Lockheed Martin Reviews

Updated August 29, 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 (1)

    Lockheed Martin Transportation & Security was my worst professional decision.

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    Former Employee - Systems Engineer Associate in Rockville, MD
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer Associate in Rockville, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Lockheed Martin Transportation & Security allowed me to take vacation as I saw fit. There was never a time when I was asked not to take vacation.

    Cons

    There is a lot of bureaucracy involved at Lockheed Martin Transportation & Security. I was not given much work to do for the first six months of my employment and the work given was not indicative of my education or experience. Management was not capable of alleviating my concerns and was content to bill me to the customer for work that I was not allowed to do and never actually did.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your younger employees and attrition rates will go down. It is unfair to bring competent people into an organization and then let them experience technical atrophy. Allow younger employees to take risks and support them and they will exceed and want to work harder.


  2. Helpful (2)

    Avoid working for the man.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Architect in Bethesda, MD
    Former Employee - Software Architect in Bethesda, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Lockheed Martin is generous enough to hire you right out of college and start you into the Corporate America assimilation program, which is a prereq for a lot of other large companies.

    Cons

    Working at LMCO is like living in this terrible mix of Dilbert and Office Space. It's almost unbelievable the stranglehold that HR has on company policies. I left on good terms, but shudder at the thought of ever going back.

    Advice to Management

    LMCO's stock is trading much higher than it should be valued. Sell now, screw the employees.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Beware of working here!

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technical Trainer in Manassas, VA
    Former Employee - Technical Trainer in Manassas, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Company with a great reputation that is the producer and innovator of many defense products! Be proud of the work it does in for our armed service members and our nation.

    Cons

    Alright now that I gave you the good stuff, think about this place.... most of the now middle management is the group of people that could not survive in the military in the 90's during the draw-down. So these people who work there are just there, they do not manage or think ahead, but add to this is that they are now 10 to 15 years of seniority And the frustrating part is they are now hard to remove to make the company perform better so they just exist in mid-level average.

    Advice to Management

    Clean up! Take some time in the trenches, do frequent hands on reviews and either get the poor performers to pick it up, move down the chain or move to the unemployment line.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Comfortable Mediocrity

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Manassas, VA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Manassas, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Huge company, lots of transfer opportunities if you are in a job that isn't a good fit. Fairly good job security, but layoffs are on the horizon. Good name to have on your resume. If you're coming out of college this could be a good place to work for a year or two, at least until you get a security clearance and can get a better job elsewhere. You don't actually have to be any good at your job if you're good at sucking up to management. I've seen people go months without accomplishing anything of value and not face any consequences. If you're looking for somewhere to coast, Lockheed Martin is paradise.

    Cons

    Huge "good ole boys" network. Promotions and raises are based entirely on who your friends are within management, and not on how good of a job you do. "Performance" assessments are one "rating" per year based on vague goals like "energize the team" and "shape the future" that are intentionally wide open to interpretation, giving management cover to justify giving any employee any performance rating. Employees who question being asked to do significantly more than other employees without recognition are threatened with termination if they don't put up and shut up. Management insists that Lockheed only hires the best and brightest. That may have been the case at some time in the past, but today many employees are incapable of producing high quality output, and only good at deflecting blame away from themselves when "it hits the fan." These people are usually promoted into management when it becomes impossible to ignore their technical incompetence.

    Advice to Management

    Much of your top talent is leaving because not all top performers are willing to kiss up to management enough to actually get good performance assessments. Many employees are planning to leave for greener pastures as soon as the economy improves. You already have a shortage of mid-career employees between the baby boomers and generation Y, it's only going to get worse if you continue to drive younger employees away. The Manassas site is in need of an extreme makeover in terms of how things are run. Given the "good ole boys" nature of the management team, employees have no avenue to complain about management conduct without fear of reprisal. This isn't the case at other Lockheed sites I am familiar with.


  6. Fighting for benefits promised, only to now be told "NO"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Manassas, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Manassas, VA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Looks great on a resume 3 weeks acrued vacation as soon as you start + health benefits Job security advancement

    Cons

    Pay Merit increase Advancement Co-workers that are comfortable ie. lazy Flextime...dont fall for this one Seniority rules work life balance

    Advice to Management

    Needs to recognize this company is 20% of the people doing 80% of the work company Where I am anyway.


  7. Helpful (6)

    It's like working with zombies

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Manassas, VA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Manassas, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Lockheed is a great name to have on your resume when you're looking for a better job. As far as actually working at Lockheed, it's a huge company doing mostly government contracting, so it's somewhat resistant to economic swings, but there have been layoffs in the last year.

