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Northrop Grumman Washington Reviews

Updated June 21, 2017
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  • A lot of hours are required which offsets the work/life balance (in 59 reviews)

  • Too much politics at the upper management level (in 104 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Overall postive experience"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Northrop Grumman full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Interesting work; flexibility; work independence. Opportunities for advancement for those that stick their necks out.

    Cons

    Too many levels of management. Some management hiring based on relationships rather than qualifications. Amenities such as meeting rooms are in short supply. Treat all employees the same though needs differ, for example software types might sit next to contract people. Widget mentality.

    Advice to Management

    Please listen to your annual survey comments.


  2. "Among the best"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer I in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer I in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Wide variety of healthcare benefits to choose from.
    Can move from one contract to another after 6 months.
    Open line of communication
    Pay is OK for the market.

    Cons

    Can be bureaucratic in getting a process completed.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the employees informed about the future of the contract and new opportunities within the organization,

    Northrop Grumman Response

    Oct 20, 2015 – Talent Community Manager

    Thanks for taking the time to share your positive experiences as well as advice.

  3. "Live by the contract, die by the contract"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Manager in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent pay; highly skilled individuals intent on accomplishing the mission. Great benefits.

    Cons

    When the contract is over, so are you. Often the contracts are with government agencies that have not the slightest clue how to accomplish what's in the contract, but they're very quick to tell you what NOT to do. Very frustrating at times. Not a whole lot of time to actually dig into the inherent problems because the contract usually expects results NOW.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the people you hire who used to work at the agency; they'll often know what's truly holding things up even though the agency probably doesn't want to hear it. Too. Bad. That's why they hired YOU.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Overall good but HMO costs are excessive"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great company, Great Management, Flexible work arrangements

    Cons

    I'm paying $12,000 per year for Kaiser, which is MORE than getting it through Obamacare. Other competing companies charge about 2/3 less per year and contribute more.

    Advice to Management

    Lower costs for HMO's by contributing more. It has impacted recruitment in that candidates I referred did not take the position because of the cost of health insurance.


  5. "Administrative Assistant 3"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Northrop Grumman - Contractor in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Northrop Grumman - Contractor in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Northrop Grumman (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Able to excel in my administration background by supporting a team of 7 memebers.

    Cons

    This was not a contract to hire position.

    Advice to Management

    Not in this position.


  6. Helpful (6)

    "Management out for themselves."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Accountant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Accountant in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Northrop Grumman full-time

    Pros

    Health, dental, and tuition benefits.

    Cons

    In my Accounting group, neither managers nor leads were college educated and whether they had management training is highly doubtful. Nepotism and favoritism for their friends who were among other things tasked to write department policy even while lacking proper grammar.

    Very old school, dated, no room for growth.

    Advice to Management

    If you've been in the same position for 10 - 25+ years, let some new blood in to allow room for advancement for others.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Not quite what I expected"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Online resources for training, good healthcare benefits. Did work hard to keep their employees working during shutdown.

    Cons

    IT resources were hard to access outside of NG facilities. Opportunities to advance were hidden and subject to manager's rejection. Really bad bonus criteria. Salary ok, not the best (what do you expect from a big company)

    Advice to Management

    I'd work more on rewarding your employees and giving them opportunities to grow for you. The whole "We don't want to train someone to leave" mentality only reinforces the idea that employees need to leave to grow.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Fringe Benefi"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Northrop Grumman full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Values technical competence and knowledge
    - Has established processes
    - Staff displays willingness to share advice and assistance
    - At one time, greatly valued professional development programs (internal courses and education reimbursement)

    Cons

    - Limited upward mobility for insiders...appears one has to leave, then return to move up in the ranks
    - Benefits were being slashed, especially for new hires

    Advice to Management

    - Stop Inconsistent/Mixed Messaging: Company spent funds on advertising campaign to promote "cyber" focus, while the company was cutting education benefits.

    - Consider insiders for senior position. Talent does exist inside company already...the great ones have to leave for increased roles.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great Growth Opportunities"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Northrop Grumman full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great growth opportunities for those that seek it. I started as a Tier 3 engineer and worked my way up to program manager within 3 years. Fantastic people, and great mentors.

    Cons

    Once proposal season hit, the work was nonstop. Night work, weekend work, and working through a weekend were not unheard of. Reorgs happened every other month. In 4 years, I had 7 different bosses. Starting pay was low and the only way to get a decent raise was to get a counter offer.

    Advice to Management

    Slow down on the reorgs. Move employees to different contracts to gain more experience.


  10. "Great Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Great Benefits, Employee Oriented, innovative

    Cons

    no cons I can think of


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