Lockheed Martin

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Lockheed Martin

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Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Houston, TX
Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Houston, TX

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

Pros

This company offers flex time to their employees on most contracts ( when possible), and promotes balance between their employee's lives and the workplace . Don't get me wrong - employees are expected to step up and work VERY HARD when it comes to deadlines and deliverables. LM also promotes from within when possible. They also have an advanced leadership program for ambitious employees. This is a highly ethical company that embraces diversity.

Cons

All of Lockheed's work is contract based -so layoffs can be common and frequent. But they try to place employees in other jobs, if they are willing to travel or take a lesser positions. After being laid off once, I was re-hired. Current crunch with Fed real funding could impact company's future profit and opportunity.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Don't use all the "corporate-ease" to communicate with us - just speak English.

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    Solid Growth Potential for Developing Leadership

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    Current Employee - Proposal Analyst Staff in Manassas, VA
    Current Employee - Proposal Analyst Staff in Manassas, VA

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

    Pros

    Solid employment (near recession-proof), strong corporate leadership, several internal courses and skills improvement seminars available.

    Cons

    Lockheed is a giant freight train, not easily altered from the course. Change can be incremental, slow, frustrating, and inconsistent. Not surprising, considering it's a company of ~120k+ employees from several disparate legacy and heritage locations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure to promote from within when possible, and be willing to further integrate into "one company, one team".

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    What you'd expect from a large company that's stuck in its ways

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Engineer in Denver, CO

    I have been working at Lockheed Martin full-time

    Pros

    9/80 schedule, flexible hours, casual environment

    Cons

    The caliber of the employees is somewhat disappointing. Yes, there are some very smart people who work here, but easily as many who aren't worth their paycheck. It seems nearly impossible to get fired for poor performance, which I consider a very serious negative. When the dead weight is laid off from one program, another program picks it up. Operating this way, programs often overrun cost and schedule. Then the company expects its employees to work overtime -- often unpaid -- to make up for its mistakes.

    Lockheed Martin claims to pay for performance, but high performance and high pay are not correlated. Working there as a high performer, you get the distinct impression of being taken advantage of. For example, working well above your pay grade and taking on additional responsibility aren't reasons to be promoted at Lockheed Martin. Quite the opposite -- if you're already doing the work they need for a lower salary than you deserve, they chalk it up to cost savings. The only way to get ahead in this company is to hop programs or to be the pet of someone in upper management.

    At this company, there is the old school mentality that the more hours an employee spends in his/her cubicle, the more valuable that employee is. (If only they went old-er school and gave some thought to why a reasonable length work week was standardized way back when.) Never mind the lost productivity that results from continuously working significantly more than 40 hours per week; never mind the mistakes that are made by the overworked employees; never mind the detrimental impacts to employee health and subsequent impact on all our health insurance premiums; etc.

    Middle management is a real weakness. No one seems to see the flawed logic in taking the best engineer in a group and making them the manager. "You've done such an excellent job in your technical position that we're going to remove you from that role and have you do something that requires an entirely different skill set (which you probably lack)!" Brilliant.

    You get the point.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need to evolve. You preach about affordability yet refuse to think outside the box. Consider treating your people like people and what that might ultimately do for your bottom line.

    Doesn't Recommend
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