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Northrop Grumman Reviews

Updated 17 October 2017
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  • Not very work/life balance oriented (in 63 reviews)

  • Too much politics at the upper management level (in 105 reviews)

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  1. "Great company to work for"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Northrop Grumman full-time

    Pros

    Pay is good, benefits are good.

    Cons

    Very large number of employees.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "View as a temporary rung on your career ladder while adding skills to your CV"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Cheltenham, England
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Cheltenham, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are several interesting projects to work on, and you get the chance to have a say in which area you work in
    There's chance to increase your skills in a variety of areas
    There's good people there who you can learn a lot from

    Cons

    No loyalty - if you don't get through the filter process, a clause in your contract allows them to let you go - several people suddenly disappeared while I was there
    No business creativity/diversification from the top - solely focused on a "More bodies sent to their sole customer equals more money" formula
    Laughable 1% annual pay rises - a very few get one or two more percentage points - you need to be a *very* squeaky wheel (ie. threaten to leave) to get anything decent

    Advice to Management

    Stop:
    Firing good people - big morale eroder - Raytheon do perfectly well without doing this
    Leaving ideas to rot - ideas and talent together is gold dust, don't fritter them away
    Wasting opportunities - relying on a single customer is a pretty fragile business model
    Mind-numbing bureaucracy - OneView is a huge time and money sink - a booking code for 15 minutes is ridiculous

    Start:
    Moving into commercial - is NGUK a long-term business or a get-rich-quick-scheme?
    Giving PMs people not budgets


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Manager in London, England
    Former Employee - Manager in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Awesome, Most of the time, incredible space

    Cons

    Terrible, bad lunch, smelly toilets

    Advice to Management

    Keep it coming


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  5. "good"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    met great people at the firm

    Cons

    lengthy time hours and intense work load

    Advice to Management

    keep it up


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Very much still a start up"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Cheltenham, England
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Cheltenham, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Northrop Grumman (More than a year)

    Pros

    Flexitime, Open environment, Friendly, Opportunity to work in different areas if interested.

    Cons

    Staff knowledge, Management, Work location (temp office as of 02/17)

    Advice to Management

    Pay staff what they're worth when you recognise their worth, don't wait for them to hand in their notice making a new offer.


  7. "Growing rapidly with plenty of opportunity"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gloucester, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gloucester, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Friendly, knowledgeable staff
    Very honest business ethics
    Great offices
    Interesting projects
    Long term investment
    Good training opportunities
    New bonus system

    Cons

    Sometimes slow to react to change
    Communications sometimes poor
    Process heavy

    Advice to Management

    Faster response to change and business issues


  8. "Catch 22"

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    Former Employee - Program Manager in London, England
    Former Employee - Program Manager in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Significant delegation within bounds. Treated like an adult by UK management.

    Cons

    Authority in the hands of US based management .
    Seagull syndrome, didn't really understand tge market.

    Advice to Management

    Don't treat an overseas market like its US state and local.


  9. "Flt Sciences"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Access to a good range of resources

    Cons

    A company concerned with a contracting market


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Slowing transitioning into a global business"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Fareham, England
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Fareham, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Northrop Grumman full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great people
    Flexible working hours
    Nice building
    Free good coffee
    Meaningful work
    Great benefits for employees before 2014

    Cons

    Technologically very behind the curve
    2016 bonus system is insulting
    HR is hideous
    Paperwork heavy
    Many big projects either come to nothing or go south pretty quickly.
    No home working

    Advice to Management

    Need to become more agile and allow staff to influence policies on a local level.
    Should attempt to build up business slower as current strategy of hunting big bids doesn't seem to be working.


  11. Helpful (2)

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

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    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 Management

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


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