Recognized as one of National Capital Region's Top Employers (2016)
By Richard Yerema and Kristina Leung, Mediacorp Canada Inc. staff editors (Feb 4, 2016)
Here are some of the reasons why Lockheed Martin Canada Inc. was selected as one of National Capital Region's Top Employers (2016):
- Lockheed Martin Canada provides maternity leave top-up payments to employees who are new mothers (to 100% of salary for up to 10 weeks) as well as the option to extend their leave into an unpaid leave of absence
- Lockheed Martin Canada manages an academic scholarship program to encourage employees' children to pursue post-secondary studies (to $3,000 per child)
- In addition to three weeks of starting vacation, Lockheed Martin Canada offers employees additional paid personal days off, which can be scheduled throughout the year
Careers take flight at Lockheed Martin Canada
There's something in the air at Lockheed Martin Canada Inc. You can feel it when you walk into its newest Canadian facility - opened last year by the global aerospace, defence, security and advanced technologies company on Palladium Drive in the Ottawa suburb of Kanata. "You get that feeling of innovation and energy," says Rosemary Chapdelaine, Vice-President and General Manager of Lockheed Martin Canada's Mission Systems and Training division. "The people are smiling and talking. That's my ideal: You want to foster that type of environment and, to me, you feel that here."
With its high ceilings and open concept, the 109,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art office and manufacturing space is designed to enhance collaboration and communication for employees who work there and at its head office in downtown Ottawa. Meeting areas range from conventional conference rooms to comfortable lounges and a mezzanine area with bar-type stools. "There are so many places where employees, suppliers and customers can congregate," says Chapdelaine. "It's conducive to any type of engagement."
The layout reflects the company's commitment to open communication. Chapdelaine says she frequently seeks feedback and informs employees of business developments through memos, round tables, town hall meetings and web chats. The extensive LM Voice staff survey carried out across Lockheed Martin's global operations every two years helps keep executives and managers in touch with employee sentiment on a range of issues. The proverbial door is always open, she adds. But many managers don't even have offices, sitting instead with their team members to improve their accessibility.
"It is an honour for Lockheed Martin Canada to be recognized as one of Ottawa's Top Employers - we have enjoyed an exceptional relationship with the Canadian government and our large base of Canadian suppliers, operating out of the nation's capital for over 75 years", says Chief Executive Charles Bouchard, a retired Canadian Armed Forces General and member of the Order of Canada.
"With over 200 employees working here in the national capital region and hundreds more from coast to coast to coast, Lockheed Martin Canada's goal is to engineer a better tomorrow and continue to harness the growth of our made-in-Canada technology. We are equally proud of the fact that this technology is designed locally and manufactured by our own incredibly bright engineers, technicians, and computer scientists," he says.
"Lockheed Martin Canada is proud to team up with young Canadian engineering university graduates. Additionally, we deeply value the contribution of military veterans in all of our operations and are proud to provide technology solutions to the Canadian Armed Forces."
Chapdelaine says the company's culture of respect is reflected in a variety of employee appreciation programs and events, including a celebration last May to mark the completion of the 100th combat system computing cabinet for the Royal Canadian Navy's Halifax-class frigates.
The company was awarded a $2 billion federal contract in 2008 to help modernize the 12 ships. The combat management system developed by Lockheed Martin Canada Mission Systems and Training was also ordered in April by the Royal New Zealand Navy for its frigate upgrade program, a contract that will create hundreds of additional jobs in Canada.
Employee appreciation is also reflected in a generous collection of perks and benefits. To support continuous, career-related learning, the company's education benefit covers up to $10,500 in tuition expenses per year. Those concerned with their physical fitness have access to an onsite gym, as well as an annual fitness benefit of up to $250. The company also offers flexible arrival and departure times each day, as work allows - plus the option to take every second Friday off by working nine hours a day over nine days.
There's time for play, too. Every Lockheed Martin Canada location has a company-funded recreation association that organizes events, including activities for families and a popular annual holiday party for couples. During the summer, hamburger barbecues are organized at the Kanata location every other Friday. And the company and its employees actively support local charities through clothing and food drives, fundraisers, and volunteer work - often on their free Fridays.