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
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.
Lockheed Martin claims diversity and inclusion “are the foundation of our culture” and reflect the company’s core values of “doing what's right, respecting others and performing with excellence”.
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.
Lockheed Martin does 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”.
Lockheed Martin’s business areas have diversity councils that work “to promote an inclusive environment”. 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.
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 grads 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).
Candidates are expected to be professional and motivated individuals. They’re also expected to have good written and verbal communications skills, a flexible approach to managing competing priorities in a fast-paced environment and the ambition to advance in a growing organisation. They almost always also need to get a security clearance.
Perhaps because of the restricted candidate pool, the recruitment process appears to be short and straightforward. You’ll need to complete an online application. After that, you’ll do a phone interview and face-to-face interview and possibly some online testing. If all that goes well, you’ll receive an offer.
The grad program consists of a structured induction program, on-the-job training, coaching and mentoring, the opportunity to engage with senior leaders and exposure to unique learning opportunities through involvement in ground-breaking projects harnessing industry-leading technology.
Lockheed Martin pays grad salaries that are around the industry average. It offers a range of benefits. There are the 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.
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.
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From the Employer:
"With more than 800 at locations across Australia and New Zealand and approximately 98,000 employees worldwide, Lockheed Martin Australia works with local partners to deliver systems and advanced engineering capabilities for customers in the aeronautics, maritime, land, surveillance, cyber, space, C4ISR and civil domains.
We partner 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.
Lockheed Martin is proud to have had an association with Australia for more than 70 years and a presence in Australia for more than 55 years. Headquartered in Canberra, Lockheed Martin Australia is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin Corporation."