Lockheed Martin Reviews

Updated April 23, 2015
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  1. Long time employee at the Advanced Technology Center

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    Former Employee - Various From IC to Director in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Various From IC to Director in Palo Alto, CA

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Unmatched opportunities to propose and execute highly innovative, highly complex space flight hardware development projects, both research investigation projects for NASA and technology demonstration projects for other government agencies.

    Cons

    Initial "one size fits all" approach to business and engineering process implementation was a mistake that has yet to be undone. Senior management was reluctant to accept higher potential risk for significant cost and efficiency benefits.

    Advice to Management

    Allow and enable the proven teams at the ATC to experiment with lower cost and more agile processes on the smaller NASA research and other technology demonstration projects. Find a way to better shield these groups with demonstrated successful experience from the processes necessary to the larger company.

  2. Stable company, slow-moving, good if you like defense

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    Current Employee - Staff Scientist in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Scientist in Palo Alto, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good if you like involvement with major hardware e.g. F-35. Not so strong on R&D, heavy on bureaucracy.

    Cons

    bureaucracy to the max. Terrible at commercial. Only good for government stuff.

  3. Meh

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Palo Alto, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Flexible work hours
    Decent company culture

    Cons

    Lack of interesting and relevant work
    Lack of transparency from managment
    Terrible communication about R&D happenings
    Little to no career mobility

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  5. I have worked at LM for 10 years

    Current Employee - Optical Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Optical Engineer in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at Lockheed Martin full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Technically challenging tasks, good pay

    Cons

    Very little possibility of advancement

  6. Helpful (1)

    I used to be disgusted...now I try to be amused.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Computer Specialist in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Computer Specialist in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at Lockheed Martin

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

    Pros

    So many cool projects, so little time! Honest, if you can find a good manager who can keep you in charge numbers for projects that interest you, you will never be bored. And it's not all missiles and airplanes and shoot-em-out-of-the-sky stuff. You can hold your head high no matter what your politics are. You can be as intellectually challenged as you want to be.

    Cons

    After a while the paperwork/time accounting starts to get to you. And lately it's getting harder and harder to find the magic charge numbers to justify your existence. Did I mention ethics training? The buildings (in the Bay Area, anyway) are drab and the people dress to match them! Women are few and far between, BTW. But on the flip side, the're wicked smaht :-)

    Advice to Management

    Oh, well. That's like asking a cat to give advice to a dog. "Keep on herding, you're doing an awesome job.."? Really. You are dealing with engineers. Watch "Office Space". Don't make us do paperwork. Understand where our interests lie and help us find work in those areas.

  7. Helpful (2)

    A good job if you are proactive and can tolerate red tape.

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    Current Employee - Senior Electro-Optics Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Electro-Optics Engineer in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at Lockheed Martin

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good steady pay check. If you network correctly you can find some very technically interesting cutting edge programs. the benefits are good. you get to work a 9/80 schedule (every other friday off). you get three weeks of vacation, flex time and you can work on your off days to build up to two weeks of additional vacation time. They're also ok with you working from home from time to time. Very accommodating as employers go.

    Cons

    Red tape and excessive process. If you don't network properly you can can easily get pigeon holed in a boring uncreative job. You can spend way too much time doing mind numbing documentation because your following some arcane directive that wasn't originally crafted with your project in mind but which got blindly applied to all programs across the company

    Advice to Management

    cut out 90% of our mandatory processes.

  8. I work at Lockheed Martin

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Electro-Optical Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Electro-Optical Engineer in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at Lockheed Martin

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Wide variety of projects to work on ranging from space based platforms to UAV to ground-based. If you're technically creative there's research money available to get new ideas off the ground. There is no sense of intellectual protectionism, and full credit is given to employees whose ideas are successful. It's easy to move up in the organization if one is willing to take on additional responsibility.

    Cons

    Because we work on hardware that is launched into space and cannot be easily serviced, the corporation is extremely conservative in systems design, meaning it's difficult to inject new and interesting technology, and we're frequently weighted down by over-bearing paperwork and process to ensure 1000% mission success.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to take more risks; no company lasts forever if they keep churning out the same hardware.

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