Lockheed Martin Reviews in Orlando, FL

Updated August 24, 2014
Updated August 24, 2014
2,342 Reviews

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Pros
  • This is really a wonderful place for a working mother - great work/life balance (in 201 reviews)

  • 9/80 work schedules for many a real plus (alternate Fridays off) (in 84 reviews)


Cons
  • Depending on the program your work life balance can suffer (in 46 reviews)

  • This is a large company with all the usual shortfalls of management (in 68 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great Starting Point

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    Former Employee - Intern  in  Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Intern in Orlando, FL

    I worked at Lockheed Martin as an intern for more than a year

    Pros

    Friendly environment, management and co-workers want you to succeed, accommodates schedule, wants student to place school as a priority

    Cons

    Training could be more streamlined

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Lockheed Martin is a very intense work environment

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    Current Employee - Marketing Manager  in  Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Orlando, FL

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

    Pros

    Work is challenging. Compensation and benefits are fair.

    Cons

    Lockheed Martin is very process oriented and not very agile.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Lockheed Martin does not like to promote within the company.

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    Current Employee - Incident Manager  in  Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Incident Manager in Orlando, FL

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

    Pros

    The Benefits are pretty good.

    Cons

    Pay, advancement opportunities, human resources metality

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of your current human resources mentality. You're losing good people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Packaging Engineer

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    Former Employee - Senior Packaging Engineer  in  Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Senior Packaging Engineer in Orlando, FL

    I worked at Lockheed Martin full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Lot of high tech things going on all the time. Lots of work to do if you looked for it. They offer lots of opportunities to increase your skills, like Lean 6 Sigma classes.

    Cons

    Five management changes in three years. Terrible performance rating system. Management didn't know or care.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Worked in an area with no policy or procedure, supervisors knew nothing about the job or work area.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Slow

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer Associate  in  Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Software Engineer Associate in Orlando, FL

    I have been working at Lockheed Martin full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Work hours can be flexible.

    Cons

    Having a hard time justifying staying with the company. The pay is drastically lower than what other companies advertise. Some companies pay almost double for fresh out of college graduates with little skill in the field hired for than this company.

    The advancement is slow and you must meet minimums to advance regardless of whether or not you actually qualify for the position. As an Asc Software Engineer, I was performing 1 grade higher after 2 months and 2 grades higher after a year and it took over 2 years to get promoted 1 grade higher.

    Previous military experience did not count towards any determination of pay grade upon hire, even though it directly affected my work ethics and skills, because it was not in the same field.

    LM also seems afraid to upgrade to newer, faster, and more secure software due to the 'it works why change it?' mentality. Due to this the technical skills gained are outdated and some of the products look like they were designed 10 years ago (since they almost were).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Company policy needs to change if LM plans to retain experienced employees. I am willing to bet that they are losing more money having to train new hires in outdated technology than if they were to grant the proper pay raises and worked with stuff that is more ahead of the curve like a technology company should be doing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Not what I really expected, but potentially a good company for various opportunities.

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    Current Employee - Software Cofiguration Analyst Senior  in  Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Software Cofiguration Analyst Senior in Orlando, FL

    I have been working at Lockheed Martin full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    At least now when I am new, the work environment is not very stressful but they have made it unnecessarily hectic.
    I think your job is pretty secure here.

    Cons

    Just a lot of red tape and lot of time spent on documenting your work so that if government audits you, you have all your paperwork in place to prove what you did. It just that I can't imagine, that there is not a better way to accomplish this goal.

    Benefits sucks. And that is all on my. I should have read all that after I accepted the position. I took a significant pay cut from my previous job, even though my base pay increased.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please....think about it! You really don't have money for buying coffee for your employees?!?! Does that expense make any iota of difference in your bottom line?? Please hire an organizational behavior expert and let him/her evaluate our facility.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Lockheed Martin Corporation

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    Former Employee - Systems Engineer  in  Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Orlando, FL

    I worked at Lockheed Martin full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The pay was OK but not as great

    Cons

    There is No work life balance

    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Great place for college students to get experience, as long as you're in the right department

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    Former Employee - Missiles and Fire Control  in  Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Missiles and Fire Control in Orlando, FL

    I worked at Lockheed Martin as an intern for more than a year

    Pros

    Great pay, looks great on a resume, lots of responsibility and opportunities to prove your value, corporate environment culture, company promotes and hires from within. Groups of interns would often eat lunch or go out together outside of work.

