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"Cold, Stiff, but Ethical"

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Current Employee - Software Engineer in Rockville, MD
Current Employee - Software Engineer in Rockville, MD
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Negative Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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

Pros

There is a real disposition to work/life balance. Flexible hours are the norm. That said, if you get the wrong management crew you might be under pressure to work long weeks - but at flexible times. It certainly is of value when raising a family.

Salary is good. Company is becoming extremely cheap ("the new reality"!) but they do keep promises. And they make a strong effort not to lay people off.

There is an encouragement towards diversity of workforce and diversity of thought. Managers are generally well-trained and have good perspective beyond the crises of the day.

Cons

There is not a particular bent towards software development. It shows. You need to go through layers of process to as much as download a free IDE onto your PC. We're frequently the opposite of tech savvy (not sure if there is a term). A mania towards security, combined with layers of beauracracy on purchasing or even downloading software tools, does discourage innovation.

The company is full of older workers desperately trying to hang on - and do any job - long enough for their pension to kick in. Major topics of conversation ere are early retirements and whether individuals will survive long enough to get their pensions - not solving problems and creating things.

There is not an effective base for software management where I work. I've seen high-profile efforts run badly by "manager"s who have no real life experience, and who flounder and cause chaos. This company knows how to build many things, but not so much software.

Advice to Management

I've got to think that if you had an environment that lent itself more to rapid software development and associated innovation, that it would pay off. You should worry less about process and more about giving people room to create.

You should be embracing the "Agile" software development model to a greater extent. But you can't, because you've got a culture full of beauraucrats who can't coexist with it. So you ossify, day by day.

Not atypically for a defense contractor, you sometimes reward people for telling you what you want to hear, and for pretending to work hard by always being in the office. There's value in the contrary opinions, and value in working smart. I've seen people promoted well out of their depth by virtue of long hours and ingratiation; they're time bombs waiting to go off.

Other Employee Reviews for Lockheed Martin

  1. "Good start salary and benefits. Flexible work schedule in many depts."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Staff Finance Analyst in King of Prussia, PA
    Current Employee - Senior Staff Finance Analyst in King of Prussia, PA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent benefits/start salary. Good ethics and processes for reporting violations. 19 years -9 years were good.

    Cons

    Difficult to move up, management stresses "lateral" moves (no salary increases). Annual increases 1-2% below COL. Vacation capped at 3 weeks max unless you are upper management or were grandfathered from GE.

    Advice to Management

    They need to walk the talk. Improve promotional opportunities and annual increases for the worker bees not just upper management.


  2. "Employment at LM was ultimately dissatisfying."

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    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Moorestown, NJ
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Moorestown, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Military systems that were subject of assigned programs were very interesting.

    Cons

    Insufficient focus on delivering value to federal agencies and taxpayers, LM focus was typically to deliver minimum necessary to be clear of govt sanctions.

    Advice to Management

    Give taxpayers real value.

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