- Lockheed Martin14.Feb 2020
The company works hard to be inclusive, and will not stand for discrimination of any sort.
Support from management
As much as management would like to believe that they support their employees, the end of year bonuses speak volumes, since salaried employees do not get one but top management does.
As a member in whatever team you are in you are encouraged to work together as a unit toward a goal is achieved. Sometimes the pressure is tremendous, but the rewards are great.
Freedom to work independently
This is one place where the company shines. After successfully completing company training, employees are given directions and allowed to proceed on their own, with supervisors available if help is needed or requested.
Upper management has a problem keeping lower management informed, which causes distrust.
The company has made it a goal to hire more female employees. Sometimes this is good. Sometimes it isn't. Many employees believe that the company should hire those who are best qualified, not if you are male or female.
Attitude towards older colleagues
I thought we all got along quite well when I was not old. When I became one of the older employees I noticed that newer employees now looked down on us " old folks". Changing times, I guess.
If you are happy to move in the direction the company wants you to go, they will do everything they can to help you. If you decide on a different direction, they are all mouth and no help.
Overall compensation for your work
I enjoyed a full career there. Their benefits were great, including 401K and a pension plan. However, the older you got the more you sweated being laid off. As an engineer it was a gamble whether you would make it there long enough to retire. Quite a few did not, even with lots and lots of years of service. Sometimes entire departments were laid off at one time.
Office / Work Environment
I enjoyed my work environment. Many of us became life long friends.
I have heard good and bad about the company's environmental responsibility. I know that they try, most of the time.
The company tries to take care of its personnel, and works with employees when it can to help employees to deal with problems outside of work. However, sometimes this is not possible due to time constraints, at which point the company needs override personal needs, sometimes to an extreme.
There isn't a bigger defense contractor any where, and they know it, any are proud of it.
I like to believe that there was good job security there but realistically, it was a gamble. The company use to be one big family, but now the bottom line counts for everything.
I was one of those handicapped employees. I saw first hand how they treated us. For a fire drilled they put us in the stairwell because they had not thought about us when they created the plan. Also, maintenance personnel always parked in the few handicap spots there were, leaving us with no place to park. All this behind the fences though, where the public can't see.
The company stresses safety and works hard at trying to make it a safer workplace.
Much of my work was challenging an exciting. Granted, there were slow days, but most o the time the work was exciting...unless you were an hourly worker. Then it was the same job day after day.
Inclusive / Diverse
They believe in and teach diversity.
Suggestions for improvement
- The one thing that irritated me the most was the lack of effort put into helping make things easier for the handicapped. Walking a half a mile to your desk after 10 back surgeries was not helpful. Going up and down the tunnels was not fun for the handicapped. Having only 3 handicap spaces at the back of the plant was poor planning. Having poorly working elevators was not helpful after finally making it to that area in order to go down to our work area.
What I like about the company
All in all, I love Lockheed Martin. It was good to me and it helped me retire with dignity after my military injuries started affecting me.
What I dislike about the company
Making handicap access more readily available.
If an employee can be a good asset, don't put them in a corner and forget about them. Yes, some employees felt that way.
The following benefits were offered to me
- CompanyLockheed Martin
- Are you a Current or Former Employee?Former employee
- DepartmentMarketing/product management