Lockheed Martin

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Great company, programs, national & global opportunities. Your career is YOURS to promote.

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Current Employee - Electronics Engineer Senior in Fort Worth, TX
Current Employee - Electronics Engineer Senior in Fort Worth, TX

I have been working at Lockheed Martin

Pros

Weekly paychecks, paid overtime, flexible schedule, 9/80 work weeks, 3 weeks starting vacation + 12 to 13 paid holidays each year, 401k matching, total health care plan, on campus gym (membership reimbursed), ability to change to any open job after 12 months in current position, state-of-the-art technology & programs, graduate degree reimbursement, diverse new-hires, travel opportunities, earn security clearance, lots of company paid training, alumni gift-matching program, volunteer opportunities in local community, leadership development programs, leadership association, "LMents" social networking group, certified managers programs, employed by core & deployed to programs for job security, research library, "Brooks Center" training and computer resource open 24 hours.

Cons

15,000+ employees at the Fort Worth plant. Being a new employee can feel like being a freshman on a big campus. Very large, multi-year aeronautic programs are hard to comprehend in total. You must read up on all programs to learn what aspects are most appealing in order to move to a position that makes you happy. Career management is in your hands. Your managers will not promote you automatically, you must be your own promoter. HAving a bachelor's degree differentiates you from members of society with 4-year degrees, but at Lockheed Martin degreed employees are a dime a dozen. You will eventually need a graduate degree to move to the upper echelons. CEO Bob Stevens and company VP's and directors are outstanding, but lower-level managers do not appreciate new initiatives such as Full Spectrum Leadership and diversity. They care about their schedules & budgets, which is understandable, but they don't appreciate extra-curricular achievements. They work 40 hours & go home. EVERYONE should see Lockheed Martin as THEIR company.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Instill people-first mentalities in first & second line managers. People really are the most valuable asset. Turnover is much too high to ignore in this economy. Show new hires the opportunities that exist throughout the company and corporation, don't just pile work on them when they show up. Synergy by most IPTs is achievable, but I have yet to see much of it.

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    Lockheed Sunnyvale

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Lockheed Martin

    Pros

    Large aerospace company with a variety of opportunities for expanding your career.

    Cons

    Large organization that is committed to a high probability of mission success given the nature of flight and space hardware. This creates a lot of processes that must be followed, and works well for large & costly programs but not so well for small projects.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look more at what markets your competitors are entering and determine if Lockheed should be playing a role in that market as well.

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    I work at Lockheed Martin

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    Current Employee - Electro-Optical Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Electro-Optical Engineer in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at Lockheed Martin

    Pros

    Wide variety of projects to work on ranging from space based platforms to UAV to ground-based. If you're technically creative there's research money available to get new ideas off the ground. There is no sense of intellectual protectionism, and full credit is given to employees whose ideas are successful. It's easy to move up in the organization if one is willing to take on additional responsibility.

    Cons

    Because we work on hardware that is launched into space and cannot be easily serviced, the corporation is extremely conservative in systems design, meaning it's difficult to inject new and interesting technology, and we're frequently weighted down by over-bearing paperwork and process to ensure 1000% mission success.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to take more risks; no company lasts forever if they keep churning out the same hardware.

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