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I work at Northrop Grumman as a Systems Engineer. I am currently a level 2 engineer and make ~112k. I recently got a new job and it's a job that I have been looking to get for awhile. However, recently I have been getting a lot of calls for interviews from different companies. I don't want to leave Northrop, would it be a good idea to use the job offers as a way to make a little more salary? Use it as "this is what the industry is saying I am worth". Good move or no?
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- "Company has good benefits like 401k and medical." (in 1046 reviews)
- "So its a great for people who go from undergrad to grad school with minimal experience and can get a well" (in 703 reviews)
- "good pay and I learned a few new things which was fun." (in 632 reviews)
- "You can have a good work/life balance while you are there since you usually get paid more for overtime which is typically at your discretion." (in 536 reviews)
- "You can work on very interesting projects and make a good salary working for Northrop Grumman." (in 249 reviews)
- "They expect you to work overtime and they usually need it to make up for poor management." (in 405 reviews)
- "Lots of managers don't really seem too concerned with the well being of their employees." (in 254 reviews)
- "3. Upper management often takes away needed workstations and floor space for their pet projects that never work or just to cram more people in the plant." (in 134 reviews)
- "The raises can be low" (in 112 reviews)
- "Some of the Senior Leadership have a 'Bully' mentality where middle Management are afraid to speak freely for fear of reprisal." (in 104 reviews)
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- 5.0Jun 21, 2016Software Engineer VCurrent Employee, more than 10 yearsMelbourne, FL
Get to use really cool software development technologies. Lots of opportunities across locations all over US and in UK. Great benefits - and 9/80 work schedule (80 hours in 9 work days every two weeks) is really nice.
Typical of big company - sometimes too much bureaucracy. But they're really working to fix that with their "Busting Bureaucracy" project.Northrop Grumman Response8y
Thanks for your review! We appreciate hearing from current employees.
- 4.0Jan 14, 2015Anonymous EmployeeFormer Employee
Worked here as a summer business intern, management was extremely open and friendly. 9/80 schedule is great and allows for errands to be completed on the weekdays. Very stable, and I was offered a job after graduation.
The company seems slow to implement changes and the work as a business person is not very exciting. Not a lot of young people seem to want to stay beyond a few years.
- 2.0Dec 1, 2014Mechanical Engineer IIICurrent Employee, more than 5 yearsSan Diego, CA
Flexible working hours and the 9/80 schedule are great! Very little if or no unpaid overtime expected. Paltry funded employee resource groups (better than no resource groups).
No pension, increased heath care costs every year with fewer benefits, no free gyms to use, salaried employees are made to clock in and out like hourly employees (and paid in the same fashion), fewer vacation days every year to meet what they call "industry standards" and no more bonuses or employee appreciation days to save money. No money for training or resources. They create programs to profit off employee's good ideas without providing any incentive to the employee. If you want a promotion/raise they tell you to get a job offer from another company first no matter how good you performance reviews are.4
- 4.0Oct 18, 2014Program Cost Control AnalystCurrent Employee, more than 1 yearEl Segundo, CA
Responsibilities and opportunities given early on and up to you if you can perform and shine. Great support from managers and fellow coworkers. The opportunity to learn by doing and from others around you can be underrated. Work/life balance is great especially considering the 9/80 work schedule (every other Friday off!). Opportunity of visibility is there (get to present your own analysis) and many programs offers the possibility of lateral movements to increase exposure within the company. Overall, a great place to start a career.
I'd say pay raises are below industry standards and benefits have been reduced over time. You typically need to put in your time to get up in the company...even though your performance speaks otherwise. Many levels of management and multiple bosses can get confusing and feels like there might be too many managers.3Northrop Grumman Response10y
Thank you for the 4 star rating and positive review! We supremely value your feedback.
- 4.0Sep 8, 2021Manufacturing EngineerCurrent Employee, more than 1 yearClearfield, UT
High mobility within the company, both between positions and sites Good benefits Flexible work schedule (9/80's or 4/10's across most of the company)
Current site is understaffed, and most employees are underpaid Constant pressure from coworkers and managers to get in early and stay late every day No options for remote work when working on classified programs1
- 1.0Dec 9, 2010Software Engineer IIFormer EmployeeEl Segundo, CA
Northrop Grumman offers flexible work hours like the 9/80 schedule where employees have every other Friday off. Since the company is so big, it is easy to slip between the cracks, not get noticed, and not do anything for long periods of time. It is extremely difficult to get fired.
