Lockheed Martin to Cut 500 Positions
Lockheed Martin executives announced on Wednesday that the company’s Information Systems & Global Solutions (IS&GS) segment will reduce its workforce by approximately 500 positions by mid-November of this year.
According to a news release on the Bethesda-based company’s website, this action is in response to shifting government priorities, changing industry dynamics and efforts to improve IS&GS’ competitiveness.
Lockheed Martin announced in July that it would conduct a strategic review of its government IT and technical services businesses, primarily in the IS&GS business segment. The layoffs, while unrelated to the review, are part of a larger effort to optimize IS&GS’ resources and align them to customers’ existing needs and the business climate.
The workforce reduction includes voluntary and involuntary layoffs.
“We made these difficult decisions as part of our efforts to remain competitive in an extremely challenging environment where industry dynamics have shifted, customer budgets are constrained and competition has continued to escalate,” said Sondra Barbour, executive vice president of Lockheed Martin IS&GS. “Continuing to reduce our overhead costs, is expected to enable us to be a much leaner and more agile organization which is what is needed to compete effectively.”
So are any of the eliminated positions based in Montgomery County?
“We don’t know where the majority of the layoffs will occur because our employees are located in multiple U.S. locations,” said Dan Nelson, a spokesperson for Lockheed Martin. “We will have more details once we know which employees decide to participate in the voluntary layoff program.”
“I understand the impact that this announcement will have on our employees,” Barbour added. “This is not a decision that was made lightly and Lockheed Martin remains committed to its employees and in positioning the business for future success.”