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Northrop Grumman Baltimore Reviews

Updated July 19, 2017
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  • Work-Life balance is my priority (in 59 reviews)

  • Too much politics at the upper management level (in 104 reviews)

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  1. "Nice Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bwi Airport, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bwi Airport, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Northrop Grumman full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good work environment, nice people, flexible work schedules.

    Cons

    No salary negotiations for "union" employees but you aren't told you're a "union" employee until you try to negotiate your pay.


  2. "Engineer 2"

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    Former Employee - Network Engineer in Columbia, MD
    Former Employee - Network Engineer in Columbia, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Team environment. Hired veterans

    Cons

    Sometimes the traveling was a bit much

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Program Control Analyst (PCA)"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbia, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbia, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Northrop Grumman full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Solid company, relatively stable workflow and pipeline, good processes and systems

    Cons

    Big company atmosphere, lot of bureaucracy and red tape,

    Advice to Management

    Identify and reward/promote your good employees before they feel like they need to leave.


  4. Helpful (9)

    "This place will exponentially drain your life away like the machine in the movie The Princess Bride!"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Engineer in Baltimore, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Innovative projects/programs
    - Good coworkers
    - Decent benefits
    - multiple locations

    HR has a stellar reputation for conflict resolution.

    Cons

    - Horrible middle management. They are given full decision making autonomy while rarely being held accountable. If you're hired on to a program or project team with this type of questionable leadership, you are doomed.

    - Zero work/life balance. At the direction of senior managent to cut cost, deliver on spec, and on schedule, middle management grossly under hires the required number of personnel for teams while utilizing the "do more with less" mentality. Subsequently, programs have extremely high turnover rates due to employee burnout and being multi-tasked to accomplish several different jobs that you weren't hired for.

    - Almost zero employee investment. #2 defense contractor. They could careless if you stay in the same position 2 years or 20 years. There are many employees that work 12+ hour days then turn around and are forced to seek higher certifications or training on their own limited free time.

    - Communication flow only exists between corporate and middle management. "The less the worker bees know the easier they are to control" methodology. Management won't teach you a thing about the company or their processes. If you want to understand what goes on within the company you'll spend countless hours surfing the internal websites trying to figure things out on your own.

    Advice to Management

    - Hold middle management accountable.
    - Constantly promoting managers from within leads to stifled ideas, poor management (Yes men), and a lack of diversity.
    - Force programs to take the time and train their people. Quarterly webcasts are not enough and should not take the place for lower management employee communication.


  5. "Manufacturing Program Manager"

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    Current Employee - Manufacturing Program Manager in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Program Manager in Baltimore, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The mission, Salary, Job opportunities, Job security, Paid OT

    Cons

    Bureaucracy, Death by PowerPoint, Work/life balance

    Advice to Management

    Delegate more decision making authority. Less hostile reviews.


  6. "Excellent company"

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    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Baltimore, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Northrop Grumman full-time

    Pros

    Company working to improve workforce engagement. The rate of retirements seem high, but great efforts are being made the bring in new diverse candidates.

    Cons

    paid time accrual is disadvantageous when you have no sick time. Have to use personal time for doctor appointments which is terrible if you have children. You never get to use vacation time for vacation. But you have to wait months before you can earn enough days to make a doctor appointment or two.


  7. "Data Scientist"

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    Current Employee - Data Scientist in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Data Scientist in Baltimore, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Provides a conducive working environment
    Flexible working hours
    Promotes new ideas

    Cons

    Company contribution for Medical insurance it is not that good

    Advice to Management

    Fix the company contribution for medical insurance

  8. "Company culture has changed for the better"

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    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Baltimore, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Over the last 5 years the culture has definitely changed here for the better. Upper management and leaders are more willing to provide their vision for their sectors. Career growth is encouraged and maps are put together. Flex time is also a great benefit. Pay is very competitive.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, the benefits are not the best I've seen at other employers.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Place People First"

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    Former Employee - Logistics Project Manager in Linthicum Heights, MD
    Former Employee - Logistics Project Manager in Linthicum Heights, MD
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Northrop Grumman full-time

    Pros

    Benefits... Work-Life Balance...Like-Minded focus and Priorities...

    Cons

    Red Tape... Inequality among organizational segments...

    Advice to Management

    Manage as though it was your first day at work... Valuing the people and operating without the sense of entitlement....


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Good Work and People"

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    Former Employee - Embedded Software Engineer in Linthicum, MD
    Former Employee - Embedded Software Engineer in Linthicum, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Northrop Grumman full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Northrop Grumman has a variety of contracts to support and they try to match people with good opportunities, They do good job of building a sense of community despite their size. They make continued learning a priority with plenty of internal and external options.

    Cons

    The main downsides come from the nature of the customers they support. Contracts and organization change which can be challenging. When I left, they had begun a reorganization which I would imagine has improved things.


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