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Lockheed Martin Sunnyvale Reviews

Updated January 13, 2018
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  1. "It's all about the mission"

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    Current Employee - Senior Staff Mechanical Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Staff Mechanical Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lockheed Martin does stuff that very few other companies do or are capable of doing. Putting stuff into space is hard. Making stuff work on Mars is hard. Building the next generation of fighter aircraft is hard. But these are a few of the things that the company does everyday. This mission is inspiring. Otherwise...work life balance here is fantastic...very amenable to employee needs to deal with real life.

    Cons

    The company is, to some extent, stuck in the mid 20th century with respect to the processes it uses to get work done. Part of this is mandated by the customers that it works with...part of it is self-inflicted. Also...and this is not so much a con as a basic fact...it frequently takes a long time to put some missions into orbit...you can work at this company for 15-20 years or longer and still not see stuff you worked on "in the field".

    Advice to Management

    Keep trying to modernize the way we do business...don't be afraid to give more authority to the people in the trenches.


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    "Good people, good missions, but..."

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    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great missions, great people, flexible work schedule, 9/80 work week.

    Cons

    Benefits have dramatically decreased in the 15+ years I've worked here. Executive management and HR continually try to claim the opposite. Also, talent is walking out the door every day, and I've seen nothing to reverse this trend. The company is sitting on a ton of cash, and yet very little get distributed to common employees. New bonus plan is an insult for mid career employees.

    Advice to Management

    Look at the companies around you paying more, bonuses more, and genuinely trying to keep employees. Your arrogance will eventually run this place out of business.

  3. "Good Work Life Balance"

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    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Lockheed Martin full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Decent pay, great work life balance, stability, security

    Cons

    Niche skill set. Aerospace is not a rapidly growing industry like so many other industries in tech.

    Advice to Management

    Retain and hire younger talent


  4. "Director of Engineering, Advanced Technology Center, Palo Alto, CA"

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    Former Employee - Director of Engineering, Director of Programs in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Director of Engineering, Director of Programs in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very interesting work, really good smart people, long-term employment, like a family

    Cons

    More political since merger with Martin 18 yrs ago, less investment in R&D and technology that is not directly program related

    Advice to Management

    Need new blood and training-some of the employees have been there 50 yrs or more, only worked for one company, have no idea of the commercial world. Working for Lockheed Martin is like working for the Federal Government civil service. It used to be called the "lazy L". I worked there 32 years


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    "Work LIfe Balance"

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    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Lockheed Martin (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great work life balance, 9/80 schedule and flex hours.

    Cons

    Stuck it its ways, career advancement must be aggressively pursued.

    Advice to Management

    Promote from within and compensate at market value.


  6. "Summer Intern - Mediocre Experience"

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    Former Intern - Business in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Intern - Business in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Lockheed Martin as an intern (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good pay and housing benefits.

    Cons

    Culture really depends on your team, just didn't connect with my team very well.

    Advice to Management

    HR could be faster


  7. "Diverse workforce and programs."

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    Current Employee - Propulsion Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Propulsion Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Interesting programs that make a difference. Great people to work with. Plenty of career opportunities. Flexible work schedules. Positive work environment.

    Cons

    Recent changes to benefits are not favorable to the employees, especially the switch from traditional health benefits to a high deductible health plan.

    Advice to Management

    Never forget who delivers for you.

  8. "Work Life Balance"

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    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Lockheed Martin full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    9/80 schedule allows you to work and still have Fridays off. Great for families and young children as there is a lot of flexibility in time schedule.

    Cons

    Very focused on years you've worked there, and hard to move up within a group.


  9. "Sr. Project Representative - Project Implementation"

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    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Guaranteed competitive work, provide weekly pay & benefits.

    Cons

    Constant Restructure & Employee Alignment

    Advice to Management

    Set the strategic direction & insure maintain ability


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    "Great products - Bad environment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Lockheed Martin full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The best thing about working at LM is the products that are made. It is really awesome working on spacecraft. Because of the unique dynamics that come up with the space environment the projects are always different and changing so it prevents you from getting bored. Its also a large company so you can try different things. They also have a very good flextime option, you can do a 9/80 or 4/10s and flex hours between days in the given week.

    Cons

    The pro of different and changing products also means that you have to constantly find new positions. Once a product is launched, the program is over and you need to find something else to so. Sounds good and only benefits people with a good network. On that same line, it doesn't matter how good you are at your job or what is on your year end review, if someone doesn't like you then you are screwed.

    They also have been having a low retention rate of engineers (thats my field so I can only speak to it), a LOT of the ones that hire in right out of college leave between the 5-10 year mark when you get stuck in the ranks and have little hope of a promotion, that's where I am currently. They are starting to push the older ones out by changing our benefits, which also hurts the younger ones. Never trust a benefit that they sold to you to make the job seem desirable, its probably not as good as they claim and will be changed the next year anyways. In my 10 years, I've never seen a change in a positive direction for employees.

    Since it is also a large company things take a long time for new ideas to be implemented so be ready to step back in time.

    Advice to Management

    Stop lying to employees about changes, we can see right thru the BS.


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