Lockheed Martin

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Looks good on a resume, not a great place to work

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Former Intern - Intern in Baltimore, MD
Former Intern - Intern in Baltimore, MD

I worked at Lockheed Martin as an intern (more than a year)

Pros

Looks good on a resume, well known name. Good for networking and if you can get on a contract where you aren't surrounded by LM people then it could be good. I had one manager who was really good, but ended up leaving LM.

Cons

All the upper management seems to care about is the business development side. They don't actually care about the technical work you do (if you are technical). They are all about winning contracts, but not necessarily fulfilling them. I really dreaded going into work everyday. Since it's a really big business you also have to deal with all of the red tape that comes with large organizations.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Focus on the individual and the work they do.

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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    Very little passion or knowledge of the world outside of the defense contractor "bubble"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in King of Prussia, PA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in King of Prussia, PA

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

    Pros

    Work life balance! Everyone leaves the office exactly when they hit 40 hours (unless they are getting paid overtime). In fact, your manager will often need to give you APPROVAL to work over 40 hours. Alternate schedules like 9/80, or 4/10 are often approved without much hassle.

    Cons

    It's very hard to find employees who actually care about software development at LM, even those who do care tend to have very little knowledge of anything remotely modern.

    "What is an 'XML File'?" - Anonymous "Senior Staff" Software Engineer

    It's not uncommon to work on 10 year old workstations running Windows 2000. The company has an absurd amount of process and seemingly limitless red-tape but there are no real best practices or meaningful standards for software development.

    At a high level it doesn't seem like the company even acknowledges software exists despite pumping out millions of lines of it.

    Salary is middle of the road, and it's very hard to quickly move up the ladder due to strict minimums for different job titles.

    LM is an incredibly bloated organization, there are layers and layers of management who seem to have no real responsibility. It's very likely your manager will be completely disconnected from you and your work. This is great for people who want to "coast by", but is very frustrating for top performers.

    It's a fine place to work for a few years to kickoff a career, but make sure you leave before you are robbed of your passion.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The entire company seems "tired" and resistant to meaningful change. I think the first big change needs to be some new blood in upper management from outside of the defense contractor space. More VPs and EVP from software companies would be a major step forward (in the software specific divisions, obviously).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Where you go to mentally retire.

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    Former Contractor - Senior Consultant in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Contractor - Senior Consultant in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Lockheed Martin as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Lots of benefits
    Wide array of programs
    Good pay
    Lots of people to interact with
    Relaxed atmosphere
    Flexible hours
    Every other Friday off

    Cons

    You work with a lot of dumb people.
    Programs can be mammoth in scope. You're unlikely to ever be able to see something begin and end.
    You work has a high chance of not being used due to constant redesign.
    Extremely inefficient company, should be illegal the way they waste tax payers money.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management already knows they make the most money by being inefficient, so well done. It's government which needs to change. You can't blame Lockheed for working the system.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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