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Northrop Grumman Reviews

Updated February 26, 2017
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  1. "Good for a short term position"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Northrop Grumman (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    9/80 work week Does have a tight screening process on hiring employees - so work force is well qualified. Does have and use training budget - so an employee can learn certain skills.

    Cons

    Eliminated pension in 2008. Has a 401K plan that is not very employee frriendly. People hired pre-2008 can get a company match of 4%, but have to contribute 10% of their salary to get the Northrop 4%. People hired after 2008 get a 6% match, but conditions are also hard to meet in order to get the full 6%. Matching conditions are not easily discoverable. Raise pool over time has become very unfriendly to employees. Performance appraisal process is not connected to salary. Employees get ranked based on how they meet their goals. Then the company decides on a yearly basis what percentage of employees need to be ranked as Level 5, 4, 3 or 2. Level 5 employees can get a decent raise, even in the 10% range. But about 1/2 of the employees get a 0% raise - because so many people have to be ranked Level 3. Then the salary decides what raise the person gets - if the employee makes over the mid-point salary of the employee grouping, the raise is likely to be 0% for all Level 3 employees. This is incredibly demotivating for employees: they can work hard, meet or exceed all of their goals, and still get a 0% raise. Years ago the company implemented a policy that disallows brining personal plants to the office - to eliminate using Northrop water for a personal plant. Benefits costs are skyrocketing as the company tries to eliminate money it spends on employee benefts. However, Northrop is truly a 1% company. Executives are treated much differenty than non-management. VPs and above receive large salary increases, as well as bonuses - while ~50% of the normal people get 0%. Over years, the company has eliminated many grade levels - making it very difficult to get promoted. It is a good company to work at for 2 - 3 years, but not for 10 or more.

    Advice to Management

    Management insists that limiting large raises to Level 5 employees is good - becaise it motvates people to try hard to be a Level 5. However, the percetage of Level 5 employees is too small and the common circumstance is that the employee works very hard, meets all goals, but can't crack the Level 5 group because there are so few of them. And the employee gets a 0% raise. Management claims not to think that this demotivates hard workers. But managemet does not talk to the affected workers to get their views. Management needs to understand that it cannot continue to take things away from the workers, and still expect them to be as dedicated as the company wants them to be


  2. Helpful (1)

    "subcontracts"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Northrop Grumman full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits, great location to work at.

    Cons

    Over worked under paid. No chance for promotion


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Not women friendly, no promotion"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Redondo Beach, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Redondo Beach, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Co-workers are nice, mostly men. Most often you will be the only woman of the team. If your job is project based (most jobs are), some co-workers will be insecure and try to withhold information so they will look good in front of management. Management are mostly men. They tend to think women are inferior technically. The women managers are even worse. They are insecure about their jobs and will push you down.

    Cons

    Women are not treated equally. Most managers cannot do programming so they chose to be managers. They won't be able to understand if you are facing a software problem and tend to blame the problems on you. The managers that are good technically tend to stay on the same project for a long time and forget how it feels to be on a new project. They expect you to understand everything despite the lack of documentation, or documentation not updated, etc... No promotion unless you apply for a new project which you will be a new person on the team. Work life balance is none. They expect you to come in on weekends and work late when needed with no extra pay.

    Advice to Management

    Managers should rotate to different projects and need to actually do the work, not just managing. This will give them an insider's perspective on what it takes to do the job and the problems the engineers are facing


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    "Training Specialist"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Northrop Grumman full-time

    Pros

    Some of the people were great to work with.

    Cons

    A lot of reorgs and re-direction.

    Advice to Management

    Walk the talk that people are your most valuable resource.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Working in Supply Chain is a nightmare"

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    Former Employee - Procurement Analyst in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Procurement Analyst in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    9/20 schedule
    Tuition assistance
    Clean work environment
    Employee resource groups
    Parking
    Working computers
    They want me to add 20 words of pros but to be honest it's hard to find that many pros for this place.

    Cons

    I thought I had gotten the opportunity of a lifetime only to find out it was all a sham. Working in the supply chain dept at the Spectrum Center in San Diego is a living nightmare. Very toxic environment!
    The managers are the worst I have ever seen. They lie to your face, promote backstabbing and gossip among employees. You can't complain to HR because they are friends with the managers and will make sure you never get promoted or able to move depts. You will only get promoted if managers like you regardless of experience, education or work performance. Preferential treatment is at all time high. Just suck up to that lazy manager and you get your way. If you aren't one of the favorites you might as well leave because your career and salary will come to a halt.
    The turnover is the highest I've seen, PAs are always going out on disability or quitting but the managers don't care they can always fill the positions with contract labor. The managers have all gotten the positions because they are friends with the bosses wife or some else, they bring nothing to the table while sitting in their offices trolling their phones all day.
    PAs get blamed for pretty much everything when things go wrong. We are the punching bag of other departments. Programs don't realize it's a tough job pleasing programs and compliance and when you have unproductive lazy managers life is very hard. The processes and procedures PAs have to work with are so outdated it's unbelievable for a company this size. Sucking up to compliance is what PAs have to do all day every day for no apparent real reason.
    I have never been so stressed at work in my entire life and can't wait to find a new job like everyone else.

    Advice to Management

    I beg higher management to really take a look at the managers toxic behavior and stop promoting managers with departments that have high turnover rates. Please hire managers with real life experience and that can bring real value and positive change to this organization. Gens and Millennials will not tolerate this kind of work environment and will leave.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "UAS"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Northrop Grumman full-time

    Pros

    Highly compensated for Deployment pay

    Cons

    Lack of growth, poor leadership, poor communication within business unit, highly unorganized.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Run don't walk"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Data Management Analyst in Irving, TX
    Former Employee - Data Management Analyst in Irving, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    People are good and typically work/life balance is good. 9/80 work weeks are nice and some positions can telecommute 1 day and sometimes up to 3 days per week.

    Cons

    Leadership is where this company fails. Lack of direction and ability to drive objectives by the managers and directors is the biggest failure. It makes the job less desirable.

    Pay is also on the low end of the spectrum. Their recruits oversell you on all of the benefits and when you actually get into the role you realize the benefits they spoke of aren't available.

    I have been with NGC for 2 years now and I have to say I have never seen a more ill equipped management group. If the company had good leaders it would be one of the best jobs in Dallas despite the inadequacy of the pay.

    Advice to Management

    Sr. Management needs to reevaluate their current leadership at the Irving facility. They missed the mark.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "MECHANICAL TECHNICIAN"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    9/80 work schedule. Some employees are are caring.

    Cons

    Anyone can call HR annoumously and say anything about anyone. Treated unfairly.


  10. "Intel Analyst"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Northrop Grumman as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good Benifits - but not great anymore

    Cons

    Managers are more interested in their own carreers over the people they hire. They just want warm bodies to fill possition. They don't carea about your interests or preferences in jobs. Be ware!

    Advice to Management

    Hire better Program Mangers who care about their people/team and their futrue with the company.


  11. Helpful (6)

    "Disappointed in the career opportunities from within"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Quality Engineer in Huntsville, AL
    Former Employee - Quality Engineer in Huntsville, AL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Northrop Grumman (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Big company with many DOD contracts
    9/80 pay period, flexible wok schedule
    Good employee benefits to include health insurance and PTO

    Cons

    Big company takes away from personal employee relationship
    Promotions and raises are below average for the industry
    Difficult to move to another job area within the company



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