We believe in doing what’s right and treating people right — always.
Engage, develop, and empower our diverse and valued people to foster a culture of creativity and growth.
At Leidos, we work to engage, develop, and empower our diverse and valued people to foster a culture of creativity and growth. We have an exciting, customer-focused mission, and our people are making a difference every day. We have six core values that define our company – integrity, inclusion, innovation, agility, collaboration and commitment. These values provide a roadmap for our behavior; help to guide our decisions; and are a key component of our culture.
Leidos recognizes the value of a high-performing, innovative, engaged, future-ready workforce, and is committed to providing opportunities for employees by encouraging proactive career growth and development, ensuring that all employees have the knowledge, skills, and experiences to advance their careers.
We know that the workforce needed to grow our business and deliver innovative solutions is one rich in diversity of thought, experience, and culture. We work to build and sustain an inclusive culture, and ensure full participation in resources, opportunities, and decisions across the enterprise. We focus on incentivizing our workforce with competitive compensation and benefits, with a strong focus on physical, mental, and financial wellness, and have a long-standing commitment to support veterans and their families.
At Leidos, we have a strong focus on our employees’ career, flexibility, and well-being. We call this Leidos Life. It’s about embracing what makes Leidos great and renewing our focus on advancing a culture that helps every employee achieve personal and professional success. Fostering an environment where each employee feels valued and engaged is imperative to Leidos and to our mission to make the world safer, healthier, and more efficient in support of our customers’ most pressing global challenges. Leidos Life is a commitment to make Leidos an even better place to work.
Leidos supports and enables our employees to grow their career in ways that makes sense to them.
- Offer a diverse menu of development and growth opportunities
- Facilitate open and ongoing conversations between managers and employees
- Encourage employees to explore their interests and empower them to be proactive in developing and growing in their career
Leidos fosters a flexible and dynamic work environment for our employees.
- Embrace flexibility in where, when and how employees work
- Recognize flexibility isn’t a ‘one size fits all’ model, and offer opportunities to customize what works for the employee and the customer
- Encourage managers to engage and connect with employees to identify and balance flexibility opportunities
Leidos is committed to the holistic health of our employees and has a 360° approach to well-being by encompassing mental, physical, and financial health solutions.
- Foster a supportive environment that allows each employee to build their best selves
- Recognize each well-being journey is unique and offer a variety of resources
- Invest in initiatives aimed at enhancing employee physical, mental, and financial health
Leidos empowers and challenges all employees to passionately and continuously seek, share, and apply new knowledge, skills, and behaviors. Every member of the team has an opportunity to feel motivated, valued, and fulfilled in their role and have a purposeful and long career at Leidos. Leaders and employees are encouraged to have ongoing career conversations that focus on uncovering interests, collaborating on development actions, and seeking out “what’s next.” Internal mobility, where employees are supported to move within for growth and development, is fostered. A variety of learning methods are offered, including on-the-job training, education, peer-to-peer learning, mentoring, and coaching.
Both formal and informal mentoring is an important part of development at Leidos. The Executive Mentoring Program formally aligns our executives as mentors to one or more high-potential protégés in year-long cycles and provides quarterly development sessions for protégés. Mentoring is often arranged as part of employees’ development plans and/or talent reviews. We encourage and enable all employees who desire to have a mentor to use the enterprise-wide mentoring tool to identify and connect with potential mentors.
Technical and Professional Development
We provide technical upskilling and reskilling to support evolving workforce needs and ensure a future-ready workforce. Upskilling employees that are already skilled in related technologies allows us to provide the needed support our customers, maintain institutional knowledge, retain employees, and provide employees with opportunities for career growth.
Leidos has a variety of technical and professional learning opportunities utilizing online learning, instructor-led training, and external training opportunities. We offer formal programs to help employees prepare for certifications including the Project Management Institute and International Council on Systems Engineering as well as resources to prepare for over 95 industry-standard professional and technical certifications. Through our partnership with leading content providers in the industry, Leidos offers more than 30,000 online courses, books, videos and hands-on labs at no cost to employees.
