Northrop Grumman

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Northrop Grumman Reviews

Updated October 30, 2014
Updated October 30, 2014
1,808 Reviews
3.4
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Northrop Grumman Chairman, CEO & President Wesley G. Bush
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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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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great work environment!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Cost Control Analyst in El Segundo, CA
    Current Employee - Program Cost Control Analyst in El Segundo, CA

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

    Pros

    Responsibilities and opportunities given early on and up to you if you can perform and shine. Great support from managers and fellow coworkers. The opportunity to learn by doing and from others around you can be underrated. Work/life balance is great especially considering the 9/80 work schedule (every other Friday off!). Opportunity of visibility is there (get to present your own analysis) and many programs offers the possibility of lateral movements to increase exposure within the company. Overall, a great place to start a career.

    Cons

    I'd say pay raises are below industry standards and benefits have been reduced over time. You typically need to put in your time to get up in the company...even though your performance speaks otherwise. Many levels of management and multiple bosses can get confusing and feels like there might be too many managers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better compensation in the form of pay raises would be nice, though that is up to the director level. Management does a great job to help you get visibility within the company which can lead to movement anywhere in the company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great work place, friendly environment, salary too low

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer II in Woodland Hills, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer II in Woodland Hills, CA

    I worked at Northrop Grumman full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Actual work seems to be challenging (if you're lucky enough to get a good tech lead)
    Get great hands-on experience
    Friendly environment
    Great benefits

    Cons

    Difficult to move up in the company
    Salary too low for skill set
    Some tech leads don't approve of new ideas for more efficient algorithms

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give more recognition awards, promote people, acknowledge them, speed up IT.
    Other than that, everything else seems to be great.
    Honestly, it is a great place to work but salary was low especially when you find out what some others make with fewer skill sets and less motivation.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great company, great people.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
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  5.  

    Great for getting started

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  6.  

    Challenging Work, Excellent Benefits, Advancement is on a Rail

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  7.  

    Solid company to work for...

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Chester, VA
    Current Employee - Manager in Chester, VA

    I have been working at Northrop Grumman full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    solid leadership, trust, integrity and performance key indicators

    Cons

    improve salary and performance recognition levels

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not a bad place; not great.

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    Former Employee - Summer Intern
    Former Employee - Summer Intern

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

    Pros

    The internship program is just getting started so they're working on bringing in a lot of speakers and organizing events for interns to attend. Work was relatively meaningful and the team was encouraging.

    Cons

    Bureaucratic and company culture seems to be stuck in the 80s; while it's starting to change, there's definitely a strong presence of office politics and gossip. Business organization also is loosely scattered; while my own internship was a positive experience in terms of work I did and the coworkers I was with, I was one of the lucky ones, as other interns I knew felt dissatisfied and bored at work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Experience was great. Learned a lot as a Software Intern.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Northrop Grumman

    Pros

    The best reasons to work there were the unique work experiences and the great people.

    Cons

    There are lost of projects going on so individual help can be hard to find at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would incorporate some team building programs to get employees more comfortable with each other.

  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good experience overall

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Northrop Grumman full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Training, stability, growth opportunities, Diversity, Flexibility

    Cons

    Everything is great as long as you carefully manage your career. Your internal network is extremely important. Good people carry their people around the organization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention and deal with problems as soon as you know they exist. Do skip levels, find out what's going on, retention and turnover go hand in hand. When an entire department leaves it's probably an indicator that something is going on.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Computer Systems Analyst was a very challenging and rewarding job

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Computer Systems Analyst in Newport News, VA
    Former Employee - Computer Systems Analyst in Newport News, VA

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

    Pros

    Support from management very strong and great working enviroment

    Cons

    None, job was very rewarding

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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