Northrop Grumman Reviews

Updated September 3, 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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    • 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. Software Developer / DBA

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    Current Employee - Software Development Analyst II in Troy, MI
    Current Employee - Software Development Analyst II in Troy, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Northrop Grumman is a large company that has locations all over the country, so there are plenty of places to relocate to if you ever get tired of where you are working.

    Cons

    As a government contract focused business, work tends to come in cycles where part of the year you will be really busy and other times you won't have much to work on.

    Advice to Management

    Offer more work from home or remote work situations for IT related positions.


  3. 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.


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  5. Cyber Security

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Madison, AL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Madison, AL

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

    Pros

    Somewhat stable place to work.

    Cons

    Hard to develop your career


  6. Northrop Grumman is OK

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    Current Employee - Multimedia Designer IV
    Current Employee - Multimedia Designer IV
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great financial support of program, limited oversight, and steady employment.

    Cons

    DoD, Management wary of change, Limited upward mobility based on merit.

    Advice to Management

    Embrace change and focus on employee satisfaction instead of bottom line.


  7. College Technical Intern

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    Former Employee - Intern - Hourly in Rancho Bernardo, CA
    Former Employee - Intern - Hourly in Rancho Bernardo, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Northrop Grumman (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great Intern Program, definitely a lot of opportunities for growth as well as involvement in a variety of programs.

    Cons

    Lack of budget creates difficulty for certain departments, employment isn't always secure due to working for DoD and funding for various contracts, company does a good job at moving employees to programs if funding gets cut for one project.


  8. Human Resources

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    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Northrop Grumman full-time

    Pros

    Great place to work...lots of opportunity for growth and development. Ability to try new things and stay current on industry trends.

    Cons

    Declining defense budgets and the need to do less with more.


  9. 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


  10. Helpful (1)

    Mechanical Engineer

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    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.


  11. Industrial Engineer

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    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.



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