Lockheed Martin

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125 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.  

    A top notch defense contractor that takes care of its employees

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    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer Asc  in  Owego, NY
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer Asc in Owego, NY

    I worked at Lockheed Martin

    Pros

    LM is a great company to get your bearings. If you are looking to do system level work, this is the place for you. I felt very secure in my job and that I was contributing significantly to projects within 6 months of my start date.

    Cons

    The age gap between senior and junior engineers is often staggering. I think both parties have a hard time relating and this results in a lower amount of mentoring.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Implement profit sharing. Modify ratings system to accommodate employees who have been there half a year or less.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    There are so many great jobs and careeer opportunities at Lockheed Martin.

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager  in  Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Denver, CO

    I have been working at Lockheed Martin

    Pros

    Excellent, very interesting programs. Great job mobility, and many opportunities to grow and develop your skills. Pay and benefits are better than average. Ethics is important, as is diversity.

    Cons

    There are a number of ex-government managers with no experience or skills at running large program, since they were hired for their personal contacts rather than their progam management ability. They are dangerous.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop hiring less competent ex-government managers as Lockeed Martin managers. While they would be OK as consultants, they are clueless about how to operate a commercial business.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great Company

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer Staff
    Current Employee - Software Engineer Staff

    I have been working at Lockheed Martin

    Pros

    The work is important to the the country.

    Cons

    Lockheed Martin is a very large company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Performance based pay.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great company, programs, national & global opportunities. Your career is YOURS to promote.

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    Current Employee - Electronics Engineer Senior  in  Fort Worth, TX
    Current Employee - Electronics Engineer Senior in Fort Worth, TX

    I have been working at Lockheed Martin

    Pros

    Weekly paychecks, paid overtime, flexible schedule, 9/80 work weeks, 3 weeks starting vacation + 12 to 13 paid holidays each year, 401k matching, total health care plan, on campus gym (membership reimbursed), ability to change to any open job after 12 months in current position, state-of-the-art technology & programs, graduate degree reimbursement, diverse new-hires, travel opportunities, earn security clearance, lots of company paid training, alumni gift-matching program, volunteer opportunities in local community, leadership development programs, leadership association, "LMents" social networking group, certified managers programs, employed by core & deployed to programs for job security, research library, "Brooks Center" training and computer resource open 24 hours.

    Cons

    15,000+ employees at the Fort Worth plant. Being a new employee can feel like being a freshman on a big campus. Very large, multi-year aeronautic programs are hard to comprehend in total. You must read up on all programs to learn what aspects are most appealing in order to move to a position that makes you happy. Career management is in your hands. Your managers will not promote you automatically, you must be your own promoter. HAving a bachelor's degree differentiates you from members of society with 4-year degrees, but at Lockheed Martin degreed employees are a dime a dozen. You will eventually need a graduate degree to move to the upper echelons. CEO Bob Stevens and company VP's and directors are outstanding, but lower-level managers do not appreciate new initiatives such as Full Spectrum Leadership and diversity. They care about their schedules & budgets, which is understandable, but they don't appreciate extra-curricular achievements. They work 40 hours & go home. EVERYONE should see Lockheed Martin as THEIR company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Instill people-first mentalities in first & second line managers. People really are the most valuable asset. Turnover is much too high to ignore in this economy. Show new hires the opportunities that exist throughout the company and corporation, don't just pile work on them when they show up. Synergy by most IPTs is achievable, but I have yet to see much of it.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Lockheed Martin, a good and fairly secure place to work.

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  Goodyear, AZ
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Goodyear, AZ

    I have been working at Lockheed Martin

    Pros

    Secure work, and good, intelligent people.

    Cons

    Promotions almost solely based on time spent there, not ability or achievements.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Enough re-orgs and a lot of management.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Lockheed Sunnyvale

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    Current Employee - Engineer  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Lockheed Martin

    Pros

    Large aerospace company with a variety of opportunities for expanding your career.