Additionally, we offer tuition assistance to all U.S. full-time employees at accredited universities.
2021 Total spend on training and tuition reimbursement = $19,053,258
Investing in developing strong and inclusive people leaders is one way we achieve our commitments to make Leidos a great place to work and to solve our customers’ most demanding challenges. We provide a comprehensive Leidos Leadership Program for people leaders at every stage: new leaders, first-line leaders, mid-level leaders, and senior leaders. These development opportunities are cohort-based and aligned with our Leadership Framework imperatives and competencies to shape a collective leadership mindset. The various offerings for all levels of leaders are intentionally designed to meet the needs of a global organization with dispersed employees working in a variety of environments. We also host an annual two-day Leadership Summit for approximately 350 of our most senior leaders aligning business strategy and transformation initiatives, alongside emphasizing the core values of our organization. We have a variety of other ways to develop leaders including job rotations, stretch assignments, 360 assessments, individual and group coaching, leadership style and team assessments such as 5 Voices and mentoring. By increasing leadership capability, we are better able to execute our corporate strategy, engage our people, and deliver results.
We have a succession planning process at Leidos that identifies and develops high-potential employees from all backgrounds at all levels of the organization and ensures that we have ready-now candidates for key roles. Succession plans are created for all executive-level positions as well as for roles throughout the organization considered vital to our success. Development and engagement plans are created for successors and for top talent that include actions such as training, mentoring, coaching, and experiential learning opportunities.
Engagement and Retention
Retaining our Most Critical Asset
Engaging, developing and retaining a talented workforce is essential to the success of Leidos and our customers. Leidos focuses on internal career mobility, both for employee development as well as retention.
The dynamic nature of our work means that our employees may be faced with position reductions and reorganizations when a program ends, is re-competed, or otherwise modified. Leidos is keenly aware of the stress this can place on our people, and we are committed to retaining and strengthening our highly skilled workforce while always communicating clearly and openly. Our Internal Mobility team partners with the Talent Acquisition team and hiring managers to identify potential open internal opportunities and match internal talent. Internal Mobility Partners provide a variety of services, including one-on-one coaching, interview training, resume guidance, and information on other internal organizations that need similar skill sets. Various resources are available to employees, including redeployment overview sessions, on-line workshops and the ability to be included in our enterprise redeployment listing aimed at ensuring that employees seeking opportunities are highly visible to hiring managers and recruiters. Through the efforts of the Internal Mobility Partners, our internal placement rate for affected employees averaged 64% at the end of 2021 and 74% as of mid-2022.
Feedback and Listening Strategy
At Leidos, feedback is part of the way we do business. Throughout our Performance Development process, leaders and employees are encouraged to solicit feedback about their direct reports and about themselves to provide for richer conversations and higher levels of performance.
Performance Development is an ongoing cycle, embedded into the business rhythm, focused on three components: Performance Planning – setting goals and expectations; Performance Check-Ins – touch points throughout the year to discuss progress against goals and expectations, provide feedback and coaching, and discuss career development; and Performance Assessment – a review at the end of the year. The Leidos Values are part of our performance goals for all employees. Those who manage people also have a People Leader Goal, outlining expectations for leaders. We require an annual formal documented performance review for all eligible employees e.g., non-temporary, those with the company for at least 90 days, those not covered by a different current subsidiary practice. At the end of the 2021 performance cycle, 94% of all employees received performance reviews, and over 99% of eligible employees received performance reviews.