    Cons

    Most the people in management at the Manassas site are holdovers from before the site was a Lockheed facility. These people are entrenched in their jobs and are resistant to any change. There is an incredibly strong "good ole boys" atmosphere, and it is next to impossible to advance if you're not part of the club, or willing to do some serious brown-nosing. This also leads to a culture of employees being fearful of reporting anything that's unfair, unethical, or worse out of fear of retaliation. Lockheed uses a forced ranking performance assessment process which drops employees into five performance categories, with well over half getting the middle "successful" category. The performance evaluation criteria are intentionally extremely vague so that management can justify giving anybody any assessment. Even with such a wide open system, the managers don't even bother to make it appear that they actually follow the system to evaluate employees. I know from looking at my manager's publicly available Outlook calendar that the managers finished ranking employees in my department last year BEFORE the peer and lead ("multi-raters") input was collected. They didn't even bother to hear what coworkers had to say about us! They just got together, sat in a room, and decided which employees they liked best.

    Advice to Management

    You claim to hire only the best and brightest, but that is far from the truth. There is an incredible amount of dead weight, and nobody in a position of power seems to care. Probably around 20% of employees and 50% of managers could be fired with little to no impact to site productivity. There's a reason we are losing work to smaller, low-overhead contractors. Reform the employee performance evaluation system and make the lazy managers do their jobs. You are hemorrhaging talent due do employee disillusion, and it will only get worse if the economy improves.


  8. Helpful (2)

    Worst Place to have a career if you are in finance

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Finance Analyst in Bethesda, MD
    Former Employee - Finance Analyst in Bethesda, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There are really no Pro's working here except for the name. Everything else in here, is bad bad bad. It only has image. But this by far the worst culture, company ever to work for.

    Cons

    -Poor leadership -Very low compensation compared to industry -Poor Benefits -lack of traning to advance within company -Bad corporate culture -Not employee friendly

    Advice to Management

    I think a management who are more connected with employees and to foster growth. Understanding what the benefits and compensation is for position that is similar to its competitors. Actually, better managers who are not pigeon holed.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Get your clearance and get out.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Security Guard in Chantilly, VA
    Current Employee - Security Guard in Chantilly, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    1) A lot of time off. 2) No work related stress what so ever. 3) If your in school this is the perfect job to have since out of an 8hr work day you really only have 40 min of true work. 4) get paid to surf the internet. 5) As soon as I'm done with school or a better oppurtunity I'm out.

    Cons

    1) No stress what so ever so after 1 day alittle stress would be welcomed since you can only surf the internt so long. 2) No room for growth if your interested in security. 3) Low pay but what can you expext with a job were all you do is sit and watch movies online.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your employees and maybe they will stay


  10. Helpful (1)

    Lay offs - decreased stock price

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Contracts in Manassas, VA
    Current Employee - Contracts in Manassas, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Significant branding power, flexible work arrangements.

    Cons

    Extremely process oriented to a fault

    Advice to Management

    Embrace free thought and listen empathetically. Encourage communication and most importantly, support your subordinates.


  11. Helpful (3)

    Beware

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Staff Systems Engineer in Manassas, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Staff Systems Engineer in Manassas, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Convenient location which resulted in a reasonable commute to work.

    Cons

    - The majority of the Lab Equipment in the Electrical Engineering lab was purchased in the 1970’s. In addition, there is no lab technician or lab manager to organize the lab and maintain the equipment due to budgetary reasons. - Engineers are not given the authority to make decisions or address road blocks. However, Engineers are held responsible for the assigned task by management. - Questionable practices in regard to charging of labor hours to government contracts. - Management refuses to write trip reports or inform the engineers of changes that affect requirements, schedules, or budgets. Engineers must call the customer to determine what changes management has agreed too. In regard to this problem one co-worker pointed out the fact that if a manager does not write it down the manager cannot be held responsible. - The small training budget is generally allocated to the recent college graduates. Long time employees in management positions will admit to never having completed a management training class. In addition, there is no budget or training program for mid level or senior level engineers. - The work is mainly low technology. Challenging high tech work is subcontracted out. - Insubordination issues by employees are not addressed by management in a timely manner. - Unknowingly, two different groups of people will be assigned the same task by the same manager thus duplicating effort. The result is overcharging the customer and over running the project budget. - Management ranks the employees. Rankings are generally dependent on management’s perception or familiarity with the employee as a result the employees at the bottom of the rankings are not necessarily the low performers. Low ranking employees are Involuntary terminated in staff reductions. - Personal vehicles are routinely vandalized in the parking lot. - Medical coverage is reduced by 10% on a yearly basis.

    Advice to Management

    Institute a management training program. Replace the management with a more aggressive professional management willing to develop proprietary technologies. Cease the yearly decrease in benefits. Come clean in regard to your billing and time charging practices. Institute a more rigorous financial process the result might be improved profitability.



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