Lockheed Martin

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Lockheed Martin Reviews

Updated March 4, 2015
Updated March 4, 2015
150 Reviews
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Lockheed Martin President & COO Marillyn Hewson
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • This is really a wonderful place for a working mother - great work/life balance (in 222 reviews)

  • Work life balance; Good Benefits; 9/80 work weeks; Pension (although this has been eliminated for new employees) (in 96 reviews)


Cons
  • My program had mandatory overtime, seems like work/life balance might not be the best (in 50 reviews)

  • For a large company you would expect industry setting standards for benefits (in 70 reviews)

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  1.  

    Started somewhat hopeful...and went steadily down over the course of 8 years

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    I have been working at Lockheed Martin

    Pros

    pay, coworkers, location, pays the bills, not much else

    Cons

    Good old boys network, what raises, incompetent management, very very slow to respond to negative feedback on those incompetent managers. Good employees either leave voluntarily or get screwed out of their jobs by incompetent mgmt even doing illegal activities (being set up to get "fired", retaliation - even though there is a 'zero tolerance' policy on that...it all depends on your gender, age, race, military history.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Admit - from the top - that X manager is incompetent and then actually do something about it before they kill other peoples' careers

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Avoid if you can, going downhill fast!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Cyber Security in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Cyber Security in Washington, DC

    I worked at Lockheed Martin full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Discounts on outside companies (but not any better than what is at any other large company)
    -Allow for telecommute

    Cons

    - Management doesn't care about employees at all. treat you like a cog in a machine that can be replaced easily.
    - Benefits are horrible and defined pension plan is gone and good luck figuring how to do better with 401k.
    - Health insurance is bad and getting worse.
    - No advancement at all. Stuck pretty much where you join. Also pay raises are bad. Give everyone coming in the door a raise but screw over all current employees (treating you like cookie cutter).
    - Don't listen to anything you say unless it is what they want to hear. They will treat you bad to make numbers or work you into the ground so they fail then justify to hire more people after the fail and they have burned you out.
    - Have you work the extra hours (as salary) and then if you don't use in that week you lose the chance to take some of the extra hours banked off later. (Work life balance is not here)
    - Training is non-existent. Fight tooth and nail every year to get any. Even in the cyber security world where you need for professional certs good luck in getting unless you are a buddy.
    - Evals are large company usual 10% outstanding and 80% normal and 10% dirt bag. Every year no matter what. Waste a lot of time for almost no raise and writing up just bunk to not get the bottom 10% (they already know who the favorite is and going to be in top 10%)
    - They only do enough (in cyber security) not to get into trouble. Unless you are the chosen few no chance to actually do anything interesting. Just going thru the motions to make it look good. Never listen to what anyone tells them things are not right. Just wear you down to where you stop saying anything to them about how bad things are.
    - Overall they just don't care about employees and they don't like being told what they are doing wrong. management is just out for themselves and will throw you under the bus in seconds. Any good managers leave as soon as they see how things are going. Employees always feel under the gun that the boss will ride you because they don't like you or won't go with what they want. Company has been going down hill for sometime and seems to be picking up speed. Glad to leave and happy with new company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Actually do an exit interview and see why you are losing so many employees. Start to care about your employees as the older people are retiring and no one is going to stay around long the way things are going.
    Realize you actually have to pay market wages and benefits. Thanks for cutting defined pension plan, makes it easier to leave the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Exceptional candidate turned away due to hiring manager's personal reasons

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD

    I have been working at Lockheed Martin

    Pros

    Good company in terms of brand recognition.

    Cons

    Unfair in its hiring practice - the perceived culture of fairness and non-discriminatory behavior does not extend to the company's hiring practices. Although you may have the ideal skills and qualifications to do the job, if the hiring manager simply doesn't like you because you're not the right ethnicity or he feels threatened by your accomplishments, you will not be hired.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It is illegal for hiring managers to ask candidates personal questions. And utterly wrong for them to use it against candidates when they evade the questions. An interview is not supposed to feel like an interrogation.

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  5.  

    Ethics? What ethics?

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Lockheed Martin full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    - 40 hour / week job most of the time.
    - Flexible schedule to accommodate personal errands during the week.
    - Every other Friday off.
    - Slow and easy work pace if you want, like a lot of people do, or tons of work if that's how you are.

