Overall Reviews at Northrop Grumman
Project Manager | Redondo Beach, CA | Jul 6, 2019
Space Park used to be a great place to work..
The 80s and 90s were the cutting edge times in software for TRW/Northrop Grumman in Redondo Beach. It was a great cultural place to balance work and raise a family. For example, airline tix were always fully changeable (no questions asked) so minimal time was spent on the road. Then the culture changed in the early 2000s about the time of NG's TRW acquisition. Starting software engineers would not want to dedicate say 5-10 or more years of career as the commercial software tech industry started to compete and NG management didn't keep up with the salary and bonuses offered by the commercial industry. Example: NG's "time in place" type of policies (e.g. no promotion until X years in place regardless of superior performance, innovation or contribution). This left a huge gap between the number of older engineers (45+) and the mid-level-to-younger engineers. The Government with all of its regulatory requirements was often snail-paced slow to adopt new software technologies (e.g. agile) -- often due to contract structure or international sourcing. This caused 45-55 workers to be overbalanced as a population and salary capped with little to no ability to be promoted (unless someone retired and you were lucky enough to slot in). Starting software engineers salaries today are remarkably lower than starting commercial salaries. I left after 30 years but before retirement age. I had enough. Thankfully I am the recipient of a pension -- something else that no longer exists.
ProsUsed to be a great place to work
ConsWhite collar workers being treated like blue collar workers
Senior Software Architect | Eatontown, NJ | Jul 18, 2018
Productive, Highly Technical, Specialised
As Tier 1 Test Director, I coordinated, planned & scheduled General System Test (2 times annually) and generated Tier 1 Test Report for software update release. Generated Version Description Documents and Software Release documents for US Army Software Support Activity for Encrypted Key Management System (EKMS).
I provided detailed technical analysis of system faults and made recommendations for resolution/prevention. I developed/designed system changes to increase operational effectiveness/capability and decrease failures. I was a member of the Discrepancy Reporting, Operations and Systems Analyst Working Groups.
I provided technical support for secure software development and integration tasks, including reviewing work products for correctness and adhering to the design concept and to user standards.
I provided test input to Life Cycle Cost Report, Travel Projection, Operational Software Support, manpower, hardware/software maintenance support, and generated Requests for Proposal (RFPs).
I directly supported the US Army at Fort Monmouth and indirectly the joint forces and various government agencies including NSA in the pursuit of these tasks.This required a lot of diplomacy as many of these agents do not work and play well together. Management is a delicate balance of skill, sensitivity, discretion, tact... in other words professionalism. I worked with a great bunch of talented people.
ProsQuiet workplace, good people, lots of work
GIS Analyst | Lakewood, CO | Oct 25, 2018
Big Company, Great Opportunity (Less for GIS Pros)
Northrop Grumman was good to me as an employee overall. I had 6 years of stable employment with them overall (two seperate long-term federal contracts as a GIS Analyst. The program management was more of a hands-off style, which, at higher levels in many lines of work, a lot of people like. On the down side, I honestly felt like just a number sometimes and like program management wasn't interfacing with their team enough on a more personal level beyond just day-to-day business. This was also evident in the fact that program management was not always as in-touch with changes (or lack of progression) actual nature of roles for of their contractors, which may have simply been a function of the client simply not telling them everything when updating a program manager (as is their perogative as the client to some degree), program managers having too much to manage and just can't keep more periodically with everyone, or whatever the reason was. Simply put, I wish it would have been possible to know my program manager on a more personal level and have more opportunities to interface with them on how things were actually going as a mere employee. It seemed as though team leads below them had the lion's share of opportunities for this degree of essential interfacing.
