Lockheed Martin Reviews

Updated April 1, 2015
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  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

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

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

    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.

  2. Meaningful work for new engineers.

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    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Washington, DC

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great company to grow a dynamic career.

    Cons

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

  3. Helpful (1)

    Team Leader for a Java Software Development Team

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    Former Employee - Business Applications Programmer Staff in Fairfax, VA
    Former Employee - Business Applications Programmer Staff in Fairfax, VA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Our project experienced an extended period of stability. Worked with an excellent group of co-workers, other employees I worked with outside my immediate project were highly skilled and professional. Generally worked a standard 40-hour week, no unreasonable demands for overtime hours. Decent health plan if you took advantage of all the healty-choice incentives. It seemed like some of the recent management changes might result in greater responsiveness to the employees.

    Cons

    Typical problems with large contractors - most of us felt disconnected from the company, weak communications on many levels, compensation tied more to the profitability of the assigned contract rather than responsibilities and performance, easier to lay off employess at the end of a contract than place them elsewhere in the company. Some of the policies (how overtime compensation works, layoff notices accompanied with assurances that no one will be laid off) left us mostly confused.

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  5. Great company but bad local decisions at times

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    Former Employee - Program Management Senior Manager in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Program Management Senior Manager in Washington, DC

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Large company with vast resources
    - Good benefits
    - Lots of job opportunities

    Cons

    - On two occasions they brought in a "rainmaker" who proceeded to run the (very large) program into the ground and we lost the re-compete(s). Also, people who were formerly highly rated suddenly became rated low. I left the program I was on the first time it happened, and the company itself the second time. The first time I got out ahead of any negative impacts. The second time I tried gutting it out and went from having the highest or second highest rating for 11 straight years to the lowest possible rating before I finally left.

    Advice to Management

    Think more carefully before making big personnel changes. Sometimes the status quo is good and is what the customer wants.

  6. Lockheed Martin

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Herndon, VA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Herndon, VA

    I have been working at Lockheed Martin

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Strong company ethics, processes, quality of work.

    Cons

    Risk averse. Limited opportunities outside IT in the WMA area.

    Advice to Management

    Need to consider flattening the corporate structure and empowering employees more.

  7. good exposure to defense contractor environment, diverse technology and solutions

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Fellow in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Fellow in Washington, DC

    I worked at Lockheed Martin

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    good for entry and mid level career

    Cons

    harder for senior technical to advance and stay

  8. Good company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Washington, DC

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

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    I enjoyed the people I worked with. I was given opportunities to learn new skills.

    Cons

    Jobs are at the mercy of the customer and world events. The work is either feast or famine, layoffs are not uncommon due to the contracting cycle.

    Advice to Management

    Remember that employees are you most valuable asset.

  9. Good mission but poor pay and declining benefits

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    Current Employee - Supply Chain in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Supply Chain in Washington, DC

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great satisfaction with the mission supporting a variety of US Government customers. High potential employees receive good training opportunities and advancement in a career is possible.

    Cons

    Lots of stress and hours caused by unrealistic customer and managerial expectations. Pay is near the bottom of the market and benefits are being reduced.

  10. Helpful (3)

    If you're not working for the headquaters directly you won't have UNDERSTOOD/APPRECIATED creative control.

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    Former Employee - Graphic Artist in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Graphic Artist in Arlington, VA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    GREAT INSURANCE. They hire really great people, for social and professional benefits/agendas, that are passionate about their craft.

    Cons

    Not having CERTIFIED CREATIVES in UPPER MANAGEMENT that understand/respect the creative process, production time-frame, and profession.

    In addition, its difficult to climb the career mountain; not impossible but hard, because of the company's desire for you to have a secret security clearance to go pass GO and collect $200 even though you dont need that level of clearance to begin the game of Monopoly. A Graphic Artist can literally start at level 1 and has the hope of reaching Level 5 (when Hercules becomes a God); however after level 2 you need the secret clearance to advance.... Oops even though there is NO WAY for you to acquire this in level 1 & 2 we don't want to give it to you to advance. I literally had a level 3 position desiring to hire me but they wanted me to have the GOLDEN TICKET (clearance) that they weren't willing to pay for in order for me to start working. The intellegent resolution, for this issue, would be that if someone has had amazing managerial evaluations and has advanced from level 1 to 2 with awesome attendance, evaluations, and a FREAKING treasure chest of recognition awards from the local branch and HEADQUARTERS on their achievements and success WITH THE LM CUSTOMER.... they might be worthy of that clearance... They MIGHT be a good investment. But I'm just the guy that designs, develops, and makes the customer want to work with you.... What do I know?

    Advice to Management

    This is an analogy... Warning some creative thought will be used within this message.

    If you're a scientist and you develop a cure (HEADQUATERS) with a SPECIFIC formula. Wouldn't it be amazing, if you wrote down that cure so you could remember how you made it, to have the ability to teach others how to make the cure?

    I had a upper-management person tell me that basically headquarters had "the cure" because they have to be "strong, healthy, and look amazing" for all to see. And we had an off brand version of "the cure" because its not essential to have the same ingredients because we dont need to be as healthy as headquarters.

    To conclude and summarize, if you are a creative and you don't work for headquarters (PARENT) and you work for a branch (CHILD of BLOOD RELATION). You aren't seen to be working for an important enough establishment to have CREATIVES as part of the LEADERSHIP TEAM even though creatives are needed, desired, and had applied to a job post that requires a DEGREE from an accredited UNIVERSITY and must have YEARS OF PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE.

    Upper-Management told me Lockheed Martin is an engineering/information technology company... Which is why anyone that has certification in those fields and human resources/accounting has a "congressional delegate" in upper-management where as creativity is subjective. If this is true... Take away the CREATIVE CERTIFIED PROFESSIONS from the formula of "THE CURE" and let's see if the company goes to HOSPICE.

    Creatives aren't children that are trying to act like mommy and daddy (headquarters) for fun and practice. WE ARE THE HEARTBEAT that lets everyone know you exisit and are doing well.

  11. Sr. Admin Asst

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    Former Employee - Senior Administrative Assistant in Alexandria, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Administrative Assistant in Alexandria, VA

    I worked at Lockheed Martin

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Leadership was trying to lead successfully, but seemed that they would not take any advise from current managers that were on contract.

    Cons

    Leadership was constantly being changed -- closed the building I was working on.

    Advice to Management

    Think about their employees as individuals.

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