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Northrop Grumman Reviews

Updated August 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. Helpful (21)

    "Exciting projects found within a monstrosity of a company"

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    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Redondo Beach, CA
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Redondo Beach, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work on some of the largest and most advanced defense contracts the DoD has awarded
    Very flexible work schedule
    9/80 schedule, i.e. every other Friday off is usually the "norm". Expect to work some off-Fridays though.
    Vacation accrual, i.e. rollover hours between calendar years up to generous maximums
    Paid overtime when working extra hours (has to be authorized, but that's usually pretty easy. Just 1x pay though, no time-and-a-half or anything)
    Loss of contracts or proposal does not mean you will get laid off. The company does a great job of finding employees other work when projects close out.
    Overall very friendly co-workers and some brilliant minds
    One of the most demographically diverse environments I've ever worked, especially considering the engineering industry
    Management is experienced and usually keeps the employee insulated from managerial nuisances
    They will pay for your education with generous applications of "the rules" in your favor. I have never taken advantage myself, but I've heard so many great things about the "EdAssist" program I have to mention it.

    Cons

    Fairly average pay and benefits, nothing special. 401k match maxes out at 7% for new employees, if you contribute 8%.
    Bonuses are only for top performers, based on your management performance review. They limit the recipients to ~10% at each level, so if you're new and below level 4 - good luck. Even if you get one, the amount is so small you don't even care to try the next year. I've seen about 3% of my gross salary one year when I was awarded the "top" level of review. Don't expect anything beyond your base salary.
    Absolutely no company-sponsored extras, i.e. no work-related parties, no freebies, no perks, not even break rooms or TVs in their so-called flagship campus "Space Park" in Redondo Beach. This campus is a historical wonder, but a modern-day joke for such a large company to still be working in.
    Enormous corporation (80,000+ employees) means you cannot even begin to understand the high-level management structure. You will see congratulatory emails about VIP-level promotions for people you have not only never heard of, but couldn't even figure out their role if you tried.
    Almost all of NG's business is from government contracts, most of which are defense related and a large portion of those classified SCI (the biggest exception is probably James Webb Space Telescope) This means lots of overhead, red-tape and process bloat. Be prepared for a one-line software code change to take 6 months and cost $1 million. SIGH.
    Business travel can be frequent, depending on your project. The business travel rules are nuts and an absolute nightmare to work though since you have to adhere to the government FAR regulations. Booking a short domestic trip can be way more trouble than necessary, especially when submitting expenses on the return.


  2. "great company to start at"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Northrop Grumman full-time

    Pros

    exciting to work at, new projects often

    Cons

    long hours during projects at times

  3. "Proposal Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Proposal Analyst in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Proposal Analyst in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company, good people, awesome products.

    Cons

    Self or peer training during lunch hours

    Advice to Management

    Doing a great job.


  4. "Consultant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Northrop Grumman full-time

    Pros

    I enjoy working as a consultant.

    Cons

    The cons can be that work is inconsistant

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing.


  5. "So far so good"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great culture to work in.

    Cons

    Hard to advance internally.

    Advice to Management

    Work on retention and not just outside hires.


  6. "Intern"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Northrop Grumman full-time

    Pros

    Great work environment and projects

    Cons

    May be hard to communicate between sectors

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good communication


  7. "Northrop Grumman Review"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Computer Support Technician III in Chester, VA
    Current Employee - Computer Support Technician III in Chester, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place to work. Lots of career opportunities.

    Cons

    This is a very large company.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Systems Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, 9/80 work schedule, multiple offices around the nation.

    Cons

    It can be challenging to get raises even when you are a high performer.


  9. "."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Northrop Grumman full-time

    Pros

    Growing Organization. Room for Opportunity.

    Cons

    -Unintentionally lacks communication due to the fast pace.
    -Lack of Initial training when new to the organization & or position.


  10. "A lot of activity"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Northrop Grumman full-time

    Pros

    New, interesting technology with a very busy schedule. I haven't worked there for long, but I am willing to bet there is huge advancement potential with this company.........it's in the air

    Cons

    I haven't found any yet

    Advice to Management

    Stay sharp and on point like my current manager


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