Northrop Grumman Employee Reviews about "upper management"

Updated 29 Jul 2020

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Good Company - Rough Managment"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer III in Melbourne, FL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent benefits and pay. Long time employees extremely knowledgeable and good mentors. GREAT work life balance and good program level management.

    Cons

    High turn over rate. Upper corporate management tends to be the source of a lot of the problems. Staffing issues result in project delays and quarterly work reallocation. Promotion process is directly tied in with hiring process, so getting a promotion involves applying for the job you are already doing. As well as heavier upper management oversight. Bigger programs get more priority for promoting and hiring staff, so it's often easier to jump to another program to get a promotion. This results in much of the talent being siphoned away from smaller programs.

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  2. "Great place to work"

    4.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Structural Engineer in West Melbourne, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good , smart and helpful people for the most part

    Cons

    As with any large corporation, there is a disconnect with upper management on some issues.


  3. "Good Culture. At times slow moving"

    4.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Aerospace Engineer in Chandler, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very good engineers. Managers who seem to care, generally. Lots of smart people to get help from and bounce ideas off of. Very secure job with good pay and benefits.

    Cons

    Huge corporation with a lot of bureaucracy and slow-moving processes. Lots of situations where talent is specialized in a couple of people, and when they leave, they lose the skillset due to poor documentation and no training. Lastly, difficult to transition from large, slow legacy programs to more exciting and challenging work. If you're lucky enough to be put onto a newer, early-stage program, good on you; if you are unlucky enough to be stuck in the black hole of old legacy programs, you'll never get out. Additionally, upper management can be tone-deaf and come off very much as caring solely about the dollars they get rather than the employees who work for them.

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  4. "Good company"

    4.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Social Media Analyst in Brooklyn, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    benefits, salary, management, co-workers, location

    Cons

    schedule, benefits, upper management, some coworkers

  5. Helpful (1)

    "Great office, terrible work, terrible company"

    1.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Manchester, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people in the office who have formed a family through their shared frustrations at management

    Cons

    - Office receives little to no work - Vindictive behaviour of management when ethical concerns are raised. - Send employees regularly across the country needlessly and dismissing mental and physical health concerns raised from such behaviour. - Strict 40 hour work week with inflexible working hours - Offer little to no training except for internal mandatory trianing that is drawn out, outdated and useless to most of the staff working in the company. - Most of your time at this job will be sat staring at a monitor waiting for work. - Upper management do not exist at the site and never visit. Emails will be ignored and calls dodged if you want to get in touch with them.

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  6. Helpful (8)

    "Racial Discrimination Rampant Above Manager Level"

    3.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Linthicum, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Northrop Grumman full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Most people are truly focused on doing what is right for the customer and the company. Work culture is generally good. Most employees are at least generally competent. Some are truly outstanding.

    Cons

    For at least the last 7 years or so, the company has been so focused on getting more females and African Americans into the upper management ranks (director level) that there has been rampant discrimination against white males. This is an open secret that all management employees that have been at the company for at least 5 years can give many, many examples. White males are consistently told they need to check another box or two from an experience perspective even when the selected candidates don't check the boxes themselves. As a result, the competency level at the director and vice president level has plummeted. The company isn't anywhere nearly as well managed as it was 5-10 years ago.

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  7. Helpful (2)

    "2yrs in Engineering"

    3.0
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people are mostly hard workers. Like any company, the top 30% show up and get things done! Big company with some benefits, on-site lunch (not free), on-site gym (tiny), on-site basketball court (pretty cool!). Ultimately cool product which helps the Navy! Multiple clubs to join for social events (not free). Christmas week shut down (but you have to use some PTO).

    Cons

    No more tuition reimbursement. They have stopped. No more pension. No bonuses for anyone. Not even the performers. Upper management is getting huge bonus (6figures plus!). Management whips in full force! Work 10-12hr days and weekends. SPI and CPI EVMS. Micro management to the finish line!!!Dates are all that matter here. Even if you hit the date, there’s a new one on the horizon. Career growth is determined on others retiring.

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  8. Helpful (3)

    "Great Benefits but Frustrating Bureaucracy"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Principal Systems Administrator 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Large company (80k+ employees), scheduled pay raises, good benefits (healthcare, retirement matching, etc.)

    Cons

    Managers/Project Leads rarely have any IT background/management experience, extremely vertical organizational structure where upper management makes decisions on employee career development with no communication with employees, poor overall communication, endless training seminars that stretch an hour of content into 8 hours.

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  9. "Very good place to work"

    4.0
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Melbourne, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Northrop Grumman full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    overall company is very good

    Cons

    upper management is more concerned about there promotions and bonuses than the product and their employees The title for junior staff should be changed to CEO because the younger employees think two years of work experience entitles them to upper management promotions

  10. Helpful (4)

    "Company might be good, but New Town site is bad."

    1.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assembler in New Town, ND
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    401k matching, benefits, Pays more than minimum wage with no college degree. Potential for advancement to other positions.

    Cons

    Oh boy, first the management: 1. Penny pinchers - would rather you struggled with tools that sometimes cause problems for the product or just lower productivity. 2. Efficiencies are used to harass employees with unreasonable expectations. First they set the standard to the absolute best time and then they sometimes lower that time for no reason other than some engineer thought it sounded good to reduce time on cables. Also some employees cut sequence steps and complete them in other sequences, further screwing up the efficiencies. If you tell management, lower management is tasked with fixing it, but they don't have any authority to "change" anything. 3. Upper management often takes away needed workstations and floor space for their pet projects that never work or just to cram more people in the plant. But employees are expected to perform the same or better with less. 4. Because their efficiencies are messed up and people do different things and sometimes have to work with less, your raise ends up subjectively based; oh and they rank everyone too, so everyone could be great employees, but you could get ranked poorly and have a lesser raise just because. 5. They spent ~$500,000 on a robot that sat the two years I worked there. Never worked and it's never been a "real" priority to make it useful. Although management will talk about getting it working. Or the 8 or so tables of floor space taken for a twist machine that took longer to twist than by hand... 6. Overtime. They expect you to work overtime and they usually need it to make up for poor management. If you don't and want some kind of lofe outside work, it'll reflect poorly on raises. Now let's consider the location of the plant. It's on an Indian reservation where the price of everything is jacked up (including rent) due to being nowhere and because of all the oil money in the area. So most people commute from Minot which has the best rent prices. So now your ten hour day has about 2 1/2 hours of driving everyday and the company does not care. Also half of the year will be winter and will get below zero for say 2 months of the year. What else...no HR. So we had lots of employee conflicts due to bad management, people yelling at each other, toxic person in quality department, people were walking out in frustration, taking medical leave for mental health reasons. There was an instance of a hiring manager encouraging a certain employee to apply for a better position, but saying nothing to others that they knew were equally or better qualified.

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