Northrop Grumman

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Northrop Grumman Reviews

Updated 19 November 2014
Updated 19 November 2014
1,829 Reviews
3.4
1,829 Reviews
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Northrop Grumman Chairman, CEO & President Wesley G. Bush
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The 9/80 schedule makes it easier for employees to maintain a better work/life balance (in 131 reviews)

  • Good Benefits, Predictable paycheck, management wont fire you if your a sleezebag (in 132 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 53 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 an 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.  

    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
  3.  

    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
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  5.  

    good solid company. almost like being in the military

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    Former Employee - Supervisor in Fort Irwin, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Fort Irwin, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Company benefits are good promotions are acceptable. Good company values.

    Cons

    A little impersonal sometimes but overall the only problem is the changing of contracts and the stress it leads to. Travel distance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    NGC is a great place to work. Gives many opportunities for interns and high school students

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Northrop Grumman as an intern

    Pros

    The company has many different disciplines and specializations that one can delve into. They also uphold a more positive atmosphere by having extracurricular organizations within the company.

    Cons

    Government clearance is a pain, but understandable considering their position. Due to the company being so large, organization tends to fall off, but that is understandable.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Government Contractor

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New Orleans, LA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New Orleans, LA (US)

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

    Pros

    good technical knowledge, rare overtime, 4day x 10hr work week

    Cons

    stiff environment, hours are tracked closely, little training and advancement options, monotonous work, difficult to get books and other supplies that aren't directly billable

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get your people some training and encourage them to grow and develop

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Northrop Grumman Response

    Nov 17, 2014Social Recruiting Lead

    Thank you for your valuable advice about providing more employee training and development. We appreciate you taking the time to provide us with a four star review.

  8.  

    High Tech and Caring

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    Current Employee - Aviation Safety Manager in Chantilly, VA (US)
    Current Employee - Aviation Safety Manager in Chantilly, VA (US)

    I have been working at Northrop Grumman full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Extremely competitive in the high tech market place. They take great care of their employees not only with wages and such, but by showing they truly care about me as an employee.

    Cons

    When the contract is up, you are out. Not very stable, but still a good company to work with.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Become more of a shield for silliness from the higher ups, rather than a funnel.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Northrop Grumman Response

    Nov 17, 2014Social Recruiting Lead

    Great to hear that you feel cared for as an employee. Thank you for your four star review.

  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Employer if you have the right managers

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    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer III in Palmdale, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer III in Palmdale, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    A lot of room for career growth and ability to be involved with various programs. Future looks bright for the company product portfolio as well as for investors.

    Cons

    You have to be willing to relocate to remote locations or travel extensively for greater career growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The company needs to focus more keeping talented engineers rather than satisfying the status quo with all the other aerospace companies in the industry.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Northrop Grumman Response

    Nov 11, 2014Social Recruiting Lead

    Thank you for the 4 star rating and positive review! We are pleased to hear that you are finding career growth and a bright future with us.

  10.  

    It's ok

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer III in Buffalo, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer III in Buffalo, NY (US)

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

    Pros

    Lots of ability to train if you can fit it into the budget, very flexible hours and still somewhat decent benefits

    Cons

    Micromanaged, benefits are decreasing every year. Lots of old school and good old boy folks still hanging on and not doing much.

    Neutral Outlook

    Northrop Grumman Response

    Nov 17, 2014Social Recruiting Lead

    Thank you for taking the time to provide us with a four star review! We are glad to hear that you enjoy a flexible schedule and employee development resources.

  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Challenging Work, Excellent Benefits, Advancement is on a Rail

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in Oklahoma City, OK (US)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in Oklahoma City, OK (US)

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

    Pros

    The benefits package is outstanding, with lots of options offered with very reasonable contribution. Work is interesting and challenging. Generally positive work environment (even if it's based on gallows humor) and most of the staff is easy to get along with. Schedules are normally very flexible and work/life balance is excellent. Very responsive and helpful HR, IT, and other administrative support. Lots of opportunity to move about in the company with some patience.

    Cons

    The pay is decent, but once you're in, you are one of the herd, especially if you are not in one of the major centers (such as El Segundo). Development and advancement seems to be more tied to seniority than actual contribution and ability. Performance reviews (and therefore raises and bonuses) are exceedingly subjective and seem to serve more to hit target numbers rather than provide meaningful feedback or incentives. This is more specific to defense contractors in general, so I wouldn't single Northrop-Grumman out specifically for this, but if you switch companies, you aren't going to jump a spot in line.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Since something along the lines of 80% of workers would rate their performance in the top 5%, I'd take this for what it is, but the talent management is disastrous, especially if you're not in a central location. High performers and dead weight usually receive at or near the same rating. This isn't any different than the other prime contractors, but they all seem comfortable enough with their piece of the pie to sit and let talent ride out the circuit, so again. I can't say that any attempt to win the arms race for the best and brightest makes any more sense than simply trading them off in a zero-sum game, so it is what it is.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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