If you were employed at Lockheed Martin and eligible before January 2016, you are one of the few lucky employees to partake in their pension plan. A pension plan is the most known type of defined benefit plan and isn’t as popular these days as the 401(k), which is a defined contribution plan, because 401(k)s have cheaper administrative costs and the employee bears the investment risk. While defined contribution plans have their own pros and cons, this post will be focusing on defined benefit plans only. Even though defined benefit plans don’t require much involvement on the employee side of things, it’s still important to understand how such a plan can benefit your retirement.


  • If plan is insured, the Pension Benefit Guaranty Company guarantees most if not all of the earned benefit if the employer can’t afford to pay
  • May offer cost of living adjustments
  • Tax-deferred savings
  • Assets are managed by professional money managers
  • No employee contributions and therefore no investment risk for the employee
  • Retirement benefit amount is known in advance
  • Survivor options available


  • Some plans don’t allow lump-sum payments
  • Benefits usually not payable until normal retirement age
  • Typically won’t benefit an employee that leaves employment prior to retirement
  • Employee has no control of investments
  • With no employee contributions, growth may be smaller compared to a defined contribution plan
  • More costly to administer for the employer

While the idea of a guaranteed income stream during retirement sounds wonderful, in reality, the defined benefit payments may not be enough to support the desired lifestyle in retirement. That said, retirees likely will have to utilize additional sources of income such as Social Security and/or withdrawals from the portfolio. For those that have access to a defined benefit plan, other savings accounts can be contributed to help supplement retirement income such as an IRA or non-qualified brokerage account. Determining a livable retirement budget is one of the most complex areas of financial planning. Thankfully our Lockheed Martin retirement specialists can help run the calculations for you, as we work with employees that have defined benefit and defined contribution plans alike. Visit our website to see how we can help you achieve the retirement you’ve always wanted!

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