Lockheed Martin are at the forefront of engineering development and are also the biggest defence company in the world which attracted me to them. I wanted to work for a company where I would be pushed outside of my comfort zone and have the ability to contribute to projects that are world leading, something I felt Lockheed Martin could offer me. I applied through the Lockheed Martin careers portal and completed an online application form before having a telephone interview and a subsequent assessment centre. Throughout the application process, Lockheed Martin seemed to focus more on my personal qualities and did not require a technical or competency based test at any point during it. This made me feel valued.
Typically I work as part of a team and have been given responsibility from my first day. Lockheed Martin trust their graduates to deliver and as a result of this they have the opportunity to positively benefit the projects they work on. The activities vary depend on the role you undertake but the graduate scheme itself consists of four six-month rotations throughout various aspects of the business. The graduates are given choices of which rotations they would like to do and this will be accommodated where possible which enables graduates to get a wider understanding of the company, adding to their development. As part of the Lockheed Martin graduate scheme you are provided with structured training which is split into six core components, usually delivered every four months. These are designed to enhance the graduates interpersonal and business related skills and whilst they benefit the graduates day-to-day work, may not necessarily be directly linked.
In terms of perks, the flexible working arrangements and ability to work from home are great, as well as the four day working week and private healthcare! I have yet to come across anyone at Lockheed Martin that has not been willing to help and find that the companies values align to my own which makes it an enjoyable place to work. My colleagues are also supportive of both my day-to-day work and my personal development which I personally feel is important in a graduate job. I have found that colleagues more often than not end up becoming good friends which is testament to the working environment at Lockheed Martin to.