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Northrop Grumman Reviews in San Jose, CA

Updated September 6, 2014
Updated September 6, 2014
1,762 Reviews
3.4
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The 9/80 schedule makes it easier for employees to maintain a better work/life balance (in 127 reviews)

  • Good Benefits, Predictable paycheck, management wont fire you if your a sleezebag (in 125 reviews)


Cons
  • Work/Life balance can be quite nonexistent depending on the program and location you are in (in 27 reviews)

  • 15-23 yrs experience engineers quietly in order to save upper management staff (in 53 reviews)

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  1.  

    Good aerospace company to work for!

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    • Career Opportunities
    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 for more than 5 years

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Need some sort of profit sharing.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    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 for more than 10 years

    Pros

    High pay scale for senior employees.

    Cons

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

  3. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    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 for more than a year

    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.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not a great place for young talent

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    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 for more than a year

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    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 for more than 10 years

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Communications Systems Engineer in San Jose, CA

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    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 for more than 5 years

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Very positive working experience

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Northrop Grumman

    Pros

    Smart Coworkers, cool work, challenging tasks. There is a lot of opportunity to grow. There is also a lot of opportunity to learn.

    Cons

    There are several slow periods. There are also times when you are waiting for a position prior to having a clearance.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Good place to work. Interesting projects, cool technology

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Systems Software Engineer  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Systems Software Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Northrop Grumman

    Pros

    Engaged management teams.
    Great group of engineers
    Challenging technology projects using current technologies.
    You can work with programming languages and development environments that you would not normally encounter.

    Cons

    Hardware and software development are not collocated.
    Project definitions remain fluid longer than they should;

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Coordinate hardware software projects allowing for the initial churn that can occur with the selection of new hardware technologies.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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