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Cold, Stiff, but Ethical

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Current Employee - Software Engineer in Rockville, MD
Current Employee - Software Engineer in Rockville, MD

I have been working at Lockheed Martin full-time (more than 5 years)

Recommends
Negative Outlook
No opinion of CEO
Recommends
Negative Outlook
No opinion of CEO

Pros

There is a real disposition to work/life balance. Flexible hours are the norm. That said, if you get the wrong management crew you might be under pressure to work long weeks - but at flexible times. It certainly is of value when raising a family.

Salary is good. Company is becoming extremely cheap ("the new reality"!) but they do keep promises. And they make a strong effort not to lay people off.

There is an encouragement towards diversity of workforce and diversity of thought. Managers are generally well-trained and have good perspective beyond the crises of the day.

Cons

There is not a particular bent towards software development. It shows. You need to go through layers of process to as much as download a free IDE onto your PC. We're frequently the opposite of tech savvy (not sure if there is a term). A mania towards security, combined with layers of beauracracy on purchasing or even downloading software tools, does discourage innovation.

The company is full of older workers desperately trying to hang on - and do any job - long enough for their pension to kick in. Major topics of conversation ere are early retirements and whether individuals will survive long enough to get their pensions - not solving problems and creating things.

There is not an effective base for software management where I work. I've seen high-profile efforts run badly by "manager"s who have no real life experience, and who flounder and cause chaos. This company knows how to build many things, but not so much software.

Advice to Management

I've got to think that if you had an environment that lent itself more to rapid software development and associated innovation, that it would pay off. You should worry less about process and more about giving people room to create.

You should be embracing the "Agile" software development model to a greater extent. But you can't, because you've got a culture full of beauraucrats who can't coexist with it. So you ossify, day by day.

Not atypically for a defense contractor, you sometimes reward people for telling you what you want to hear, and for pretending to work hard by always being in the office. There's value in the contrary opinions, and value in working smart. I've seen people promoted well out of their depth by virtue of long hours and ingratiation; they're time bombs waiting to go off.

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    Great Company to work for Minnesota

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Eagan, MN
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Eagan, MN

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good people. Competent managers. Good benefits. Good pay. Board range of opportunities.

    Cons

    Division and corporate management get in the way a little too often.

    Advice to Management

    Only stick your nose in if you are adding value. Too much time and money are spent on non-value management intervention.

  2. MS2 MN

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    Former Employee - Staff Electrical Engineer
    Former Employee - Staff Electrical Engineer

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

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Coworkers are the best of the best. Excellent benefits.

    Cons

    Plant selected for closure for MS2 division. ATM presence in smaller building. May take a hit due to sequestration. Very ethical company to the extreme.

    Advice to Management

    Good Luck.

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