Lockheed Martin

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Lockheed Martin Reviews in Washington, DC

Updated Jul 27, 2014
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3.3 281 reviews

45% Approve of the CEO

Lockheed Martin President & COO Marillyn Hewson

Marillyn Hewson

(51 ratings)

68% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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  • This is really a wonderful place for a working mother - great work/life balance (in 201 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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    Corp HQ Analyst

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Bethesda, MD

    ProsBetter than average compensation. The people who stay tend to stay for a very long time. Your experience depends on what business area/program you work for. HQ tends to be a little more modern while some of the other divisions might have mgmt. techniques that date back to the Mad Men era. Very tolerant of telecommuting- although it seems to be pulling back a bit on this recently. Most coworkers are competent, pleasant and good to work with- but again this could depend on which program you are on.

    ConsCompany is not afraid to reorganize organizational structure and shuffle mgmt. I basically get a new boss and/or department every 18 months (or sooner). This does not allow for much workforce stability or long term strategic planning. Congressional budget issues and sequestration are a big concern and as a result, company has been downsizing across the board to cut costs. Just read the papers and you will see facilities are being closed and layoffs enacted.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Long time between promotions

    Post Electrical Engineer (Current Employee) Warrenton, VA

    ProsLockheed has been consistent in keeping me employed, although, the compensation is a bit low, and hard to increase.

    ConsThe promotion rate is slow, their performance reviews are mostly for window dressing, and filling out the evaluations seems to fit neatly into their checked box type of management.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep the managers relevant to their reports. Having a matrix style of management is quite useless, except for the checked box type of management used. Basically, it comes down to; Do you have a manager? Yes, check the box. Does the manager help in any way? No, check the box.

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

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    Great Experience for Newbies, not so great for Mid-Career Professionals

    Senior Subcontract Administrator (Current Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsLots of projects across the business areas; opportunities depend on your location. General flexibility and work-life balance depending on your project. Tuition reimbursement ( not for most certifications, limited to existing role and not for existing degree holders e.g. no 2nd Masters). Enough career options to change your mind and try new things and learn new skills.

    ConsLack of the mid-career development program; this is changing but slowly. Very difficult to move across the 4 major business areas. Health benefits have declined and are very expensive. Poor communication of how re-organization changes affect employees. Very difficult to advance upward; promotion process and requirements unclear (on purpose) and highly depends on having a champion at the senior manager/director level.

    Advice to Senior ManagementEnsure Full Spectrum Leadership is the true benchmark for successful leaders and not just corporate spin; provide support for job rotations across the business areas and a process for establishing clear career paths for experience professionals

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

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    Good company as long as the contract doesn't end.

    Systems Engineer (Former Employee) Bethesda, MD

    ProsVery professional management and very structured company.

    ConsWhen project ends, your on your own. Very little effort made to retain talent.

    Advice to Senior ManagementValue your employees and do more to retain them when a contract ends.

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

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    Solid development for junior staff, very political for senior staff, profit driven

    Director (Former Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsGood training and opportunities to work on challenging projects for critical US needs

    Consvery political in terms of which staff get opportunities for training and promotion

    – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    A corporation in transition

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Bethesda, MD

    ProsLockheed Martin is strongly placed in the defense marketplace and has mostly weathered the budgetary changes well. The work is exciting and challenging. Opportunities to move within the corporation are there for those willing to do more legwork than a web search. Corporate negotiated discounts are available for employees on everything from cell phone service to vacations. Benefits are better than some, but worse than others. 401(k) match is nice to have.

    ConsHuman resources is perhaps the primary reason for 9 out of 10 employees, that I have known, to leave the company. HR is given free reign over salaries and promotions and uses one measuring stick for a technical staff of around 50,000. It simply doesn't work. The processes and requirements are hidden and promotions are based on the feeling of HR rather than the experience provided to them by your direct supervisor.

    Salaries are low; as is typical for the industry. Benefits are solid but have increased substantially every year for the last 5 either through increased premiums or increased deductibles and decreased coverage.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWhat would happen if you spent more money on your employees? Would they produce more for you and your shareholders? What happens if you pay them the minimum HR thinks they can get away with? Will they want to stretch for you? This generation of employees is mobile and willing to change jobs for experiences, challenges and responsibility. If you don't show them they are valued, how many can you afford to lose as the rest of the technical population continues to age?

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    Stress filled and unappreciated

    Financial Analyst (Current Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsAbove average pay and good benefits. Up to 2014 was a stable company to work for,

    ConsOnce you are in your 50's it is all over for you. You will not be allowed to learn anything new,

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop writing off older employees. You will more years out of someone in their 50's then will you will get out of someone in their 20's. Younger people quit very easily.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Lockheed Martin was a good company to work for but the management staff was terrible

    Tech Support (Current Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsCoworkers were easy to get along with. Employees really grasped the concept of being a team and working to build up each other

    ConsThere was an a lack of organization within the management staff. Employee witnessing disputes between lower and higher level management is never good for team moral

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop being jealous of other management. Employees will always develop different relationships with your

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Had its highs and lows. Difficult to be heard by Leadership.

    Principal Quality Engineer (Former Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsLarge organization with a very large global foot print.

    ConsThe size made it hard to be noticed and heard

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to the organizational feedback & the LM21 results, and stop overriding data driven feedback or results.

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

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    I was a Technical Writer/Editor III for Lockheed Martin from March 2000 to November 15, 2013.

    Technical Writer/Editor III (Former Employee) Manassas, VA

    ProsVery good company to work for. Good location.

    ConsI didn't expect to be laid off after almost 14 years with the company but there were layoffs due to decreased government funding.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIf you know a person is going to be laid off, tell them when you find out about it and don't wait until the day you are going to walk him/her out. This would give them a chance to search for a different job instead of being out in the cold. The past Christmas was the worst I ever had because we didn't have any money for gifts and we didn't even have any food.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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