Lockheed Martin Reviews

Updated 4 Aug 2020

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3.8
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Lockheed Martin Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Marillyn Hewson
Marillyn Hewson
2,408 Ratings
  1. "Downs and ups"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Lockheed Martin full-time

    Pros

    + Genuine, knowledgeable, friendly, passionate workforce. + Flexible working hours and patterns. + Good benefits. + Opportunities to experience work at other LM offices. + Good mentorship opportunities. + Quality of compliance training has improved over the years.

    Cons

    - Total lack of local autonomy; every decision must flow up and down the leadership chain, leading to painfully slow decision-making. - Training hard to come by unless it is critical for your job. Even then, you have to fight for it. - Inflexible customers; difficult or impossible to move projects or have time to do side-projects if you are fee-earning. - Empty promises from leaders, especially visiting MDs. They will take your concerns and promptly forget about them. - Technical positions are overwhelmingly male dominated. - Business unwilling to take any risk; any initial investment will be minuscule. - Business unwilling to pay for technical leaders (SMEs). - Promotion difficult unless you mix with the right crowds. - Poor appraisal system. You may be given commitments that are totally out of your control, and even if you surpass your year's expectations don't expect much for it. - Leadership overly reliant on people perceptions instead of actual performance. - Slow to react to new technologies.

  2. Helpful (1)

    "Lack of diversity - dinosaur ethics"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ampthill, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Lockheed Martin full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Every second Friday off, free parking.

    Cons

    Poor management of personal data - reports of data loss amongst staff No electric car charging - despite trying to enter the energy market. Poor customer relationship management on large vehicle programmes. Poor site maintenance Poor kitchen and toilet facilities No flexi time Lack of diversity in senior roles

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  3. "Mostly enjoyable"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Waterlooville, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Lockheed Martin full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Job security, diversity of roles, pay and working environment is generally good, good mix of personnel and experience on most projects, good opportunities for graduates

    Cons

    Old fashion in their approach, benefits are average, and I have found that programme management do not take advice from their beginners, generally do not learn from past mistakes, have an attitude of we have always done things this way so it must be right

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  4. "Company very different now, but..."

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Lockheed Martin full-time

    Pros

    Some interesting projects, good people

    Cons

    Can't say the same for a previous manager

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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Cliquey"

    2.0
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ampthill, England
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Lockheed Martin full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Pleasant Ampthill site, cooperative colleagues in engineering.

    Cons

    Strong N.I.H.. Superiority in organisation based on length of service. Excellent company culture in USA hasn't made it across the Atlantic.

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  6. Helpful (1)

    "Okay but not the best experience"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Desktop Support 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Lockheed Martin full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good pay, lots of new technology

    Cons

    No carrer progression, constant management changes, no organisation

  7. Helpful (2)

    "All Sizzle and no Steak"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - RMS/ALIS 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Lockheed Martin full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good salaries. The every alternate Friday off sounds like a good thing if you are able to stay for an hour extra each day to make up for it. Great pension options, private medical and discount vouchers.

    Cons

    Integrity is one of the three buzzwords on how it conducts business, with excellence and respect being the other two. However, this means nothing in some of the projects. There are serious failures in Integrity. Do not trust any promise made/offered during the interview. Once you start work and remind them of their promises, be prepared for intimidation. If you complain, there is refusal to believe you and systematic "looking after each other's backs" by the "Old Boy's Club". Bullying, framing employees who they figure are "trouble" for them and false promises are all contradictions to the 3 buzzwords. If you will soon be interviewed, watch out for phrases like "We train our employees like no other company in the world", "Training is second to none" etc. You DEFINITELY WON'T be given the training you were promised. During the interview, if you are told you will be sent to the US for training feel free to laugh in their faces. You will be told in 1-2 months after joining that "plans have changed". By training they basically mean "death by nearly 3000 Powerpoint slides" from some one flown in across across the pond to read out loudly the lines from the slides, happily admitting they have very little knowledge about the product. Jobs are totally mis-sold. For instance, expect a Senior System Administrator job to actually just be first line support operator. If you have come from good technical backgrounds it may be a big shock and resentment may creep up on all the lies told to get you on the job because they are struggling to recruit. If you end up with a manager who has worked only within the MOD for 30 years before joining LM you should not be surprised that 95% of your own team in Lockheed Martin will be selected from ex-MOD, some of them close chums of the manager, who even openly claim to have Zero IT knowledge. There is extremely limited career progression in some of the projects you work. Working an extra hour a day to gain a extra Friday holiday every alternate weekend is neither here nor there, as you end up being shattered because of the extra hour at work each day, that after 2 weeks, you may end up needing 2 days off rather than 1 to recover from it.

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  8. "Industrial Trainee Systems Engineer"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Lockheed Martin full-time

    Pros

    - Friendly atmosphere - Secure job

    Cons

    - Management only think in the short term, often ignoring input from engineers - Very poor socialising between employees outside of work

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  9. "Could be better"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Whiteley, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Lockheed Martin full-time

    Pros

    * Good pay * Flexible working hours * Every other Friday off * Pension and Healthcare * Site is a nice place to work

    Cons

    * Not everyone is treated fairly * There is a clear culture of preferential treatment * Communication isn't lacking but certainly is obscure * No training

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  10. Helpful (1)

    "A great place to work, shame about the leadership"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ampthill, England

    I worked at Lockheed Martin full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Interesting work, dedicated people, good benefits.

    Cons

    Poor leadership and a strong blame culture

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