Slow career growth opportunities and unresponsive middle management
Senior Mechanical Engineer (Former Employee) – Kings Bay, GA – February 12, 2019
The biggest reason why I chose to leave Lockheed Martin was simple: the career trajectory moves slower than mud froze over. Maybe it's just the location where I worked, but opportunities to rise are nonexistent and other opportunities for promotion or recognition (tied to merit or compensation) are also extremely minimal. Benefits were continuously decreasing in quality and increasing in cost, and they got even worse shortly after I left. It's a great company to "build your resume" early but not one that will ultimately yield a rewarding career path of learning, development, and compensation. Also, their salaries are just not competitive with the market anymore, and the year that I left the average raise (merit and standard were combined at the time) was 1.8%.
I will say that the folks that work at that specific location include a lot of former Navy (and you work directly with Navy a lot too), and they're a great group of people. The best thing about that location was the people.