Lockheed Martin

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Lockheed Martin Reviews in San Jose, CA

Updated December 19, 2014
Updated December 19, 2014
2,606 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • This is really a wonderful place for a working mother - great work/life balance (in 222 reviews)

  • Work life balance; Good Benefits; 9/80 work weeks; Pension (although this has been eliminated for new employees) (in 96 reviews)


Cons
  • My program had mandatory overtime, seems like work/life balance might not be the best (in 50 reviews)

  • For a large company you would expect industry setting standards for benefits (in 70 reviews)

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    Systems Engineering Staff

    Former Employee - Systems Engineer Staff in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer Staff in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Pros

    The assignments are challenging and good working environment. The company values standard is high.

    Cons

    Training does available to employee. Personal growth is for selected employee only. Benefits being taking away to meet company affordability goals.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do the right thing. Bring the best out of every employee abilities. Be an effective leader.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Left due to frustration with management

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Staff Hardware Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Staff Hardware Engineer in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Usually had interesting work, good salary, and good raises. Most people are pleasant to work with.

    Cons

    Management often clueless. Division I was in was formerly part of Loral, and before that Ford Aerospace, and was bought by Lockheed in 1995. We had a long history of successfully supporting our customers. Management didn't understand our customers or our customers' needs. Ran projects by mindlessly following company processes. Many people just coasting out of frustration.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I don't believe senior management ever took the time to understand the gem of a team they had. It was primarily a hardware development group, but it was run from 3000 miles away by a software group who never understood it. Perhaps if some local senior managers who understand the customer, and how to build hardware, were put in place it could flourish again.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Meh

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company, good benefits

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

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

    Pros

    Good work and personal life balance, secure teamwork, good benefits, management listens to employees, many events and activities going on in the company

    Cons

    It takes time to get promotions

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good place to start your career, tough to stick around at the middle.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Systems Integration Analyst Staff in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Systems Integration Analyst Staff in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Pros

    -Unique products and programs you can't find anywhere else
    -Large percentage of staff will be eligible for retirement in 5-10 years so I imagine there will be a lot of opportunities in that window.
    -Fast promotion and pay increases during first 5-10 years out of college.

    Cons

    -Slow to change/innovate because of older culture and size
    -Some groups have 30+ people badged to a single manager
    -Very difficult to get promoted once you reach a certain point
    -Limited opportunities to
    -How much you enjoy your job and how you are promoted can be very impacted by whether or not you have a good manager. I have seen and had both good and bad managers and my career and job satisfaction have been a function of how good or bad the person in charge is.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Stop cutting infrastructure. You can't innovate and modernize your workplace and also continually slash budgets at the same time.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great Organization to work for

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Competitive pay and benefits. Great technical advancement opportunities.

    Cons

    Clearance requirements. Work is generally focused on Government opportunities and business cycles

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The centralization of all reducing the specific technical areas is broad skill base and set of ideas that have made Lockheed successful in the past.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Probably the best company to work for in this industry

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Planner in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Planner in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Pros

    -Awesome employee engagement (ice cream socials, bbqs, movie nights, etc.)
    -Employee recognition (you can give a co-worker a "high-5" and they get a small gift)
    -It's a large company so that means there are so many different job roles

    Cons

    -Very difficult to get promoted
    -Awful health insurance

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Nurses are not valued in the health and wellness dept.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Occupational Health Nurse in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Occupational Health Nurse in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Pros

    The nurses in the clinics are great to work with and extremely supportive of each other.
    The pay is competitive in the industry

    Cons

    The physician managers did not know how to effectively manage. There were not no ways for nurses to advance in the department. Moral is very low

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let the nurses do their jobs without micromanaging!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    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

  11.  

    Great opportunity for development

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Pros

    LM offers very good early career development opportunities through its Leadership Development Program. Work is very interesting and it is easy to take pride in what you do. LM SSC has a 9-80 schedule. This offers very good work-life balance.
    LM SSC also offers very competitive benefits.

    Cons

    Due to ongoing budgetary pressures, LM has responded with cost-cutting measures that includes promotion freezes. This has left lot of mid-career professionals in the lurch and looking elsewhere. Part of this process has also meant degradation of their benefits.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Mid-career professionals are key to filling a widening skills gap due to near-term retirement of many engineers. Solid plans, that included opportunities and compensation are required to retain mid-career professionals.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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