Lockheed Martin

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Lockheed Martin Reviews in Washington, DC

Updated October 14, 2014
Updated October 14, 2014
2,418 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 221 reviews)

  • Flex-time - especially the 9/80 work schedule (in 95 reviews)


Cons
  • Often times work-life balance is work focused, unless you are in leadership positions (in 47 reviews)

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

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Turn your career in to a Job!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Analyst in Bethesda, MD

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

    Pros

    Flex time, and Vacation time

    Cons

    Work culture is hostile, retaliation and nepotism run rampant. Job Reqs are frequently opened for, "groomed" candidates i.e. it's a forgone conclusion who will be receiving the promotion. The workforce is flat, there are very many low levels, and very few opportunities to further your career through hard work. The culture is the literal stereotype of who you know, no what you know.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop the silliness of forcing employees to interview for the next promotion to a different area where they may not even be the best qualified candidate and know very little about there new higher position. Promote from within the group. All your doing is fostering resentment of a new higher paid person coming in who beyond there ability to interview well, likely know far less about the area than the workforce you overlooked. I can't recommend anyone I care about work here long term... you've turned it in to a paycheck and taken away the pride of having a career... I literally have a manager telling me that you have no loyalty to us, therefore where is ours in return to you? The bare minimum to keep our employment, you are not fostering any more than that. That's it, that's the word on the street. You can either listen, or argue with beautiful PR words. But at the end of the day, I and many others feel the way I described and we are where the rubber meets the road... not HR.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    I cannot believe this company ... oh wait, yes I can.

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    Current Employee - N/A in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - N/A in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Lockheed Martin full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Lockheed Martin apparently looks great on a resume?

    Cons

    I'm not really sure how to express how completely disgusted I am with Lockheed. Complete and total disregard for company policy, cronyism, sabotage ... the list goes on, truly. I've met some really great people since starting here over 6yrs ago - they're all gone. This place is like a settling tank. I overheard my manager tell a prospective employee, "Most of our good employees are gone after 2-3yrs." ?! He had, at this point, been here for 5yrs himself.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get it together. Get rid of the cliques. Wear clean clothes. Learn how to form a complete sentence and support your staff. You preach Diversity, Inclusion, Do the Right Thing and Perform with Excellence... c'mon guys, it's not that hard. Be what you say you are.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Senior VOIP Field Engineer

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    Former Employee - Senior Voice VOIP Field Engineer in Fort Belvoir, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Voice VOIP Field Engineer in Fort Belvoir, VA

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

    Pros

    They are one of the biggest contractors in the Government why many positions to offer at competitive pay rates.

    Cons

    Very confusing business practices that create communication issue between coworkers and management. Very poor health insurance and vacation benefits and very minimal incentive bonuses and raises.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop micro managing and delegating all your work load and just hire more workforce with less management and assistant managers. Lockmatin concentrates to much at the management level instead of the true workforce doing the work that way downsizing because wages wont be needed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    done wrong

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    Former Employee - JSF in Patuxent River, MD
    Former Employee - JSF in Patuxent River, MD

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

    Pros

    Aviation its a passion and a place to work on something bigger then oneself . JSF F-35 program, wonderful aircraft but management will ruin it just watch..

    Cons

    Management , Management Management management. I cant explain in words the disappointment and god ol airforce i got ya , ill push you through your AF.. most don't know how to handle stress or anything about couth. Aholes

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Jump off a tall building

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    The HRAccess Program? Stay away!

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    Current Employee - Tier II Help Desk in Vienna, VA
    Current Employee - Tier II Help Desk in Vienna, VA

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

    Pros

    Nice co-workers and it's close to the Metro

    Cons

    Pretty much everything! This contract services TSA, Lockheed under-bid the contract in the beginning, so don't expect great pay or any type of raises. Management is just trying to keep their heads above water on this contract. So, there are absolutely no perks and expect to be asked to make a financial "contribution" when it comes time for the company picnic and holiday party. It's very sad the way employees are treated on this contract. I can promise you, if you come to work here, you'll regret it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees with more respect, pay them more, I could go on and on!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Horrible

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Rockville, MD
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Rockville, MD

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

    Pros

    Free coffee Sometimes free lunch

    Cons

    everything else they dont know anything I was on the pepco energy program supervisors were not smart employees are back stabbers its a high school environment if you didnt fit in you were disliked and talked about too much work for the one employee work changes all the time very petty

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire people and train them on their job don't give the supervisor that title if they dont do anything

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    This place could be a mess in 5-10 years

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Manassas, VA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Manassas, VA

    I have been working at Lockheed Martin full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Very smart coworkers. Interesting work. Looks great on a resume.

    Cons

    Pay is substantially below the average for software engineers. Management doesn't realize that we have other options than the stagnant defense industry. A number of great employees have left for higher pay and better benefits, leaving fewer people stretched thinner and thinner. Management's spreadsheet based approach to staffing projects doesn't recognize that you can't replace someone with 5-10 years of experience with a fresh college hire or someone new to software development. I have serious doubts about our future ability to meet our future requirements given the steady decline in the talent pool over the last few years.

