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"Very professional with many opportunities for training and advancement."

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Former Employee - Program Manager in Baltimore, MD
Former Employee - Program Manager in Baltimore, MD
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Negative Outlook
Approves of CEO

I worked at Lockheed Martin full-time (More than 10 years)

Pros

Lockheed Martin offers competitive salaries.

Cons

Limited opportunities for older employees.

Advice to Management

Value employees over 50. They offer extensive experience and knowledge, loyalty, risks identification, assessment & mitigation, problem solving and decision making.

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Big company, with big resources and big bureaucracy"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Engineer in Denver, CO
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Big company can support a good benefits package, with formal training and advancement programs. Has a lot of locations and divisions and can offer some job flexibility if one location falls on hard times or if you want to change jobs for another reason. There's even some interesting work if you're lucky enough to find it and keep it.

    Cons

    The worst thing is that it is generally expected that you will frequently work long hours (60 or more) without compensation: no extra pay or time off, nothing. A big company often means frustration in getting things done, always submitting forms or dealing with company bureaucracy. Like all defense companies, not a lot of long-term job security and many jobs don't translate well to other industries.

    Advice to Management

    The kind of people who rise to senior management positions tend to be people who live and breathe the job, for whom the 40 hour mark is only halfway through the week. However, the large majority of the company consists of people who will never be a director or VP, and don't want to be. They want to go to work and do a good job, then get home to their families before the kids are in bed. Stealing our time in uncompensated overtime is highly unethical, in strong contrast to the company's otherwise excellent business ethics.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "In a company so large and diverse it is very easy to just be a number"

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    • Culture & Values
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    Current Employee - Network Engineer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Network Engineer in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    LM offers competitive pay and wide exposure to diverse industries. The company aggressively pursues new contract opportunities where ever possible, leaving a mostly healthy job market within the company. If you are favorably viewed with a solid skillset, you can easily stay within LM for your entire career. Promotions and salary increases seem competitive. 401k contribution is decent, but has very limited investment options.

    Cons

    The automated performance management system is a joke and not taken seriously by managers. The company is profit motivated and will quickly replace high pay well-performing employees with underperforming cheaper ones. Profit structure demands that contracts become more profitable over time and most of the time the only way this is possible is by reducing labor costs (humans). Managers are given wide leeway to block employee advancement within the company. Middle managers are of particularly poor quality within LM, often have very poor people skills, do not care about employee engagement or retention and get shuffled from contract to contract as needed. Benefits are overpriced and not competitive compared to other companies in similar industries. If you work at a customer site, you can feel very distanced from the corporation due to a lack of exposure and engagement.

    Advice to Management

    Your managers are generally very poor quality and have limited skills in terms of dealing with people. Once a year when "LM Commit" time rolls around, we are told to cut and paste text from an email into the performance management tool and are discouraged from adding anything ourselves. This turns performance management into a yearly chore of checking boxes while adding absolutely zero value for your employees.

    Your motto is "Do what's right" but your managers sometimes don't. After interviewing for a promotion at the corporate office, I was told "off the record" by another manager that I was "blocked" by the manager on my current contract. I was never given an offer, however my application status for this position was mysteriously changed to indicate that I declined the offer and accepted another position within the company.

    I do not have faith in the honesty of the company as a whole when things like this are allowed to happen behind the scenes.

    You want to call your managers "Leaders" but they rarely possess the key qualities of leadership. I would suggest that you try looking internally for leader candidates among your existing employees based on core leadership competencies rather than education and experience. You have people in your ranks that have inherent capabilities of intuition, compassion, insight, responsibility and helpfulness. These are qualities that cannot be effectively taught, so leverage them to your advantage. Find the people that inspire and motivate their coworkers and challenge them, give them the tools to be leaders.

    When you attempt to turn some ranking engineer into a manager based solely on pay, experience or education level, you will rarely get something that resembles a leader and the employees under them can sometimes suffer from the shortfalls.

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