Northrop Grumman Reviews

Updated July 15, 2015
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Northrop Grumman Chairman, CEO & President Wesley G. Bush
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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. Helpful (1)

    nice while it lasted.

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assembler in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Assembler in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Northrop Grumman

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice place to work great pay.

    Cons

    Slow work days possible lay off.

    Advice to Management

    To many chiefs and not enough work or contracts.


  2. Helpful (2)

    Sr. Mechanical Engineer

    Current Employee - Senior Mechanical Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Mechanical Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Northrop Grumman (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Job security is probably the main reason people stay here for decades.

    Cons

    Relatively lower paid and sometime very stressful


  3. Helpful (1)

    Good work-life balance, but very slow moving, defense cutbacks limit opportunities

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Jose, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good work-life balance. Good benefits. Some projects use interesting technologies you would probably not see elsewhere. You get exposed to some classic aerospace projects. The diversity of technologies on a single project (aerospace, mechanical, electronics, software, etc.) is hard to match. Friendly people. Reasonably good training opportunities. Good place for a long career if projects live on.

    Cons

    Very slow moving, risk adverse, at the mercy of government budget cuts, inefficient, prone to over-engineering of products. Although they try to promote entrepreneurship from the grass roots, in practice it doesn't happen the way it does in non-government industries. On existing projects some technologies are decades old. Technology tools are also very old. Shoestring budgets limit innovation.

    Advice to Management

    Review operating efficiency, update technologies, develop more commercial products and services to reduce dependence on US government budgets. Find more funding for innovation. Put more jobs outside the D.C./Baltimore metro area, particularly in the western US to offset recent declines. Develop more international business. Develop more commercial cyber business.


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  5. Mechanical Engineer Review

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer III in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer III in San Jose, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    stable, good work life balance, interesting R and D projects

    Cons

    below market salary, skills not very transferable to other industries.


  6. Feast or famine; too much work or not enough work.

    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    High pay scale for senior employees.

    Cons

    Too many layoffs; doesn't do much for morale.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Large Defense Contractor that seems out of place compared to the rest of the Silicon Valley tech industry.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer II in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer II in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Northrop Grumman full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good work life balance. 9/80 schedule is great. Salary and Benefits are a tick below average/average with respect to the SF bay area.

    Cons

    Cultural divide within workforce given the big age gap. Not an engineering cult like some Silicon Valley Tech companies, which can be refreshing, but sometimes seems to lack personality entirely.


  8. Helpful (2)

    Not a great place for young talent

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer II in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer II in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Northrop Grumman full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good work/life balance You're given time to learn what you need, not a lot of pressure Good mentorship program, although mentors don't seem to have a lot of power to help you

    Cons

    Entrenched staff gives young engineers little room to get challenging work and be promoted By-the-book development process, little room for creativity Micromanagement from your immediate supervisor, most likely due to the need to adhere to internal processes Current DoD budget cuts keep staff in fear of losing their jobs Crappy benefits, no ESPP, poor 401k selection, high deductible insurance plan Bad coffee Very spartan office This is the only company that I would not rejoin among all the companies I've worked for

    Advice to Management

    Keep your new hires engaged and motivated, otherwise they'll leave out of boredom


  9. Helpful (2)

    Didn't realize how bad it was until I left.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Jose, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Friendly people to work with.

    Cons

    Didn't develop skill to keep up with changing world. I spent lots and lots of years doing the same thing, which hurt me in finding a new job.

    Advice to Management

    Allow employee to grow. Be more up front with what is going on at the company.


  10. Good aerospace company to work for!

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Contracts Administrator in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Contracts Administrator in San Jose, CA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent mobility potential. Very competitive salary/benefits.

    Cons

    Defense budgets shrinking; potential for RIFs (reduction in force) in the upcoming several years.

    Advice to Management

    Need some sort of profit sharing.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Communications Systems Engineer in San Jose, CA

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in San Jose, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good facility, few very bright people.

    Cons

    Low salary. Most engineers do not keep up with current technology. Management is out of touch with current technology and does not try to put the right people with the right skill sets in the right job. Management is not generous on paying for technical training for their employees. Their business is declining. There are too much internal politics between various sites, work place bullying (taking credit for other people's work) is common.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to keep up with current technologies. They need to put more efforts into matching people's skill sets to the right jobs. They need to be more generous in technical training. They need to support more innovation and help their employees in preventing work place bullying.



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