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Good at the working level, but senior management is hindrance rather than a help

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  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Principal Systems Engineer in Syracuse, NY
Current Employee - Principal Systems Engineer in Syracuse, NY

I have been working at Lockheed Martin

Recommends
Approves of CEO
Recommends
Approves of CEO

Pros

Strong ethical and professional atmosphere
Interesting applications of technology - not cutting edge, but focused on what works
Bright senior contributors with open door access
Reasonable salary
Appear to want to preserve defined benefit plan, even if now closed to new hires
Technical progression ladder is still reasonably intact

Cons

HR is rigid and wants cookie cutter employees - conformist is fine even if not particularly productive
Senior management are not crisp decision makers - consensus approach is very expensive, with lots of non-productive roles.
Performance management, while consistent, is formula-driven and forces one to "play the game" to get good reviews, rather than recognizing good productive performance independently.

Advice to Management

Cut out layers of upper management which just pass the buck up to the next level, rather than dealing with the problems locally.
Balance the rewards - recognise (financially as well as verbally) the people who execute and deliver the product, not just those that win the bid.

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    no room for advancement

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    Current Employee - Hardware Engineer in Liverpool, NY
    Current Employee - Hardware Engineer in Liverpool, NY

    I have been working at Lockheed Martin

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

    Pros

    not overworked
    flexible schedule
    interesting products
    good public reputation
    tuition reimbursement program

    Cons

    declining industry (people in the US are tired of spending so much on defense)
    highly secretive annual review system where 70% of employees get the same small raise each year
    few promotions
    overall atmosphere of mediocre / sub-par engineers who just want a paycheck
    management will routinely lie to you
    very high attrition
    medical benefits were replaced by a cheap HMO plan under Aetna.
    no stock purchase program unless you are an exec.

    Advice to Management

    give employees a reason to care about the company and to work hard.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Barely organized chaos straining against insurmountable inertia

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edwards AFB, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edwards AFB, CA

    I have been working at Lockheed Martin

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

    Pros

    The pay rate is good. The products you are working on are cool and usually important to the national defense.

    Cons

    Work / Life balance is a joke. Lots of "old dogs" coasting towards retirement jealously guarding their small little patch of knowledge / authority. Your job is subject to whim of politics

    Advice to Management

    Forget the "average salary" survey garbage. Quality talent costs. And a major effort should go into making sure everyone remembers no all employees work at company owned campus and may have to deal with extraordinary challenges just to get to work everyday.


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