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Lockheed Martin

  • #8 in R&D and manufacturing
  • > 100,000 employees

About Lockheed Martin

  • R&D and Manufacturing

What it does: Lots of important, hi-tech stuff
Staff stats: 97,000 globally, 800 in Australia and New Zealand
The good bits: Interesting work, friendly culture
The not so good bits: Confidentiality requirements stifling communication
Hiring grads with degrees in: Engineering, Maths, IT & Computer Sciences

The Lockheed Martin Australia story

Lockheed Martin emerged in 1995 from the merger of Lockheed Corporation, an aerospace company started by Allan and Malcolm Lockheed in 1916, and the Martin Marietta Corporation, an aerospace, chemicals and electronics company.  

Lockheed Martin is now a globe-spanning behemoth employing almost 100,000 staff. It is heavily invested in the aerospace, defence and security industries. It’s also involved in creating healthcare systems, renewable energy systems, intelligent energy distribution and compact nuclear fusion. In 2016, Lockheed Martin had revenues of US$47 billion.    

Lockheed Martin has had a presence in Australia since the early 1960s. Lockheed Martin Australia delivers systems and advanced engineering capabilities for clients in the aeronautics, maritime, land, surveillance, cyber and space industries. It partners with “Australia’s research and industry communities to support our global supply chains, providing opportunities for technology transfer, innovation, local skilled jobs and business growth”. It is headquartered in Canberra but has sites and offices throughout Australia.

The culture

Lockheed Martin has long embraced both equal employment opportunity and affirmative action and the fact it has had a female CEO since 2013 suggests it’s serious about diversity. The company also has a variety of employee networks, employee resource groups and leadership groups. These cater to staff who are female, disabled, veterans, LGBT of from a particular ethnic background.

They do not discriminate based on “race, ethnicity, national origin, age, religion, sex, disability [or] marital status” when “hiring, promoting, training and terminating employees”. The company’s affirmative action programs seek to “identify and break down barriers, both visible and invisible, creating an even playing field where everybody has a fair chance to reach their full potential in contributing to our business”.

Social contribution

Lockheed Martin provides crucial products and services that safeguard nations and allow the digital economy to function smoothly. On top of that, the company also “supports science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and military and veteran causes”.

Lockheed Martin promotes STEM education through funding programs, events and campaigns. Ones “that focus on student achievement, teacher development, and gender and ethnic diversity”. It assists veterans by funding programs that “improve their lives and the lives of their families, enhance educational and training opportunities and honour their selfless duty”.

Lockheed Martin donates over US$27 million to non-profits each year. Its staff currently donate $US19 million as well as 1.2 million hours of volunteer work.

The recruitment process

Lockheed Martin recruits graduates from the following disciplines: IT, computer science, software engineering, mechatronics/mechanical engineering, electronics/electrical engineering and systems engineering. (Those with other types of engineering degrees may also be considered).

Graduates are required to obtain a defence security clearance as part of the process and must be an Australian citizen with a ten-year verifiable background. The recruitment process consists of the following stages:

  • Application
  • Video Interview
  • Online testing
  • Selection Interview & References
  • Offer

Applications will open on the 17th February 2020 and close on the 17th April 2020.


Lockheed Martin pays graduate salaries that are around the industry average. It offers a range of benefits. There are standard perks, such as novated car leases, access to health and wellness initiatives and subsidised health insurance. Plus, there are some more unusual ones, such as discounts on Qantas Club memberships and the opportunity to buy cheap BMWs and Minis.  

Career prospects

If you perform well you can expect to steadily progress to more senior technical positions then managerial roles. Lockheed Martin is committed to the growth of its staff. Those wishing to climb the career ladder are provided with mentoring and coaching, internal and external educational opportunities, informal and formal career-building programs and the opportunity to network with senior executives.  

The vibe of the place

For a company filled with engineers, the culture at Lockheed Martin Australia is surprisingly social and laidback. There is a social club and plenty of more informal social events, such as Friday drinks and monthly BBQs. There’s an emphasis on teamwork and most staff see their colleagues and supervisors as being supportive. You’ll have to put in the hours if there is an important deadline approaching but overall the work-life balance is reasonable. It’s not a big deal if you need to come in late or leave early and many staff get one RDO a month.

Star Rating: 4.0


From the Employer:

An industry leader in defence and technology, Lockheed Martin Australia employs more than 1000 people who contribute to a global workforce of more than 100,000.

In Australia we are working on next-generation pilot training, combat systems integration, rotary wing systems and sustainment, 5th generation air combat capability and surveillance across air, sea, land and space domains.

We know it takes a diverse, collaborative team to deliver our programs. That’s why we need graduates and interns who are driven, ambitious team players who are as passionate as we are about building a better tomorrow – today.

Our graduate development program is designed to expose you to unique professional and personal learning and development opportunities. Our team tell us they love coming to work knowing they make a difference – and as an integral part of the team, you will be contributing to stimulating and ground-breaking projects.

What our graduate development program offers:

  • A permanent role with Lockheed Martin
  • A two-year structured graduate development program
  • On the job training - working on challenging and interesting projects
  • Access to cutting-edge technology and thought leadership
  • Offsite training and development days
  • A coaching and mentoring program – learn from the best!
  • Forums to engage and network with peers, SME’s and senior leadership

Graduate Review

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  • The tasks I am working on are interesting and matter.
  • Great chance to learn from some of the best in the industry. Working at the forefront of technology.
  • Everyone is friendly and they ensure all employees are keep up to date with what is happening within the company.
  • Friendly environment, everyone's is happy to assist and there is a strong culture of training and mentoring graduates.
  • Flexibility in work/life balance e.g., start and end times are flexible within reason gym memberships promoting health initiatives such as the GCC step counting challenge.
  • Some processes are tedious.
  • My team work in a separate classified building, as I am waiting for my clearance to be processed sometimes it can be lonely and hard to self-motivate as I am always working on tasks alone.
  • Do to the need to know basis of most project content, information and knowledge sharing can be low.
  • Working on old and out dated technologies that won't help you down the track.
  • The need to know basis on which knowledge is shared between projects.


  • Adelaide
Engineering & Mathematics
IT & Computer Science