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Northrop Grumman Fairfax Reviews

Updated September 15, 2016
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  • Work-Life balance is my priority (in 54 reviews)

  • Little to no upper management exposure (in 97 reviews)

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  1. "Systems administrator"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Systems Administrator IV in Fairfax, VA
    Former Employee - Systems Administrator IV in Fairfax, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company to work for, good people

    Cons

    Commute was a little long

    Advice to Management

    Technical Managers are a must for overseeing technical people.


  2. Helpful (10)

    "Complete dissillusionment in disguise"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in Fairfax, VA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in Fairfax, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    One of the well-known organisations in the defence sector in the western world. Each sector of the corporation operates with many projects that offer plentiful development opportunity for those that stay long enough and endure the hardship of living with minuscule pay in high-cost areas. A lot of development resources are available to anyone with the equipments and time to access them.

    Cons

    Each sector of the corporation operates independently with seemingly zero synergy. The legacy Information System sector was the cheapest sector of the corporation that offered woeful compensation package. IS was the only sector that stopped pension and other retirement programme to supplement 401K. Therefore any legacy IS employees in the current corporate structure will have to make do with working with colleagues that collect much more handsome salaries and retirement package. Transfer between projects is a simple change of job locations and description because salary raise is never a possibility.
    Work-life balance is non-existent for ground-level employees. Managers cannot be bothered to say 'thank you' when one works through the night to deliver something to make deadline and overtime work is never paid. Anyone foolish enough to demonstrate loyalty and dedication is rewarded with an universally given 3 for average for annual performance rating. As with annual salary raises, anything above 2.5% should be considered a gift from God. There is hope however because favouritism is rampant. Anyone lucky enough to secure a senior manager's affection or has connection with high-level leadership can walk the easy paths paved with rose petals.
    The company spends a lot of money on employee development but only if employee has a company computer to access the resources. For everyone else that uses only project computers hopes and dreams is the only available option.
    For anyone that hopes to join because Northrop Grumman was the maker of the F-14 Tomcat and the B-2 Spirit, look elsewhere. Those glory days are long gone and never again.

    Advice to Management

    For a company likes to boast and gloat about its products of quality, it certainly has an interesting way of treating the people that build those products. With the hundreds of billions spent on lobbying (wining and dining politicians and defence acquisition officials) but suffers persistent retension problems with young engineers I humbly suggest the following; you aren't the only show in town and the sooner you realise it and invest in your people the better it will be for everyone in your organisation.


  3. "Technical Fellow"

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    Current Employee - Technical Fellow in Fairfax, VA
    Current Employee - Technical Fellow in Fairfax, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Northrop Grumman full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Large Company with good salary and benefits. Company works in areas that touch all engineering disciplines and has smart engineering talent

    Cons

    Very hierarchical with layers and layers of management. Mobility between different sectors of the company is difficult - it is like applying for a new job. Advancement opportunities are limited for people who want to stay technical.

    Advice to Management

    Create more retention opportunities if the Company wants to recruit and retain top technical talent.


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  5. Helpful (5)

    "Business Development Rep."

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    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Fairfax, VA
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Fairfax, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Company Stability, Strong Leadership, Work/life flexibility

    Cons

    Huge problem with inclusion of younger employees. No value added or driven culture for non-managers. Managers/Directors extremely self serving in order to get promoted. I highly discourage millenials and the younger generation to avoid Northrop Grumman due to the institutional culture that thrives more on longevity in the industry then career growth for young workers.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Configuration Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fairfax, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fairfax, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Northrop Grumman (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great people. For a large corporation Northrop Grumman is a good place to work.

    Cons

    Too many levels of management. Pay for mid grades needs to be addressed to stay competitive

    Advice to Management

    Address pay issue with mid grade employees - many good employees are lost to the competition because of salary


  7. Helpful (1)

    "NGC Test Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Test Engineer in Fairfax, VA
    Former Employee - Test Engineer in Fairfax, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Northrop Grumman full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Large Defense Contractor with ability to secure relatively long-term contracts.

    Cons

    May require much self-initiative to navigate the advancement process.

    Advice to Management

    Include more career enhancement training opportunities to keep employees engaged and increase value. Do not spend all energy solely on the job at hand.


  8. "Great company"

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    Former Employee - Configuration Analyst in Fairfax, VA
    Former Employee - Configuration Analyst in Fairfax, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great to work for and chances to grow

    Cons

    Not much bonus awarded to employees

    Advice to Management

    Award better bonues


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Office Space"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Fairfax, VA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Fairfax, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Northrop Grumman full-time

    Pros

    - Variations in different locations, units have some autotomy in deciding what culture to uphold, to an extent
    - Good benefits, ok pay
    - Actually more vacation time/work from home allowances than expected

    Cons

    - Outdated technology for the most part. This is sort of institutional because of the nature of government contracting.
    - Onboarding/welcoming process was poor
    - Most people don't seem to care/are already checked out of their careers
    - Upper management does not seem to be in touch with employees
    - Company does not really pay for training. Offers it, but you'll have to do it on top of work, so most people don't.

    Advice to Management

    - Talk to employees
    - Focus on good engineering practices
    - Loosen up


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Not a bad place to work"

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    Current Employee - Manager, Programs in Fairfax, VA
    Current Employee - Manager, Programs in Fairfax, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Northrop Grumman full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    There is opportunity and training at Northrop Grumman, but only for the self-driven individual. Promotions at the lower levels are given fairly. While annual raises were much better in years past, they have been consistent over hte last few years and a new annual bonus structure has been put in place for top performers.

    Cons

    Little room for significant upward growth with the log jam of "older" senior management who always seem to find a position when theirs goes away or there is a realignment. The benefits have certainly declined over the years, but most of the competitors of similar size have as well.

    Advice to Management

    Practice what you preach - and enforce it. You can't just put a few flyers or newsletters together on leadership and expect to now have a workforce of leaders. Invest (and recognize) in the younger talent pool and don't force them to leave in order to get promoted.


  11. Helpful (6)

    "Good work just gets a pat on the back"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fairfax, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fairfax, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The travel opportunities have been fantastic, I have great insurance at a good price, and I get to work with some truly talented people everyday. I also have a flexible work schedule, so I can shift my hours around as needed to accommodate outside activities.

    Cons

    Despite excellent performance reviews, it can be difficult to advance here. This is based on both my own experience as well as watching several others get frustrated and eventually leave the company for large pay increases and better work environments.

    Advice to Management

    After the first year or two, stop being obsessed with whether someone has a certain degree or certification and focus more on the work they are doing and the customer satisfaction that results.



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