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Program Manager in Lockheed Health Division

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Former Employee - Program Manager in Rockville, MD
Former Employee - Program Manager in Rockville, MD

I worked at Lockheed Martin

Recommends
Approves of CEO
Recommends
Approves of CEO

Pros

Lockheed is an established company with well defined processes and management practices. it offers a very advanced intranet where information is generally easy to find.

Cons

Very rigid structure. For such a huge company they work offer the same job security and benefits of a tiny government contracting company. It is exatly like working for a very large placement agency. The company is also run like government, because the management is almost entirely from former government employees.

Advice to Management

For lower and middle management, be patient with government like bureaucracy.

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    It's like working with zombies

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Manassas, VA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Manassas, VA

    I have been working at Lockheed Martin

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Lockheed is a great name to have on your resume when you're looking for a better job. As far as actually working at Lockheed, it's a huge company doing mostly government contracting, so it's somewhat resistant to economic swings, but there have been layoffs in the last year.

    Cons

    Most the people in management at the Manassas site are holdovers from before the site was a Lockheed facility. These people are entrenched in their jobs and are resistant to any change. There is an incredibly strong "good ole boys" atmosphere, and it is next to impossible to advance if you're not part of the club, or willing to do some serious brown-nosing. This also leads to a culture of employees being fearful of reporting anything that's unfair, unethical, or worse out of fear of retaliation.

    Lockheed uses a forced ranking performance assessment process which drops employees into five performance categories, with well over half getting the middle "successful" category. The performance evaluation criteria are intentionally extremely vague so that management can justify giving anybody any assessment. Even with such a wide open system, the managers don't even bother to make it appear that they actually follow the system to evaluate employees. I know from looking at my manager's publicly available Outlook calendar that the managers finished ranking employees in my department last year BEFORE the peer and lead ("multi-raters") input was collected. They didn't even bother to hear what coworkers had to say about us! They just got together, sat in a room, and decided which employees they liked best.

    Advice to Management

    You claim to hire only the best and brightest, but that is far from the truth. There is an incredible amount of dead weight, and nobody in a position of power seems to care. Probably around 20% of employees and 50% of managers could be fired with little to no impact to site productivity. There's a reason we are losing work to smaller, low-overhead contractors.

    Reform the employee performance evaluation system and make the lazy managers do their jobs. You are hemorrhaging talent due do employee disillusion, and it will only get worse if the economy improves.


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    Pros and Cons, Mainly Cons

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    Former Employee - Commercial Applications Software Engineer in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Commercial Applications Software Engineer in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at Lockheed Martin

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Nice people who are very understanding of the work life balance. Great benefits and, for the most part, great job stability.

    Cons

    There were extremely incompetent people working at senior levels only because they had been in the job so long, and management wasn't competent enough to know that their employees we're worthless. Getting anything done required politics and arguing against people who were technically incapable of having an opinion.

    Advice to Management

    Please make an effort to vet your employees for competence. Your best employees will leave if they feel like they're swimming upstream every single day.


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