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Northrop Grumman Reviews

Updated November 16, 2017
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  • Not very work/life balance oriented (in 64 reviews)

  • No direction from upper management ever (in 108 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (56)

    "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. "Awesome People"

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    Current Intern - Software Engineer(Internship) in San Diego, CA
    Current Intern - Software Engineer(Internship) in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Northrop Grumman as an intern (More than a year)

    Pros

    Northrop has really friendly people. They truely look out for one another and the engineers are motivated and pretty talented. The work pace is relaxed

    Cons

    No cons, I so wish they gave out merch instead of making us buy shirts for $30

  3. "No Major Complaints"

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    Current Employee - Cyber Systems Engineer in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Cyber Systems Engineer in McLean, VA

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

    Pros

    Its a giant company with a ton of openings at all times.

    Cons

    Its government contracting, and as most big contractors it doesnt spend too much money on frills, even if working at an NG site.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Standard Aerospace Company"

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    Current Employee - Cyber Security Analyst in Linthicum Heights, MD
    Current Employee - Cyber Security Analyst in Linthicum Heights, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    401K matching, education benefits, decent health benefits, company hosted snack days and events to celebrate events, lots of local discounts, paid "holiday season" shutdown.

    Cons

    401K vesting takes years, education assistants requires long commitments, no separate sick days from vacation time, limited employee recognition programs, cumbersome human resources system.

    Advice to Management

    I would advise management to work towards a better retention plan. I know this career field has a high turnover rate but this place is unlike no other I've seen.


  5. "Welding Superintendent"

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    Former Employee - Welding Engineer in New Orleans, LA
    Former Employee - Welding Engineer in New Orleans, LA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and pay.

    Cons

    Wanted 20% return, impossible number in the shipbuilding industry.

    Advice to Management

    Get a backbone and support employees.


  6. "Logistics"

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    Former Employee - Logistics Specialist in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Logistics Specialist in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company with great benefits.

    Cons

    Pay was ok but for the years experience it could of been more.

    Advice to Management

    Training personal before deployed will increase working relationships.


  7. "Electronic Assembler"

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    Current Employee - Electronic Assembler in Azusa, CA
    Current Employee - Electronic Assembler in Azusa, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    is in excellent company to work for

    Cons

    No longer decided to be in California, I’m looking in Atlanta for a job .

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the union, is such a waste of time. People take a vantage of the system to do nothing.

  8. "Business Management Intern"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Northrop Grumman as an intern

    Pros

    People are amazing, very supportive, family-oriented culture

    Cons

    As an intern, there's not much you can do. There were times where there are just no jobs at all. I had to constantly ask around for projects, which in one way is kind of nice, because I was able to expand my network, and (attempted to) be a resource to everyone.

    Advice to Management

    Have an idea of the work that you can assign to interns before you hire them.


  9. "Good benefits/salary"

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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

    In general, the workers are really nice, and they pay pretty well.

    Cons

    Some people don't know what theyre doing

    Advice to Management

    Stop with office politics and fire bad workers


  10. "Chief Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Chief Systems Architect in Columbia, MD
    Current Employee - Chief Systems Architect in Columbia, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Awesome projects, people, future growth for mid levels. High marks for diversity. Thinking management at all levels
    And hi level of technical prowess.

    Cons

    Must be a SME to advance. Politics over capabilities the norm. Special designations for fast movers designate and leave out late bloomers.

    Advice to Management

    Don't ignore your senior staff. Many people being passed over will leave you in next 5 to 10 years and you will be begging them to come back.


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