Northrop Grumman

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Great Company

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Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in San Antonio, TX (US)
Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in San Antonio, TX (US)

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

Pros

Large company with MANY benefits

Cons

Contractual work. If the company doesnt get a contract, you don't get to work... and they don't pay you if you don't work.

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    The work can be interesting, but sometimes policies or bureaucracy get in the way of things.

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer III in Huntsville, AL (US)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer III in Huntsville, AL (US)

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

    Pros

    Northrop Grumman is a defense contractor. If you are on the right project, it's really easy to become a part of a project that really makes a difference to the people who defend our country.
    Northrop Grumman is not your standard mom and pop company - the company can really push into markets with their clout and get you into some really cool projects.
    Northrop Grumman has big name suppliers, which means when cool new gadgets come out, your project may be able to get a hold of them a little bit before everyone else.
    Executives at director level and above seem to be very sharp and good at their jobs, for the most part.
    If you can get approved for Extended Work Weeks, it is very easy to get paid well above your pay grade if you're willing to work a lot of extra hours.

    Cons

    Northrop Grumman is a defense contractor. This means that if the defense budget is cut, it likely also means that they'll need to cut back somewhere.
    Northrop Grumman, like many defense contractors, often needs to hold on to people with subject matter expertise, even if they are not on contract, so you may find your team "padded" with these individuals.
    Many managers don't believe in paying you for hours above and beyond your "full-time" status (referred to as Extended Work Week), but will imply that you should do it anyway. There are managers that will allow this kind of charging, though.
    Career paths are very murky - it's very unclear how to climb the ladder.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If I could share advice with upper management, it would be twofold:
    1. Don't be cheap and take more risks. If you want innovation, you have to try new things and be prepared to fail a lot before we get it right.
    2. If you want to engage your employees, you need to do four things. Give them projects that are improving someone's life - a soldier, a doctor, whoever. Give them projects that require meeting new people and actually leaving their cubicles - the "butts in seats" view of work doesn't cut it. Give them training that gives a clear view of how their work fits into the grand scheme of things - without context and clear goals, people won't feel any urgency or have a desire to be a team player. Offer more rewards for achievement - if people don't feel like they will ever recognized for their work, they won't try as hard when you need them the most.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Wasted potential, no vision/focus, highly unqualified leadership and management

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Woodland Hills, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Engineer in Woodland Hills, CA (US)

    I have been working at Northrop Grumman full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Any decent engineer will have a job for life.
    Benefits are good.
    Technology has potential and room for growth and innovation.

    Cons

    This is particularly for the Woodland Hills, CA campus. NG is a large corporation; experience at other locations will vary vastly.

    The leadership and management are highly unqualified, directionless, and do not plan and work for the company's products, future, well-being, and employees in mind. If you are successful, you will find yourself suddenly surrounded and being led by five or six bosses and "leads", none of which were around before your success and none of which will contribute in any significant and valuable way. Often the "leaders" wound up creating negative work, slowing down your progress, and draining your budget or siphoning it for unrelated efforts.

    As mentioned before, the technology has great room for growth and innovation. However, behavior of the leadership and management often meant any good idea or opportunity for innovation will be hampered down by excess and ground to a halt by inefficiencies and bad planning. More often than not the company seemed to be following trends, rather than being a leader or even at the forefront of technology.

    A good engineer will have job security. But your professional career, skill set, and experience will stagnate and flat-line. If you ever find yourself out looking for an opportunity, you will be hit with the hard reality that you are no longer competitive in the job market and, by extension, out of touch with your contemporaries in engineering and technology.

    The environment is highly volatile and non-conducive to engineering. Budgets are constantly being raided, employees are constantly being shifted around, resources are constantly being over and reallocated, and far too much time is spent in meetings and demonstrations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There isn't much to say. Unless there is thorough cleansing of the upper layers of management and leadership, this particular division will not prosper in the long-term. There are too many bad players in the higher ranks to foster any legitimate change.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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