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Lockheed Martin Reviews in Washington, DC

Updated Jun 25, 2014
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3.3 281 reviews

45% Approve of the CEO

Lockheed Martin President & COO Marillyn Hewson

Marillyn Hewson

(51 ratings)

68% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

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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    Bad Management

    Lieutenant &E (Former Employee) Patuxent River, MD

    Pros$ and Pax River, Great Place

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementLeave go back to the Airforce, This is LM not the USAF

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Cheap company; Management Fluff

    Satellite Communications Engineer (Former Employee) Chantilly, VA

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

    ConsThe 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 Senior ManagementThe people at every level actually matter to your bottom line.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    No loyality from the company

    Network Engineer (Current Employee) Arlington, VA

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

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

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

    Senior Software Engineer (Current Employee) Gaithersburg, MD

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

    ConsSelf-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 Senior ManagementPolicy 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.

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

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    Disappointed

    Personnel Specialist (Current Employee) Vienna, VA

    ProsI'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

    ConsIn 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 Senior ManagementI'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.

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

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    Cog in a machine

    Team Leader (Current Employee) Rockville, MD

    ProsGood 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.

    ConsMaybe 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 Senior ManagementIf 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.

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

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    Meh...

    Software Engineer (Current Employee) Gaithersburg, MD

    ProsGreat company for incoming college hires. You get to build your resume and experience (again, only if you're early in your career)

    ConsLots of politics with upper management. VERY hard to get promoted. You basically have to threaten to leave the company in order for someone to consider you for a promotion to keep you. Lots of cuts happening across the business.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTreat your engineers better.

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

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    They care about contracts not their employees

    Security Administration (Current Employee) Lexington Park, MD

    ProsOffices all over the world, travel possibilities
    Work with great people
    Promotions
    Support our military in many different way

    ConsThe don't really care about their employees.
    When they lost a contract instead of keeping people they employed for years they dropped them instead of bring them onto current or opening contracts.
    Upper management was never there to help.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGo in with open eyes when it comes to contracts with the government. Lockheed doesn't care about you.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Lockheed Martin no longer seems to value its employees

    Senior Software Engineer (Current Employee) Washington, DC

    Pros*NONE* All of the good reasons for working here have vanished over the past few years. In years past, engineers were valued employees and it was possible to enjoy a technical career. Recently a ceiling seems to be preventing engineers from going over a level 4 labor grade.

    Options used to be available to transfer to different divisions in other areas of the country but with sequestration going on, there seem to be very few openings anywhere.

    ConsThe medical insurance offered is so bad it's virtually non-existent. There are no choices, only an Aetna administered plan is available. Deductibles are $2,500/yr. In-plan doctors are extremely hard to find or get appointments with, especially one that speaks English.

    Nearly every division in the company is experiencing high levels of layoffs and threatening to reduce salaries of many remaining engineers in the 4th quarter of this year. Many long-term employees (over 20 years) have been laid off this year with only 2 weeks notice.

    Very few people have received raises over the past 4 years.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake notice of the fact that nearly everyone who has a working spouse has gone with their spouses insurance plan. The Aetna medical plan is an insult.

    Nearly every engineer that I know of at Lockheed is currently looking for a new job.

    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 trust worthy company to work for

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsThey do have a large number of contracts to work on, howeveri would be very careful in considering a position with them or a sub.

    ConsThey tend to under bid a contract and come up short on manhours. They routinely try to make up for this by pressuring employees to provide the customer with unpaid/undocumented manhours.

    Advice to Senior ManagementUpper management needs to audit the performance of their Program Managers and the contract employees.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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