Northrop Grumman Reviews

Updated May 14, 2021

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Pros
  • "Great work life balance, great teams(in 488 reviews)

  • "9/80 schedule Good benefits Good business ethics(in 460 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "As well as heavier upper management oversight(in 137 reviews)

  • "Nothing other than what comes with working for a large company(in 126 reviews)

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    1. 4.0
      Current Employee

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      Jul 3, 2018 -  
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      Pros

      Very good place to work

      Cons

      No major issues come to mind

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    2. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 10 years

      Human Resources

      Aug 19, 2015 -  
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      Pros

      Decent base pay and benefits

      Cons

      Continuously changing policies and procedures and changes don't always add value.

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    3. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Great pro-life balance, but very slow paced

      May 8, 2021 - Principal Software Engineer 
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      Pros

      * Hours flexible. Every other Friday off by default. Work with your manager to work the days you like. Easily scale down hours and retain full benefits. * Easy work. Compared to Silicon Valley tech, moves at a snail's pace. Double edged sword. * Most stable engineering work ever.

      Cons

      * You will not improve on the job because the job is not challenging. If you are not proactive in your free time your abilities will atrophy. * Corporate bloat makes everything take 5x as long as it should. Meetings for meetings to prepare for meetings. * Salary is low compared to cutting edge tech, but work is easier so it's not unfair. * Advancement is entirely dependent on your manager, so get on his good side * you log hours on everything so getting ahead in your work offers you zero benefit. Only software gig where I have ever seen this. It's a terrible idea.

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    4. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Good place to make a living, simple things could make it way better

      Apr 16, 2021 - Mechanical Engineer in Chandler, AZ
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      Pros

      - Management seems super lax about flexing work days and taking time off. - If you're lucky, there are opportunities to travel to some wild places across the world to launch rockets. Launch campaigns are what engineers dream of in college: hands on building stuff, high pressure, on the fly problem solving, and really working as a team. - Can't imagine not having a 9/80 schedule and if you're somewhat competent you literally never need to work more than 80 hours - Mobility around the company seems pretty easy if you want to give another discipline or role a shot. - There's almost nowhere you could reasonably decide to live in the valley where the commute time to work will be bad.

      Cons

      - High wall cubes really isolate people and its hit or miss whether you end up on a team or wing of the building that's young and lively or completely dead and soul sucking. - More managers than actual people doing useful work. - Its defense, so besides the young folk, its generally pretty conservative.

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    5. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Defense company

      Apr 4, 2021 - Engineering Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
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      Pros

      -Great job security -Smart people -drive for new tech -career opportunities -ok benefits. But not the best -ok pay

      Cons

      -Unorganized with scheduling. Functioning teams are under staffed at busy times. This is normal in all companies, but we are pressured to not work overtime. This creates a lot of friction. Dates are missed due to poor planning. *PMO does not work with functioning managers when building schedules. -processes from corporate do not align with every site. Customizing processes is very painful. And slow. -Education assistance. Company no longer pays for MBAs. Personally this is a big disappointment for me. As i want more education, but the company doesn’t want to support me. -bonuses are a joke. Instead of OKRs and aligning goals with leadership.. individual are measured against their peers. This causes an environment where everyone is out for themselves. No support. Leaderships goals are late every year, so managers and individuals do not know what’s important. -“operational efficiency”! That’s great. How about real details? Employees are glossed over at leadership speeches. Leadership is disconnected. And the best engineers are leaving because of it. -lazy engineers are sticking around. This is only making things worse.

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    6. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Reputation exceeds reality

      Apr 7, 2021 - Systems Engineer 
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      Pros

      Encourages teamwork, vacation increases after 2 years, good prices for insurance benefits. Exceptionally easy to rise in the ranks to senior and principal engineers with advanced degrees or 3 to 6 years of experience, other industries require 10 to 15 years to reach those levels.

      Cons

      Average at least 15 meetings a week when 12 of those literally could be emails. New hires are placed in positions that don't align with their previous experience and the transfer process is difficult leading the new employees to take jobs with competitors. Pay is below average. The company seems to thrive on chaos with only deadlines driving processes. I've seen new programs hire a core group of engineers with no managers to direct work and then when the manager is hired one year later everything goes into crisis mode with reassignment of tasks, a hiring binge with the associated training, followed by the group finishing its task and dissolving in three years.

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    7. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Working at Northrop Grumman pro's and con's

      May 14, 2021 - QA Analyst in San Diego, CA
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      Pros

      Decent pay, Good benefits, Counseling programs

      Cons

      You live to work not work to live. Pressure from management to work overtime with no emphasis on hiring more support. Staffing constantly stepping on each other's toes. A lot of nepotism, favoritism, families working together, bias work atmosphere, condescending attitudes from engineering or ex-military personnel, bullying tolerance from management, management hands-off, management always missing, employee's abusing the system with no accountability (missing, long breaks, multiple breaks, miss charging time sheet, showing up late while leaving on time.) Toxic work environment. Tampering of computer and equipment. Unprofessional behavior, horse playing. Employee's dating and doing each other's approvals. Staffing in supportive roles don't perform their job (lying on their qualifications.) Daily conflicts, tribal knowledge causing conflicts. Staffing not following procedures, protocol, processes. Staffing always watching you tube videos while others are forced to carry the workload.

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    8. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 10 years

      Good working environment overall

      Apr 29, 2021 - Engineer in Baltimore, MD
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Generally speaking, the company treats its employees well. With regards to its competitors, the benefits are for the most part on par. Depending on the group you work in, there can be good opportunities for training and development. The work here is technically quite advanced. They take diversity and inclusion very seriously.

      Cons

      Being a defense contractor, at times things can move quite slowly because of processes and regulations, so you have to be patient. As with all jobs, times can get quite stressful for extended periods, such as when there are deliveries due. Too many rapid career changes for leadership and career climbers. It seems encouraged, which doesn't seem good in the long run for the company (some newer leads or directors do not seem to have deep experience or proven to be repeatable successful workers before promotions).

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    9. 2.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      One year after job offer and no start date

      Apr 29, 2021 - Engineer in Raleigh, NC
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      Pros

      Interviews with other engineers at employer site was a pleasant experience. They seemed very knowledgeable in their field.

      Cons

      I feel I need to share my experience with NG for anyone who is considering employment with them especially graduating engineering students. I was offered a job as an engineer just before graduation in 2020 which was dependent upon my completion of background checks and clearances. This process took around 5 - 6 months which was communicated and I considered and accepted the lengthy process. After the finalization of these matters I was told that other engineers within the company was to be placed in new positions before I could be given a start date. After another period of time the company stated that they were trying to find work for me. What happened to the original position that I was offered? Currently, I am a year out of school with no work experience and an obvious gap between graduation and now which is unappealing to employers. When I accept a position at a company and the preliminaries are finalized I expect the company to follow through with their original offer. Hopefully, a graduating engineering student or any prospective employee of NG will find this review helpful before committing to NG and find themselves in the same precarious position as I.

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    10. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Great Place to Start, But Not Much Else

      May 11, 2021 - Software Engineer in San Diego, CA
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      Pros

      One of the few companies who hire fresh college grads these days. Entry level pay is decently competitive. Work atmosphere can be friendly, relatively laid back. Great environment for early professional development.

      Cons

      Pay is not competitive the more experience you have. You will frequently find yourself working on projects and software older than you are. While the company promotes Agile development, the old guard has trouble adapting.

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