Lockheed Martin

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Lockheed Martin Reviews in Sunnyvale, CA

Updated Jul 22, 2014
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3.3 155 reviews

90% Approve of the CEO

Lockheed Martin President & COO Marillyn Hewson

Marillyn Hewson

(21 ratings)

61% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • This is really a wonderful place for a working mother - great work/life balance(in 199 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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    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Sunnyvale, CA

    ProsGreat work/life balance and great colleagues. In some cases you are compensated for time worked after a predefined hourly gate.

    ConsHard to find interesting work. If you want to work hard and learn it is sometimes difficult to find these opportunities. Promotions are hard to come by even after employees continue to perform well and have increased responsibilities.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake care of your employees that continue to push for innovation and continue to perform with excellence.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Not bad

    I & T Associate Manager (Current Employee) Sunnyvale, CA

    ProsDecent salary, great people, exciting work.

    ConsNo new contracts coming in, layoffs, pension freeze.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWin some work and your best people wouldn't be looking to jump ship.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great work-life balance, but might not be the best place for younger workers

    Engineer (Current Employee) Sunnyvale, CA

    ProsInteresting and important projects - you get to build stuff that really matters.
    Great work-life balance. The vast majority of work weeks have been 40 hour weeks. Salaried employees are eligible for OT pay in most cases.
    Fair pay and benefits.

    ConsGrowth opportunities are sketchy, and seem to be more about who you know, and being in the right place at the right time. Promotions have become almost nonexistent for the last couple of years. This is part of a company acknowledged effort to cut costs.
    Very bureaucratic. Extremely hard to make positive changes on any of the large programs.
    Lack of communication and knowledge sharing between teams.
    None of the fun benefits you'd expect as an engineer in Silicon Valley. If you're young, single, and fresh out of college, there are probably better places to start your career.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThere's a lot of concern about what's going to happen to the Sunnyvale campus, the direction you're taking it should be made clear to everyone. You also need to work harder to make this a more desirable place to work for younger employees.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Mismanaged

    Senior Software Engineer (Current Employee) Sunnyvale, CA

    ProsVery flexible schedule if you are in the right group

    ConsVery few opportunities for promotion
    Performance ratings are too formulaic and if your manager won't fight for you, you're screwed
    Large corporation with their priorities in the wrong order

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop hiring engineers for non engineering positions (QA, CM, management). This practice is bad for the engineers who are bored out of their mind with non-technical problems, is bad for the company who is forced to pay engineer salaries to paper-pushers, and is bad for morale since most engineers don't believe in people skills so they make horrible managers.
    Concentrate on building a strong technical talent pool, award and keep your top contributors, and try to follow the spirit of all the processes and propaganda you push on your people instead of just following the letter.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Outstanding opportunity for growth in any direction you want to go!

    Subject Matter Expert (Former Employee) Sunnyvale, CA

    ProsTraining programs available, rotations through different programs and specialities
    Good culture and values
    Strong senior management

    ConsManagement patterned after government programs,
    Slow moving, subject to government funding cycles.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGive personnel flexibility and opportunity when available

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Disappointing Culture for Young, Ambitious Individuals

    Subcontract Administrator (Former Employee) Sunnyvale, CA

    ProsLockheed Martin is an easy company to work for. Not much is expected of you, even if you're part of a "high-potential" group, and you can skate by with minimal work. The salary is decent. A lot of the products that Lockheed Martin makes are incredible and it's cool to get to know how the work is done.

    ConsLockheed Martin is not challenging and most of the work is not interesting. Lockheed is a 100 year old company and they have been doing things the same for many, many years. Being in Silicon Valley, it's extremely hard to know people at companies like Facebook, Twitter, etc, who absolutely love their jobs and have fun when they go to work every day. Lockheed's compensation is also a disappointment. The salary is fine, but there are no bonuses or incentives of any kind unless you get lucky and get some sort of stock award. It's also frustrating as a young, ambitious person to see Senior Manager and above management be completely incompetent. They made it into their positions because they've been around for 30 or 40 years and that's really not a good enough reason for them to be in a leadership role.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Programs vary, but overall militaristic

    Software/Systems/Project Engineer (Former Employee) Sunnyvale, CA

    ProsI traveled a lot which I loved, good benefits, cool projects

    ConsMilitaristic and sometimes stifling environment. White, middle aged men are by far the majority and they won't adopt any new ideas or technology. Can sometimes be misogynistic and I've seen rampant gender bias.

    Advice to Senior ManagementClue in to the way the world changes. I managed to move from level 1 to 5 in 11 years, but no one wants to stay a level 3. There needs to be more opportunity for growth and varied assignments.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    OK Place to Work

    Mechanical Engineer (Current Employee) Sunnyvale, CA

    ProsYou get to work on really amazing things and work with some incredibly talented people. There is always something interesting to do.

    ConsWork/life balance is hit or miss depending on the program. Very limited opportunities for upward growth and the performance evaluation system is a joke.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTalent retention, especially the younger employees, really needs to become a higher priority.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Complex technical products, high reliability

    Science and Technology Director (Current Employee) Sunnyvale, CA

    ProsThe company develops high technology products that are of very high quality given their mission critical nature. The organization values and expects the highest degree of ethical behavior. The team you work with is outstanding formed by highly qualified individuals working in a collaborative environment.,

    ConsSome of the processes might be considered complex and slow down execution. This is mainly due to the size of the organization, a large company.

    Advice to Senior ManagementContinue changes that empower the team.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good Experience, but Sometimes Too Bureaucratic

    R&D Engineer (Former Employee) Sunnyvale, CA

    ProsSome great managers, flexibility to move around the company, big campuses

    ConsSome not so great managers, and the usual government bureaucracies

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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