Lockheed Martin

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Lockheed Martin Reviews in Washington, DC

Updated January 12, 2015
Updated January 12, 2015
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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.  

    Getting worse....

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    Current Employee - Mult Func Engineer & Sci Manager in Alexandria, VA
    Current Employee - Mult Func Engineer & Sci Manager in Alexandria, VA

    I have been working at Lockheed Martin

    Pros

    They are the largest Defense contractor in the world.

    Cons

    LM recently cut sick days from 5 per year to 3. There have been numerous reorganizations recently and the support staff on the back end of IS&GS has dwindled to almost non existent. When you have an employee problem it shouldn't take a week or more for HR to respond to simple questions. As a PM for them it is very difficult to get any support unless your based in HQ.

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

    When 5 years is a big deal....

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Program Analyst in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Program Analyst in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Some of my colleagues were great to work with. As a project, we were forgotten by corporate, so there was a lot of opportunity to do things like a small, independent, company.

    Cons

    Perks were non-existent. If you wanted tap water, you could to the public fountain; if you wanted any of the needed filtration of DC water, you could join the "water club."

    Direct management was nowhere to be found unless a bus needed someone to be thrown under. There could be multiple feet of snow on the ground and taking the initiative to work from home was met with a "why didn't you get permission first."

    Frankly, it was so poorly handled, I think the government would have been better off awarding the contract to our competitor. Although, the client was just as bad as we were, so maybe they deserved each other.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's the 21st century. Operate like a company that wants to succeed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Fantastic Co-workers, but no future

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Peers are top-notch and extremely intelligent. Co-workers are very dedicated and work extremely hard. Also found most peers to be very supportive and helpful. The pay is highly competitive.

    Cons

    It is not my intention to paint a multinational corporation with a wide brush; I'm only referring to my own experience as an LM employee assigned to a US government contract. With that caveat, one must be aware that in the LM Employee Handbook, it states that "employees are expected to work more than 40 hours per week." During my two years with LM, I witnessed 18 (eighteen) people come and go. I have never experienced a professional workplace with such a shocking turnover rate. I worked with dedicated and talented people who went home on a Friday evening and received a phone call that (1) they were terminated and (2) do not report to work on Monday. I also witnessed an entire sub-team of 3 employees turn in their notice on the same day. The majority of resignations were simply due to the lack of work/life balance, employee burn-out, and a management structure that consistently demonstrates a lack of investment in the well-being and success of its employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It is not my intention to paint a multinational corporation with a wide brush; I'm only referring to my own experience as an LM employee assigned to a US government contract. With that said, I quote Jim Goodnight, Chief Executive Officer of SAS: "95 percent of my assets drive out the gate every evening." It is a tragedy that Lockheed Martin employs upper management that treat extremely intelligent and talented employees as if they were interchangeable parts. It is very disconcerting to never know if you will have a job from week-to-week. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that the combination of (1) expected 40+ hour weeks, (2) lack of work-life balance and (3) zero confidence in management = employees leaving LM.

    Doesn't Recommend
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  5.  

    Previous Glassdoor reviews for this position were correct

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Lockheed Martin full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Worked with really nice people.

    Cons

    Not as much engineering as secretarial type office work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Post a more accurate description of the job function.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    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
  7.  

    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
  8. 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
  9. 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 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
  10. 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
  11. 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

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