Lockheed Martin
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www.lockheedmartin.com Bethesda, MD 5000+ Employees

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Updated May 13, 2014
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Lockheed Martin President & COO Marillyn Hewson

Marillyn Hewson

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    Fort Belvoir, VA

    ProsThey are one of the biggest contractors in the Government why many positions to offer at competitive pay rates.

    ConsVery confusing business practices that create communication issue between coworkers and management. Very poor health insurance and vacation benefits and very minimal incentive bonuses and raises.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop micro managing and delegating all your work load and just hire more workforce with less management and assistant managers. Lockmatin concentrates to much at the management level instead of the true workforce doing the work that way downsizing because wages wont be needed.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    done wrong

    JSF (Former Employee)
    Patuxent River, MD

    ProsAviation its a passion and a place to work on something bigger then oneself . JSF F-35 program, wonderful aircraft but management will ruin it just watch..

    ConsManagement , Management Management management. I cant explain in words the disappointment and god ol airforce i got ya , ill push you through your AF.. most don't know how to handle stress or anything about couth. Aholes

    Advice to Senior ManagementJump off a tall building

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    The HRAccess Program? Stay away!

    Tier II Help Desk (Current Employee)
    Vienna, VA

    ProsNice co-workers and it's close to the Metro

    ConsPretty much everything! This contract services TSA, Lockheed under-bid the contract in the beginning, so don't expect great pay or any type of raises. Management is just trying to keep their heads above water on this contract. So, there are absolutely no perks and expect to be asked to make a financial "contribution" when it comes time for the company picnic and holiday party. It's very sad the way employees are treated on this contract. I can promise you, if you come to work here, you'll regret it.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTreat your employees with more respect, pay them more, I could go on and on!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Horrible

    Customer Service Representative (Former Employee)
    Rockville, MD

    ProsFree coffee Sometimes free lunch

    Conseverything else they dont know anything I was on the pepco energy program supervisors were not smart employees are back stabbers its a high school environment if you didnt fit in you were disliked and talked about too much work for the one employee work changes all the time very petty

    Advice to Senior ManagementHire people and train them on their job don't give the supervisor that title if they dont do anything

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    This place could be a mess in 5-10 years

    Software Engineer (Current Employee)
    Manassas, VA

    ProsVery smart coworkers. Interesting work. Looks great on a resume.

    ConsPay is substantially below the average for software engineers. Management doesn't realize that we have other options than the stagnant defense industry. A number of great employees have left for higher pay and better benefits, leaving fewer people stretched thinner and thinner. Management's spreadsheet based approach to staffing projects doesn't recognize that you can't replace someone with 5-10 years of experience with a fresh college hire or someone new to software development. I have serious doubts about our future ability to meet our future requirements given the steady decline in the talent pool over the last few years.

    Management only values "leadership" traits in evaluating employees. If you don't aspire to be a non-technical manager yourself, you have no chance of being evaluated as anything better than middle of the pack. That means you will get a paltry annual raise that doesn't even keep up with inflation, let alone industry salary growth. It also means that no matter how good you are, you can't be promoted without at least pretending to want to do management-type activities. If you aren't good at what management values, no amount of logic and reason will convince them that you are a good employee. The performance appraisal system is sufficiently vague and nebulous that any manager can give any employee any assessment and find an excuse to justify it.

    Senior management is severely disconnected from reality. They once sent out, in one day, two emails, one of which congratulated everyone on record quarterly profits, the other of which announced a deep round of layoffs. Layoffs have been an annual occurrence for four years, drastically depressing morale.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake a look at what leading SOFTWARE companies are paying their software engineers. Your competition for us nerds isn't just Northrup Grumman and Boeing. It also includes companies like Microsoft, Google, and Facebook, all of which pay substantially more. The economy won't be horrible forever. When it improves there will be a mass exodus of people no longer afraid of losing the stability of a big old defense company like Lockheed Martin. Who will execute on your contracts when the only employees you have left are those coasting to retirement and those too young to realize they're getting a raw deal?

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    If you like to be challenged, this is not the place to be (new College grad)

    Software Engineer (Current Employee)
    Gaithersburg, MD

    Pros- Corporate experience
    - Learn how projects are managed
    - If you're the type of person that just cares about money and getting your workday out of the way as quickly as possible and going home, then you'll like it here, and won't mind the cons below.
    - Free access to Books24x7 and Safari books Online

    ConsI came to Lockheed directly from college with a degree in computer science. I've been with the company for about a year, and here is my experience:

    1) For a great majority of my time here, I had absolutely nothing to do. That's right, I'm being paid to just sit in my office and "wait" for some someone to assign some work. There were a number of people just like me, just wandering around the halls, hanging out in the labs with nothing to do. To make matters worse, they would still hire more people into the program to fill vacant positions, which makes no sense.