    Cons

    Highly dependent on your department, you may have lots of monotonous duties (many computer science and systems engineering). Lots of information is sensitive in nature but appropriate confidential/proprietary training is not always given.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Administer appropriate confidential/proprietary information training to those without secret clearances, at the beginning and during exit interviews.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good place to get initial experience. Not worth staying due to its internal cultural problems.

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    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer  in  Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Orlando, FL

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

    Pros

    Very good place to get your foot in the door for engineering experience. You will learn alot and learn fast, and there is a broad spectrum of projects to be a part of and learning opportunities available for you. If you start getting put on projects that aren't growing you technically, then it's time to get out.

    Cons

    Promotion and performance rating system is an utter joke. Raises are based upon a bell curve format with the highest raises more often than not offered to the favorites at the company. There is a lot of cronyism and nepotism at this company and beyond the poor raises this causes, it also brings about resistance to change. For the hard work you put in you'll get a cost of living "raise" with a hand shake a smile even for going above and beyond. If you ask for tips for improvement in the performance rating system, you'll find that the criteria has magically changed from one year to the next.

    Work life balance is poor because everybody works 40+ hours of overtime to gain favor for raises. Company values quantity versus quality in this aspect. Overtime is the norm, and if you can get your job done quickly and efficiently you will be rewarded with more work. I have found a great many people working at Lockheed work slowly and inefficiently, which is maddening to the younger generation.

    Company priorities aren't straight: Company only cares about shareholders and it is apparent in many of the internal policies and decisions made. (A coworker of mine had gone to a corporate level meeting in which it was even stated that the#1 priority for the company was its stock price...really?!) Management doesn't practice what they preach as far as corporate values (which are drilled incessantly in the form of yearly training)

    Workplace culture is dismal: The entire facility (Central FL) feels like it is stuck in the 80s. There are initiatives to bring diversity and cultural enrichment into the company but it feels very much like management lip service. The biggest issue with the culture is that management does not appreciate any new philosophies or anything beyond the status quo. This is ultimately stagnating progress at the company, and as such will have a hard time firing younger talent to replace the impending retirement wave. Most of the engineers want to fall into a leadership path because they see that it is the easiest way to make a good salary. There are already too many chiefs and not enough Indians.

    Slowed growth opportunity: Managers and Engineers of retirement age are also staying in their posts too long and not retiring, leading to little growth or very slow growth opportunity.

    Company is stagnant: Leaders are not concerned with new ideas or anything that will "rock the boat" because it could potentially hurt their retirement. This kind of attitude stagnates a company and is going to have its lunch eaten by smaller mid level defense companies that can grow and adapt. It is apparent that the company is stagnant because it continues to absorb smaller companies that compete with our product lines, gut their engineering staff, and sell said product without any reason to innovate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay your engineers better and treat staff better.
    Management needs to practice what it preaches as far as ethics.
    Improve company culture.
    Reinvest money into R&D and the company in general. Stop thinking about short term profits.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Great experiences, but not what it used to be

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    Current Employee - Systems Engineering Manager  in  Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Systems Engineering Manager in Orlando, FL

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

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity to move around different business areas to gain different experiences in a cost center or P&L. Opportunities for work/life balance at the staff level. Great health and continued education benefits.

    Cons

    Too many cooks in the kitchen. Seems the poor leaders get moved around rather than demoted or removed. Low morale with many workforce reductions. Not many bonus opportunities. Awards are usually minimal monetary value (less than 2K). Typical merit increase is less than 3%.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust your managers and allow more flexibility with work hours and telecommuting where appropriate. Many companies are embracing a telecommuting culture, but seems LM is taking steps backwards and taking this privilege away from leaders that are used to having this benefit. Also, realize the fun is being sucked out of working at LM. It's ok to have fun while you're working and it will improve productivity. Don't discourage it.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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