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"A company that has lost its way."

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redondo Beach, CA
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redondo Beach, CA
Doesn't Recommend

Pros

Excellent pay. Interesting and challenging programs. A valuable resource for national security.

Cons

An overly large conglomerate/holding company where people are treated like furniture. A company that lacks any team spirit whatsoever. Employees are so busy looking over their shoulder that they often walk into walls. Policy, procedures and bureaucracy are venerated while customer satisfaction, quality and innovation suffer as employees spend an inordinate amount of time maneuvering through the internal labyrinth of non-sense checks and balances. Northrop is consumed with fear of making a mistake or losing a dollar. This has killed the entrepreneurial spirit. Management is highly accusatory and would rather excoriate an employee than roll up their sleeves and help with the problem.

Advice to Management

A company consists of its people. It's value and success is often determined by the quality of its people. Management has lost its humanity trading in the qualities which distinguish us from mere animals in favor of self-serving and self-promoting arrogance. Management needs to find its soul.

Other Employee Reviews for Northrop Grumman

  1. Helpful (1)

    "Northrop Grumman, an aqueduct place to work."

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer III in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Software Engineer III in Baltimore, MD
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    It is a huge company and there are a lot of opportunities to move around from one group to another. So you may be able to find a group doing the sort of work you most interested in as well as a solid group of enjoyable colleagues.

    Cons

    The pay is not at all what I would consider competitive. As an offset to this they tell prospective employees that you get paid overtime and that this makes up for this fact. However, in a large number of instances employees are not authorized to charge overtime and so effectively are not able to take advantage of this.

    Advice to Management

    The company has a rotation program they send most new hires into. On its face this is a good program, however, it ends up being a source of cheap labor for a lot of projects. Often these new hires are pulled into rotations doing work for which they are not at all qualified but since they are relatively cheap no one seems to care. This results in the existence of programs that are mostly staffed by new employees for years on end. Once someone gets up to speed they move on to some other rotation and, since these types of employees are viewed as cheap labor, they are replaced with a fresh new hire who now will repeat the process of performing poor work while getting up to speed, only to leave in a few months. It doesn't take a lot of imagination to see how this effects the quality of the product being produced.


  2. "A PLACE WITH A MISSION"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in El Segundo, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in El Segundo, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The Integrated Systems Sector is probably one of the better business units in which to work. That's probably because it was one of the original "legacy"Northrop entities i.e.Northrop Aircraft. So despite it's growth still maintains a small company atmosphere. Employees are treated with rspect for the most part and there is a definite "sense of mission"

    Cons

    Since the company follows a pretty "lean" approach to staffing, there are fewer promotional opportunities. Plus,we win very technically demanding programs but since we're always operating with a capable but shallow bench ,early phases of program are especially difficult while we are ramping up staffing activity.Senior management is averse to telcommuting (unlike neighboring Space Technology Sector). That may change in next year or so in order to stay competitive in the south bay Aerospace arena.

    Advice to Management

    Push sector executives to embrace concept of a virtual distributed work force. Don't fight it.

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