    2) When I did have work, it usually involved trivial things like updating documentation, updating some records in a database, etc. At first I thought this was just overhead for some bigger project that the team I was on was working on. As it turned out, my whole team's job was to simple manage some word documents and keep them updated, and do other vary trivial tasks. This was all, like a slap in the face to me coming from a computer science background and having actually solved real world problems. The worst part is that most of the people on my team carried the title of "Software Engineer". In fact, my manager's title was "Senior Software Engineering Mngr", but I doubt they knew anything about software (Other than using Microsoft Office).

    3) There is subtle slogan around the company "Selling yesterday's technologies at tomorrow prices". That is so right, and accurately describes Lockheed (at least IS&GS).

    4) Since I started, people have been leaving the company on a regular basis. Most of the new hires that I started with lasted a few months and then quit, mainly for the same reasons listed above.

    5) The most useful skill that I was able to apply to my job in my time here was my Microsoft Office skills. If I knew that I would be doing this, I would not have gone to one of the best engineering schools in the country, I would have gone to Devry instead.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWe give you resumes for a reason, and expect for you the leverage our skills. Since I've been with the company, I've honestly felt that my IQ has dropped a little bit due to the lack of critical thinking that my job required. I've spent hours after work taking advantage of the free online books that Lockheed provided, studying new technologies, languages, and challenged myself outside of my "software engineering" job with side projects that actually requires a software engineering mindset, because Lockheed fails to do so.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Tired of the good old boys way of doing things... Manassas Site (MS2)

    Software Engineer (Former Employee)
    Manassas, VA

    ProsIf you are "one of the boys" you should do well.
    You get to work on pretty neat things.
    Salaries are OK, not super competitive--you are compared to your peers within your rank, most times this works out OK.

    ConsYou will be passed over for promotion if you are not one of the "good old boys".
    There are lots of actively operating quid pro quo relationships.
    People are rewarded for kissing up and personal relationships.
    They do not have a reliable HR that cares about what is reported to them--they often turn the other cheek.
    Mid-level management runs that place, regardless of what the upper level management thinks or what their mission statements are.
    Mid-level management routinely encourages unethical practices, esp wrt charging time to government contracts.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWake up and realize what is happening to your organization.
    Give HR the power to actually make effective changes and remove high-profile people that are actively engaging in unethical behavior.
    Listen to the people that have the courage to come forward with questions and concerns.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Lockheed Martin is living off of their name recognition only.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Manassas, VA

    ProsThe opportunities for instructor led training classes and online training is readily available but management has recently decided to significantly cut the training budget.

    ConsVery little opportunity for advancement and limited growth potential. The benefits are not good. Compensation is subpar and is below industry standards. Please negotiate a high salary going in b/c you will be locked into that starting salary with very little to no increase.

    Advice to Senior ManagementShow more appreciation to your employees by recognizing their value add to the company and to the customer through promotion and higher compensation.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Not a place for opportunity or growth

    Manager (Former Employee)
    Washington, DC

    ProsIf you work in their their general or health services - aside from occasional interesting clients - none.

    ConsPoor program management and leadership. In spite of lip service and "performance process" they do not encourage innovation or new approaches to management or problems. I worked for a smaller company that was purchased by Lockheed. The benefits were reduced, program management was changed and our jobs were no longer fulfilling or rewarding.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStick to defense contracting and forget IT and Health services unless you are ready to replace all your leadership and rethink your business model.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Very Poor

    Coordinator (Former Employee)
    Bethesda, MD

    ProsGreat benefits and overall good internal customers to work with. Good mission work.

    ConsPoor Internal Operational leadership. If one is working in a non-billable position within the company, it's about control and not about doing the right thing by your internal customer and what's right for the business. Way too much cat fighting and napoleon complexes. Lot's of bullying tactics in the workplace. No inclusion, collaboration, team playing and transparency. It's about ONLY the bottom-line and not about the people as the benefits would make one think. Leadership can be less than willing to allow one to take time off when needed.

    Not a strong resource in place to help one find work when contract comes to an end. The employee is on their own.

    Difficult to navigate through the company. Too many road blocks.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCheck your egos at the door and start treating people like human beings with professionalism. Start valuing your staff. Do more of "doing the right thing" vs. control your internal client and less slavery treatment of staff. If this can be accomplished, your internal customer will look to you more like an expert in your field vs. a hindrance full of a lot of hot air. Plus, your staff will start respecting and trusting you.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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