Lockheed Martin

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Lockheed Martin Reviews in Washington, DC

Updated October 28, 2014
Updated October 28, 2014
2,442 Reviews
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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
  • Often times work-life balance is work focused, unless you are in leadership positions (in 48 reviews)

  • For a large company you would expect industry setting standards for benefits (in 69 reviews)

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  1.  

    OK company for a college graduate.

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in New Carrollton, MD
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in New Carrollton, MD

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

    Pros

    Good benefits with a decent work and life balance.

    Cons

    Projects are not very interesting.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral 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 (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. 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 (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
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  5. 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 (less than an 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
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Bad Management

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    Former Employee - Lieutenant &E in Patuxent River, MD
    Former Employee - Lieutenant &E in Patuxent River, MD

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

    Pros

    $ and Pax River, Great Place

    Cons

    Management, what a mess. Cant do anything except have meeting about nothing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leave go back to the Airforce, This is LM not the USAF

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Cheap company; Management Fluff

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    Former Employee - Satellite Communications Engineer in Chantilly, VA
    Former Employee - Satellite Communications Engineer in Chantilly, VA

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

    Pros

    neat projects; worked on a number of neat projects for a great customer

    Cons

    The company won't even provide free coffee. Management offered no raises due to the bad economy yet were redoing the VPs office as the previous VPs office wasn't nice enough for him. If people on a project are under performing they will add resources therefore spending money and will cut others positions who weren't underperforming to pay for fixing the other underperforming part of the project.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The people at every level actually matter to your bottom line.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    No loyality from the company

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    Current Employee - Network Engineer in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Network Engineer in Arlington, VA

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

    Pros

    Starting pay was great thought is was a good company but after 13years it turned bad. Worse management

    Cons

    Then after 13years working for the company they wanted to lower salaries lower than started 13 years ago. No Loyality. Managment only looks out for managers....Poor management that get rewarded for doing a bad job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A Company is only as good as its employees and when you screw your employees there goes the company.

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

    If the company is a steam engine, the employees are the coal.

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Gaithersburg, MD
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Gaithersburg, MD

    I have been working at Lockheed Martin full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Decent benefits, compensation can be decent with the right manager and positioning.

    Cons

    Self-consuming corporate culture, diminishing interest in innovation, astonishingly bureaucratic (even considering that is a very large government contractor), high churn rate (particularly on contracts).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Policy is not an excuse for not making your own decisions. Encourage decisions that support the spirit of policy rather than the merely the letter. Foster innovation.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Disappointed

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    Current Employee - Personnel Specialist in Vienna, VA
    Current Employee - Personnel Specialist in Vienna, VA

    I have been working at Lockheed Martin full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    I've had the opportunity to work with some wonderful people who have been so supportive and made all the other issues seem so much easier to deal with

    Cons

    In my ten plus years of experience, I've never been so micromanaged. Salary information provided upon offer was misleading as were benefits. Also, learned only after joining that leave is earned only after 6 months of working.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I've never been so disappointed as I have been working on this contract. Despite the numerous complaints we as a team have made, you've only managed to make things much more uncomfortable for the team. I really would like to believe my experience is a reflection of this particular contract and not all of Lockheed Martin.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Cog in a machine

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    Current Employee - Team Leader in Rockville, MD
    Current Employee - Team Leader in Rockville, MD

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

    Pros

    Good medical insurance plan. Makes sense for a huge company.

    I took work home occasionally, but I did that for myself. There was never pressure to work outside the 40-hour work week, so that's a pro for people with families.

    Cons

    Maybe the experiences are different when you were hired by the company proper and not absorbed as part of a company that got purchased by them, but I never got the feeling upper management cared about us. It's hard to keep personal morale up with that kind of environment.

    I thought it was silly that our internal upper management was forced to jump through all the hoops of LM's annual review process, when it was never made clear by any management - ours or LM's - how we could work better, individually or as a team, to increase productivity and be promoted and/or get raises.

    Not sure if this only applied to us "stepchildren" but I was a team leader and was required to provide feedback on my team members' work. One of our lower management bosses that was handling annual reviews for those staff said she had to change my ratings because there was a specific # of people who could be ranked at the highest level of merit and therefore those who weren't at that level weren't eligible for the best raises. While I realize that's standard in corporate, I did not anticipate this and got out there as soon as I could.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you're going to spend the money and effort to take over other companies, you should do your job and get to know the people who are now working for you, or they'll leave.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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