be nimble within the constraint of government regulation.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    NGC is a great place to work. Gives many opportunities for interns and high school students

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Northrop Grumman as an intern

    Pros

    The company has many different disciplines and specializations that one can delve into. They also uphold a more positive atmosphere by having extracurricular organizations within the company.

    Cons

    Government clearance is a pain, but understandable considering their position. Due to the company being so large, organization tends to fall off, but that is understandable.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    good solid company. almost like being in the military

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    Former Employee - Supervisor in Fort Irwin, CA
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Fort Irwin, CA

    I worked at Northrop Grumman full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Company benefits are good promotions are acceptable. Good company values.

    Cons

    A little impersonal sometimes but overall the only problem is the changing of contracts and the stress it leads to. Travel distance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Government Contractor

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New Orleans, LA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New Orleans, LA

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

    Pros

    good technical knowledge, rare overtime, 4day x 10hr work week

    Cons

    stiff environment, hours are tracked closely, little training and advancement options, monotonous work, difficult to get books and other supplies that aren't directly billable

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get your people some training and encourage them to grow and develop

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Northrop Grumman Response

    Nov 17, 2014Social Recruiting Lead

    Thank you for your valuable advice about providing more employee training and development. We appreciate you taking the time to provide us with a four star review.

  6.  

    High Tech and Caring

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    Current Employee - Aviation Safety Manager in Chantilly, VA
    Current Employee - Aviation Safety Manager in Chantilly, VA

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

    Pros

    Extremely competitive in the high tech market place. They take great care of their employees not only with wages and such, but by showing they truly care about me as an employee.

    Cons

    When the contract is up, you are out. Not very stable, but still a good company to work with.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Become more of a shield for silliness from the higher ups, rather than a funnel.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Northrop Grumman Response

    Nov 17, 2014Social Recruiting Lead

    Great to hear that you feel cared for as an employee. Thank you for your four star review.

  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Employer if you have the right managers

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    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer III in Palmdale, CA
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer III in Palmdale, CA

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

    Pros

    A lot of room for career growth and ability to be involved with various programs. Future looks bright for the company product portfolio as well as for investors.

    Cons

    You have to be willing to relocate to remote locations or travel extensively for greater career growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The company needs to focus more keeping talented engineers rather than satisfying the status quo with all the other aerospace companies in the industry.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Northrop Grumman Response

    Nov 11, 2014Social Recruiting Lead

    Thank you for the 4 star rating and positive review! We are pleased to hear that you are finding career growth and a bright future with us.

  8.  

    It's ok

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer III in Buffalo, NY
    Current Employee - Software Engineer III in Buffalo, NY

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

    Pros

    Lots of ability to train if you can fit it into the budget, very flexible hours and still somewhat decent benefits

    Cons

    Micromanaged, benefits are decreasing every year. Lots of old school and good old boy folks still hanging on and not doing much.

    Neutral Outlook

    Northrop Grumman Response

    Nov 17, 2014Social Recruiting Lead

    Thank you for taking the time to provide us with a four star review! We are glad to hear that you enjoy a flexible schedule and employee development resources.

  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Challenging Work, Excellent Benefits, Advancement is on a Rail

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in Oklahoma City, OK
    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in Oklahoma City, OK

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

    Pros

    The benefits package is outstanding, with lots of options offered with very reasonable contribution. Work is interesting and challenging. Generally positive work environment (even if it's based on gallows humor) and most of the staff is easy to get along with. Schedules are normally very flexible and work/life balance is excellent. Very responsive and helpful HR, IT, and other administrative support. Lots of opportunity to move about in the company with some patience.

    Cons

    The pay is decent, but once you're in, you are one of the herd, especially if you are not in one of the major centers (such as El Segundo). Development and advancement seems to be more tied to seniority than actual contribution and ability. Performance reviews (and therefore raises and bonuses) are exceedingly subjective and seem to serve more to hit target numbers rather than provide meaningful feedback or incentives. This is more specific to defense contractors in general, so I wouldn't single Northrop-Grumman out specifically for this, but if you switch companies, you aren't going to jump a spot in line.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Since something along the lines of 80% of workers would rate their performance in the top 5%, I'd take this for what it is, but the talent management is disastrous, especially if you're not in a central location. High performers and dead weight usually receive at or near the same rating. This isn't any different than the other prime contractors, but they all seem comfortable enough with their piece of the pie to sit and let talent ride out the circuit, so again. I can't say that any attempt to win the arms race for the best and brightest makes any more sense than simply trading them off in a zero-sum game, so it is what it is.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great company, great people.

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    Current Employee - Structures Mechanic in Palmdale, CA
    Current Employee - Structures Mechanic in Palmdale, CA

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

    Pros

    Well paid, well compensated, great people

    Cons

    Schedule driven with quality of work sometimes below industry standards.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great for getting started

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    Current Employee - Accounting in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Accounting in McLean, VA

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

    Pros

    It's a great place to jumpstart your career. Great Support form management and senior level employees. The 9/80 schedule (every other Friday off) promotes positive work life balance. Given autonomy to work on large projects.

    Cons

    Poor compensation and pay increases. Environment can be pretty when trying to advance your career. Company changes constantly. I have had four managers in the past couple of years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve compensation and pay increases

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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