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"Good at the working level, but senior management is hindrance rather than a help"

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  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Principal Systems Engineer in Syracuse, NY
Current Employee - Principal Systems Engineer in Syracuse, NY
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Approves of CEO

Pros

Strong ethical and professional atmosphere
Interesting applications of technology - not cutting edge, but focused on what works
Bright senior contributors with open door access
Reasonable salary
Appear to want to preserve defined benefit plan, even if now closed to new hires
Technical progression ladder is still reasonably intact

Cons

HR is rigid and wants cookie cutter employees - conformist is fine even if not particularly productive
Senior management are not crisp decision makers - consensus approach is very expensive, with lots of non-productive roles.
Performance management, while consistent, is formula-driven and forces one to "play the game" to get good reviews, rather than recognizing good productive performance independently.

Advice to Management

Cut out layers of upper management which just pass the buck up to the next level, rather than dealing with the problems locally.
Balance the rewards - recognise (financially as well as verbally) the people who execute and deliver the product, not just those that win the bid.

Other Employee Reviews for Lockheed Martin

  1. Helpful (4)

    "Be thankful you have a job and shut up !"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Systems Administrator in Colorado Springs, CO
    Current Employee - Systems Administrator in Colorado Springs, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    1. Three weeks of vacation plus week of floating holidays (four weeks vacation bottom line)
    2. Flex time

    Cons

    Concerning the benefits, unless you are on the inside, you are not treated too well.

    Taking vacation requires you to get advanced approval such as requesting time off at least a month ahead. Approval to take the time off is not granted until a week before at most. Forget getting inexpensive plane tickets. Also when going on vacation, you are required to leave contact information and where you will be. There is an unwirtten rule that you are expected to make up the time when you take off for vacation and also do some weekend work without compensation. Also for next year, a day was taken for floating holidays. We use to get 6 floaters but only 5 next year and no holiday for New Year's Day either ! Management mentioned that we need to conform to industry standard.

    You are also required to put in at least 45 hours per week before you are even considered for good performance reviews. People don't take Friday afternoons off as much as they use to. Prior to two years ago, it was common to walk around the office after 11:30am to see the place as a ghost town and parking lot empty but not anymore. Most people now work Friday afternoons and the parking lot is pretty full even at 3pm !

    Things really started to go downhill when LMIT and IS&S combined into IS&GS and Linda Gooden took over as EVP. On dress code, they sent a memo out cracking down on it and then eventually a surprised visit by her where people were sent home for wearing blue jeans ! Word got out that jeans were not even allowed on Friday but luckily local management ignored it !

    Advice to Management

    Respect for the employees and if the bar is raised on expectations, there should be compensation for it such as more pay or even better, better vacation time


  2. "It's all about the money"

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    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Newtown, PA
    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Newtown, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Defense & Aerospace industry is the the top pay scale in the country. The mission is critical for the USA's security.

    Cons

    Because of the the mission criticality and high payscale, emploees will drive themlves into the ground to accomplish the task. Travel can be extensive, but overtime pay can compensate. Health issues are common place, due to extended hours and completion deadlines. Additional program resources are typically unavailable to deal with cost overruns, leaving employees to manage with what they have.

    Advice to Management

    Consider promoting design engineers into upper management positions ahead of finance and accounting professionals. The nature of the business is highly technical. Engineers are better equipped to provide logical analysis and resolution of cost impacts. Complexity and size of organization lends itself to business reporting innaccuracies and excessive overhead. Consider improving cost and schedule through a more decentralized business model.

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