Careers at Northrop Grumman

Northrop Grumman in Palmdale, California

Work at the Palmdale Site

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Defining Possible in Palmdale

The site is uniquely suited for the development, prototyping, production and testing of military aircraft systems, both manned and unmanned. The highly specialized manufacturing and engineering facility is located on the Government owned/Contractor operated (GOCO) U.S. Air Force Plant 42. Northrop Grumman occupies about 66% of Plant 42’s various sites. Every day employees can see their hard work take off and land on the flight test runway.

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The Northrop Grumman Palmdale site is a world-class facility and home to some of the world’s most technologically advanced aircraft.

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Make what's next.

Flight Operations

Help take us to new heights.

Information Technology

Keep us connected and secure.

Manufacturing and Production

Be on the front lines of innovation.

Vehicle Engineering

From concept to flight.

Defining Possible: What drives us at Northrop Grumman

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Flagship Programs

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Why Do Northrop Grumman Employees Like Working in Palmdale?

The Palmdale site has a diverse and inclusive workforce. We believe that fostering diverse and inclusive environments support innovation and helps to drive a best workplace culture in support of our mission.

Founded by Jack Northrop himself, Northrop Grumman Recreation Clubs help employees achieve work-life balance by bringing together employees with similar interests outside of work. Palmdale has many recreation clubs that range from sports and fitness activities to technology and the arts. Our employees are not only part of history, they're making history.

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Life in Palmdale

Palmdale is located in the greater LA area, just outside the hustle and bustle of city congestion. This location offers several great activities. Take advantage of your flexible work schedule to enjoy local recreation, such as hiking at the local Wrightwood trails. Palmdale is also in driving distance to the beach, Los Angeles, Palm Springs and Orange County. Don’t miss these other hot spots within driving distance: Malibu, Mammoth Mountain, Yosemite, as well as the port to catch a boat to Catalina Island which is twenty-two miles off the Southern California Coast.  

Why Join Northrop Grumman?

Northrop Grumman employees are Defining Possible every day through science, technology and engineering. With careers in all areas: air, cyber, land, sea and space - we are working as one to defend and define the future.

Work/Life Balance

Many sites have 9/80 days, telework and flexible scheduling options, plus generous paid time off. Indeed named Northrop Grumman a top 10 company for work/life balance in 2018.

Who We Are

Ranked on DiversityInc's annual list of Top 50 Companies for Diversity since 2010, we recruit top talent with traditional and non-traditional backgrounds to ensure our teams are skilled, focused and innovative.


We have employees in all 50 states in the US and 21 countries worldwide.

Extensive Benefits

We offer an array of benefits to give you the support you need, including matching 401K, tuition assistance, health insurance and wellness options, coaching, mentoring and more.

In the Community

From the environment to STEM education to philanthropy, we're committed to the community. We encourage and enable our employees to volunteer in meaningful activities with lasting impact.


Our employees’ commitment to quality combined with our leadership’s commitment to workplace environment and diversity has resulted in many significant accolades.

Diversity and Inclusion at Northrop Grumman

Creating a work force and a workplace that values diversity and fosters inclusion is pivotal to promoting innovation and increasing productivity and profitability.

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Life at Northrop Grumman

Our culture thrives on intellectual curiosity, cognitive diversity and bringing your whole self to work — and we have an insatiable drive to do what others think is impossible. Our employees are not only part of history, they're making history.

The unique work environment at Northrop Grumman includes these important elements: creativity, collaboration, agility, and busting through silos and barriers. We operate across domains, disciplines, and national boundaries. Our teams rapidly deliver capabilities to our warfighters to defend our nation and our allies.

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