Recognized as one of National Capital Region's Top Employers (2017)
By Richard Yerema and Kristina Leung, Mediacorp Canada Inc. staff editors (Apr 12, 2017)
Here are some of the reasons why Lockheed Martin Canada Inc. was selected as one of National Capital Region's Top Employers (2017):
- Lockheed Martin Canada helps employees prepare for the longer term with matching RSP contributions, retirement planning assistance and health benefits that extend to retirees (with no age limit) -- additionally, the company offers phased-in work options to help those nearing retirement transition from the workplace
- Along with 3 weeks of starting vacation, Lockheed Martin Canada provides paid time off during the winter holidays as well as up to 5 paid personal days, which can be scheduled throughout the year
- Lockheed Martin Canada offers compassionate leave top-up payments for employees who are called upon to care for a loved one (to 100% of salary for up to 8 weeks)
Employees can soar at Lockheed Martin Canada
It took a while before Jan Kennedy stopped feeling guilty about still being at home at 7.30 a.m. "In the military, everyone is at their desks by 7.30, latest, and I was feeling bad being in the house, preparing my daughter for school," says Kennedy, an aerospace engineer who recently transitioned to Lockheed Martin Canada after a 20-year Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) career.
Retiring from the military she loved was hard for then Major Kennedy, but with a husband also in the RCAF, who was often away on assignment, and a young child, she felt a career change with more geographical stability was best for everyone. She approached Lockheed Martin because she knew the company and its people from her RCAF assignments. "I wanted a place with the same value system as the military," Kennedy says, "a company that does the right thing, strives for excellence and respects others. Lockheed Martin fit the bill."
Hired as a Technical Problem Manager for the C-130J Hercules aircraft's in-service support contract, Kennedy found herself on the "other side of the fence" of a familiar project from her time with the RCAF. And she also found herself with a company-provided mobile office. "Now, while I am waiting to take my daughter to school, I can communicate with the office on my secure cell phone and stay plugged in," says Kennedy. "Not getting to work until 9 a.m. really stressed me out at first -- but it didn't phase the company at all."
Indeed, Lockheed Martin offers flexible hours in order to accommodate employees like Kennedy. "Life is more than one's job," says Chief Executive Charles Bouchard. "We recognize that people have families and that balance is critical to creating a productive work environment."
For Kennedy, that means being able to advance her career without compromising family life. "Lockheed Martin lets me fulfill two 24/7 roles, supporting those defending our country while raising my daughter."
The aerospace and advanced technology company demonstrates concern for its employees in other ways. They can have up to eight weeks of compassionate leave at full salary. They get five personal paid days off. And when they retire, they continue to receive health benefits.
But employees are attracted to Lockheed by more than generous salaries and benefits. "We are innovative and always looking to the future," says Bouchard. "We deal with solving complex issues from outer space to the bottom of the ocean -- we're engineering a better tomorrow."