ProsGood pay, decent benefits, stable work, highly reputable clients served
ConsHoles in communication between management team members on the company side and client side
Engineer | Orlando, FL | Jul 24, 2019
The Epitome of Toxic Work Environment is NG Orlando
Hands down, Northrop Grumman Orlando is the worst place I've ever worked. It is the epitome of a toxic work environment. The work/employee company culture leaves much to be desired. Management/Leadership is atrocious. They do not care about their employees. Employees are undervalued, underpaid, and unappreciated. Did I mention significantly underpaid? The facility has been plagued with rats, roaches, ants, bats, mold, roof leaks, flooding, broken office furniture, boxes blocking aisles and passageways, fire hazards, OSHA Hazard. It has been an absolute disgrace. The Business Unit embraces diversity from the top but it ends there. NG Discovery Drive is lead and managed by The Good 'Ol Boys/Brotherhood. Female Engineers are continuously disrespected and maltreated. HR is ineffective and absolutely useless. It is unorganized. No process for anything. It takes jumping through 10 flaming hoops to get anything done. It is ran like a starter upper company rather than a multi-billion dollar Enterprise Defense Corporation. I would not recommend this location to my worse enemy. There is NO loyalty. It is a cut throat backstabbing environment. The second you leave a room, people/ team members will slander you just to elevate themselves. Attrition has been extremely high here over the past year for a reason.
ProsFlexible Work Schedule
ConsLow-Ball underpaid and undervalued employees. No loyalty. Facility and Management are atrocious
Cable Technician | Dulles, VA | Jun 3, 2019
Great for a while, but not to build a long term career
A typical day may start at 5:00am or 9:30am due to the flexible hours, which is great for someone who isn't a morning person. You can also choose for the most part to work 40 hours or rack up overtime if you choose. The 9/80 scheduled with every other Friday off is great, too. At the same time, coming in later or choosing to take advantage of the 3 day weekends isn't always viewed favorably despite no one saying anything to you. After taking this job and relocating to another state I was informed that I will have to frequently work at other facilities outside of the state, which did not translate well with my family. Management has changed frequently without warning along with expectations and workloads. Coming from a military background where a TDY mentality is strong, I have found many people here share the same mentality, that this work is temporary and that money rather than the work being done is the most important thing. It makes it difficult to build a long term career when everyone thinks and acts that way. The pay is great, the employer title is great and the work being done is great. Unfortunately, I have quickly found that the hardest part of this job is surviving the office politics, cutthroat contractors, and ever-changing travel expectations that were hidden during the on boarding process.
ProsFree food, 9/80 schedule, pay
ConsExpensive healthcare, travel, constantly shifting work culture
Test Technician | Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA | Dec 18, 2018
Wish I didn't have to leave
The company is very attentive to their employees, but I also think this depends on your manager or department you fall under. Not ever department is managed the same nor is any individual the same. I really lucked out because I worked with a very collaborative team and I was always learning something.
Because I worked on a production floor, there was always cross training and other people just always willing to help you. The culture and work ethic was great.Our department was really family oriented. Even our director was always on the floor, not micro managing, just being a peoples person and talking to everyone, and was just fun to be around.
Benefits were really good. One that I took advantage of was the legal service. I ride a motor cycle and racked up a few tickets that I didn't pay a dime for because of the legal service provided at the expense of $7 per month off your check, took care of them.
One thing that was annoying was that they tend to hire the competitions x-employees and put them in senior and managing positions. This kind of messes up the normal flow of things because these guys will come in over zealous and ambitious and try implementing old work ethics and habits from their previous company that obviously didn't work.
Overall its a great company, very cutting edge technology, great atmosphere and people. I would always recommend NGC to anyone.
ProsAnnual raises, good culture, good work life balance.
Procurement Specialist | Irving, TX | Jul 18, 2018
Terrible Work / Life Balance
I worked in the enterprise sourcing organization. They treat the employees terribly, they are overworked and do not get the recognition they deserve. If you join the company, you will have great job security because you are more than likely to be doing the work of 3+ people to start. They very rarely let anyone go, but they will overload you until you are forced to quit. Many of the new hires learn quickly and move on.
If you dare speak up, they make your life even more miserable. Human resources protects the company, not the employee. The manager will take the credit for all your hard work and will boast about how they know all the executives and meet with the executives to promote your work as their own. The manager does no work herself, just a glorified secretary who takes notes and reports your progress.
