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Pros
  • Great people and environment, flexible schedule and 9-80 schedule (in 255 reviews)

  • Great work life balance and benefits (in 244 reviews)

Cons
  • Work-Life balance is my priority (in 55 reviews)

  • Tone-deaf upper management thinks that continuous surveys on employee satisfaction will improve satisfaction (in 99 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Finance Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great culture, great people! Constantly seeking to improve engagement as a company and leadership seeks to provide opportunities for interested employees.

    Cons

    Levels are often based on years of experience over other qualities. This has been changing over time as they work to give more and more stretch opportunities to less experienced employees.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Good Company, needs refinement of business model and corporate policies"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fortune 500 Company and global leader in defense and government contracting. Good history of performance and highly talented and diversified workforce. Accommodates flexible work schedules.

    Cons

    Despite application of agile software development principles into development workflow process the company business model is too rigid and not agile enough to keep pace with business development in today's economy. Constant reorganization places high level of pressure and anxiety upon employees making it an uncomfortable place to work. I understand it is a large corporation but it could do more to instill sense of job security; this would probably make environment more conducive for working. Lastly, the current business model makes it difficult to collaborate across business units (Operating Units, Divisions, Sectors, etc.), it's like employees have to pay other employees to collaborate with them, highly counter-productive.

    Advice to Management

    Allow the talented employee base more freedom to interact and collaborate without needing a charge number to do so. Minimize some of the bureaucracy and let your talented scientific and technical people lead a bit more. Stop inserting so much middle management into the process


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Project management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Northrop Grumman (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great pay and benefits, ability to tele-work, flexible work hours.

    Cons

    Overly complicated review and approval process for bid proposals and risk management. Very risk adverse when it comes to developing new business opportunities.


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  5. Helpful (4)

    "Lost Contract"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good benefits, easy commute, and great co-workers.

    Cons

    When we lost the follow-on contract, only the Supervisor who was primarily responsible for losing the contract and one Intern were retained. The remaining 35 were out of work, including one with 17 years employment there. We were all told we were top priority for other positions, then HR refused to answer calls or return calls. Employees were disposable.

    Advice to Management

    Keep your best employees and fire managers who lose contracts, not vice versa.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Great to work at while they need you..."

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    Current Employee - Program Manager in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Established company, with lots going on.

    Cons

    Almost impossible to move to other parts of the company, from where I was at.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in keeping your people within the company and don't let them go because they end up on the bench.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Interesting programs but lacks diversity especially at Executive Level (CxO)"

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    Former Employee - Program Control Analyst in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Program Control Analyst in Arlington, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - An abundance of interesting projects / programs that are geared towards our Nation's Defense.
    - Tons of experience can be obtained in multiple competency areas
    - Great place for someone to kick-off their career, allowing individuals to better plan for future career development opportunities

    Cons

    - Lacks diversity, especially at the senior leadership level
    - Roles are practically silo-ed and opportunity to advance is slim
    - No real learning development for employees
    - Company relies on work provided in Government contracts and its success is largely dependent on it

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to create a more collaborative environment, especially with junior employees. Since the type of the work can be very secretive in nature, management needs to focus on developing younger crowd, obtaining their trust in order to award them opportunities to build their careers at the company.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great learning experience."

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer III in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer III in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The benefits are good and you are surrounded by good people. I personally liked my manager who seems to be interested in improving the skills of his employees.

    Cons

    Sometimes you are not compensated well. Accessing Northrop Grumman's websites are very time consuming. For example filling out my time card takes 5 minutes when it should only take 1. There are many errors with their internet websites which prevent employees from accessing their information.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to be honest with your employees and continue to provide employees with means of improving their skills through tuition reimbursement and certifications.


  9. "Innovation is key"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great opportunities to do different stuff, you just have to put yourself out there
    Support from upper management about getting more involved in the company and persuing activities
    Management is trying to be more "innovative" which is really (slowly) shaking things up (positively)
    Internal programs to stimulate employees being empowered to take over their own careers

    Cons

    If your project ends, you are out of luck. You have to find your own new position and you are given the same priority as an external employee. (although I think this situation depends on the group)
    HR center is worthless, you call for help and they just read back the literature. No deeper understanding of benefits.

    Advice to Management

    Keep pursuing more modern ways of growing the company.
    Find something to do when people have gaps in charge numbers because you can really be loosing great people due to funding issues on projects.
    Employees really like getting involved in helping out


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Working at Norhrop Grumman."

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    Current Employee - Engineer Technical Support Analyst in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Engineer Technical Support Analyst in Arlington, VA
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Over Northrop Grumman is a good place to work.

    Cons

    Some of the managers give Northrop Grumman a bad name, because they do not have people and communication skills. Very unsupportive when a good job has been performed. Always look for the negative in things.

    Advice to Management

    As a whole, Management needs to go through a class on communication, respect, and positive feed back in the environment. This will make the workplace a better place for everyone. When this doesn't happen, it lowers the morale of the team; this makes it not a good place to work. Communication is the key. Secondly, being able to listen to your employees, not just tell them what is expected. Always try to find some type of good in everything. This will boost the morale in the work place, and make it a happier work environment.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Good overall company."

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    Current Employee - Manager in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Manager in Arlington, VA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    They strive to give you additional opportunities for growth. There are a lot of different types of positions so if you want to move to something else completely different you can. NGMS also has a good name within the Defense sector, and has positions all over the country and overseas, which offers a lot of opportunity.

    Cons

    Poor pay and benefits compared to competitors. Put shareholders before employees. They also won't put you on overhead if your contract is cut, whereas most other large companies will at least short term. They are also just generally pretty stingy with money, such as no holiday parties.

    Advice to Management

    Treat employees as a resource.


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