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Former Employee - Senior Staff Systems Engineer  in  Sunnyvale, CA
Former Employee - Senior Staff Systems Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

I worked at Lockheed Martin full-time for more than 8 years

Pros

Really good pay and benefits. Flexible work life balance. The senior / director levels really set the tone for a program. As a result, some programs are more fun, easier to handle the challenges then others.

Cons

Constant layoffs for last three years. System of layoff includes "bumping" which is laying off people who's jobs still exist because there is another "more qualified" person who can do the job . Management at Sunnyvale Space Systems is poor. Team work is poor. Laziness is rampant. Team dynamics are poor. Very insular culture.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Stop sheltering people who aren't contributing to solutions and who are merely pushing paper around. Learn how to lead by example and develop leadership skills instead of ignoring struggling teams. Take ownership of problem teams and replace leads who are ineffectual at influencing and negotiating and listening to the customer.

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    Metrics over Engineering

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Very stable, well known, and respectable company to work for.

    Cons

    Metrics seem to matter to management over engineering.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Care more about the customer mission and long term rather than short sighted metrics.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Looking Back at Lockehhed Martin Aeronautics Company

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    Former Employee - Aersopace Engineer (Software-algorithms)  in  Fort Worth, TX
    Former Employee - Aersopace Engineer (Software-algorithms) in Fort Worth, TX

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

    Pros

    Lots of holidays and vacation - At least 10 days Christmas break each year; get 4 weeks with 5 years and beyond.

    Very competitive pay for Dallas-Fort Worth area of Texas - Beat out similar companies in the vicinity.

    Relatively manageable work load - Not that many occasions for overtime; up to 2011, overtime requests were readily granted if there was a dire need and can be proven so.

    Comparatively good team work - Team members tend to stick together and look out for each other; also share technical information without overly guarding "trade secrets".

    Reasonable 401K savings plan and a funded pension plan for those who joined before 2006 and had 5 or more years with company.

    Cons

    Big , bureaucratic style of management, almost government-like, top-down communications, seldom chances for worker-bees to speak out or appeal unfair supervisory or project decisions. Assumption is that management is "almost always right".

    Hard to obtain information on clerical and support staff due to big bureaucracy. Takes a long time to receive support in terms of office maintenance and travel orders. Middle to upper management approval always needed for most matters, supervisors cannot have say-so in lots of important decisions.

    Old boys network, promotions nowadays if you meet the criterion of "who you know and not what you know"; hard work does not make a significant difference, even though one receives a bit more compensation on an annual performance review basis; promotions to senior or managerial levels requires Engineering VP approval. Old days before F-35 start-up in 2002 were fairer with annual increment process that accumulates merits each year toward promotions.

    Difficult to obtain transfers - "who you know" invariably gets you places. Good luck if it is not "who you know" but trying to do it with "what you know"!

    Be careful of certain people who show biases and at times even prejudice against others who are not U.S. born or hold differing opinions; can be ultra-hawkish and cling to one-sided strong opinions.

    Unionized labor workforce - hire relatively few janitors who may be overworked; less than clean bathrooms.

    Few offices with privacy, open bay arrange by cubicles with 4-feet partitions (don't talk too loud over the telephone, or socialize by talking too much and loudly.

    Eliminated reimbursements for continuing education courses - Must apply for degree programs in Engineering , MBA, etc., to get reimbursed. Poor performance with bad grades at school result in refusla to reimburse.

    Charge $'s for using company operating gymnasium and pool, etc.

    Could increase allowance per person company pays for annual Christmas luncheon (only $20).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to be pro-employee, not just proprofits and pro-stock market. Other Dallas-Fort Worth and Texas-based companies are doing that. Also, try to be modernized and more open-minded, looking for prospects and possibilities, not just going by the book unimaginatively. Need more R&D and exploratory spirit for all workers, not the "chosen few" - this not the Marine Corps here with the "chosen few".

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