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Northrop Grumman Reviews

Updated July 5, 2017
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  • Work-Life balance is my priority (in 57 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (11)

    "Pathetic Dishonesty"

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    Current Employee - Systems Architect in Linthicum, MD
    Current Employee - Systems Architect in Linthicum, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Northrop Grumman full-time

    Pros

    Pretty good technical learning experience if in good group! IF in good group!

    Cons

    Northrop Grumman is a pathetically dishonest company!

    In the sector / division I worked for most of the people in low level management or project leadership roles are the children of executives. These so called manager and so called leaders are extremely inept and have learned very passive aggressive techniques to hurt people. If you are an experienced individual and go there be forewarned that when you leave the management will see to it you never work again in the DoD or government sector.

    Especially stay away from the “Systems Integration” groups.

    1) The security officers will contact every employer you got to after leaving the company and will slander you and falsify your JPAS / OPM jacket as to prevent you from working for some time.
    2) They will communicate your salary to companies and keep you from any increase in pay upon leaving. They flat out abuse the clearance system to control salaries.
    3) You will always have multiple tasks and each week they will change the priorities. They get more work out of you as you will believe your working hard will impact your salary and career. It will not!
    4) Groups will hire experienced individuals and use them to do all the work then will “mob” them until they are gone and then take credit for their work.
    5) These socalled “leaders” will slander you within the organization so you cannot transfer.
    6) The HR will give you a bunch of lies on day one stating that if you have an issue with a manager come to them. The HR works with the management to hurt employees if they “make them look bad”, ie., get them caught.
    7) Management uses “Need of Business” to force you to stay in their group. That is you cannot get away from bad managers.
    8) Since you cannot leave the group then there is no reason for pay increases.
    9) Since you did not get pay increase at Northrop they will see to it you do not get one after you leave the company also.

    Be very careful before you hire in with Northrop Grumman! Most of the people in management are there because of nepotism reasons! Many employees have little if any real skills but use passive aggressive techniques to abuse others to survive.

    There are some sharp people at the top doing Engineering but the really bad managers will never let you work with them. They will control whom you work for as to control your ratings, reviews, and salaries.

    Do not take my work for it! Read “A Just Cause” by James Hohlweitzer.

    Make sure you really read the reviews on Indeed and Glassdoor. Be careful I is as though they payed someone to write good ones!

    There is a pattern in the real ones.
    1) Management at low level is terrible.
    2) If your really lucky to be in a good group the company is okay.
    3) Management constantly cutting benefits.
    4) Dishonesty and Nepotism in all management.
    5) Career growth only to children of executives.

    Advice to Management

    Executive management should cut all the lower level managers! Quit allowing kids of executives to be fast tracked. Quit allowing management to sneak behind employees that are trying to do the right thing. You have a lot of dishonestly in your company. Someone goes to HR just to transfer out of a bad group they have their career ruined at Northrop and for ten years after leaving.


  2. Helpful (8)

    "Avoid"

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    Current Employee - Field Engineer in Colorado Springs, CO
    Current Employee - Field Engineer in Colorado Springs, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Northrop Grumman full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Really difficult to find something positive. Talent + for the one place to list employee career goals. Now if management and talent acquisition would use this tool correctly to move employees around within the company like they should.

    Cons

    Benefit cuts. Used to be 8% for a 401k match. Dropped to 4%. Healthcare skyrocketed.

    More and more tasks were added to job jar. Workers neither compensated or recognized for added tasks outside of job description. Performing multiple jobs and only paid for one.

    Talent Acquisition (TA) is woefully unskilled at finding talent within the company for placement in other positions. Zero assistance or placement provided to skilled employees with varied backgrounds and degrees.

    Severe lack of communication from management at all levels. Same issues are addressed yearly by a survey and nothing ever changes.

    Advice to Management

    Communication is vital in a team environment. Engage with your employees instead of making them feel like just another insignificant number.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Newport News ship building"

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    Former Employee - Procurement Analyst in Newport News, VA
    Former Employee - Procurement Analyst in Newport News, VA

    I worked at Northrop Grumman (More than a year)

    Pros

    good pay with great benefits

    Cons

    limited upward mobility and progression


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Computer analyst"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Culver City, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Culver City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent pay and benefits are okay.

    Cons

    Plot of people who are lazy and get away with doing nothing in the I.T. Department.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Electronic Manufacturing Specialist A"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great place to work for , everyone treated you like family

    Cons

    I thought Management was great for the most part ,but for some minor cases they needed to take you for your word

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the employee specially HR because they are a great group of people that work in that department, Like I said they just need to trust there employees more


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Senior Software Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Cincinnati, OH
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Cincinnati, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Waning. Very little positive to speak of any longer.

    Cons

    They are practicing age discriminatory polices and getting away with it. Giving merit increases to the just out of college crowd and not to people who have served the company for decades. All of a sudden (after decades with the company and multiple managers) you just aren't quite cutting it any longer. I would recommend to all newcomers to look very carefully at what management is doing there.

    Advice to Management

    Sell the company back to the employees and leave town.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Unsatisfied"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in El Segundo, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in El Segundo, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The company does have good benefits and the pay is at or above industry levels.

    Cons

    In the division, and specifically the department that I work in, it is truly unbelievable how much management does not know about the job function that they are managing. There is no career progression, there are no promotions, there is no listening to constructive feedback and the philosophy is you can be replaced by a person with a lower salary who won't ask questions. It is even comical that they have actually stated that employee engagement rating scores that are significantly below industry norms (red) are good. I guess employees are now to believe that red is the new blue (high ratings).

    Advice to Management

    Be willing to listen to workers, look around at the personnel attrition rate, think about how to improve processes, get buy-in from workers and realize that the only reason you are there is to manage the work force to obtain the companies goals. Without trained, competent resources (personnel) it will become impossible for you to be considered a success.

  8. Helpful (4)

    "Let GO after 21yrs of excellent service. No evidence provided of wrong doing. No support by my current management. Horr"

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    Former Employee - Systems Engineer III in Schriever AFB, CO
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer III in Schriever AFB, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Most of the people at NG are great people

    Cons

    Cheap! Treat their employees very poorly!! Was a great company 10 yrs ago

    Advice to Management

    Shifty management


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Management"

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    Former Employee - Engineering Manager in Mustang, OK
    Former Employee - Engineering Manager in Mustang, OK
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Northrop Grumman (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Fair wages and benefits. Very good engineers and support staff. Nice facilities. Challenging work if you land on a good contract.

    Cons

    Poor management - They don't respect the employees. Unrealistic scheduling requirements, poor project requirements.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to respect your employees, listen to their concerns and suggestions, you have brilliant engineers, but you fail to listen to their ideas.


  10. Helpful (9)

    "ONE GOAL: WALL STREET"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Fellow employees are good, hard-working and well-intended.

    Cons

    CEO's #1 focus is shareholders. Management's #1 focus is their next promotion. Salaries are stagnant and are often less than the Federal COLA's. Bonuses go to the top 1%. Promotions are politically driven within a "good ol' boy network." Employees are expected to brag about their accomplishments at review time because managers are too busy promoting themselves to know what their staff are doing. Seagull management style is rampant.

    Advice to Management

    Management is out of touch with the daily workings of the company. Take a hard look at how many non-productive meeting you attend each day. Then take a look at how much time is actually spent with your staff. Stop all the emails boosting about our successes. We know we can do great things if only we had the right leadership.


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