    Cons

    Large organization that is committed to a high probability of mission success given the nature of flight and space hardware. This creates a lot of processes that must be followed, and works well for large & costly programs but not so well for small projects.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look more at what markets your competitors are entering and determine if Lockheed should be playing a role in that market as well.

  8.  

    Enterprise business services (EBS) great place to work but not for long.

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    Current Employee - Computer Support  in  Mayaguez, PR
    Current Employee - Computer Support in Mayaguez, PR

    I have been working at Lockheed Martin

    Pros

    you get to learn a ton of tools that will help you out in any employment, and very useful for future positions. the people at the site are very helpful. You are just an IM away from every employee in the whole company. The take immense advantage of learning management systems and Microsoft products making it easier to work.

    Cons

    Not always compensated as you should, you mite be the best but the performance metric is crazy, you go above a beyond you quota and they nitpick because of tardiness. Its very monotonous work, you get sick and tied of taking calls after a while.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    listen better to employee complaints and apply improvements

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Not bad, but don't stay here too long.

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

    I have been working at Lockheed Martin

    Pros

    The benefits (time off, health, dental, vision) are decent. In general, you don't have to work a lot of overtime, and there isn't much stress associated with the job. You'll find most people are fairly laid back about there jobs, which makes it easier to go about your business. It can be fairly easy to move around to other positions or location within the corporation. It's a huge corporation, so you can usually find many other opportunities from within if you look hard enough. There is often opportunity to travel also. That doesn't mean travel will be to a place worth going to, but it could. They offer several learning opportunities, some of which can be useful. The name recognition could mean something also depending on your future plans.

    Cons

    The pay is low compared to others in the industry. There's no bonuses for anything and the only thing that matters is the number of years of experience you have. No one measures ability. There's too much middle management and most of them don't know what they are managing. The amount of bureaucracy is quite high. You are rarely asked what you want to do and never given options. Politicking is a necessary skill. Engineers are literally treated as numbers. The corporation is so huge, the left side doesn't know what the right side is doing. It's disheartening really. A lot of people seem to not care about the engineering and care more about climbing the ladder. There's not much innovation going on. With so many people, it seems the skill level is lower on average, though you will meet a few brilliant people as well. The corporate culture is not very upbeat, but it isn't so bad if you work with people who are more upbeat.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cut the middle management. Work for your employees. Put technology first.

    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    All about business and getting it done... nevermind the employee.

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Littleton, CO
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Littleton, CO

    I have been working at Lockheed Martin

    Pros

    Broad availability of technology that are used on programs. Ability to move around between different programs and even LM Companies.

    Cons

    The promotion and salary band is not readily apparent to be tied to performance; Sr Management "claim" it is, but general feeling is that it is all subjective at end of day.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reevaluate salary banding and promotion criteria. Its too stringent and rubber stamp at this time.

    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Good place to work

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    Current Employee - Systems Engineer Staff  in  Gaithersburg, MD
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer Staff in Gaithersburg, MD

    I have been working at Lockheed Martin

    Pros

    You are able to put in 40 hours a week and be fairly paid (a little under paid). The companies leadership development programs are a good entry level program. The program consist of Rotational Work Assignment:
    Academic/Functional Training
    Leadership Development Conferences
    Mentor Program
    Community Service Involvement
    Habitat for Humanity, Junior Achievement, Bike-a-thon, Heart Walk, Space Day

    The graduation requirements consist of:
    Complete four 9-month rotations and accept an off-program position
    Successfully complete Technical Development Curriculum (TDC) I, II, and III
    Participate in three Leadership Development Conferences (LDC)
    Complete an accredited technical Master’s degree

    Overall for the most part managers care about employees.

    Cons

    LM is not a place for rapid career growth. They don't encourage you to take on positions that you don't have much experience in doing.

    The culture is to concerned about years of experience rather then a persons apptitude to do quality work and demonstrate good work habits.

    Most managers don't play a active role in professional development. They will let you to continue to do the same thing year after year without encouraging you to learn something new.

    It is all about who you know and how much your management team wants you to get promoted not about the work you do.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide more opportunities for professional development. Make first line managers play a more significant role in professional and people development.

    Approves of CEO

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