    Management only values "leadership" traits in evaluating employees. If you don't aspire to be a non-technical manager yourself, you have no chance of being evaluated as anything better than middle of the pack. That means you will get a paltry annual raise that doesn't even keep up with inflation, let alone industry salary growth. It also means that no matter how good you are, you can't be promoted without at least pretending to want to do management-type activities. If you aren't good at what management values, no amount of logic and reason will convince them that you are a good employee. The performance appraisal system is sufficiently vague and nebulous that any manager can give any employee any assessment and find an excuse to justify it.

    Senior management is severely disconnected from reality. They once sent out, in one day, two emails, one of which congratulated everyone on record quarterly profits, the other of which announced a deep round of layoffs. Layoffs have been an annual occurrence for four years, drastically depressing morale.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a look at what leading SOFTWARE companies are paying their software engineers. Your competition for us nerds isn't just Northrup Grumman and Boeing. It also includes companies like Microsoft, Google, and Facebook, all of which pay substantially more. The economy won't be horrible forever. When it improves there will be a mass exodus of people no longer afraid of losing the stability of a big old defense company like Lockheed Martin. Who will execute on your contracts when the only employees you have left are those coasting to retirement and those too young to realize they're getting a raw deal?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    If you like to be challenged, this is not the place to be (new College grad)

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Gaithersburg, MD
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Gaithersburg, MD

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

    Pros

    - Corporate experience
    - Learn how projects are managed
    - If you're the type of person that just cares about money and getting your workday out of the way as quickly as possible and going home, then you'll like it here, and won't mind the cons below.
    - Free access to Books24x7 and Safari books Online

    Cons

    I came to Lockheed directly from college with a degree in computer science. I've been with the company for about a year, and here is my experience:

    1) For a great majority of my time here, I had absolutely nothing to do. That's right, I'm being paid to just sit in my office and "wait" for some someone to assign some work. There were a number of people just like me, just wandering around the halls, hanging out in the labs with nothing to do. To make matters worse, they would still hire more people into the program to fill vacant positions, which makes no sense.

    2) When I did have work, it usually involved trivial things like updating documentation, updating some records in a database, etc. At first I thought this was just overhead for some bigger project that the team I was on was working on. As it turned out, my whole team's job was to simple manage some word documents and keep them updated, and do other vary trivial tasks. This was all, like a slap in the face to me coming from a computer science background and having actually solved real world problems. The worst part is that most of the people on my team carried the title of "Software Engineer". In fact, my manager's title was "Senior Software Engineering Mngr", but I doubt they knew anything about software (Other than using Microsoft Office).

    3) There is subtle slogan around the company "Selling yesterday's technologies at tomorrow prices". That is so right, and accurately describes Lockheed (at least IS&GS).

    4) Since I started, people have been leaving the company on a regular basis. Most of the new hires that I started with lasted a few months and then quit, mainly for the same reasons listed above.

    5) The most useful skill that I was able to apply to my job in my time here was my Microsoft Office skills. If I knew that I would be doing this, I would not have gone to one of the best engineering schools in the country, I would have gone to Devry instead.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    We give you resumes for a reason, and expect for you the leverage our skills. Since I've been with the company, I've honestly felt that my IQ has dropped a little bit due to the lack of critical thinking that my job required. I've spent hours after work taking advantage of the free online books that Lockheed provided, studying new technologies, languages, and challenged myself outside of my "software engineering" job with side projects that actually requires a software engineering mindset, because Lockheed fails to do so.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Tired of the good old boys way of doing things... Manassas Site (MS2)

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Manassas, VA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Manassas, VA

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

    Pros

    If you are "one of the boys" you should do well.
    You get to work on pretty neat things.
    Salaries are OK, not super competitive--you are compared to your peers within your rank, most times this works out OK.

    Cons

    You will be passed over for promotion if you are not one of the "good old boys".
    There are lots of actively operating quid pro quo relationships.
    People are rewarded for kissing up and personal relationships.
    They do not have a reliable HR that cares about what is reported to them--they often turn the other cheek.
    Mid-level management runs that place, regardless of what the upper level management thinks or what their mission statements are.
    Mid-level management routinely encourages unethical practices, esp wrt charging time to government contracts.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wake up and realize what is happening to your organization.
    Give HR the power to actually make effective changes and remove high-profile people that are actively engaging in unethical behavior.
    Listen to the people that have the courage to come forward with questions and concerns.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Lockheed Martin is living off of their name recognition only.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Manassas, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Manassas, VA

    I worked at Lockheed Martin full-time

    Pros

    The opportunities for instructor led training classes and online training is readily available but management has recently decided to significantly cut the training budget.

    Cons

    Very little opportunity for advancement and limited growth potential. The benefits are not good. Compensation is subpar and is below industry standards. Please negotiate a high salary going in b/c you will be locked into that starting salary with very little to no increase.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Show more appreciation to your employees by recognizing their value add to the company and to the customer through promotion and higher compensation.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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