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Lockheed Martin Reviews

Updated June 22, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great company needing a more youthful approach"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    An opportunity to work on cool stuff that goes into space. You can really think and do big things, once you learn how to get it right (You can't send the Geek squad to fix a satellite :-)

    Cons

    big, old school place that stifles innovation except in a few areas. If you have a new idea that is out of the box it usually takes longer than the duration of your project to get it even looked at.

    Advice to Management

    Lose the not made here mentality, innovate more in process and methodologies.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Lockheed Martin Transportation & Security was my worst professional decision."

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    Former Employee - Systems Engineer Associate in Rockville, MD
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer Associate in Rockville, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Lockheed Martin Transportation & Security allowed me to take vacation as I saw fit. There was never a time when I was asked not to take vacation.

    Cons

    There is a lot of bureaucracy involved at Lockheed Martin Transportation & Security. I was not given much work to do for the first six months of my employment and the work given was not indicative of my education or experience. Management was not capable of alleviating my concerns and was content to bill me to the customer for work that I was not allowed to do and never actually did.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your younger employees and attrition rates will go down. It is unfair to bring competent people into an organization and then let them experience technical atrophy. Allow younger employees to take risks and support them and they will exceed and want to work harder.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Management bloated sweatshop."

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    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Orlando, FL
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    If they have a contract and you are needed you might have a job until the budget is blown.

    Cons

    When the contract is up or you are too expensive that is it. People are fired every week. They require LOTS of FREE overtime. They prefer a cheap new grad who works lots of overtime. The schedule means nothing. Most of the budget is blown by Managers. The tiny tiny part of the budget is given to the unimportant tasks done by Engineers.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the good old boy network. Reduce the Management overhead. GET THE WORK and don't be so fat and happy. Don't just fire the Engineers and keep all the managers when your contract is up.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Avoid working for the man."

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    Former Employee - Software Architect in Bethesda, MD
    Former Employee - Software Architect in Bethesda, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Lockheed Martin is generous enough to hire you right out of college and start you into the Corporate America assimilation program, which is a prereq for a lot of other large companies.

    Cons

    Working at LMCO is like living in this terrible mix of Dilbert and Office Space. It's almost unbelievable the stranglehold that HR has on company policies. I left on good terms, but shudder at the thought of ever going back.

    Advice to Management

    LMCO's stock is trading much higher than it should be valued. Sell now, screw the employees.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "A millennial's point of view"

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    Current Employee - Systems Test/Integration Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Systems Test/Integration Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Management seems to respect work/life balance, and recognize the aging of their workforce. They're currently one of the most financially stable employers (given the current economic climate), but are known for mass layoffs on occasion. If you're a lazy person, the corporation seems to tolerate your doing the bare minimum, find a place for you, and allow you to remain as long as you don't bother anyone else. The benefits package seems pretty good.

    Cons

    Don't do it! If you're young, bright, energetic, want to take risks and do really cool work without being bogged down with horribly burdensome amounts of process and paperwork, go somewhere else if you can help it. The organization moves slowly in terms of technology and its people - it's top heavy, and loathe to get rid of dead wood within the company. You WILL wade through several layers of documentation and authority to complete any task, and you WILL encounter resistance when trying to streamline operations. Don't expect to be creative in your job, either - as a result of the fore-mentioned paperwork, this company runs on legacy systems and knowledge and hardly tolerates change.

    Expect a lot of classically apathetic employees who are 50+ years old going through the motions of their work, and a smaller number of people who are < 30 doing the same thing (they tend to go elsewhere after a couple of years, and with good reason). The exceptions to these demographics are a rapidly ascending small group of middle managers to fill the gap, and possibly the most unnerving group of young corporate climbers in the technical leadership programs. (Anecdotally, most participants are from lower tier schools - but to be fair, they're simply indicative of the value placed on interpersonal skills that fit the company culture over raw technical ability. That's well within the corporation's prerogative, and it's obviously a mutually beneficial relationship.) The young corporate climbers might not be unique to the company; but be sure you can buy into its culture before joining LM.

    I'm modifying my original statement. If you're young and energetic, LM might be the place for you, because with those qualities it should be easy to stand out. This is doubly true if you're a minority - you will see no one will looks like you in executive leadership (even more on the downside, you might get a lot of the old guard commenting on your "diversity" status; this has actually happened to me on several occasions). If your priorities lie more in line with doing actual engineering work, being able to concentrate on doing it well with other talented folks and being surrounded by people who feel the same way, go someplace else. Essentially, this company relies on stale processes and systems rather than on true innovation and efficiency.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of tech leads and managers who have long since lost their technical abilities - this isn't everyone, but every time one of them issues orders based on a flawed understanding of the technology supporting their projects, engineers die a little inside. Promote based on ability in addition to tenure. Streamline your processes and documentation - government accountability is important and hard, but it shouldn't take up 75% of an engineer's time. Work on cultivating a more diverse, accepting, and adaptable workforce, or be forever dogged by the early talent-retention problems that bog you down now.


  6. Helpful (2)

    ""Disclaimer” Company is very large, this review is based on eight months under a single PM on a single contract."

