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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great company, programs, national & global opportunities. Your career is YOURS to promote."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Electronics Engineer Senior in Fort Worth, TX
    Current Employee - Electronics Engineer Senior in Fort Worth, TX
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Weekly paychecks, paid overtime, flexible schedule, 9/80 work weeks, 3 weeks starting vacation + 12 to 13 paid holidays each year, 401k matching, total health care plan, on campus gym (membership reimbursed), ability to change to any open job after 12 months in current position, state-of-the-art technology & programs, graduate degree reimbursement, diverse new-hires, travel opportunities, earn security clearance, lots of company paid training, alumni gift-matching program, volunteer opportunities in local community, leadership development programs, leadership association, "LMents" social networking group, certified managers programs, employed by core & deployed to programs for job security, research library, "Brooks Center" training and computer resource open 24 hours.

    Cons

    15,000+ employees at the Fort Worth plant. Being a new employee can feel like being a freshman on a big campus. Very large, multi-year aeronautic programs are hard to comprehend in total. You must read up on all programs to learn what aspects are most appealing in order to move to a position that makes you happy. Career management is in your hands. Your managers will not promote you automatically, you must be your own promoter. HAving a bachelor's degree differentiates you from members of society with 4-year degrees, but at Lockheed Martin degreed employees are a dime a dozen. You will eventually need a graduate degree to move to the upper echelons. CEO Bob Stevens and company VP's and directors are outstanding, but lower-level managers do not appreciate new initiatives such as Full Spectrum Leadership and diversity. They care about their schedules & budgets, which is understandable, but they don't appreciate extra-curricular achievements. They work 40 hours & go home. EVERYONE should see Lockheed Martin as THEIR company.

    Advice to Management

    Instill people-first mentalities in first & second line managers. People really are the most valuable asset. Turnover is much too high to ignore in this economy. Show new hires the opportunities that exist throughout the company and corporation, don't just pile work on them when they show up. Synergy by most IPTs is achievable, but I have yet to see much of it.


  2. "A top notch defense contractor that takes care of its employees"

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    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer Asc in Owego, NY
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer Asc in Owego, NY
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    LM is a great company to get your bearings. If you are looking to do system level work, this is the place for you. I felt very secure in my job and that I was contributing significantly to projects within 6 months of my start date.

    Cons

    The age gap between senior and junior engineers is often staggering. I think both parties have a hard time relating and this results in a lower amount of mentoring.

    Advice to Management

    Implement profit sharing. Modify ratings system to accommodate employees who have been there half a year or less.

  3. "There are so many great jobs and careeer opportunities at Lockheed Martin."

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent, very interesting programs. Great job mobility, and many opportunities to grow and develop your skills. Pay and benefits are better than average. Ethics is important, as is diversity.

    Cons

    There are a number of ex-government managers with no experience or skills at running large program, since they were hired for their personal contacts rather than their progam management ability. They are dangerous.

    Advice to Management

    Stop hiring less competent ex-government managers as Lockeed Martin managers. While they would be OK as consultants, they are clueless about how to operate a commercial business.


  4. "Lockheed Martin, a good and fairly secure place to work."

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Goodyear, AZ
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Goodyear, AZ
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Secure work, and good, intelligent people.

    Cons

    Promotions almost solely based on time spent there, not ability or achievements.

    Advice to Management

    Enough re-orgs and a lot of management.


  5. "If you can find an interesting project in a small team I think you will do well. If not bail."

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    Current Employee - Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    There are quite a few interesting Jobs @ Lockheed Martin if your lucky enough to stumble up one.

    Cons

    There is a tendancy for people to be piggion holed into one job if they are good at it. In some large programs there is no vision or leadership.A lot of times schedules are made up by some one high and no input or concidereation is made to reality.. and as such the team becomes demoralized... On top of that some of the processes instituted are such a big waste of tax payers money...I understand peer review are important but its a real waste of time to rev a document to REV G just because non technical people don't understand a technical document. I'm sorry you cannot have a highly technical document dumbed down so that a high school drop out can understand. thats not what the intent of the document is.. Its for a technical person to understand a technical document. Why waste all this time and money to rev a document so that Joe the plummer can understand it? Its because its cost plus program and we have a bunch of Joe plummbers inspecting the document.

