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Northrop Grumman Software Engineer III Reviews

Updated 30 Nov 2018

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  1. "A company full of great people at the lower level steered in the wrong directions."

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    Software Engineer III in Kettering, OH
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Northrop Grumman

    Pros

    Hardworking, intelligent people. Reasonable benefits and salary.

    Cons

    Non-innovative, risk adverse, process heavy (checking boxes as opposed to active improvement), management is out of touch with lower level employees, cheap (employees cannot obtain equipment to get the job done better and quicker).

    Advice to Management

    Treat lower level employees with respect and allow them to have access (within reason) to the tools that make jobs easier.

    Northrop Grumman2009-02-28
  2. Helpful (1)

    "Good place to work if you just care about flexibility, but not so much if you want to work on innovative products."

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    Software Engineer III in Carson, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at Northrop Grumman

    Pros

    Time is very flexible and the atmosphere is laid back. We have a 9/80 schedule that allows us to take every other Friday off.

    Cons

    Little opportunity for growth and creativity. I find myself doing the same thing over and over again for every task. Most of my energy is spent dealing with politics rather than developing. If you work here and want to retain your intelligence, I suggest doing a side project to keep your mind fresh.

    Advice to Management

    Take more control of the customer. You are getting paid more money than us regular engineers, yet you cause 90% of the problems with the customer.

    Northrop Grumman2009-01-05
  3. Helpful (1)

    "The project/division you work for can make all the difference"

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    Software Engineer III in Carson, CA
    Recommends

    I have been working at Northrop Grumman

    Pros

    You get the opportunity to work with some very smart and talented people, and you get to learn a lot about how the defense industry is run. You don't get to work with the latest and greatest technologies, but you do get a chance to work on some pretty cool things if you're on the right project. Most of the people within the industry are older, and so if you're a younger employee, you'll have the opportunity to learn quite a bit from your older peers. Also, since the company is so massive and has so many locations around the country and globe, it's very easy to transfer around within the company if need to relocate, or want something new to work on.

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    Cons

    Technical knowledge within management seems to be lacking, and so there's a disconnect between the management and their employees. Management tends to resist change, and prefers to do things the old way rather than look into newer, more proven techniques. The work environment can be dismal depending on which division you work in. If you get stuck on a bad project, be prepared to kiss your free time goodbye. Lots of overtime may be required. Also, like other defense companies, the technologies and tools being utilized within company projects lags a few years behind their commercial counterparts.

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    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees.

    Northrop Grumman2008-11-13
  4. Helpful (1)

    "Northrop Grumman, an aqueduct place to work."

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    Software Engineer III in Baltimore, MD
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Northrop Grumman

    Pros

    It is a huge company and there are a lot of opportunities to move around from one group to another. So you may be able to find a group doing the sort of work you most interested in as well as a solid group of enjoyable colleagues.

    Cons

    The pay is not at all what I would consider competitive. As an offset to this they tell prospective employees that you get paid overtime and that this makes up for this fact. However, in a large number of instances employees are not authorized to charge overtime and so effectively are not able to take advantage of this.

    Advice to Management

    The company has a rotation program they send most new hires into. On its face this is a good program, however, it ends up being a source of cheap labor for a lot of projects. Often these new hires are pulled into rotations doing work for which they are not at all qualified but since they are relatively cheap no one seems to care. This results in the existence of programs that are mostly staffed by new employees for years on end. Once someone gets up to speed they move on to some other rotation and, since these types of employees are viewed as cheap labor, they are replaced with a fresh new hire who now will repeat the process of performing poor work while getting up to speed, only to leave in a few months. It doesn't take a lot of imagination to see how this effects the quality of the product being produced.

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    Northrop Grumman2008-11-10
  5. Helpful (1)

    "A lot of work! and poor management"

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    Software Engineer III in El Segundo, CA
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Northrop Grumman

    Pros

    Interesting projects, lots of opportunity to try different types of work. There are also a lot of good benefits, 401K, good healthcare plans. Except there is not much help with daycare if you're just starting a family. If your'e working on a project where Northrop is the prime contractor, there seems to be a substantial amount of good resources (computers, software, development environments) available, with minimal restrictions

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    Cons

    Poor management, depending on which group you work with. There is the typical old school mentality where a lot of the older/near retirement folk think their way is the best. They don't do much to retain young people.

    Advice to Management

    Be more flexible and more willing to listen to the younger employees

    Northrop Grumman2008-09-30
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