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Northrop Grumman Reviews

Updated 27 February 2015
Updated 27 February 2015
1,960 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The 9/80 schedule makes it easier for employees to maintain a better work/life balance (in 136 reviews)

  • Flexible work hours, 9/80 schedule gives you every other Friday off (in 115 reviews)


Cons
  • Work/Life balance can be quite nonexistent depending on the program and location you are in (in 28 reviews)

  • 15-23 yrs experience engineers quietly in order to save upper management staff (in 54 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great people

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    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in London, England
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in London, England

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

    Pros

    Northrop Grumman Sperry Marine is a great place to work, people are extremely friendly, fantastic health insurance and a pension system. Good work life balance.

    Cons

    Old computers and bad chairs: they do not invest in equipment and that is why I am suffering from eye and backbone problems.
    They don't have an open plan office so there is a lack of communication between employees and their managers.
    Extremely old fashion HR department

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have a recognition system, appreciate your employees and recognise their high performance.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Continuous change of leadership and direction: Good for some not for others

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    With the continuous change of leadership and business model there is opportunity for people with certain skills to gain promotion and recognition.

    The people here are great to work with.

    Good place to learn and gain experience.

    Cons

    Constant restructuring of the organisation and business model is an issue. People are put in roles where they are not equiped for success.

    Once you have broadened your expereince and skills there is not a definitive next career step. Many skilled people have left over the years who would have been fantastic employees to keep.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't treat emlpoyees like voters, you are not a politician.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    Brilliant team focussed on the European market

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Northrop Grumman

    Pros

    NGIT bought TRW in UK who had hired in some of the brightest and most energetic BD and pres sales folks going

    Cons

    US management could not relate to the smaller scales of doing business in Europe.
    UK management did not spend enough time engaged with US managers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your internnational employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    IT Centric line of business

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Solihull, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Solihull, England

    I worked at Northrop Grumman

    Pros

    Strong technical and programme management ethos.

    When UK management had primacy, NGIT had a capable, competent and cohesive team .

    Good to gain first job experience of a Fortune 100, multi-national.

    Cons

    US centric view on market not aligned to european business
    ITAR restrictions place huge difficulty on pulling product though from US.
    UK staff sometimes treated as "third country nationals"

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your East Atlantic staff, you can only step down in volume from the US market.
    Smell the coffee or give up in Europe.

    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager in El Segundo, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Project Manager in El Segundo, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Most positions are on a 9/80 schedule, which will give you every other Friday off in exchange for an extra hour Mon-Thurs. Everyone is allowed to express their opinions. Highly, highly ethical organization (may be a result of DCMA auditors always being around, but whatever the reason, if you have integrity, this is the place for you). You often get to work on things you only get to read about. Great work/life balance overall... occasionally a project may temporarily disrupt this, but even then, in at least some instances the company will provide straight overtime even though you are salaried.

    Cons

    HR is the biggest issue here. They take the job requisitions very literally, and so you often have people who are only qualified on paper in a role they have no business being in, while talent has to sit around until they have enough years to qualify for a given role. Merit based bonuses for lower level staff are extremely difficult to get, although surprisingly high (for non-sales folks) if you do.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fix your HR, pronto. They know nothing about the programs, nor do they know the existing employees line managers have often worked with and spotted potential in, so they reject your real talent, which hurts the project when the wrong person is in the job and may eventually drive away the talent because they don't want to wait 6 years to get promoted.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work

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    Former Employee - Process Assessor in Linthicum, MD (US)
    Former Employee - Process Assessor in Linthicum, MD (US)

    I worked at Northrop Grumman

    Pros

    Great place to work, great team environment

    Cons

    Cannot think of anything that should be changed

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Team leader and manager in the design, development, and training of military applications of Combat Systems and Command

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    Former Employee - Principal Systems Engineer
    Former Employee - Principal Systems Engineer

    I worked at Northrop Grumman

    Pros

    Great company to work for.

    Cons

    Lack of leadership and direction for upward mobility.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Managers think they are leaders but have performed poorly in this position for the most part.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Good place to work, lots of career advancement opportunities for the ambitious.

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    Current Employee - Systems Engineer
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer

    I have been working at Northrop Grumman

    Pros

    Working on difficult problems vital to national defense. Typically great colleagues. Newly instituted performance-based bonus program. Flexible work schedule and hours.

    Cons

    Pay growth can stagnate with low to mediocre yearly raises. Typically little to no funding for training.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Beef up training from external providers (i.e., not LX training). Young engineers want continuing education and we want more young engineers on our programs. In addition to tuition reimbursement, consider paying for engineers to attend training relevant to the operating unit.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Informative

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Northrop Grumman

    Pros

    Has Great pay, Northrop Grumman has ok leadership, Northrop Grumman had a a lot of fun activities all year round

    Cons

    Need a lot of self direction to work here. Equipment is dated and way behind industry standard. There is no lateral structure

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Offer more opportunites to self growth. Also try to make people less depressed by painting the walls or something

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Positive company with opportunity

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    Current Employee - Program Manager in San Diego, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Program Manager in San Diego, CA (US)

    I have been working at Northrop Grumman full-time

    Pros

    The company has many areas of interest which provide opportunity for growth - such as Engineering, Business Management, Program Management, Manufacturing and Production, Supply Chain Management.

    Cons

    Rigid structure closely tied to Government FAR regulations.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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