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Northrop Grumman Washington Reviews

Updated February 11, 2017
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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)

    "Overall good but HMO costs are excessive"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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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.


  2. "Administrative Assistant 3"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    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.


  3. Helpful (6)

    "Management out for themselves."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    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.


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  5. Helpful (4)

    "Not quite what I expected"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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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.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Fringe Benefi"

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    • 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.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great Growth Opportunities"

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    • 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.


  8. "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


  9. "Proposal Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Northrop Grumman (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits package. Ethical and professional environment.

    Cons

    Federal and Defense contracting has become more difficult since the budget crisis began 4 years ago. Contractors are having a difficult time winning government awards since government agencies can't release new programs without knowing what their budgets will be. Consequently, backlog of business has been reduced and resulting in job cuts across the industry.


  10. "Good place to start a career"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Work-life balance is good. Company does care about employee engagement and feedback, with an increasing focus on making it actionable.

    Cons

    Information is often silo'd between organizations, even those that operate under the same umbrella. Training and learning opportunities aren't as easily gotten as they make it out to be at the beginning. Often is not approved and you have to use your own time, even for industry certifications. Compensation is ok.

    Advice to Management

    Strategy does not seem to consistently flow down. Talent pipeline is flawed, very good candidates often don't even make it to a manager's desk for evaluation.


  11. Helpful (3)

    "Oracle DBA 3"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Database Administrator III in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Database Administrator III in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Big company, Lots of job security. Typical Large Gov't contracting

    Cons

    No individual advancement unless you jump around. Raises are abysmal, usually fractions of a percentage.



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