L-3 Communications Reviews

Updated August 13, 2015
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L-3 Communications Chairman, President and CEO Michael T. Strianese
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Pros
  • Starting pay is good for the area (in 37 reviews)

  • Overall, it is a positive environment with good work-life balance (in 28 reviews)

Cons
  • Good old boy network means that only the inner clique is included in anything (in 16 reviews)

  • Good old boy network of managers - many with roots in military (in 14 reviews)

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  1. Right Department

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    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Grunt in Tempe, AZ
    Current Contractor - Grunt in Tempe, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at L-3 Communications as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Schedule is great for most departments. Easy work

    Cons

    Depending on department you can be stuck because of Leads

    Advice to Management

    Needs to be more review on leads.. Or a comfortable place to voice concerns or issue without fearing of being fired or have a negative impact on raise.


  2. Multi aircraft platform experience.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Systems Test Engineer in Waco, TX
    Current Employee - Systems Test Engineer in Waco, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at L-3 Communications (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Health care Benefits are near the top of industry standards. In most instances the work schedules are also very flexible. There are also a wide variety of aircraft and programs on site which allows engineers to broaden their experience.

    Cons

    There have been a lot of top level management changes lately. Unfortunately those top level changes have yet to yield any results at the lower levels. This lack change has led to key personnel moving outside the company.

    Advice to Management

    A serious shuffle needs to occur to change the overall culture of the site. New personnel need to be put in place and policy changes must occur quickly for this site to survive and thrive. The right people are in place at the very top, now it needs to flow down. Moral is sinking quickly.


  3. Helpful (2)

    Company downsizing/in managerial transition

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Hands on work, where will still build in house. Lots of technical tasks and the company allows freedom to explore technical solutions, building own servers, etc.

    Cons

    Space business and government sector slowing down. Not lots of potential growth in the present markwt/format we operate in ... most tasks are production and manufacturing focused for the near term and a little more

    Advice to Management

    Lots of great minds at the company who work hard, but lack of vision and understanding at the top from new management leaves everyone confused and disorganized.


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  5. Dissatisfied

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Aircraft Electrician in Greenville, TX
    Current Employee - Aircraft Electrician in Greenville, TX
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at L-3 Communications full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great pay and benefits. The company provides all tools and consumable. Easy pace.

    Cons

    Unless you are one of the Good 'Ole Boys, you will not be promoted. Management will bend over backwards for customer, but no one else.

    Advice to Management

    Quit focusing only on the bottom line. Practice what you preach about ethics.


  6. Slowly dying

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Salt Lake City, UT
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Salt Lake City, UT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at L-3 Communications part-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    People try to get the job done despite lack of proper training and working tools. Many of them are competent and some are excellent.

    Cons

    Most of the good people have left or been RIF'ed. Executive management don't want to hear reality - just that we're going to meet this quarter's numbers... no accountability for their decisions (or lack thereof). Promotions based on who you're related to, while competent people are ignored or let go.

    Advice to Management

    Strategy should be more than making this quarter's numbers.


  7. L-3 Gov

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good people in lower management back then

    Cons

    Contracts so competitive work did not last


  8. Don

    Former Employee - Financial Analyst
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst

    Pros

    You start off with 3 weeks vacation and two weeks sick time. You have every other Friday off.

    Cons

    Management is very indecisive and the company is disorganized with no policies or procedures in place.


  9. Unfortunately, L-3 has the jobs

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at L-3 Communications full-time

    Pros

    The main 'Pro' for L-3 stems from the fact they won the contract to provide intelligence analytic support to the Central Command Intelligence Directorate. Basically, they have the jobs. The benefits package is competitive.

    Cons

    L-3 has embraced the 'second class citizen' outlook of the defense contractor when compared to government civilians. If L-3 hires you in Tampa to work at CENTCOM, you need to understand you will make significantly less money than your government civilian counterparts even if you are more qualified and industrious.

    Advice to Management

    Increase employment compensation to where your employees are at least on the same standard of living as their government counterparts. You run the risk of creating a situation where your employees are constantly vacating their positions.


  10. Used to be great.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at L-3 Communications full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great Salary. They pay higher salary than most.

    Cons

    There will be no promotions in house. If your manager leaves they will only hire from the outside. No room for growth.

    Advice to Management

    Don't allow engineering to run the entire company.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Mediocrity

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Greenville, TX
    Current Employee - Engineer in Greenville, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at L-3 Communications full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Decent pay, occasional financial incentive to perform, mostly good people

    Cons

    I work within the Mission Integration Division located in Greenville TX. This facility is in the middle of nowhere so if you enjoy the metropolis prepare for a long daily commute. The management has done away with Flex Time policies (despite what their recruiting personnel tout). It seems this division is slowly outsourcing any development so if you're someone looking to blaze an innovation trail look elsewhere. Infrastructure is dilapidated (mold, asbestos, flooding, sewage, etc..). The cafeteria is outsourced to Aramark who serves out overpriced school cafeteria grade food & forget about going out for lunch when you have a 10 minute walk to your vehicle and the only options in town are a Chilis, Chick Fil' A, & a handful of Tex Mex restaurants.

    Advice to Management

    Retire, double down on Xanax, or quit letting good people leave.



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