Lockheed Martin Reviews

Updated July 19, 2015
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Lockheed Martin President & COO Marillyn Hewson
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Pros
  • The work-life balance was great (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
  • Work life balance is non existent (in 50 reviews)

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

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  1. Helpful (4)

    Great Career Starter, Lower Than Average Pay

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Gained great experience working with a talented group of analysts. The business was very diverse as well, so it was a good experience to learn from.

    Cons

    The pay was below average especially in the Sunnyvale, CA area. I was required to work late and on some weekends throughout the year to meet management deliverables, which were at times, very redundant.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your high potential employees more and find ways to streamline redundant reporting.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Engineering Planner for a Naval submarine program.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Program Planner in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Program Planner in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Lockheed Martin full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Plenty of opportunities for training and getting face time with upper management. Gain operations, finance and engineering experience. Opportunities for independent projects and business trips to see actual engineering work.

    Cons

    Sometimes the program structure would become far too rigid, but also the management structure and business rhythm changed far too often. Initiating 'change' was a large barrier at times (signature loops and battling the clock).

    Advice to Management

    Do what it takes to keep your top talent (enhanced job title, responsibility, compensation)


  3. The Business of Major National Security Systems is tough

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Systems Engineering Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Systems Engineering Manager in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Some of the best mind expanding programs in the world for engineers to be part of. Limitations of career development set by personal thoughts and perceived fears, while actual limits are almost none for someone with excellent creativity, passion, and a bold sense of taking risks for the vision of potential rewards. Personal satisfaction associated with contributing to the security of the country and providing quality services to internal and external customers. Compared to commercial enterprises, you know the team effort is not about the money - and you will likely see your project on TV or media in special venues covering its significance. Some very cool assignments if you can afford the cost of living.

    Cons

    Government Aerospace project expansions and growth not what they used to be, and insufficient investment by government agencies. Government moved to Fixed Price contracts with little profit margins and shrinking opportunities for employees to advance. International sales heavily restricted by Export Controls (for good reasons) and prevents growth.

    Advice to Management

    I'm still not comfortable to share what myself and direct report employees are really thinking. The best thing to do is pretend to have full satisfaction and each person navigate to their best career destination. Engineers should have confidence another job is available if they focus completely on completing the current program, rather than be too concerned about the roll-off dates and notices. It seems everyone at higher levels is just assuming the roll offs are inevitable so, such is life. Employees really feel that, and we can't build business growth together when the talent is disappearing. Employees want to be part of growing the business but the up chain has to have an interest in that--well its old school-- so there is always an answer that demonstrates the leaders already pretty much know everything. The truth is that listening involves questions to and learning from the one's asking. The amount of business development ideas that get buried by an extra beer and sandwich since nobody cares is probably outrageous.


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  5. Sunnyvale in Decline

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Test Engineer Senior in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Test Engineer Senior in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Lockheed Martin full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    -big company with better job security than startups -benefits are competitive -extremely hard to get fired (or recognized!)

    Cons

    -extremely hard to get fired (or recognized) -large gap in pay between many employees performing the exact same jobs. I saw employees in basically the same position make 1/3 the amount of a direct peer. They may have a different title, but the job responsibilities day-to day are the same. -difficulty securing promotions if employees in a location other than Denver. Promotions beyond 3 to 5 years of employment are near impossible right now. -very negative work attitude among a majority of employees (even the good ones).

    Advice to Management

    -Make promotions to level 3 easier. In the SF Bay area it is difficult to make a living at level 2 or below on a single income. -Make attitude an important factor in yearly reviews.


  6. Helpful (4)

    Lockheed, where careers come to die.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Electronics Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Electronics Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

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

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

    Pros

    - Hours are really flexible. I know many people who rarely even show up to the office and simply work from home. - Management is almost clueless on what is good or bad. This, therefore very little work seems like plenty. This reinforces the ability to have a flexible schedule. - Work life balance, education support - $/Amount of work per week ratio is very high. Yes, companies like Apple and Google pay much higher wages, but the said ratio is much lower ( i.e. You work more for the same wage)

    Cons

    - No bonus for the everyday worker. Management and select few receive bonuses and stock, but if you don't kiss enough a s s then don't expect anything - Average age is 55-65. Almost everyone I know is retiring within the next 2-5 years. LM can only hire mediocre students because anyone who is worth anything will just work for Google or Apple. - If you're not within certain circles, good luck on advancing. To be within these circles, you must be old, white, or a woman, and use buzzwords like "operational excellence" and "cost savings". - management is very clueless. While it is a pro above, it is also a con since it is very difficult for management to bring in new and exciting work. Many more cons, but I'm sure I will be repeating what others have described in their reviews.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Interesting work, good culture

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Mechanical Design Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Mechanical Design Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Fascinating and challenging work, and a good collaborative, respectful culture where doing the right thing always comes first. Lockheed has made great improvements lately in diversity and inclusion.

    Cons

    As to be expected from a large company, especially one with mostly government and other large customers, there's a lot of red tape.


  8. Going Down Hill Fast !

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer Senior in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer Senior in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Work-Life Balance aka Flex-Time work week

    Cons

    Pretty much everything else !

    Advice to Management

    Get clued into the work force, especially the longer term employees not just the new hires and those with less than 10 years of service.


  9. Data Management and Configuration Associate Internship

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Data Management and Configuration Associate in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Intern - Data Management and Configuration Associate in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Lockheed Martin as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice people, good pay, every other Friday off, Holiday time off.

    Cons

    Old, stuffy buildings, threat of moving, limited raises, large- slow corp.

    Advice to Management

    Please Modernize systems, and encourage faster processes


  10. Ok

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Lockheed Martin full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    -90/8 schedule -flextime -good prescription coverage -makes unique products for Space flight -very large company and large footprint -on site ball field and gym

    Cons

    -Performance review needs to be changed to something that doesn't take hours to complete. -Timecard - Facilities could use a major upgrade.


  11. Senior Mechanical Engineer

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Lockheed Martin (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Working on satellites was a rewarding experience. I was able to experience different roles and developed a wide variety of skills.

    Cons

    Not a big fan of the corporate culture. I was not seduced by the allure of working on classified programs. Corporate culture from the old days still present in some groups made it uncomfortable at times.



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