Over the past few years, they have tried to restrict the work from home policy. This is because the persons that work from home are entitled to a higher salary. This is not something NGC Human Resources informs their employees about, but rather they have started to move the persons who had previously worked from home into the office to avoid paying them a higher salary. The procurement organization is known for making up unwritten policies & procedures, discloses them to the employees via a powerpoint or verbally and then changes them at will. Buyer beware!!!
ProsMedical, Dental, 401K
Data Analyst | Falls Church, VA | Jan 12, 2019
My “career” with Northrop Grumman was 9-years long. I was hired when Wes Bush was coming in as the new CEO and laid off when Kathy Warden was transitioned in.
Northrop Grumman provides many benefits for the employee, but I found my experience here anywhere between exhilarating and soul-sucking. When an employee is truly engaged and appreciated, every work day brings on a new goal to reach and you feel genuinely appreciated by higher management. For the most part, your engagement and the “appreciation” given is calculated and scheduled. Making it feel like you don’t matter. It’s what the bottom line says and what the statistics and calculations predict will be best.
Previous CEO and ES&CSO Sector president sought out a “Diverse Work Culture.” And from their efforts, I was convinced that I, a satellite worker, can find a place in the company, but I don’t fit in the new leadership’s objectives: agility and performance.
Enter a major corporation knowing that you’re part of a calculation and need to fit in a certain bell-curve. There are some amazing people here, and you can advance in your education and certifications, but your job is going to be very specialized. Getting out of that pigeon hole relies on management or you applying for other positions.
ProsHealth, 401k, Education Aid, telework opportunity—depending where you live
ConsConstant budget cuts, no transparency from any management levels, internal infrastructure is still being unified
Senior Business Analyst | Baltimore, MD | Nov 22, 2018
Partner in your life
Northrop hires high-achievers. It is not easy to get into the company. As a result, a typical day is dynamic, active and you have to be flexible and be able to Pivot. I grew exponentially at Northrop, their support for growth in technical areas is phenomenal. Any area of technology you might want to explore is available to you. The workplace culture is divine, it provides volunteer opportunities in many areas, employee resource groups that do many things such as hiking, boating, art, etc. The diversity is a picture of the globe and women are supported in their career growth. The hardest part of the job is the disconnect between executive management goals and the goals of the middle managers. While the Executive managers see employees as their number one asset, the middle managers have not quite caught on and sometimes do not manage work in a manner that employees have a healthy work balance. Some of them are also not customer focused making the job of those who are a little difficult. The most enjoyable has been the ability to be introduced to new technologies and having a seat up front in the emerging technologies such as AI and machine learning. And the outlet to give back in the volunteer opportunities is over the top enjoyable.
ProsYou can contribute to great things such as Health Care, Space Travel, Cybersecurity, Homeland Security
ConsJob insecurity due to contracting.
Software Test Engineer | Rolling Meadows, IL | Feb 26, 2019
MA Leadership is atrocious
The RM campus is very toxic. I love the work and my peers, but the MA leadership is terrible. Instead of all of the BU's working together, we've been separated and everyone is in silos. I was happy to finally work with very smart people and very smart engineers but the functional managers don't have a clue about what their team does; and can't help at all. You are reprimanded if you speak up and so many people just lay down and take the abuse. Other teams in SEIT are also forced to work 12 hour days even though they have families. When I originally interviewed I had a great manager and she defended me from all the dirt coming from up above; then there was a massive re-org and they moved me to another manager who only cares about herself. She takes people's work - erases their name and puts hers on there; claiming all the credit for the hard work done on METRICS presentations. I don't agree with this style of management and so I have to be careful with what I share or don't share. If I don't share; then that means I'm NOT "collaborating with the team". That's because after I put a ton of hours on BOEs or other work this woman erases my name and puts hers in there. Truly disgusting workplace. Don't come here if you don't like to play favorites and politics. I've never been in a more back stabbing environment; even LM was a lot better than this, too bad there's not a campus in IL.