Lockheed Martin Reviews

Updated April 18, 2015
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  1. Helpful (2)

    Disappointing Culture for Young, Ambitious Individuals

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Subcontract Administrator in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Subcontract Administrator in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Lockheed Martin full-time (more than a year)

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

    Pros

    Lockheed 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.

    Cons

    Lockheed 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.

  2. Helpful (1)

    Programs vary, but overall militaristic

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software/Systems/Project Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Software/Systems/Project Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Militaristic 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 Management

    Clue 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.

  3. OK Place to Work

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

    I have been working at Lockheed Martin full-time

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Work/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 Management

    Talent retention, especially the younger employees, really needs to become a higher priority.

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  5. Complex technical products, high reliability

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Science and Technology Director in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Science and Technology Director in Sunnyvale, CA

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

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

    Pros

    The 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.,

    Cons

    Some 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 Management

    Continue changes that empower the team.

  6. Good Experience, but Sometimes Too Bureaucratic

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - R&D Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - R&D Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Lockheed Martin full-time (more than a year)

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Some not so great managers, and the usual government bureaucracies

  7. An OK ride while it lasts

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

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

    Pros

    Supporting projects that are a benefit to the United States gives you a feeling of pride in your job. LM has a secure and safe working environment.

    Cons

    LM is behind the technology curve and is often stuck in useless processes that add costs to projects. Corporate culture is still stuck in the Cold War era. When government budgets are cut, long term employees suffer. Business portfolio needs more diversity.

    Advice to Management

    Learn how to develop new business outside of the traditional government circles.

  8. Helpful (2)

    Average

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Eng in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Eng in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Lockheed Martin offers an ethical environment to work in and their salaries are above average for the California bay area.

    Cons

    Business area in the california bay area is contracting and there doesn't seem to be a plan to reverse this trend.

    Advice to Management

    Too top heavy and this decreases our competitiveness

  9. Helpful (2)

    Good work life balance, security annoyances, stuck in the past

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

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

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

    Pros

    As a software engineer, I rarely worked more than 40 hours per week. (can't say the same for all engineers, however; the test engineers often worked swing shifts and extra hours).

    The slower pace gave me the time to develop as a software engineer, while at work and outside of work.

    Cons

    Using software technologies that were 10-15 years old.
    Inconsistent capabilities between engineers. Some aren't very good.
    Feels really bureaucratic.
    Lots of annoyances that come with being in a high security environment: my building had no windows (not necessarily the case everywhere, though), no cell phones, firewall prevented access to e-mail sites like gmail and streaming sites like pandora.

  10. Great company that values diversity and builds cool stuff

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

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    There is wide range of ethnic group in the work place and the distribution is well balanced. You'll get recognized and have room to grow if you have good skillset. The products are typically one-of-a-kind and of high value. You feel you are building something special that's hard to match in the commercial consumer product industry.

    Cons

    Pay is not as good as other big name high tech companies.

    Advice to Management

    The lay offs will erode knowledge base. Got to find ways to keep the secret recipe.

  11. My experience was great as I moved through several promotions to director in different technologies and very successful.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Deputy Chief Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Deputy Chief Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Working with great people who had excellent skill sets and good teamwork.

    Cons

    You could spend your whole career in one program area instead of moving around to add skills.

    Advice to Management

    Put in a rotational system to diversify experiences and grow skills.

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