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"Excellent program management with fair benefits package and solid backlog of work"

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Current Employee - Project Manager in Baltimore, MD
Current Employee - Project Manager in Baltimore, MD

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

Pros

Solid backlog of work and professional management.

Cons

A bit top heavy with hierarchical structure.

Advice to Management

Reduce the amount of burdensome procedures and processes to get the job done.

Other Employee Reviews for Northrop Grumman

  1. Helpful (5)

    "It's good if you have a family..."

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in McLean, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Stable job. Good benefits if you have a family. Pay might be below the rest of the big defense contractors, but it's a good stable job.

    Cons

    If you're young and you're a software engineer, I would recommend not working here. If you love to code and love to work with the newest technologies, DO NOT WORK HERE. Northrop is great if you like the government culture of a 9-5 job, but if you're like me who loves to code, I would not recommend this place as a starting job out of college. The people here are nice, but they don't know what it means to explore and research new technologies. NG is more of a systems integrator IMHO. Because they are bound by contracts, gov't clients are very slow and don't understand what software is. They only care about buzzwords like "Cloud," "Big Data", "OpenSource," but they don't know what they mean.

    Overall, if you're young and you're a developer, I would not recommend working at any defense contractor. If you want to know what it's like to work for a startup or any other commercial company, then you should DO IT.

    If you have a family and want a stable job, I would recommend this place. It's 9-5 and within my group the people here are nice.

    Advice to Management

    Don't be so stuck on government. Explore what's out there. The west coast is doing SO many great things in Silicon Valley. That's cutting edge. Look elsewhere since the government is in a huge deficit.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Wasted potential, no vision/focus, highly unqualified leadership and management"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Woodland Hills, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Woodland Hills, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Any decent engineer will have a job for life.
    Benefits are good.
    Technology has potential and room for growth and innovation.

    Cons

    This is particularly for the Woodland Hills, CA campus. NG is a large corporation; experience at other locations will vary vastly.

    The leadership and management are highly unqualified, directionless, and do not plan and work for the company's products, future, well-being, and employees in mind. If you are successful, you will find yourself suddenly surrounded and being led by five or six bosses and "leads", none of which were around before your success and none of which will contribute in any significant and valuable way. Often the "leaders" wound up creating negative work, slowing down your progress, and draining your budget or siphoning it for unrelated efforts.

    As mentioned before, the technology has great room for growth and innovation. However, behavior of the leadership and management often meant any good idea or opportunity for innovation will be hampered down by excess and ground to a halt by inefficiencies and bad planning. More often than not the company seemed to be following trends, rather than being a leader or even at the forefront of technology.

    A good engineer will have job security. But your professional career, skill set, and experience will stagnate and flat-line. If you ever find yourself out looking for an opportunity, you will be hit with the hard reality that you are no longer competitive in the job market and, by extension, out of touch with your contemporaries in engineering and technology.

    The environment is highly volatile and non-conducive to engineering. Budgets are constantly being raided, employees are constantly being shifted around, resources are constantly being over and reallocated, and far too much time is spent in meetings and demonstrations.

    Advice to Management

    There isn't much to say. Unless there is thorough cleansing of the upper layers of management and leadership, this particular division will not prosper in the long-term. There are too many bad players in the higher ranks to foster any legitimate change.


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