Northrop Grumman

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Northrop Grumman Reviews

Updated March 5, 2015
Updated March 5, 2015
1,967 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 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. 7 people found this helpful  

    Great company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
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  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Company

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Northrop Grumman full-time

    Pros

    I think the company is doing a great job. They focus on value and by far the most ethical (very important to NG) aerospace company in the business.

    Cons

    I would keep this review to more of the positive notes on NG. They are still a large aerospace firm that continues to improve on those stereotypes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you are doing. Management really cares about their employees and knows that they are the assets needed to be successful.

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  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good place to work, lots of career advancement opportunities for the ambitious.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer

    I have been working at Northrop Grumman

    Pros

    Working on difficult problems vital to national defense. Typically great colleagues. Newly instituted performance-based bonus program. Flexible work schedule and hours.

    Cons

    Pay growth can stagnate with low to mediocre yearly raises. Typically little to no funding for training.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Beef up training from external providers (i.e., not LX training). Young engineers want continuing education and we want more young engineers on our programs. In addition to tuition reimbursement, consider paying for engineers to attend training relevant to the operating unit.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    NGC Test Engineer

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Test Engineer in Fairfax, VA
    Former Employee - Test Engineer in Fairfax, VA

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

    Pros

    Large Defense Contractor with ability to secure relatively long-term contracts.

    Cons

    May require much self-initiative to navigate the advancement process.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Include more career enhancement training opportunities to keep employees engaged and increase value. Do not spend all energy solely on the job at hand.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    Great Experience

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Northrop Grumman

    Pros

    Compensation is fair, work is meaningful

    Cons

    Large corporate structures are not for everyone, it can feel impersonal

  7.  

    great

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Northrop Grumman

    Pros

    work environment is one of the best

    Cons

    defense industry is losing employees

  8.  

    Meaningful Work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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

    Pros

    The company cares about creating a positive environment for employees. Employees are very committed to the mission.

    Cons

    To remain competitive for the long run, the company has had to make some hard decisions to take away certain benefits and increase the cost of benefits.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    New performance management rating distributions are demotivating and are creating undesirable behavior.

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  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Process Assessor in Linthicum, MD
    Former Employee - Process Assessor in Linthicum, MD

    I worked at Northrop Grumman

    Pros

    Great place to work, great team environment

    Cons

    Cannot think of anything that should be changed

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work

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    Positive Outlook
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  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great job, awesome pay, and fresh out of college

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer I
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer I

    I have been working at Northrop Grumman

    Pros

    NGC is increasing work-life balance initiatives and this is great for employees to take advantage of. The 9/80 schedule is a great advantage of working at NGC and it's such a stress reliever really. The technology and projects we work on are great and interesting. The atmosphere is relaxed and co-workers are extremely friendly, open-minded, and fun!

    Cons

    When capturing a new project for NGC, things tend to get a little crazy for everyone. Sometimes in all the craziness there seems to be lack of communication between the upper management down to the engineer. I have had to work overtime in order to meet deadlines for acquiring a new project and it was exhausting.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Proposal Analyst in El Segundo, CA
    Former Intern - Proposal Analyst in El Segundo, CA

    I worked at Northrop Grumman as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    It is a fantastic fortune 500 with a great company culture. The company prides itself on ethics and follows through. Pay is competitive for the Aerospace Industry.

    Cons

    It is a massive, engineering heavy company, and being a business major makes it hard to have much of a future. All of top management comes from the engineering sector of the business.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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