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Lockheed Martin Sunnyvale Reviews

Updated September 21, 2017
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  1. "Software Engineer Sr"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule, clearance from government

    Cons

    Low pay, no bonus, managers don't care about employee's career growth

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to employee's growth for retention rate.


  2. "Excellent opportunities for junior engineers"

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    Current Employee - Engineering Senior Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Engineering Senior Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work on really exciting programs. (It is literally rocket science.)
    Very strong ethics culture and leadership behavior.
    Cash compensation is good.
    Lots of opportunity to move around (both projects and geographically.)

    Cons

    Defense programs take a really long time to come to fruition.
    Leadership struggling to change culture to be more agile (though they're trying really hard to do so).
    Very rigid in terms of years of experience as requirements for advancement.

    Advice to Management

    Drastic changes are needed to make business competitive, particularly in the Bay Area. Rates wouldn't be an issue if volume were lower. (Obvious, I know...)
    Embrace and value young leaders. Don't put "20 years minimum experience" as requirement for director positions - you're driving away your younger leaders.

  3. "Sr. Facilities Engineer"

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

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

    Pros

    Global Opportunities, Fair Wages, Interesting work.

    Cons

    Performance Management System lacks credibility

    Advice to Management

    At least act like you care about your employees and their future with the company.


  4. "Smart People but Too Much Process"

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    Current Employee - Senior Electronics Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Electronics Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    You get to work with intelligent individuals and have a sense of protecting your country.

    Cons

    Too much process wears you down. A simple task can take weeks to complete.

    Advice to Management

    Listen


  5. "Quality of management failing"

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    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Steady work
    Interesting Products
    9/80 work week

    Cons

    Can't get promoted - hiring freeze/popularity contest
    So much middle management
    Told to go lean while you get emails about how well profits are
    Don't replace workers who leave = crazy workload

    Advice to Management

    Actually talk to your employees
    Pay them as if they're surrounded by other companies who give actual Bay Area salaries and benefits


  6. "True Innovation Requires Some Changes"

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    Former Freelancer - Senior Systems Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Freelancer - Senior Systems Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Lockheed Martin (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    LM promotes an environment of teamwork and attaining goals. The company highly values ethical business practices and encourages a good working relationship between its employees, vendors and customer. The company has a very competitive compensation policy. Lockheed Martin stock has been of the best performing stocks on Wall Street in the past 20 years. The company has an excellent 401k program. As a retiree, I am grateful for my pension.

    Cons

    In the past 20 years, LM has reduced its employee benefits and is reducing or eliminating their presence in the San Francisco Bay Area. Their focus is on government contracts and ideas outside of that contract scope are usually ignored. Many organizations are geographically spread out over the country and that means that you could end up working for a manager that is hundreds, if not thousands of miles away. Management within programs can be redundant.

    Advice to Management

    Larger programs can suffer in efficiency when they are geographically distributed throughout the country. Engineering activities that can be concluded in a day, or two, take much longer as communications are not always direct. Ideas should be encouraged and collected, whether they are within the scope of a contract, or not. Good ideas can generate more business and encourage expansion beyond government contracts. Greater care needs to be taken to ensure that talent is preserved when making cuts (preserving managers over talent can be very self destructive).


  7. "Good Experience"

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    Former Employee - Student Engineer Intern in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Student Engineer Intern in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The pay was not awful. The interview was the easiest technical CS interview I have had. The internship was treated as a way of determining if you are qualified to work their full time.

    Cons

    The pay is a lot lower than CS positions throughout the Bay Area. Has not been great for my resume (does not jump out to recruiters at other companies).

    Advice to Management

    Make the programs and perks more similar to programs at other companies if you want to attract young talent.

  8. "Good Place to Work"

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    Former Employee - Senior Project Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Project Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    provides training, challenging experiences opportunities for growth, great for newbies & new college grads

    Cons

    regimented, growth requires mobility, can be hard to shine,


  9. "Chief Architect & Director"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Worked with some of the most talented developers, engineers, and analysts in my career. These people really cared about what their products and who they helped.

    Cons

    No training. Poor benefits. Pay is not based on performance but political. Highly political environment. Not a good place if you are looking to grow your career. There is a "not invented here" attitude. Employees are disposable commodities.

    LMT has a very high overhead structure that provides little to no value to their Customers.

    Upper management is so arrogant that they tell the Customers one thing and do the exact opposite. Upper management is more interested in their own advancement rather than the Company's or the Customers.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to clear up their act and start listening to their Customers. LMT DOES NOT KNOW what is best for the Customer.


  10. "Good pay and benefits, bad culture"

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    Current Intern - Software Engineer Associate in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Intern - Software Engineer Associate in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Lockheed Martin as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Work:
    You get to work on the most advanced military hardware in the world. There is nothing more satisfying than knowing that the technology that you develop is responsible for the United States' military superiority. Many of the engineers that you get to work with are the very best in there field and there is endless knowledge to be gained if you talk to people and absorb information. The ultimate satisfaction is walking into the clean room and seeing the 2 billion dollar satellite which you helped develop that will be in orbit around earth soon.

    Benefits:
    Benefits are above the rest of the players in the aerospace industry though only by a slight amount. 3 weeks of paid vacation, great 401k matching, and corporate investment account contributions.

    Cons

    Culture, culture, culture. It feels like the whole place is stuck in the 1970s which is not surprising given the average age of an aerospace engineer. This is true with any large organization but with 100k+ employees you feel like a tiny piece of the puzzle. There is also many inefficiencies which make no sense that have accumulated over the years. Lots of bureaucracy and red tape. It also seems like raises are small and its hard to get promoted, but I haven't been around for long enough to experience that.

    Advice to Management

    Try to address the issues that employees are concerned about such as low promotion rates and stagnating wages. The tech industry is growing and will snag all the valuable engineers unless you step up.


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