Northrop Grumman - A good place to start a career but a lot of luck is necessary to reach the best programs and upper echelon. | Glassdoor
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"A good place to start a career but a lot of luck is necessary to reach the best programs and upper echelon."

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  • Culture & Values
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Former Employee - Software Engineer II in Baltimore, MD
Former Employee - Software Engineer II in Baltimore, MD
Recommends
Negative Outlook
Approves of CEO

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

Pros

As a large company it provides various opportunities for engineers early in their careers to try out different roles and a position that fits with both their strengths and personality. The company is involved in full life-cycle product development from inception to customer delivery to maintenance so it is possible to participate in multiple stages of a product's path to creation.

Those who perform well and aggressively seek out opportunities can find a rewarding career at Northrop. Once you exit the company it is a large and known company on your resume to point to in future interviews.

Cons

Access to the best opportunities requires a combination of luck and ninja networking tactics to get noticed by senior engineers or program managers.
Top performers who are not vocal about their career aspirations can find themselves stuck on a project and with a depressed salary.
Performance reviews are administered by a manager that meets with you at most twice a year. The review manager is a different individual then the employee's direct supervisor (likely an engineer) and program manager. The advancement process can seem slow and linear to the ambitious but this is common in most large corporations and not specific to Northrop.

Advice to Management

Streamline the process for approval of research projects and submission for outside publication. The performance review process should be administered by a direct supervisor of the employee. A manager that meets with an employee once or twice a year is likely not in a position to recognize or advocate for top talent.

Modify the advancement process for engineers so title and pay is tied more towards performance, ability, and future prospects than to class year and graduate degrees.

Reduce the layers of management and bureaucracy between the engineers and senior management.

Other Employee Reviews for Northrop Grumman

  1. "A large company with lots of change and opportunities"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Manager in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - IT Manager in Baltimore, MD
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Big company benefits, opportunties, word-class products and services, geographically dispersed, teleworking opportunities, long-term career options, and very professional culture.

    Cons

    Constant reorganzation, impacted by federal spending, sometimes works like small companies within one big company, sometimes not seen as an individual.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Great learning experience at a tough time in the defense industry."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer II in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer II in Baltimore, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Freedom to do a variety of engineering tasks within my discipline

    Cons

    Several rounds of layoffs in the past few years.

    Advice to Management

    People matter as much as the bottom line.

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