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Lockheed Martin Sunnyvale Reviews

Updated February 14, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Best Defense Company"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Proposal Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Proposal Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Important Work
    Sunnyvale Campus is very engaged and has a lot of employee engagement events
    Decent Benefits for the Defense Industry

    Cons

    Pay and Benefits are not competitive for the Silicon Valley
    Defense Industry Work has its own issues
    Difficult to grow your career if you are a technical female

    Advice to Management

    Examine the Market more closely, LM doesn't provide it's younger employees with enough to stay in Bay Area long term, cost of living prices are too high


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Software Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Generally stable, seen many people work 30 plus years here. Being govt contractor, lots of rules in place to protect employee, like limits to uncompensated OT for individual contributors. This can be a pro or con I suppose. Lots of good resources throughout company to help you network and grow, but you have to take initiative to seek and follow.

    Cons

    If working for SSC, software technologies used may seem out dated. Change process is slow and the culture seems to reflect. Its good for those seeking more stable, not so fast paced job. Can be boring for those energetic and passionate types trying to stay at cutting edge. This was for Space only, other parts of company are bit more in tune with latest software trends

    Advice to Management

    Seems management gets most credits for project success. Management also seem to retain more power over major project decisions, doesn't really empower the grunt engineer to lead or take ownership.


  3. "Lockheed Review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great work/life balance. Great people to work with. Some politics but the engineers seem to be well shielded from it.

    Cons

    Hard to move up. Not a lot of opportunities and hard to find opportunities to move around within the company. Hard to find opportunities to shine without some luck and your manager needs to love you.

    Advice to Management

    Allow members that are outperforming others to move up quickly.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Space Systems careers in Bay Area"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Systems Engineering Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Systems Engineering Manager in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Pros

    Excellent opportunity for major complex systems development and variety for aerospace and free world defense systems.

    Cons

    must be willing to relocate to areas with lower cost of living. less opportunity for career change as skills develop for similar large systems

    Advice to Management

    reevaluate the future of the company if full-time matrixes employees is the only way to operate. Consider dynamically assigned opportunities for career growth


  6. "Project Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good Company with flexibility to move around if you have a good manager

    Cons

    I transitioned to a position I could not escape from. The work was fabulous, but my manager was not.

    My biggest mistake my own fault for not paying for external training. I was stuck to a program for seven years and could only get project management or system engineering training, but I am a software engineer and couldn't get any training approved.

    I was laid off when we lost the contract to GD without any current skills since the my program was ~ 20 years behind the state of the art.

    Advice to Management

    Rotate your peeps, even the old ones.


  7. "Great Place to start and end your career"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineering Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineering Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Opportunities available in multiple locations across the US and a solid company with a great track record for engineering achievements.

    Cons

    Nothing really that I would think of as a con working at Lockheed Martin.

    Advice to Management

    Keep rewarding the high performing individuals


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Trust but Verify"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good pay and good benefits. If you support the military it can be a satisfying place to work.

    Cons

    Without a doubt the worst HR department bar none (Space Systems, Sunnyvale, CA). In the Operations side of the house leadership is non-existent. Company espouses “Full Spectrum Leadership”. Unfortunately that’s about all they do regarding leadership. Employee’s had to take flex time or personal time (after the 30 min regular lunch time) to attend Holiday lunch (which usually lasted 60 to 90 min) offered by the organization.

    Advice to Management

    Train your mid-level managers to actually lead and behave like "real" managers. Don't promote people just because they can do "their job" well. Not everyone can be an effective manager. The represented employees are a cancer that should be removed.


  9. "Mechanical Engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great work life balance, good company culture, interesting work depending on which program you are on. Lots of engineering talent to learn from.

    Cons

    As with any large government contractor, the pace is often slow due to the processes in place and approvals required to move through the design process

    Advice to Management

    Place more value on new and unconventional ideas. Be openminded to new ways of accomplishing familiar tasks.


  10. "Big Company Benefits but also and Big Company Policies, Processes, and Politics"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Diverse workforce
    Ethical Leadership and Management
    Great coworkers
    Good work/life balance

    Cons

    Too dependent on who's in office, defense budget and whether we're in a war
    Program life cycles are too long - could be 10+ years from program cradle to grave
    No bonus - meagerly salary raises

    Advice to Management

    Need to work on ways to retain employees in the 0 - 5 year range. Need to better incentive and reward systems (e.g. bonuses, stock purchase plans, etc..)


  11. "Great place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Cool projects to work on and access to some of the smartest minds in the world.

    Cons

    Waterfall is pretty much required because of how feature buyoff is done. Process heavy environment. No windows.

    Advice to Management

    Allocate more money, time and resources to testing and QA. Provide clearer requirements when describing how the customer will use the product.



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