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Lockheed Martin Reviews

Updated September 9, 2014
Updated September 9, 2014
2,344 Reviews
3.4
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Lockheed Martin President & COO Marillyn Hewson
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Pros
  • This is really a wonderful place for a working mother - great work/life balance (in 201 reviews)

  • 9/80 work schedules for many a real plus (alternate Fridays off) (in 84 reviews)


Cons
  • Depending on the program your work life balance can suffer (in 46 reviews)

  • This is a large company with all the usual shortfalls of management (in 68 reviews)

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  1.  

    LM stands for Lots of Managers

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    Current Employee - Procurement Engineer  in  Lexington-Fayette, KY
    Current Employee - Procurement Engineer in Lexington-Fayette, KY

    I have been working at Lockheed Martin full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    If you want to work for a defense contractor, look at any other contractor first.

    Cons

    Top heavy in management. Have to be in the drinking crowd, or sleep with management. They are sucking defense contracts dry, and paying themselves high salaries in the process.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Lack of opportunities to grow within the company

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    Current Employee - Functional Support  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Functional Support in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Lockheed Martin full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Flexible schedules due to budget cuts on programs who could not afford office space

    Cons

    Lack of leadership, no upward mobility, politics in leadership

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train the diamond's in the rough to be great leaders and adhere to the succession plans in place. Obtain leaders who create and train upcoming leaders and eliminate hiring friend's but hire the best candidate qualified for the job that is skilled to perform the role in full to help shape the future.

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

    confusing

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Lockheed Martin full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The only pro is I worked off site so I didn't have to work directly with Lockheed management.

    Cons

    Leadership was the worst. There was a mysterious electronic circle of self evaluation, that no one knew how to navigate where employee, management, stakeholders, had to layer on measurable BS, twice a year. My POC, supervisor, manager changed every year, to the point they didn't know who I was or what I did. At the end of my government contract "they" offered a position 25 miles away at half the pay...HUH? I could write a book about the craziness.
    Started great ended weirdly

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Overhaul the self evaluation system, if you haven't already. Out of control. To many "stakeholders"

    No opinion of CEO
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    Don't stay for long.

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    Current Employee - L2 Engineer  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - L2 Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Lockheed Martin full-time

    Pros

    Lots of software tools available to you
    Work-life balance (all depends on your group and manager)
    Paid overtime (first 5 hours unpaid)
    Interesting work

    Cons

    Base salaries are well below other respectable tech companies in Silicon Valley. No bonuses or stock options.
    Low raises (the 3% average is hardly a raise with inflation).
    Health insurance sucks (no HMO...seriously?)
    The performance review system is terrible with a bell curve that discourages a teamwork.
    Promotions are almost non-existent. Too many old highly paid employees in an upside down pyramid organization.
    Seems like HR is running this company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care of your young engineers...they are the future (older engineers get pension and better healthcare).
    Improve your pay because it isn't enough to live in Silicon Valley.

  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    There is no loyalty to employees, everything is a horse and pony show with this company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The work is interesting, health miles program syncs with fitbit, free coffee and water, the online training library is very convenient,

    Cons

    Lots of training on Ethics but its just for show. This company only cares about money, money and more money. Benefits have shrunk over the years, Christmas party was cut (over 5 years ago), upper management is a bit narcissistic, performance evaluation system favors "good ole boy" mentality.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    walk your talk

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Managed Into the Ground

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer

    I worked at Lockheed Martin full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    If you love to go into your cube and do one thing until they lay you off, you will be happy here.

    Cons

    If you like to work hard, and across several different areas, this is not the place for you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    A good contract or short term job

    Former Employee - Senior Network Engineer  in  Norfolk, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Network Engineer in Norfolk, VA

    I worked at Lockheed Martin full-time

    Pros

    The benefits and pay are good.

    Cons

    Typical contract company. As an employee, there is a feeling that you're just a number and not necessary. The job stability is based on how the contracts with the government are going and coming. Not a stable job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Show employees that they are important and valued.

  9.  

    Lack of organization

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Lockheed Martin

    Pros

    It was good to have the opportunity to experience a position within the company.

    Cons

    Things were shifty. There was a lack of organization. No real authority at the managerial level. Gossip at all levels. Very cliquish. Difficult to discern expectations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Office culture seems fine at a high level but the actual culture is not.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Stay away from the East coast and beware of misleading benefits.

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    Former Employee - Staff Software Engineer  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Washington, DC

    I worked at Lockheed Martin full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Interesting R&D challenges, but beware of funding being removed half way into projects. Large peaks and valleys are rewarded instead of continuous improvement.

    Cons

    Logical and metrics based reviews are replaced by off-the-cuff gut feelings. Prepare to be punished for innovative thought. Educational support stops at Masters. Get as many as possible.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop making decisions based solely upon financially biased data.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Opportunity here for those who comply.

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    Former Employee - Instructional Systems Designer  in  Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Instructional Systems Designer in Arlington, VA

    I worked at Lockheed Martin as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    I worked at LM as a sub for almost a year, and things were quite organized. The history of the company gives employees a tried-and-true system. People don't have to reinvent the wheel to find solutions.

    One of my managers was EXCELLENT and I admired his work ethic and that he cared so much about the projects, doing the right thing for the customer, and keeping things in line for project delivery. One of my teams was a lot of fun and creative--we produced learning solutions that were seen as unprecedented by the customer.

    I made a lot of great friends and we had a lot of fun team-building experiences that we organized without leadership (baseball games, lunches, and happy hours, among other social events).

    Cons

    Some managers at my office made life miserable for some employees. One of my managers communicated everything solely by IM, even though she was a 10-second walk from my desk. Many managers were great employees who were appointed mgmt positions...and should not be in leadership roles.

    In my office I regularly saw favoritism and nepotism, experienced/was aware of backbiting, and knew about inappropriate (sexual) relationships between employees and /or admin. Many were paranoid about getting thrown under the bus.

    Some contractors were "let go" due to "personality conflicts." That meant that the rest of us were pulled into a conference room while a supervisor explained that "It just didn't work out with Contractor Joe. But don't worry! You're all doing a great job!" That was the only time one of my managers gave us positive feedback... when someone got fired. Due to this, office morale became quite low.

    For employees, burnout rate was high. If you did a good job, they piled on the work. It is until 10 years with this company that you get two weeks of paid vacation per year. At 10 years, you get three weeks per year. IMHO, this is no way to live. When another company came along with a great offer, I jumped.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your workers. Just because things have always been done a certain way doesn't mean that they are being done the right way today. "Think outside the box" means applying unorthodox ideas. Allow employees the freedom to do that. Give structured feedback and encouragement--it was lacking in my office. Consider the turnover rate at your office and, if it's high (my office was 25-30%), put out a survey about what can be done to improve conditions. Take some management and leadership classes if you are aware that you're not a natural leader. Don't let the customer walk all over the team...go to bat for them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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