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- "Company has good benefits like 401k and medical." (in 1036 reviews)
- "So its a great for people who go from undergrad to grad school with minimal experience and can get a well" (in 694 reviews)
- "good pay and I learned a few new things which was fun." (in 615 reviews)
- "You can have a good work/life balance while you are there since you usually get paid more for overtime which is typically at your discretion." (in 547 reviews)
- "You can work on very interesting projects and make a good salary working for Northrop Grumman." (in 252 reviews)
- "They expect you to work overtime and they usually need it to make up for poor management." (in 407 reviews)
- "Bad managers acting out of self interest in some areas." (in 246 reviews)
- "3. Upper management often takes away needed workstations and floor space for their pet projects that never work or just to cram more people in the plant." (in 135 reviews)
- "Raises are small and you have to be Superman on Steroids to get rated anything higher then '3' or average on you performance review." (in 110 reviews)
- "Poor leadership with lack of ownership" (in 102 reviews)
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- 3.0Apr 3, 2014Technical Writer IIIFormer Employee, less than 1 yearMcCleans Corner, MD
The company values were impressive and I was always proud to say I worked at Northrop Grumman. Some of the leaders were excellent.
Procedures somewhat bureaucratic. Too many tick boxes on the induction forma and not enough hands-on discussion of real-world requirements3
- 4.0Feb 21, 2021Flight Test TechnicianCurrent Employee, more than 3 yearsPalmdale, CA
Awesome and multiple different programs to work and lots of opportunity to move up within company
None great company if you are willing to do the work !
- 2.0May 14, 2014Anonymous EmployeeFormer Employee
Large company which enabled the benefits to be nice and relatively inexpensive for the employees. Salaries were good.
Management not very aggressive in getting the tools needed to complete the job. There was no parity across projects and Management from one project did not step in to assist other failing projects.6
- 4.0Feb 9, 2012Senior Competitive Intelligence AnalystFormer EmployeeFalls Church, VA
Northrop is a great company that treats its employees well and provides excellent benefits and good working conditions. They pay at or just above market value, and the current yearly raise is roughly 3%. There is a legacy pension plan (in most of the sectors) for employees that have been there a long time. For newer employees there is a reasonable 401K matching program and a generous company funded savings program. The holidays vary based on sector with Electronic Systems and Corporate having the best holiday schedule, followed by Aerospace Systems, then Information Systems and Technical Services. Vacation and sick time are combined into accrued PTO (Paid Time Off), and the allotment is standardized across the corporation and based on the number of years you've been employed by the company. They have a good tuition reimbursement program. There is also an excellent employee discount program that includes supplier price for US auto manufacturers, Home Use Program for Microsoft products, special pricing on GE appliances, and many others. For positions with travel requirements, travel arrangements are typically made by the employee through the company approved online travel site, except for international travel which must be booked over the phone. Business class travel is allowed for international travel where the total travel time including layovers in a 24-hour period exceeds 12 hours. The typical federal travel requirements (lowest available fare, per diem rates, etc.) apply to selecting flights and hotels.
Northrop is an engineering company at heart. It's very process-oriented, and if you don't have an engineering degree, officer's retirement from one of the military branches, and/or high-level acquisition experience with one of the major customers, it's tough to work your way up the ladder. The online expense report tool the company uses is...well, let's just say it's not friendly. There are groups within the company that should be avoided at all costs for various reasons. In some cases, they are career black holes. In other cases their management is abysmal. In rare cases, the two coincide and result in a working nightmare. If you're interviewing, ask to speak to some or the people that would be your teammates/counterparts (alone if possible). Find out how long they've been in their positions, if they're happy with their position, career prospects and management, and what happened to the person who was in the seat you're interviewing for. If you end up in a bad seat within the company, there are no internal safeties - it will likely be tough to get out of that group without switching companies, and the yearly review process can be manipulated to make even a stellar employee look like a flunky.5
- 5.0Aug 23, 2008Embedded Software EngineerCurrent EmployeeRolling Meadows, IL
The pay seems to be a lot better than most places, and the flexibility of work schedule is a huge plus. It's a great place to network with people, and being a defense contractor (depending on how you look at it) can have some great benefits. The type of work is always very interesting and for a technology company you're always working on cutting-edge stuff. From a corporate standpoint, there are few rules in terms of schedule and advancement. Because of this you won't find a lot of 'corporate' rules and regulations driving your management to do things that are 'out of their hands'. At the same time, many departments won't look out for you either.
It can be very political, and the benefits of salary/work arrangement can vary greatly depending on your department and management structure. Since Northrop is a defense contractor, it's tied very heavily with the current political spectrum. Huge swings in defense spending can drive layoffs or a glut of over staffing. Another downside is that many departments are very politicized and many employees find themselves doing better work than a coworker, but are not rewarded or advancing as fast as they should be. Another downside is that most of the work done here is classified, and because of that you can't always talk about what you do to family and friends. This can also be a plus if you like to work on cutting-edge technology.3
- 5.0Oct 3, 2012Facilities Project ManagerCurrent Employee, more than 1 yearPalmdale, CA
Northrop Grumman is a leader in the aerospace industry. The company is growing and treats it's employees with respect and is very professional. I find that nearly everybody that I work with enjoys working with NG and many have been here their entire careers.
Somewhat difficult to get an overall handle on what the company is doing regarding what programs. However, this is due to security reasons. I would like more ability to look ahead and plan career growth.
- 4.0May 4, 2021Anonymous EmployeeCurrent Employee, more than 1 yearChicago, IL
Easy to move around within the company in your early years and good pay for the area
This isn't only a Northrop problem but large company roles tend to be very narrow and don't allow employees to wear multiple hats1
- 4.0Jun 13, 2017Liaison EngineerCurrent Employee, less than 1 yearPalmdale, CA
Flexible work schedule with interesting projects.
Company can be very bureaucratic and slowed down by issues shared with other large corporations.
- 3.0Mar 12, 2015Anonymous EmployeeCurrent Employee
Company seems to go out of it's way to not lay people off and great coworkers
Major programs are dwindling and many organizations are shrinking making it very difficult to find growth opportunities. Training funds seem to be shrinking as well leading to stagnation. Little to no merit raises.1
- 4.0Jul 7, 2023EngineerCurrent EmployeeColorado Springs, CO
Nice place to work if you're interested in working in the Aerospace industry. Opportunities are available just have to be patient and go for what you have a passion for or whatever you desire to accomplish within the company.
Every company has good and bad things about them but I choose to focus on the positive.