Lockheed Martin Reviews

Updated July 14, 2015
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Lockheed Martin President & COO Marillyn Hewson
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Pros
  • The work-life balance was great (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
  • Work life balance is non existent (in 50 reviews)

  • For a large company you would expect industry setting standards for benefits (in 70 reviews)

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  1. Lot of opportunities

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    Former Employee - Associate in Rockville, MD
    Former Employee - Associate in Rockville, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are some smart people working on innovative projects (engineering,

    Cons

    There is a lot of the blame game going on. Any time anything doesn't flow at a normal pace, people are put into the fire. This happens most on a contract work, no so much if you're charging overhead. Also, there is a very standard career progression. HR/management give promotions 90% based on years worked rather than actual skill. There are plenty of times when more qualified individuals are overlooked because they haven't put their time in.

    Advice to Management

    Your job is tough. You're dealing with limited budget and you have to make decisions within your sandbox. Keep pushing for the issues that employees care about. The only way we can be appeased is through your sympathy.


  2. HR Manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alexandria, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alexandria, VA

    I worked at Lockheed Martin full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Flexibility work life balance, good pay

    Cons

    Too many restructures within the organization, no opportunity for growth and lacks fairness within the organization


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    HR Perspective

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pride in contributions made to the defense industry, intelligence community, and space exploration.

    Cons

    Over 112,000+ employees which makes it extremely competitive for internal promotional opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    Be candid with current employees.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Your Mileage Will Vary

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    Current Employee - Senior Electronics Engineer in Patuxent River, MD
    Current Employee - Senior Electronics Engineer in Patuxent River, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities to solve interesting technical problems. No real shortages of the tools necessary to do your job. Need a particular software package? The company has the license for it. If you need it and they don't have it, it generally just takes a simple request from your manager to get it for you. The company is gargantuan, so your experience varies wildly depending on your immediate coworkers and management. My personal experience has been positive overall, with some caveats. Salaries are competitive.

    Cons

    LM Healthworks is the worst insurance I have ever had. Here's a warning to any couple suffering from infertility: LM will cover 0% of infertility expenses. That's right, 0%. Even in Maryland, where the corporation has exploited a loophole in the state law requiring insurance companies to cover infertility expenses (there are only 4 Fortune 500 companies incorporated in Maryland, guess where LM is incorporated?) Ending pensions for senior employees within the next few years and converting them to 401(k)s is encouraging the most experienced and knowledgeable people to leave in droves. LM Aero's business unit policy about overtime makes no sense. They have a "five hour gate", meaning that the first 5 hours of OT you work is unpaid unless your boss can manage to get you onto an exemption list. And then management wonders why they can't get enough people to volunteer to work on weekends to cover flights. For the Aeronautics business unit: if you're not in Fort Worth, you might as well not exist. Your opportunities for advancement outside of Fort Worth are EXTREMELY limited. This has been one of the top complaints among the workforce for years, and despite all the "tiger teams" that management has created to "address employee concerns", nothing has changed. It's also normal for critical information to be siloed in Fort Worth and never communicated to the various test sites. They also have a nasty habit of sending you what they think you need, rather than what you actually requested. News flash, guys: I am the one working on the actual test airplane. You haven't seen this airplane since it left the factory. What makes you think you know its needs better than I do?

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the 5 hour gate. It's hurting you more than it's helping you. Provide more opportunities for career advancement and development in places other than Fort Worth. I like where I live and don't particularly want to move to Fort Worth just to get a promotion.


  6. Software Engineer

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Rockville, MD
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Rockville, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    -Flexible 980 work schedule was great for having every other Friday off. -Lots of knowledge sharing between individuals. -Structured Assessment process, though it got tedious every year because it took so much time. -Nice relocation package if you ever have to move across the country for an internal position within the company after you've been there awhile. -Plenty of vacation time, better than any other employer I've ever worked for.

    Cons

    -Lower salary than market. -Hard to get a promotion unless you changed projects. -Management did not help you find a project after your current project ended. If they did help, it was often far too late. -Sometimes had to work weekends or late evenings due to a compressed project schedule. -Often had dinner or lunch served to me on late evenings or weekends, which was nice but showed that the project schedule wasn't planned properly. -Job opportunities relied on what clearance level you have. If you don't have it, you can't even apply unless they are willing to upgrade you. -Relocation package for new hires isn't that great. -Health insurance was very expensive.

    Advice to Management

    Be proactive in placing your staff into new positions if you know a project is coming to an end. Plan projects better to meet customer expectations so your employees don't have to work long hours. Offer relocation on more internal positions so candidates from another geographic area can apply.


  7. Software Engineer

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Manassas, VA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Manassas, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Variety of programs, tools, and domains. A lot of affinity groups and friendly peers. Great for developing skills and interests.

    Cons

    Weak pay. Excessive management and "leadership" positions. Poor communication between functional managers. Poor tool and process adoption and implementation. Unpaid overtime work somewhat mandatory.

    Advice to Management

    Reduce overhead and the number of ancillary roles. It should not take me 2 skip levels to get an answer. Nor should 2 skip levels be able to outright override direct report and skip level management decisions.


  8. Easy enough

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ashburn, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ashburn, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Lockheed Martin full-time

    Pros

    Great Pay, Great area. co-workers are great bucn of guys and gals

    Cons

    Expensive area, too many hoops to go through

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  9. Helpful (1)

    Excellent learning and advancement, but attained profitability through reductions in force.

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    Former Employee - Deputy Director EC&O, Engineering Operations Senior Manager in Gainesville, VA
    Former Employee - Deputy Director EC&O, Engineering Operations Senior Manager in Gainesville, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Lockheed Martin full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Excellent company for learning and advancement opportunities, although that did decrease within the IS&GS sector beginning in 2010. Job security in the late 90's through 2010. Good compensation and excellent benefits.

    Cons

    Job security became a thing of the past as senior personnel were laid off to make the sector more profitable. Benefits were reduced and people were reduced in job title/level and replaced with younger, less expensive people. This was at least the case within the IS&GS sector - which is still the one sector losing money.

    Advice to Management

    More senior people should be careful if considering employment opportunities within the IS&GS sector.


  10. Helpful (1)

    IS&GS Slow to Adapt

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    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Gaithersburg, MD
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Gaithersburg, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Better than average program management teams vs. other companies in the industry. Very good upward mobility in the entry-level to mid-level career phase. Very good pay at upper management levels if you can make it there.

    Cons

    Customer budget and acquisition changes have resulted in poor performance which has damaged employee morale. Significant disconnect between front-line reality and senior leadership perception. Most functional groups are stovepiped which creates a "Not my problem" type of atmosphere.

    Advice to Management

    Leadership has started to recognize the reality of the competitive landscape (about 3 years too late), but they are moving too slow to correct and don't quite understand how to fix their issues. Employees are starting to lose faith.


  11. Meaningful work for new engineers.

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    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Lockheed Martin full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great company to grow a dynamic career.

    Cons

    It's a large company, so new engineers don't always see the big picture.



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