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Lockheed Martin Reviews in San Jose, CA

Updated August 4, 2014
Updated August 4, 2014
2,309 Reviews

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Lockheed Martin President & COO Marillyn Hewson
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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.  

    Lockheed Martin offered me signification career growth with continually increase responsibility and technical challenges

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    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in San Jose, CA

    Pros

    Lockheed Martin is a large company with a very diverse set of technical opportunity across the world. The people are very capable and opportunity to find technical opportunities to challenge you abound.

    Cons

    It is a large company and at times it can feel like to are lost in the numbers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lockheed martin management should be careful to not just manage by the bottom line numbers as they consolidate operations, there is significant talent in most of the smaller locations which they need to be careful to maintain to

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Mechanical Designer

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    Former Employee - Mechanical Designer  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Mechanical Designer in San Jose, CA

    Pros

    I have been working in Lockheed Martin for 6 years. I love to work with this company because I love military.

    Cons

    I like to design in mechanical equipments and everyone in the same department.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My manager is good guy and helped employees with fair.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Project Manager

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    Former Employee - Project Manager  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in San Jose, CA

    Pros

    Diversity of projects. Management makes an effort to grow employees into positions. Jobs are relatively stable with good performance.

    Cons

    Slow rate of promotion. Heavy handed process control. Planning occurs at high levels of management and does not normally include input from non-leaders.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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    Lockheed San Jose has some terrific technical talent - just need a few more large contracts to grow the business.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

    Pros

    High ethical standards. Top technical experts in customized, high-tech development.

    Cons

    Could use a few more large contracts to help grow the business.

    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Cost conscious company that is process oriented

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    Current Employee - Staff Design Engineer  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Design Engineer in San Jose, CA

    Pros

    Good place to work at with excellent work life balance. Very advanced in technology

    Cons

    If you dont have a project to work on, you are fired in one month. Layoffs are continuous and that is very demoralizing. Need to fill time cards everyday and keeping track of how many hours spent in different programs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Identify important resources and make effort to keep them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Can be a company that you spend a lifetime with...

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    Current Employee - Staff Engineer  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in San Jose, CA

    Pros

    Competent engineering, competitive salary, good benefits (excellent 401k choices). This is a company that generally keeps employees, potentially for decades, as long as the work is present and/or customers keep funding their jobs.

    Cons

    No stock options, large amounts of process and documentation (unfortunately a part of the industry eg. aerospace/defense), management can be disconnected from engineering, if work is limited, job security drops dramatically

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep heed of engineering, as sometimes business decisions override technical strengths.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Systems Integration Engineer

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    Former Employee - Systems Integration Engineer  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Systems Integration Engineer in San Jose, CA

    Pros

    Worked a 9/80 schedule in the Silicon Valley office. Great work/life balance. They paid for most of graduate school while I was working there.

    Cons

    Job growth was extremely limited. The salary was dismal compared to other companies in the area. Large age gap between senior executives & many of the other employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide more of a career path that new employees can follow. Highlight other projects that are coming up that may be interesting.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Mea

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

    Pros

    9/80 work week, which means every other friday off

    Cons

    dwindling defense budget, won't help grow your career.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find better management, enforcing good HR policies

    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    It all depends on the program you are on.

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    Former Employee - Senior Staff Systems Engineer  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Staff Systems Engineer in San Jose, CA

    Pros

    Challenging work, good life/work balance, good junior management.

    Cons

    They can't win work to save their lives. Upper management hubris to blame.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start listening to customer concerns. You don't know more than them and if you do, you don't have to tell them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    Good place to start, but avoid becoming a lifer

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Jose, CA

    Pros

    LM generally has excellent job security, except in times of constrained gov't budgets (such as today). Even then, one's position is not in jeopardy provided they seek out active projects or perform well enough that active projects seek out them.
    Benefits are strong, although LM has been retooling them lately due to cost issues. The newer options are universally regarded as being of poorer quality than the previous system.
    Business practices and processes are well-documented, and usually well-followed. LM does a good job at designing job roles to be trainable and then training employees to perform them.

    Cons

    LM has lost a good deal of its strategic vision, especially when it comes to innovation. It seems a growing percentage of contracts are operations and maintenance as opposed to development. These have the same people doing the same tasks for years, if not decades. Technical stagnation often ensues.
    LM also strives to make jobs performable by ANY employee of the appropriate title, rather than those that are exceptional in some way. This generalization of roles means that LM often can get away with using employees of substandard abilities, which allows them to pay lower salaries overall.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management has been worried for some time about an ongoing 'brain drain' as senior employees have begun retiring. Not enough employees were hired to replace them a decade or two ago, so now they are trying to compensate by hiring more young employees. Unfortunately, they are doing a poor job retaining them because there aren't enough opportunities to innovate and be at the forefront of the industry; and the pay simply isn't good enough compared to other employers.

    Disapproves of CEO

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