    Cons

    - Massive layoffs, with incorrect selection of who should be let go.
    - Required training modules every year, or more frequently for some topics.
    - Lots of unethical practices at all levels, from Engineers to VPs. I upheld the company's values as they're taught in the training modules. When I witnessed unethical practices and shady dealings with outside companies, I gathered evidence and built my case. In the end, I was told to drop it. The company stole an employee's invention, stripped him of any credit, added him to the layoff list nearly 10 times, and bled him dry in court. Lots of funding and projects being taken from West Coast facilities and rebased on the East Coast, resulting in waves of people on the West losing jobs. VP visited the campus one day, said he was the one fighting tooth and nail to keep R&D funding in San Jose. The very next day, funding for one of the more promising R&D projects was cut, and everyone on the project was on the layoff list. The list goes on and on.
    - Lots of slackers at the lower levels. People burning through government-billable hours, doing nothing.
    - Benefits are a joke after all the budget cuts.
    - Security clearances needed. Little to no jobs available if you aren't cleared.
    - Can't get into the interesting projects unless you're part of the inner circle. It's also not possible to get rid of underachievers who are in the inner circle.
    - People promoted to positions they aren't qualified for.
    - Consultants given no respect. If a consultant saves a project, a permanent employee will be given the credit. You don't give the medal to the arsonist who started the fire. You give it to the firefighter. Period.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Re-examine your business practices.
    - Remember who you work for. It's the government. It's the people of the United States. Act like it.
    - Reward the employees who practically kill themselves to save the company, instead of the people who are ruining it.
    - Don't tell your people on the West Coast that it's where all the innovation is and that it's the driving force for the Lockheed business, then take all the funding, "relocate" projects, and let all the good people go.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Compensation

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Lockheed Martin

    Pros

    Can't think of any positive criteria for going through Inconen Staffing Agency.

    Cons

    Inconen takes a markup of 22-30% based upon the contractor's hourly rate. They do NOT get you the job, but arrange for an interview and negotiate your rate. If you can not achieve a hire through the interview with your experience, academic track record, awards, etc., Inconen will not be able to sway the client. The recruiting manager was rarely in the office, but either in their car or taking calls from home. Staff was somewhat aloof, which based upon what they bring to picture, is extremely surprising. My recommendation, look for another agency that has YOUR interest in mind.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pulse existing contract labor to determine whether they are receiving adequate support from their contract company and if the feedback is negative or marginal, look elsewhere.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  7.  

    A once worthy employer squeezing the workforce dry in every conceivable way.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer
    Current Employee - Engineer

    I have been working at Lockheed Martin

    Pros

    Working with smart dedicated people. Occasional whiff of JP4.

    Cons

    Forced distribution performance management system. They hire the best then tell 20% that are not worthy of a raise. Pension is being taken away and replaced with a diminished package. Large negative $$ impacts on mid-career employees' retirements. Tone deaf bloviating executives driving morale into the depths. Career paths are limited after level 3. You should seek employment elsewhere after level 3.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stick a stake in the PMS now! It is killing the morale. Bring back comp time and remove the 5 hour gate on OT. When you come down to express appreciation for a record quarter, or for a particularly good effort to pull off a difficult task, say it with more than words. If you really do appreciate what was done, just remember, treasure is the measure.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Position Elimination

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Lockheed Martin

    Pros

    Ability to work for 2 companies and build relationship with them.

    Cons

    Will terminate you with very short notice and warning stating budgetary concerns.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to your contracts and do not wait until the renegotiation period is over. Think about the employees who you have hired to serve the clients. It would be nice to respect the employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Low Pay

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Richland, WA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Richland, WA

    I have been working at Lockheed Martin full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    I like the coworkers I work with on a day to day basis.

    Cons

    Low pay, not very good benefits, low company morale.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn some ethics

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    Sr Staff Systems Eng

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Lockheed Martin

    Pros

    Good Benefits including pension and pay.

    Cons

    Leadership from program management to directors very hung up on political focus verses technical excellence.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None the pompous big dog attitude will not hear any advice.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Like any other big companies

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Technical Support Analyst II in Altadena, CA
    Current Employee - IT Technical Support Analyst II in Altadena, CA

    I have been working at Lockheed Martin full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    We work on a 9/80 schedule which gives us more time every other weekend to spend outside of the work environment.

    Cons

    There is a wall separating the management with its employees that is always felt the moment you step into the building Even the employees' departments do not interact well. Lack of respect is also a big discouragement. Our direct manager micromanages a lot and would always push you until you actually push back. There is also no room for growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Room for growth
    RESPECT
    Training approval

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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