To monitor organizational health and to ensure that our employee engagement and retention efforts are successful, we have a comprehensive listening strategy. We conduct a quarterly pulse survey to a statistically significant sample of global employees. We regularly conduct a formal, global engagement survey to all employees, including subsidiaries. The surveys are confidential and conducted by an independent third party. Results are aggregated by business area and analyzed via a number of demographic elements. The analysis is shared with our board of directors and executive leadership team. All people leaders with 5 or more responses (for confidentiality) get direct access to the results and are asked to share those results with their respective teams. Action planning is conducted at all levels of the organization based on enterprise-wide themes that are shared with all employees. A cross-functional, employee-led action planning team identifies recommendations which are implemented enterprise wide. We communicate actions taken in response to the employee feedback through multiple channels, and continually use this information to improve our strategy and practices.
Our spring 2021 employee survey results indicate that employee engagement is very strong overall, scoring in the 90th percentile of external benchmarks and improving 3% favorable points above 2019. Leidos also improved 2 to 8% favorable points from our 2019 scores on all survey categories, which include Ethics and Integrity, Manager Relationship, Inclusion and Diversity, Employee Empowerment, Growth and Development, and Recognition and Reward. Our survey average score on our top focus areas was 78% favorable, improving 4 points above 2019.
Leidos is committed to deliver competitive, market-driven pay that rewards key objectives tied to the long-term performance of the company, is supported by our core values and enhances shareholder value. We also:
- Provide programs intended to recognize employees that exemplify Leidos values and principles
- Reward our employees for their notable employee contributions to the company and our customers’ missions
- Provide a compensation framework that supports career growth and opportunity
- Commit ourselves to complying with applicable federal, state, and international laws
Leidos offers a comprehensive suite of benefits that support our employees physical, mental and financial well-being. We take a holistic approach to well-being because we understand the interaction between all facets, including but not limited to, physical, financial, mental and social well-being. We believe that employees that feel good physically, feel good about themselves, have a healthy work/life balance and have the tools to build a secure financial present and future will be fully engaged and bring their best selves to their work and for our customers.
Benefits should provide peace of mind, support employees and their families, and help them successfully navigate life events. We took all these factors into account when we developed our income protection.
Time off is as important to your professional productivity as it is to your personal well-being. We offer several types of leave that together total the time you need to live your life outside the office.
- Paid time off
- Paid parental leave
- Military reservist leave
- Jury duty
- Bereavement leave
- Most Leidos employees get ten paid holidays each year (three floating holidays to be used at their discretion and seven fixed holidays)
Leidos believes that financial well-being is an important part of a person’s overall health and well-being. Therefore, we are pleased to offer a complimentary suite of programs to meet the varying needs of employees. Programs are dedicated to helping employees with improving or maintaining their overall financial wellness by offering educational seminars, webinars, one-on-one coaching, and tools such as the Student Loan Assistance tool. Programs are designed to help employees with their financial goals such as budgeting, managing credit card debt, paying off student loans, retirement readiness and more.
Employee Stock Purchase Plan
The Leidos Employee Stock Purchase Plan offers a convenient way for employees to purchase Leidos Common Stock at a discount.
Understanding the inherent challenges of balancing work and family responsibilities, we offer benefits to make family life a little easier.
Our people are the foundation of everything that we doRead about our workforce
Military Veteran Hiring
A long-standing commitment to supporting military veterans and their familiesRead More About Our Veteran Programs
Inclusion and Diversity
Learn how we are building an inclusive cultureInclusion & Diversity
Statement on a Respectful Workplace
Leidos is committed to providing employees and candidates with equal employment opportunities and a work environment free of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation of any kind. Leidos employment practices are based upon an individual’s capabilities and qualifications without regard to race, ethnicity, color, sex, age, national origin, citizenship, religion, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, pregnancy, family structure, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran or military status, or any other basis prohibited by law. Leidos does not allow anyone to subject employees to discrimination or harassment in the workplace, and we do not tolerate any conduct contributing to an intimidating, hostile, or offensive atmosphere nor retaliation based on engaging in any protected conduct.
Expectations are outlined in our policies, code of conduct, and annual compliance training. See our Ethics and Compliance site for additional information including reporting, investigation, and accountability practices.