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Northrop Grumman Space Park (formerly TRW)

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Current Employee - Manager in Redondo Beach, CA (US)
Current Employee - Manager in Redondo Beach, CA (US)

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

Pros

Engineering based business model - management still places product performance above financial results. Recent cost pressure has put this at risk and some shortcuts are starting to be taken. Management has a basic understanding of risks associated with shortened and less rigorous (costly) product development cycles and is communicating this to customers.
Management embraces specialization and makes good efforts to provide adequate training and tools to employees.

Cons

Political and silo'd culture. I heard about this prior to working at NGC Space Park and it's true. There is inadequate communication between engineering disciplines and an 'Us vs Them' mentality that generates discord.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Basic MBA advice - look at the cash flow along the product development life-cycle. More resources earlier in the process will result in less problems down the road. Review processes need to be real and not just 'Check the box.' In this era of lower budgets make sure to rigorously understand customer needs (again, don't just check the box) and execute accordingly. The companies that will win are those that get the balance between customer needs and budgets right. It's not an easy task.

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

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    Tight on the Pocket

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    Former Employee - Training Developer
    Former Employee - Training Developer

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, Good company overall, Talented people

    Cons

    they usually pay below average salaries compared to competitors

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire people based on skillsets and pay a fair salary based on those skills, not what the average person in that position makes and then cut them by 10-20%

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Have been treated fairly.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Northrop Grumman

    Pros

    Easy to stand out if one works hard. Work schedule is flexible allowing for a decent work-life balance. Good overall benefits package.

    Cons

    Politic just like every other places. Company has a ranking system that benefits old, stodgy employees. Company's fortune relies too much on defense spending.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more nimble. Reward employee who innovates instead of putting emphasis on tenure and degree on a piece of paper. Put more weigh on job performance and skill set in the context of employee ranking.

    Disapproves of CEO
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