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"Lots of work with little recognition and highly competitive"

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Eagan, MN
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Eagan, MN
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
No opinion of CEO

I worked at Lockheed Martin full-time (More than 8 years)

Pros

In spite of a very negative working environment in the Eagan, MN location, there were some positive aspects:

* Diverse assignment options in some positions
* Great career experience opportunities if planning to move to another company
* Adequate compensation package
* Excellent relocation opportunities if desired
* 9/80 work week (alternating Fridays off; 9hr work day, 8hr on working Friday)

Cons

The announcement of the facility closure in March 2013 left a pretty sour taste in the employees' mouths, but it might have actually been an improvement over the attitude of employees leading up to the closure announcement since people naturally seemed less concerned with performance. The facility closure was very poorly managed a did not do enough to help employees to find a new role within or outside of the company. The stay-on package was not equitable. Both the pre-announcement and the post-announcement periods had a number of issues:

* Very competitive and untrusting work environment
* Little recognition of extra effort
* Exclusive, cliquish culture
* Generally non-competitive compensation structure
* Advancement to leadership positions clearly linked to age rather than abilities / accomplishments
* Merit-based pay increase and performance review process is laughable
* Extreme office politics, among and especially within business areas
* Very poor senior management

Advice to Management

Reward performance. Promote from within and based upon performance and loyalty, rather than personal relationships. Create a more friendly and trusting work environment. Recognize the need for work-life balance. Place a higher value on innovation and novelty in technology and process management. Do not discriminate based upon age. Get in touch with the needs and expectations of the 'new' workforce that will replace the soon-to-retire employee base. Scrap the LDP program; it is expensive, promotes attrition (among participants and non-participants) and ultimately yields little benefit vs the financial commitment of the company. Abandon the so-called "one MS2" concept. There is too much history and animosity among the site employees, especially the "old timers".

Other Employee Reviews for Lockheed Martin

  1. Helpful (2)

    "Lockheed is a good company to work for."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Marietta, GA
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Marietta, GA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Lockheed Martin full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexible work hours - rarely a day past 5pm, every other Friday off, can work from home
    Tons of vacation/float hours that accrue, you do not lose them. Lockheed really does advocate a work/life balance.
    For the most part, work is challenging and rewarding
    Very smart people work at Lockheed, you will learn a lot.
    Hard company to get into, but once in, Lockheed is a company you can stay at your entire career Good recognition if you work hard.
    Review system is decent - if you work hard, you will be rewarded.
    Good tuition reimbursement system for those that want to pursue a post-grad degree

    Cons

    Very bureaucratic, very decentralized, very "slow" organization. Not a lot of opportunity for vertical movement in the company. Lots of employees have been at Lockheed 20-30 years in the same position and just want to be left alone to do their job. No focus on training other than compliance training (ethics, sexual harassment). Seperation of duties is taken to the extreme at Lockheed; a lot of time is spent waiting on others to complete tasks so that you can get your job done. Masters degree is required if you want any type of leadership position - no exceptions.

    Advice to Management

    Put more into employee career development. Some employees have no desire to do the same job for 20-30 years like most at Lockheed. Tweak the culture a bit to advocate more innovation rather than so much focus on positional efficiency.


  2. "Pages and pages of rules"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Alameda, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Alameda, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Job security as long as the gov contracts hold up

    Cons

    Internal and external rules, way too much management and not enough workers

    Advice to Management

    Be more flexible, allow different IT standards for different departmens

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