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"A company with potential, if they were to make management and culture changes."

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Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

I worked at Northrop Grumman as a contractor (More than 3 years)

Pros

Pay is better than working at a convenience store, but not as good as other similar companies.

Cons

Not provided proper tools to work with. No ladder to promotion. You hire in at your current role, and are not respectfully added to consideration for promotion. You have to apply, just like a total stranger. Time card management system is ineffective and wastes employee time. Many in management are in positions that are way beyond their mental capacity to function in. Pay scale is much less than comparable roles at other companies. If you sign on as a contract employee, you may never get the chance at a full time role. No benefits, no vacations, no respect for contract employees.

Advice to Management

Treat your staff like professionals, not some necessary evil or chattel. Your people are the lifeblood of your business. Creating tiers of management to isolate you from your people does nothing to grow your business. Cursing and malalignment of staff by management is an ineffective, and inappropriate way to conduct yourself. Create a path for contract employees to become permanent employees in a timely fashion. Contract employment is disrespectful to those workers who invest their life's work in your company. If you are hiring, hire the people - don't jerk them around in some little dance of contract employment. Management by fear is the sign of a weak mind.

Other Employee Reviews for Northrop Grumman

  1. Helpful (2)

    "Actual Results May Vary"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer III
    Former Employee - Software Engineer III
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Northrop Grumman full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits - health, 401k
    Generally good pay and compensation - as always, depends on the manager
    Flexible time (unofficially)
    Compassionate - accommodates an aged workforce - will never fire (only lay-offs)
    Assigned tasks are really easy and simple
    Nice co-workers

    If you've got drive and lots initiative, you can do well by working hard and most importantly doing other people's work or doing work that others didn't think could be done. Just make sure to take credit.

    Cons

    Extreme lack of technical expertise- can't emphasize this enough. For every 3 engineers that are knowledgeable will be 7 utterly clueless bodies with the same title and pay-grade. You'll need to be diligent to stay current with modern technologies on your own time.
    Based on legacy/obsolete technologies - error prone, bad software tools - rate of productivity is slow
    Culture is generally devoid of any sense of accountability relating to the progress of the overall product. For example, system engineers can create requirements that don't make sense... all that matters is that they wrote words to describe a capability. System engineers and testers do not have working knowledge of modern operating systems
    Amazing hierarchy of managers - allows for a large body of middle managers that is prone to information mix-ups/spins. Lack of technical expertise in managers fuels fear of change.
    Process-heavy, i.e. lots of meaningless paperwork, suffers chronically from well-known pitfalls of the waterfall process

    Don't be fooled. Making weapon systems doesn't mean it's cutting-edge. The hardest part of the job is effectively communicating technical issues/solutions to non-technical engineers


  2. "Good entry level job but very bureaucratic company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    People were very friendly and willing to help me with anything. Management allowed me to experiment and make an impact on the project I was working on.

    Cons

    Work is sometimes very slow and there was a lot of self-learning involved. Average age of employees there was about 30 years older than myself, so not many people to relate to.

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