Northrop Grumman

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Northrop Grumman Reviews in Washington, DC

Updated January 20, 2015
Updated January 20, 2015
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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.  

    Northrop is a good company with very ethical leadership, but limited opportunities for promotability.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in McLean, VA

    I have been working at Northrop Grumman

    Pros

    Ethical leadership, good CEO, and many interesting contracts. Generally the pay is competitive for the industry, and there is general flexibility in work (provided not working at a government site). Generally the fiscal environment in defense is causing the company to execute long term strategies better than in the past.

    Cons

    Defense budget tightening is causing the company to shrink which has resulted in fewer positions, lost contracts, and asking people to do more for the same compensation. Overall, the biggest issue with the company is the HR though. They are an opaque organization, soloed away from the actual contracts doing the work, and do not seem to help people advance in the company. They seem disconnected from the rest of the company, aloof on what we actually do, and are not helpful.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus HR to be more in line with the P&L and contracts. They need to be more of an advocate for the employees to management as opposed to a disconnected machine designed to give employees as little as possible from the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  3.  

    Great place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer IV in McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer IV in McLean, VA

    I worked at Northrop Grumman full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Working as a Software Engineer in IS was a great experience. NG is very focused on helping employees build their skills and grow their career. Almost every single person that I met there was of impeccable character and was fantastic to work with. The projects were challenging and interesting and I got to work with a lot of emerging technologies. Their middle and upper management all came from an engineering background so they understood what was required to build something of value. Benefits were fantastic and the pay was also on-par with industry standards.

    Cons

    NG is a HUGE company so some things were a bit on the bureaucratic side of things but that is hardly avoidable with an organization of this size. There was a disconnect between business development and engineering. Sometimes it was hard to find others in the company at large who might be working on the same or similar projects.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure that the business development folks have a better understanding of what is going on with projects, especially R&D, so that those new capabilities can actually be deployed with customers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Configuration Analyst in Fairfax, VA
    Former Employee - Configuration Analyst in Fairfax, VA

    I worked at Northrop Grumman full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great to work for and chances to grow

    Cons

    Not much bonus awarded to employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Award better bonues

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    Good place to start a career

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Northrop Grumman full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Work-life balance is good. Company does care about employee engagement and feedback, with an increasing focus on making it actionable.

    Cons

    Information is often silo'd between organizations, even those that operate under the same umbrella. Training and learning opportunities aren't as easily gotten as they make it out to be at the beginning. Often is not approved and you have to use your own time, even for industry certifications. Compensation is ok.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Strategy does not seem to consistently flow down. Talent pipeline is flawed, very good candidates often don't even make it to a manager's desk for evaluation.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    High Tech and Caring

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Aviation Safety Manager in Chantilly, VA
    Current Employee - Aviation Safety Manager in Chantilly, VA

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

    Pros

    Extremely competitive in the high tech market place. They take great care of their employees not only with wages and such, but by showing they truly care about me as an employee.

    Cons

    When the contract is up, you are out. Not very stable, but still a good company to work with.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Become more of a shield for silliness from the higher ups, rather than a funnel.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Northrop Grumman Response

    Nov 17, 2014Social Recruiting Lead

    Great to hear that you feel cared for as an employee. Thank you for your four star review.

  8.  

    Great for getting started

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    • 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
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Oracle DBA 3

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Database Administrator III in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Database Administrator III in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Northrop Grumman full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Big company, Lots of job security. Typical Large Gov't contracting

    Cons

    No individual advancement unless you jump around. Raises are abysmal, usually fractions of a percentage.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Very pleased with Northrop Grumman, company has very good Benefits

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Incident Responder in Fort Belvoir, VA
    Current Employee - Incident Responder in Fort Belvoir, VA

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

    Pros

    Mission & Focus has been the one thing that has really impressed me the most.

    Cons

    Training could be added to improve more hands on with the latest equipment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take input from those out in the field.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    I am forever grateful for the experience I received working at NGIT.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer II in Reston, VA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer II in Reston, VA

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

    Pros

    Like any company, I am sure it depends on the team you end up with, but my experience was excellent. It was a top notch project team that had been together for quite a while and knew their job well. They had excellent benefits, The project was interesting. While I started in testing, once I received my degree in programming they allowed me to make a lateral transition over to development where I got 6 years of invaluable experience.

    Cons

    When a team has worked together for such a long time, some "imperfections" are learned to be ignored. There were a few people on the team that were very difficult to deal with, but from a pure institutional knowledge and value, impossible to get rid of. It took me quite a while to learn not only how to get over these people's rudeness, but to dish it back out to them to make progress in our communication. Once they learned they would not be able to walk over me, we worked fine, and I think they even learned to respect my contributions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It would be better to keep your employees more up to speed on the contract situation and where things stand on a more regular basis. The rumors that flew around that place due to lack of information brought the overall moral way down, and didn't really need to. Overall I think it's a great company

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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