    Advice to Management

    Please start leading and stop shifting blame down to us... Give us the tools to do our job. Not all tools work for all divisions IE a software procurement system does not work for hardware systems house. You don't use a hammer to write code do you?


  6. "Good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Systems Engineer Staff in Gaithersburg, MD
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer Staff in Gaithersburg, MD
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    You are able to put in 40 hours a week and be fairly paid (a little under paid). The companies leadership development programs are a good entry level program. The program consist of Rotational Work Assignment:
    Academic/Functional Training
    Leadership Development Conferences
    Mentor Program
    Community Service Involvement
    Habitat for Humanity, Junior Achievement, Bike-a-thon, Heart Walk, Space Day

    The graduation requirements consist of:
    Complete four 9-month rotations and accept an off-program position
    Successfully complete Technical Development Curriculum (TDC) I, II, and III
    Participate in three Leadership Development Conferences (LDC)
    Complete an accredited technical Master’s degree

    Overall for the most part managers care about employees.

    Cons

    LM is not a place for rapid career growth. They don't encourage you to take on positions that you don't have much experience in doing.

    The culture is to concerned about years of experience rather then a persons apptitude to do quality work and demonstrate good work habits.

    Most managers don't play a active role in professional development. They will let you to continue to do the same thing year after year without encouraging you to learn something new.

    It is all about who you know and how much your management team wants you to get promoted not about the work you do.

    Advice to Management

    Provide more opportunities for professional development. Make first line managers play a more significant role in professional and people development.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "All about business and getting it done... nevermind the employee."

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Littleton, CO
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Littleton, CO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Broad availability of technology that are used on programs. Ability to move around between different programs and even LM Companies.

    Cons

    The promotion and salary band is not readily apparent to be tied to performance; Sr Management "claim" it is, but general feeling is that it is all subjective at end of day.

    Advice to Management

    Reevaluate salary banding and promotion criteria. Its too stringent and rubber stamp at this time.

  8. "Interesting work, decent pay, large bureaucracy, frustrating process."

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    Current Employee - Senior Staff Engineer in King of Prussia, PA
    Current Employee - Senior Staff Engineer in King of Prussia, PA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Interesting work, decent wages and benefits

    Cons

    Hung up on diversity and affirmative action.

    Advice to Management

    Wake up. You can't just be a professional manager with no technical ability in a high tech business. I've seen too many times where a non-technical manager can't get their arms around the problems because they rely on others to do it for them. You have to know what is realistic and what is a load of bunk.


  9. "Lockheed Sunnyvale"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

    Pros

    Large aerospace company with a variety of opportunities for expanding your career.

    Cons

    Large organization that is committed to a high probability of mission success given the nature of flight and space hardware. This creates a lot of processes that must be followed, and works well for large & costly programs but not so well for small projects.

    Advice to Management

    Look more at what markets your competitors are entering and determine if Lockheed should be playing a role in that market as well.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Not bad, but don't stay here too long."

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    Current Employee - Embedded Software Engineer in Manassas, VA
    Current Employee - Embedded Software Engineer in Manassas, VA
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The benefits (time off, health, dental, vision) are decent. In general, you don't have to work a lot of overtime, and there isn't much stress associated with the job. You'll find most people are fairly laid back about there jobs, which makes it easier to go about your business. It can be fairly easy to move around to other positions or location within the corporation. It's a huge corporation, so you can usually find many other opportunities from within if you look hard enough. There is often opportunity to travel also. That doesn't mean travel will be to a place worth going to, but it could. They offer several learning opportunities, some of which can be useful. The name recognition could mean something also depending on your future plans.

    Cons

    The pay is low compared to others in the industry. There's no bonuses for anything and the only thing that matters is the number of years of experience you have. No one measures ability. There's too much middle management and most of them don't know what they are managing. The amount of bureaucracy is quite high. You are rarely asked what you want to do and never given options. Politicking is a necessary skill. Engineers are literally treated as numbers. The corporation is so huge, the left side doesn't know what the right side is doing. It's disheartening really. A lot of people seem to not care about the engineering and care more about climbing the ladder. There's not much innovation going on. With so many people, it seems the skill level is lower on average, though you will meet a few brilliant people as well. The corporate culture is not very upbeat, but it isn't so bad if you work with people who are more upbeat.

    Advice to Management

    Cut the middle management. Work for your employees. Put technology first.


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