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Northrop Grumman San Jose Reviews

Updated December 8, 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. Helpful (1)

    "Slowly moving to Sacramento"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    It's a big company with many domestic and international locations.
    The benefits are better than most companies except Silicon Valley companies.

    Cons

    Moral is low when a company is shrinking/relocating
    The pay is not as good as most Silicon Valley companies

    Advice to Management

    It's hard to believe that this business unit will exist in 5 or 10 years with the attrition of talent.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "working at Northrop Grumman"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Systems Administrator in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Systems Administrator in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities to learn new things.
    Flexible Hours
    fair treatment of employees

    Cons

    Benefits keep getting more expensive.
    Large Corporate structure means slow changes


  3. "College Technical Intern"

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    Former Employee - College Technical Intern in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - College Technical Intern in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Northrop Grumman (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Awesome opportunities working with a multitude of disciplines closely.

    Cons

    No opportunities to work overtime.

    Advice to Management

    Create more opportunities to grow careers.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Sr. Mechanical Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Senior Mechanical Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Mechanical Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Job security is probably the main reason people stay here for decades.

    Cons

    Relatively lower paid and sometime very stressful


  6. Helpful (1)

    "nice while it lasted."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assembler in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Assembler in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice place to work great pay.

    Cons

    Slow work days possible lay off.

    Advice to Management

    To many chiefs and not enough work or contracts.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Good work-life balance, but very slow moving, defense cutbacks limit opportunities"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Northrop Grumman full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good work-life balance. Good benefits. Some projects use interesting technologies you would probably not see elsewhere. You get exposed to some classic aerospace projects. The diversity of technologies on a single project (aerospace, mechanical, electronics, software, etc.) is hard to match. Friendly people. Reasonably good training opportunities. Good place for a long career if projects live on.

    Cons

    Very slow moving, risk adverse, at the mercy of government budget cuts, inefficient, prone to over-engineering of products. Although they try to promote entrepreneurship from the grass roots, in practice it doesn't happen the way it does in non-government industries. On existing projects some technologies are decades old. Technology tools are also very old. Shoestring budgets limit innovation.

    Advice to Management

    Review operating efficiency, update technologies, develop more commercial products and services to reduce dependence on US government budgets. Find more funding for innovation. Put more jobs outside the D.C./Baltimore metro area, particularly in the western US to offset recent declines. Develop more international business. Develop more commercial cyber business.


  8. "Mechanical Engineer Review"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer III in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer III in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Northrop Grumman full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    stable, good work life balance, interesting R and D projects

    Cons

    below market salary, skills not very transferable to other industries.


  9. "Feast or famine; too much work or not enough work."

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    High pay scale for senior employees.

    Cons

    Too many layoffs; doesn't do much for morale.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Large Defense Contractor that seems out of place compared to the rest of the Silicon Valley tech industry."

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    Former Employee - Systems Engineer II in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer II in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work life balance. 9/80 schedule is great. Salary and Benefits are a tick below average/average with respect to the SF bay area.

    Cons

    Cultural divide within workforce given the big age gap. Not an engineering cult like some Silicon Valley Tech companies, which can be refreshing, but sometimes seems to lack personality entirely.


  11. Helpful (3)

    "Not a great place for young talent"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer II in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer II in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work/life balance
    You're given time to learn what you need, not a lot of pressure
    Good mentorship program, although mentors don't seem to have a lot of power to help you

    Cons

    Entrenched staff gives young engineers little room to get challenging work and be promoted
    By-the-book development process, little room for creativity
    Micromanagement from your immediate supervisor, most likely due to the need to adhere to internal processes
    Current DoD budget cuts keep staff in fear of losing their jobs
    Crappy benefits, no ESPP, poor 401k selection, high deductible insurance plan
    Bad coffee
    Very spartan office
    This is the only company that I would not rejoin among all the companies I've worked for

    Advice to Management

    Keep your new hires engaged and motivated, otherwise they'll leave out of boredom



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