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Mega size company with typical problems for big bureaucracy.

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Current Employee - Systems Engineer Senior Staff
Current Employee - Systems Engineer Senior Staff

I have been working at Lockheed Martin

Pros

Gain experience working on government contracts and large programs.

Cons

It's so large and set in is ways. Not a lot of opportunities for someone attempting to grow their career quickly.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Communications isn't just a two-way street when it comes to the information passed up & down. Remember: "Trust, but verify".

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    Not all it's cracked up to be....

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer
    Former Employee - Software Engineer

    I worked at Lockheed Martin

    Pros

    Good place to start a career, some good benefits: flextime, health care, was a good pension plan before 2006 (discontinued for new employees then), opportunity to advance if you know the right people or if management likes you.

    Cons

    Layoffs in March surprised everyone, even directors & management. No real reasons given for who was picked for layoffs even tho in this recession, company had a brilliant financial year in 2008. Absolutely NO job security! Never know when EBS will lay off people. Morale is extremely poor & employees are scared they will be laid off in the next go around. Very difficult to get promotions or move away from old technology; pigeon-holed into one project if you are good at it. Management protects poor performers if they are "friends" or members of the "good old boy" network. Lots of competition between workers to get ahead & stab peers in the back. Management does not listen to creative, innovative ideas. Somewhat of an oppressive atmosphere all around.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a clue that your people are your biggest asset & not just a bunch of cattle. Stop lying to them about their performance & recogonize that you have an exceptional work force that are not as stupid as you want them to believe. Communicate more & if there is an issue or problem, try to get both sides of the story before making unfounded accusations. Talk to the people, stop talking about them!

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    Lockheed Martin provides you with the right tools, and it's up to you how to use them.

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

    I have been working at Lockheed Martin

    Pros

    There is a great deal of room for advancement, but you really have to make the most of it given the tools and resources given to you. Management is great and the assignments are great. Working in a large organization is great because there is funding available for training and for traveling for meetings or conferences. There are rotation programs where you can try out different positions within the company for 6 months to a year. It's a nice way to get out there and find your nitch. Once you've found a place that's right for you, the opportunities are limitless.

    Cons

    If you like the defense industry, then this is the place for you. If you are not into defense, but like space-related projects (like satellites and Research and Development work) then this place is also for you. If you don't like any of these things, you may not enjoy working for LM. Some of the downsides is that, like any normal business in this industry, there are a lot of old ways of doing things... so if it's not broke, don't fix it. This is very typical of LM at times. It's only when there is R&D work that new technology comes out to replace the old.

    Working for a large corporation could also have its downsides. Yes, there is a great deal of growth opportunity, but that just means you have to work that much harder to get yourself noticed. You also have to be careful with office politics. Not to mention, the work that you do is very much government oriented so it also sometimes means that things are really slow and then really fast. Sometimes programs could be cut just out of the blue. So, it's a tough industry but it is definately fun if you're into the hi-tech stuff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would tell senior management to listem more to the younger folks in their group because they could bring in some new and fresh ideas that could possibly bring an improvement to the group.

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