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Updated 24 February, 2018
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Pros
  • Flexible 9/80 Schedule (you never want to go back once you have a Friday off) (in 300 reviews)

  • Great work life balance and benefits (in 274 reviews)

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  1. "Human Resources"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Northrop Grumman (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Decent base pay and benefits

    Cons

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


  2. Helpful (18)

    "Software Engineer I"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer I in Woodland Hills, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer I in Woodland Hills, CA (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    1. 9/80 Schedule
    2. Extremely flexible hours if you do your work
    3. Pretty good benefits (6% matching, PTO, Not sure about health because I don't take it)
    4. Work-Life balance here is awesome.
    5. The people you work with are pretty cool

    Cons

    1. You sit around for long periods of time with nothing to do (Sometimes weeks or months)
    2. The pay is mediocre. They pay between 72-80 for an entry level Software Engineer.
    3. The training process....There really is not one. They throw you in and you have to figure everything out for yourself.
    4. Everyone around you is older and has been working here forever and doesn't like to stop and teach you things. You feel like you are bothering them.
    5. Lots of paperwork and very little coding.
    6. It's a large corporation and you really do feel like just another 'number' to them.

    Advice to Management

    1. Train the new people better, do not just throw them to the wolves
    2. In interviews, really let people know what they will be doing


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Good Company but hard to move up from Entry Level"

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    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in San Diego, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in San Diego, CA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Interesting Work, 9/80 Schedule makes for great work life balance, Good salary pay but no bonuses. Lots of career opportunities for mid Career employees.

    Cons

    HR dictates all Raises and Promotions for Entry Level employees and makes them very difficult to come by. Seems like the only way to get promoted out of entry level is leave company and come back in 3-4 years. No bonuses so can be demotivating that hard work isn't compensated for unless you get a promotion as everyone gets the same satisfactory rating and merit increase every year.

    Advice to Management

    HR needs to give more power back to managers about when associate engineers can get promoted otherwise a lot of young talent is going to leave in 2-3 years since no promotions come and entry level pay is increased very slowly.


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  5. "Challenging, important work that helps protect our country"

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    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in San Jose, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in San Jose, CA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Northrop Grumman (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Unique, challenging projects, with plenty of opportunities to learn and grow as an engineer

    Cons

    achieving work-life balance can be challenging at times

    Advice to Management

    provide additional incentives to retain employees in high cost-of-living regions


  6. Helpful (10)

    "System Engineer 4"

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    Current Employee - Systems Engineer IV in Redondo Beach, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer IV in Redondo Beach, CA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great work life balance and great heritage and culture. Management makes rigorous efforts to respond to yearly survey results. Every person in the company is respected by all levels of management and the work environment is very friendly. Very strong leadership within the company which starts from the top. Company offers plenty of leadership positions and opportunities to grow for millenial hires.

    Cons

    Top 20% do 80% of work, however only top 10% receive bonuses. Bonuses seem to be allocated to engineers working on high revenue ongoing projects, where new business development areas seem to be neglected. Once inside the company, salary increases and bonus opportunities are minimal. Salary over 3 year period only increased by 1.8% over three years. Many younger engineers feel that the only way they can receive higher wages is to jump ship and work for competing company, or even worse, leave defense industry as a whole.

    Advice to Management

    Figure out a way to retain talent and close the baby boomer to millennial talent gap. Suggest stock options or capture award based incentives to retain non pension talent. I would personally be more motivated to capture new business if there were more financial incentives for engineers.


  7. "Good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I have been working at Northrop Grumman full-time

    Pros

    Good salary, good benefits, nice people to work with

    Cons

    Big Company politics and bureaucracy.


  8. "Great company"

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    Former Employee - Intern - Hourly in Tyson's Corner, Fairfax, VA (US)
    Former Employee - Intern - Hourly in Tyson's Corner, Fairfax, VA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good company laid back innovative

    Cons

    Expected to be very independent

    Advice to Management

    Be more involved


  9. "Exciting & Growing Company"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Brisbane (Australia)
    Current Employee - Manager in Brisbane (Australia)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    This is a growing Company. There are not many opportunities to join an international organization as they enter a new Country. This provides new and interesting work that that is not often available in my profession. The team I work in are one of the best that I have ever experienced and the leadership group genuinely do care.

    Cons

    With growth comes some challenges - systems and tools are often trying to keep up. However, there is absolutely appetite to change and over the past 2+ years there have been many improvements made and more improvements planned.

    Advice to Management

    Keep improving!


  10. "Northrop"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Various aspects of aerospace are worked

    Cons

    Inconsistent funding year to year


  11. "Good Company to Work For"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Northrop Grumman full-time

    Pros

    People are very nice, culture is great, 9/80 or 8/80 work schedule, good pay

    Cons

    There are none from my experience


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