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Updated 18 February 2018
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Pros
  • Flexible 9/80 Schedule (you never want to go back once you have a Friday off) (in 298 reviews)

  • Great work life balance and benefits (in 272 reviews)

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  1. "IT Program Manager"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT Program Manager in Melbourne
    Former Employee - IT Program Manager in Melbourne
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Northrop Grumman full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Worked at NGC for 35 years. Great company to work for. Many opportunities to move within the company, however you have to look for and develop the opportunities. You are generally rewarded for what you do and for your performance. The benefits are better that average. You can make a great career if you work hard, contribute and are good at what you do.

    Cons

    It is a large company and there are political influences you will have to deal with. As a primarily DOD contractor the annual raises can be slim to non existent in some years. Benefit cost have been going up the last few years. Work life balance is preached but not always practiced.

    Advice to Management

    Work on real employee engagement and not just meeting survey results. Close the gap between sectors so that NGC is really one company.


  2. "Exciting & Growing Company"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Brisbane
    Current Employee - Manager in Brisbane
    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!


  3. "Great opportunities"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Mascot
    Current Employee - Manager in Mascot
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great opportunities, experience, interesting work, good people to work with

    Cons

    Large company in US adapting to working internationally. Too many opportunities and accelerated growth of business.

    Advice to Management

    Plan and resource for the future


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  5. "Working in Australia Business"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Northrop Grumman full-time

    Pros

    Part of the US based Northrop Grumman Corp, NG in Australia is growing and the company seemed to be investing in good leaders; employee benefits and safety. Servicing the defense sector can be demanding but the people are motivated and there is a big emphasis placed on doing business ethically. There is work going into improvements in facilities , IT and processes to mature the working environment.

    Cons

    Some of the processes can be bureaucratic and increased freedom from the US parent company would allow us to better serve our customers.

    Advice to Management

    Continue the investment that has started across the broad to mature the Australian business and continue the focus on internal communications which were definitely improving.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Northrop Grumman M5 Network Security - Better of being unemployed"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Canberra
    Former Employee - Engineer in Canberra
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Northrop Grumman full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    None, unless you are a bludger, as nobody ever gets fired

    Cons

    Complete incompetence at the management level. You are better of unemployed than working there.

    Advice to Management

    Get your act together, too many good engineers are coming in, taking one look at the place and exiting immediately.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "M5 Network Security - look elsewhere in Canberra"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Canberra
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Canberra
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Northrop Grumman full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Used to have some great staff, but failed to retain culture once those staff moved on

    Cons

    Incompetent and micromanaging management
    Overworked and undervalued staff
    Bullying culture
    No good reason to choose NG over any other company

    Advice to Management

    There's enough work in Canberra that staff don't need to put up with your low level drama.


  8. "I have enjoy the ability to display my skills and be rewarded for contribution to the company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Depth of the company
    Readily available resources
    Presence across the globe
    Job security if you are willing to branch out

    Cons

    Can be hard to navigate the system
    Contracts are at the mercy of government budgets
    Sectors operate has independent units

    Advice to Management

    Ensure the front line managers have the resources or know how to tap into vast array of resources. More mentoring for employees and front line managers.


  9. Helpful (17)

    "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


  10. Helpful (10)

    "System Engineer 4"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  11. "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


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