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    Current Employee - IT UNIX Systems Administrator in Norfolk, VA
    Current Employee - IT UNIX Systems Administrator in Norfolk, VA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Really cannot say that I have one. I took this position after being out of work for eight months. I did take a 10,000 pay cut from my last position with General Dynamics (85,000 to 75,000) and that’s after an initial offer of 45,000. Everyone I talked with in the shop (12 people) said they were also low-balled and had to negotiate for higher salary.

    On the up side access to company intranet resources has been very easy and there is a great deal of information on all aspects of Lockheed Martin on there intranet. Education resources are also plentiful; they even have paths towards industry certifications within the company.

    Cons

    This is a large company and not very personable. Keep in mind these comments are based on a single contract with one PM and may not be indicative of the company as a whole. Current management is very poor. Have seen my PM three times in eight months, he works 10 min from my workspace. He has mislead me at times and stalled at others when I have requested information. As the face of the Lockheed Martin for the employees under him (122 people), he has been slow in interpreting policy leaving employees confused and unable to effectively plan career objectives.

    Advice to Management

    When a problem is identified, FIX IT. Do not try to make everyone happy while fixing the problem. Utilize company code of ethics and business mission as guidance for fixing problem. Pay more attention to customer needs and requirements. Take the time matching an employee's skills with each contract position. Do not fill positions with warm bodies to meet a deadline.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Stay away from LockMart"

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    Former Employee - Systems Engineer Senior in Colorado Springs, CO
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer Senior in Colorado Springs, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good job security, good vacation benefits (3 weeks per person), generally friendly people to work with.

    Cons

    You're treated like a cog in a machine. You stay in whatever job your management decides to place you in until the contract funding runs dry, then you get placed in something else you'll like even less. Management says they care about your career development, but then they don't approve any training (provided any training exists, which at Lockheed Martin, that's a big question). The motto for career development is "Manage your own career," but they don't give you any power or authority to look for other positions in the company and they don't pay much toward college tuition. Pay and benefits are substandard compared to the rest of the industry. I went to Northrop Grumman and got a 15% pay raise for jumping over, and I got the same insurance benefits for half the cost. The 401k benefits were almost identical, too. The pension plan at Lockheed Martin went away in lieu of a capital accumulation plan (CAP) soon after I joined which changed the vesting from 5 years (pension) to 3 years (CAP). Basically, new employees got vested before I did, and I joined the company a year before they did. The vacation benefit is a hoax because you never have enough money to take a vacation anywhere; they seriously don't expect you to take vacation, either, as they have a cap of something like 500 hours of accumulated vacation.

    Advice to Management

    Allow your employees to develop their careers if that's what you expect. Pay your people better. If you expect to be a first-class defense contractor, then pay that way.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Work with Drones"

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    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Littleton, CO
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Littleton, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Highest paid public works program going!

    Cons

    Lost incentive for engineering innovation. Projects lead by finance administrators. Get in more trouble if you don't spend all your budget than if you over run your budget. Overruns provide the opportunity for more money from the government.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more engineers. We need the work!


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Not all it's cracked up to be...."

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer
    Former Employee - Software Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Good place to start a career, some good benefits: flextime, health care, was a good pension plan before 2006 (discontinued for new employees then), opportunity to advance if you know the right people or if management likes you.

    Cons

    Layoffs in March surprised everyone, even directors & management. No real reasons given for who was picked for layoffs even tho in this recession, company had a brilliant financial year in 2008. Absolutely NO job security! Never know when EBS will lay off people. Morale is extremely poor & employees are scared they will be laid off in the next go around. Very difficult to get promotions or move away from old technology; pigeon-holed into one project if you are good at it. Management protects poor performers if they are "friends" or members of the "good old boy" network. Lots of competition between workers to get ahead & stab peers in the back. Management does not listen to creative, innovative ideas. Somewhat of an oppressive atmosphere all around.

    Advice to Management

    Get a clue that your people are your biggest asset & not just a bunch of cattle. Stop lying to them about their performance & recogonize that you have an exceptional work force that are not as stupid as you want them to believe. Communicate more & if there is an issue or problem, try to get both sides of the story before making unfounded accusations. Talk to the people, stop talking about them!


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Program is collapsing in slow motion, employees are kept in the dark. Complete absence of leadership at any level."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    For some geographic areas the pay can be fairly competitive.
    Management is spread so thin you're allowed to develop regional workarounds to the company's shortcomings.

    Cons

    Hard to know where to begin. Lockheed IS3 employees are second-class citizens within the company. Getting answers to the most basic questions (pay, benefits, sick time, etc.) can become an endurance trial. Two employees working in the same place can go seeking an answer to the same question and get two different answers. Was told upon hire that raises and promotions do not exist. Benefits were greatly overstated at hire, turned out to be far below what is average for the industry.

    There is a complete lack of information flowing downward from the top. We learn more about what Lockheed is doing through the client than we do through Lockheed. The client has been redefining job functions and staffing levels (downward) on an almost weekly basis for months. Individual performance reviews aren't even done by Lockheed; they're the purview of the the client.(A performance review is a moot point when there is no possibility of promotion or raise.) There is a lack of guidelines and standards about how to perform job tasks, and those that exist are constantly changing.

    Advice to Management

    Stop digging, you've hit bottom. Find a plan and try sticking with it. Or, just hurry up and get it over with.


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