Even before I started at the company, their HR department had no clue what they were doing. I had to do their job for them and get every piece of information they needed to complete the background check. How hard is it to go to Google and look up the HR number for my previous employers? I should have known it was bad omen. They kept me in the dark about my start date until day before. HR did such a bad job, I didn't have a desk, phone, or computer assigned to me for almost a month! The Northrop Grumman program leadership is more incompetent about doing their job than the HR department. Their heads are stuck in the 60's so they have no clue about how to write good software. Good coding practices, such as design patterns and abstraction, are not only looked down upon, but the people trying to fix the code are yelled at. They are forced to write absolutely unmaintainable code. Highly nested 3,000+ functions are commonplace. Fixing a bug with that kind structure usually breaks 18 other things. The program leadership also looks down upon using tools because in the 60's everyone used Vi or Emacs. Those programs are great for editing files once in a while, but tools are made for a reason: they make programmers more productive and problems can be debugged faster. No wonder most of their projects are over budget and 5 years behind schedule. The corporate leadership is worse than the program leadership because they tolerate the program leadership's abusive behavior. The people doing the real work are typically yelled at for doing exactly what the program leadership tells them to do. I'm sure the corporate leadership notices trends with employees quitting due to abusive leads, yet the corporate leadership does nothing. They allow the program leads to continue abusing the employees and lead their programs into a shark infested waters. Northrop Grumman's work friction does not end with the leadership; there are many road blocks to actually trying to do a good job. The IT department blocks all useful internet content. This is understandable for most companies since they don't want their employees chatting with their Facebook buddies the whole day, but Northrop's IT department is so strict it interferes with work. They block Subversion, CVS, Git, or any configuration management protocol so developers can't look at good code examples. Many development blogs that post solutions to for common problems are completely blocked. Software Engineers are not given administrative rights to their computers so they cannot install the necessary development tools to get the job done. Developers have to put in requests to get anything useful installed, but there is so much red tape within the company that it takes months to get the tools needed to do a good job. With all the bad leadership and pains to get work done, at least the office environment and corporate perks make up for it, right? Northrop didn't get that right either. Employee morale is an absolute afterthought. There are no basics. Water coolers are not provided. Employees have the option of paying $5.00 a month to join a water club when a water cooler should have been provided for free. Horrible Foldgers cofffee is also offered for $0.25 a cup. The El Segundo site is also so old, sometimes saw dead cockroaches are visible in the hallways. I do not recommend Northrop Grumman to any software developer. You will throw your skill set away and deal with unnecessary stress. If you're going to do that, you might as well work at coffee shop for minimum wage because at least you'll have a good time interacting with nice people.19
- 3.0Aug 16, 2011Anonymous EmployeeCurrent Employee
You're pretty much left alone to do your job if you're doing it properly; allowed to work from home; flexible work hours; 9/80 schedule
Employee performance review process needs improvement. Several managers view it as just additional paperwork they need to do.1
- 3.0Jun 1, 2022Quality InspectorCurrent Employee, more than 1 yearBaltimore, MD
Direct supervisor for Quality department is good overall. Steady work schedule and ability to work a 9/80 schedule to have alternating Fridays off.
Engineers seem to get hired fresh out of college and don't even understand their own areas product. Manufacturing management has no accountability and production management is abysmal at best. Upper management / Staff that they continuously hire from the now struggling Chrysler will be the down fall of this company.1
- 4.0Oct 30, 2014AccountingCurrent Employee, more than 3 yearsMcLean, VA
It's a great place to jumpstart your career. Great Support form management and senior level employees. The 9/80 schedule (every other Friday off) promotes positive work life balance. Given autonomy to work on large projects.
Poor compensation and pay increases. Environment can be pretty when trying to advance your career. Company changes constantly. I have had four managers in the past couple of years.
- 5.0Feb 15, 2015Electrical Engineer ICurrent Employee
NGC is increasing work-life balance initiatives and this is great for employees to take advantage of. The 9/80 schedule is a great advantage of working at NGC and it's such a stress reliever really. The technology and projects we work on are great and interesting. The atmosphere is relaxed and co-workers are extremely friendly, open-minded, and fun!
When capturing a new project for NGC, things tend to get a little crazy for everyone. Sometimes in all the craziness there seems to be lack of communication between the upper management down to the engineer. I have had to work overtime in order to meet deadlines for acquiring a new project and it was exhausting.1