Northrop Grumman - Bad Management at its Absolute Worst | Glassdoor
There are newer employer reviews for Northrop Grumman
There are newer employer reviews for Northrop Grumman

See Most Recent

Helpful (4)

"Bad Management at its Absolute Worst"

Star Star Star Star Star
  • Work/Life Balance
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Avondale, LA
Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Avondale, LA
Doesn't Recommend
Approves of CEO

Pros

Northrop Grumman is one of only a few shipyards in the country that build large military vessels. The opportunities for this company to become the premier leader of its kind are endless. It has many acres for ship manufacturing, lots of technical talent, three sites in three different states (allowing for easy employee exchange), and a well-developed industry. There are a few good managers. Mike Petters has just recently assumed leadership. So far I like what I see, but unfortunately he has a very long way to go to improve morale and to mitigate the effects of past wrongs.

Cons

The management is the absolute worst I've ever seen. Incompetence is rampant, especially at the managerial level. There's an "ostritch with head stuck in the sand" attitude regarding HR matters. The corporate investment management (e.g., 401K) is suspect. Overhead is in the triple digits, percentagewise. Last but not least, the southern culture associated with this shipyard seems to affect how managers treat employees, which is to say, racism and discrimination (racial and gender) are simply out of control. There is no such thing as equal opportunity here. I have a master's degree in engineering, yet I'm never allowed to perform engineering duties. I feel as if I'm collecting a welfare check, and it's intensely depressing. Here, people are outcast if they don't follow convention. It's business the old way, or no way. Managers are paid incredibly exorbitant salaries and bonuses. Managers do NOT communicate well with employees. My manager hasn't spoken to me in months. MONTHS! Managers here still yell and scream at us, and denounce us based on lies told by immediate supervisory personnel. We are treated worse than prisoners.

Advice to Management

Start empowering your employees. You paid for our education, but won't allow us to use what we've learned to help the company...You must change this. Stop covering up the indiscretions of your managers. Start treating us equally, regardless of race or gender. Start monitoring the management of individual employees to ensure that each employee is being used to his or her full potential, and to ensure that each employee is being treated fairly. Start LISTENING to our concerns, and taking an active part in empowering us and making postive changes that can benefit this shipyard. Stop screaming at us! WE ARE NOT YOUR CHILDREN! Reorganize HR so that it is effective. Right now HR is simply a total waste of time...It's like the fox watching the chicken coop. Start giving us an equal opportunity to excel, please! Also, start mandating management training for all managers!!!!

Other Employee Reviews for Northrop Grumman

  1. "Northrop Grumman is a technically advanced, challenging, and exciting place to work."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Redondo Beach, CA
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Redondo Beach, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Coworkers all they up to management generally know their stuff, technically speaking. It's a great place to learn from experts in the field. And people are generally friendly and willing to share their knowledge and experience. Also, the flexible work schedule is nice with every other friday off being standard. Northrop Grumman is also known for being the more technologically advanced defense company with many programs on the cutting edge of the fields using the latest designs and hardware. At Redondo Beach, most of the engineering is done in house with many different types of labs and research and development programs.

    Cons

    Location is in a very expensive area (Redondo Beach, CA) so commuting in LA traffic is an issue. It is a big campus so it is possible to get lost in the numbers. Some of my coworkers have worked hard with little recognition. Also, with all government defense work, having to report time and clock in for a number of hours is a downside. Sometimes tasks take longer and you pretty much work for free on the last day of the pay period.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work of winning challenging and advanced programs and attracting highly technical employees. Work on keeping them with secure remote work sites because living in southern california is expensive.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "OK place to work until you find a better job"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Newport News, VA
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Newport News, VA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Projects are highly visible to senior management. There are area leads, but no supervisors. Therefore, it is very easy for your work to be directly linked to the Director Level. Flexible work schedule, with the ability to work from home

    Cons

    Subjective performance review process. Ego issues with senior employees. Lack of personality in workers, no sense of comradory. Very political

    Advice to Management

    Develop a plan to increase the level of engagement among new employees. Understand the difference between job families.

There are newer employer reviews for Northrop Grumman
There are newer employer reviews for Northrop Grumman

See Most Recent

Work at Northrop Grumman? Share Your Experiences

Northrop Grumman
  • Star
  • Star
  • Star
  • Star
  • Star
 
Click to Rate
or