Northrop Grumman

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Northrop Grumman Reviews

Updated January 27, 2015
Updated January 27, 2015
1,900 Reviews
3.5
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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 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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Good pay and benefits.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carson, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carson, CA

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

    Pros

    Benefits are great. Environment was pretty good. Work week is 9/80, I quite liked that.

    Cons

    Management was a little overpowering. Not much room for creativity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop micro management! Not everyone does it but, the ones that do are not reprimanded. For the most part the company is a good place to work and I would work there again.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Positive experience 1st part of 21st century. Challenging morale environment past 5-years since onset of sequestration.

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    Current Employee - Exempt Non Officer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Exempt Non Officer in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    Fullfilling employment and educational opportunities. Company appears to protect it's direct employees from reductions in force while optimizing its performance in an affordability focused environment. Shareholders are happy, stock is way up, cutting edge technologies suggest much promise.

    Cons

    Recent Center of Excellence transitions derailed many career paths (similar to strategic realignments and downsizing experienced during corporate mergers & acquisitions). Resuting disenchantment, frustration, and fear of being exiled by the new guard has badly damaged morale. Affordability focused environment threatens quality for sake of cost and schedule.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Protect knowledge base, shore up core competencies, leverage existing staff, and avoid inefficiency resulting ftom diluting leadership across too many programs. Economic recovery is imminent, morale is at all time low, talented performers that are regulalry dismissed will depart. Generational gaps are glaring, combined with the above factors, along with poor succession planning, create corporate exposure by amplfying a competative advantage for the industry players.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    Satisfying career

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    Current Employee - Field Engineer in Buffalo, NY
    Current Employee - Field Engineer in Buffalo, NY

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

    Pros

    Great work / family balance

    Cons

    Take longer at times to get changes made. Much detail and paper-trail and approvals needed for change. This is good at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Thanks for keeping the company strong and proud to work with.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Business Manager

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    Current Employee - Program Cost Control Analyst in Redondo Beach, CA
    Current Employee - Program Cost Control Analyst in Redondo Beach, CA

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

    Pros

    Great Flexibility, Excellent Benefits, Mentoring, established company, work-life balance

    Cons

    age gap in employees leaves little room for young employees to grow, industry downsizing

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    create positions marketable to entry level and younger employees, market flexibility, education reimbursement, telecommuting

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Defense Industry! Could be unstable

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Northrop Grumman

    Pros

    Interesting work can keep the work interesting. Work life balance can also be good, because of flexible 980 schedule.

    Cons

    Upward mobility can be a problem in addition with redundancy of work. Of course you can reach out to other groups for more work, however, you may not be compensated well enough.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let new faces in!

  7. 6 people found this helpful  

    It's a job

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Northrop Grumman

    Pros

    You either love it here or hate it.

    Cons

    Never recognized for your accomplishments, always recognized for your failure.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Sr. Design Engineer

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    Former Employee - Senior Design Engineer in Charlottesville, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Design Engineer in Charlottesville, VA

    I worked at Northrop Grumman

    Pros

    Coworkers were wonderful. At one time the benefits were great, that is not the case anymore.

    Cons

    Too many high salary management which add no value to the work, not enough workers to do the real work. Company is too top heavy.
    Way too much of politically correct BS, as results work didn’t get done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Northrop Grumman WAS a wonderful company to work for while Mr. Ronald Sugar was the CEO, however, ever since Wes Bush took over starting in 2010. The company moral started to decline (very fast) and major layoffs started to happen soon after.
    Mr. Sugar’s philosophy was happy employees will make a strong company and in return a strong company will make investors happy. (Employees -> Company -> Investors)
    However, Wes’s philosophy is the investors first, company second and who cares about the employees.
    And you can see the results…the Northrop “campus” I worked for (almost for 7 years) had close to 1,000 employees, now they have around 400.
    In case if you think I was laid off, not true… I quit the company, because I could see the writings on the walls.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Very... Southern

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    Former Employee - User Experience Design Intern in Huntsville, AL
    Former Employee - User Experience Design Intern in Huntsville, AL

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

    Pros

    Very flexible working hours, and very understanding if time needed to be taken off for personal reasons. Also, most fridays were "work from home"

    Cons

    Many employees are set in their ways and not willing to evolve. Had a very 1997 attitude about many business aspects.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Throw the eighteen page book of acronyms in the trash and just start using the names in convo and business. It would actually simplify things.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Good experience overall (except last couple of years), good opportunities but be proactive if you find your job at risk

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Herndon, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Herndon, VA

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

    Pros

    Benefits are good, 9/80 work schedule, work is interesting, opportunities to learn, ease of moving within company, well managed, disciplined, good employee discount program

    Cons

    Lately, particularly in the last couple of years, the company has focused far more on the bottom line than on developing and taking care of its employees. Reorganizes/realigns often. Work life balance - while my division had every other Friday off, it could have been executed better by staggering schedules rather than having the entire division off so that employees could truly enjoy their day off.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Proactively help employees who are at risk of losing their jobs, offer more in-depth training opportunities, better severance packages, especially for older employees

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Software engineer

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Dahlgren, VA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Dahlgren, VA

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

    Pros

    The company has flexible work hours. I was able to do a 9/80 schedule where I took every other Friday off.

    Cons

    The cons were the work was out in a remote location not close to a city. Day to day work is slow compared to a smaller company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I worked with a good group of people on the team.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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