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Does Lockheed Martin Hire Felons in 2021?

By Last update January 27, 2020
does Lockheed Martin hire felons

Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 110,000 people worldwide. But does Lockheed Martin hire felons? That’s a big company to get on with if they do!

We find the best ways to assist you and other ex-felons in finding jobs. As a matter of fact, we contact employers like Lockheed Martin directly to ask them about their hiring policy for former felons so you don’t have to. We ask them about what really matters.

In case you’re unaware, Relaunch Pad is made up of former felons and those who work closely with them. This is how Relaunch Pad knows what you’re up against!

Here are a few things we will answer:

  • Does Lockheed Martin do background checks?
  • What are the odds of being hired here with a felony?
  • Does Lockheed Martin drug test?
  • What are some entry-level jobs?
  • Does Lockheed Martin hire people with misdemeanors?

Does Lockheed Martin hire felons?

does Lockheed Martin hire felons

Official company policy for hiring felons

As promised, we reached out to Lockheed Martin. However, we were unable to make contact. Since we’re waiting to hear back from them, we looked to see what we could uncover about their hiring policies for former felons on our own.

We noticed they pride themselves on being an Equal Opportunity Employer. In fact, they have a section set to the side just for this topic.

Our online sources didn’t have anything on this one way or the other, though. So we’re not quite sure what the company’s stance is.

With this in mind, let’s keep reading to see what else we uncovered about how to get a job at Lockheed Martin with a felony.

Has Lockheed Martin hired felons in the past?

Unfortunately, Lockheed Martin doesn’t have a record for hiring former felons. Our online sources were pretty consistent in saying Lockheed Martin doesn’t hire felons. This is mostly because a security clearance is required for a lot of the jobs, but we’ll get into that later.

Does Lockheed Martin hire people with misdemeanors?

Individuals with lesser offenses have a difficult time finding jobs too. That’s why we made sure to look for anything that touched on this area. For this company, chances are they won’t hire you with a misdemeanor on your record. That said, it might depend on the job — so read on!

Is Lockheed Martin on the Ban the Box list?

Did you know there are groups advocating on your behalf? That’s right, there are. The Ban the Box campaign is a group that supports ex-offenders by persuading employers to remove all questions about criminal histories from their applications. By eliminating these questions, everyone has a fair shot in the job market. If the employer can’t see your background, they can’t toss your application to the side just because of it.

The Fair Chance Business Pledge also helps ex-offenders. Companies dedicated to practicing fair hiring practices for everyone, including those with a criminal record, are signing the Pledge.

As luck would have it, Lockheed Martin doesn’t support either of these programs. But let’s keep digging to see how to get hired at Lockheed Martin with a felony.

Does Lockheed Martin have special programs for hiring felons?

No, they don’t offer these types of programs.

What are the odds someone with a felony will get hired?

Low likelihood of being hired with a felony

Does Lockheed Martin hire felons? That’s a question that’s still up in the air. Based on the information we have uncovered through our sources, the odds of being hired at Lockheed Martin with a felony are low. However, we can’t be totally sure about this until we speak with Lockheed Martin directly.

What are some entry-level jobs?

Since we know getting a job at Lockheed Martin might be a bit difficult, we found their most entry-level position. These types of jobs ask for the least experience, so they’re a great place to start with a new company! Here’s your safest start at Lockheed Martin:

  • Administrative Assistant — You’ll have basic office duties like: Answering phones, filing, sending emails and scheduling meetings. In order to excel in this role, you’ll need organizational and multitasking skills. And since you’ll be dealing with staff and clients, an upbeat and professional attitude is a must!

Lockheed Martin has several roles that require more experience and security clearance. If you’re interested in one of their more positions, make sure you look over their career listings.

Just in case you’re interested in a job that requires security clearance, here’s a link to the Department of State’s page that deals with the topic.

How to get hired at Lockheed Martin with a felony

We want to make sure you have the best chance at landing the job. Here are a few things to keep in mind when applying:

For starters, you will need a resume. But, a cover letter is optional. We recommend you provide one anyway. A cover letter is a great way to tell them a little about yourself and what you’re capable of.

Your resume needs include all experience that relates to the job you’re applying for. In this case, we’re talking administrative skills — things like your ability to use Word or other office software, as well as manage multiple tasks at once.

If you have any professional experience in an office setting, make sure that is at the top of your work list. Clerical roles from prison would also count here. Those skills transfer over!

If you don’t have a clue how to put together a resume, or you just need some help highlighting your skills, be sure to check out our guide we created just for this purpose.

We understand the interview can be a bit nerve-racking, but it doesn’t have to be. When applying for a company of this size, we suggest:

  • Carefully choose a professional outfit. This goes a long way to being seen in their offices.
  • Remove any piercings and cover your tattoos until you find out their policy.
  • Think before you speak and make sure you speak clearly.
  • Maintain eye contact while interviewing. This lets them know you’re focused and paying attention.
  • Make them aware of your background. Use the opportunity to your advantage and get it out in the open. Remember: Talk up how you spent this time improving yourself!
  • Ask questions about the security clearance required for the majority of their jobs. They may be able to assist you with this — even if you have a felony!

Does Lockheed Martin do background checks?

Yes. You can expect a background check.

Here are some things to keep in mind regarding background checks: 

There are several states that will now only look at an offense if it’s less than seven years old. Here is a list of those states:

  • California
  • Colorado*
  • Kansas*
  • Maryland*
  • Massachusetts
  • Montana
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire*
  • New York*
  • Texas*
  • Washington*

(*certain pay or salary bracket positions require a screening.)

The states below don’t look at anything you weren’t convicted of:

  • Alaska
  • California
  • Hawaii
  • Indiana (limited check)
  • Kentucky
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • New York

These states will still look at everything:

  • Alabama
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • Connecticut
  • DC
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Idaho
  • Indiana (extensive check)
  • Iowa
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Nebraska
  • New Jersey
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oregon
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming

Company ratings

Glassdoor.com has Lockheed Martin rated with 3.8 out of 5 stars. This is what we found about how they got their score:

Employees like the many benefits that Lockheed Martin has to offer and say it’s a wonderful place to work. However, since it’s a large company, it isn’t very personal and the pay is only average.

What felony convictions might have a hard time getting hired here?

From what we’ve uncovered so far, it seems as though it may be tough for any felony to be hired here. There are a few, though, we think may give you a harder time. Let’s take a look . . .

This company deals with sensitive materials, so cyber crimes, theft or any offense dealing with dishonesty will be a red flag.

Another big one will be violent offenses. These types of crimes are always looked at closely when applying for a job, but Lockheed Martin also requires security clearance for most roles. If that’s the case, this type of record will be a strong barrier.

Does Lockheed Martin drug test?

It’s pretty clear that you should expect a drug screen when applying with Lockheed Martin.

Have you applied for a job or worked here? Share your experiences!

So, what can you tell us about how to get a job at Lockheed Martin with a felony? Was our article helpful in answering your questions? Please share whatever tips you have!

Kristin M
Reentry Educator

Kristin is a Reentry Educator for The Relaunch Pad. After serving 12 1/2 years in prison Kristin enjoys helping others overcome some of the obstacles she also faced after her release. She is an avid supporter of AIM ( Aid to Inmate Mothers) and in her spare time she enjoys making crafts and spending time with her dog Tydus.