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L-3 Communications Reviews

Updated Jul 13, 2014
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3.1 633 reviews

68% Approve of the CEO

L-3 Communications Chairman, President and CEO Michael T. Strianese

Michael T. Strianese

(252 ratings)

55% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Pay is good, but they love to lowball you coming in and then you are stuck (in 32 reviews)

  • overall a good company that provides autonomy, good work-life balance (in 26 reviews)


Cons
  • Good old boy network based upon nepotism and friends for advancement (in 13 reviews)

  • Good old boy network means that only the inner clique is included in anything (in 11 reviews)

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    Corporate management is floundering in trying times...no war, no clue!!!

    Operations (Former Employee)

    ProsCompensation and benefits are in line with other defense contractors. Kool-Aid drinkers can do well in this environment. Good company if you are on a "Three and Out" career advancement plan. Opportunities for fresh out of school engineers exist here, just not long term.

    ConsCompany structure is noticeably top heavy. Hiring "Subject Matter Experts"(you know the type...can't do the work, so they preach), for anything from screwing in a light bulb to 6S philosophy. Replacing sharp, talented, knowledgeable managers with clueless individuals from industries that have no shared skills is not the best use of time and money

    Advice to Senior ManagementRetain talented skilled employees and you won't need to reinvent the wheel. Many have tried and failed before you, why would you go down that path if you don't have a compass. The company would like to blame all of its poor performance on the defense spending, but they have been going down hill since Frank Lanza passes away back in 2006. The ensuing years since Lanza's passing has been a steady power struggle and lack of unified vision.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good employment but bad managing and good old boy atmosphere.

    Anonymous (Current Employee) Crestview, FL

    ProsGreat people to work with. Good pay for area. Good benefits. Learn a lot from just applying yourself and working in different areas.

    ConsManagement are liars. Hire in high paid people who have no skill in management. Good old boy atmosphere. If your married, related or dating someone in management you are safe from everything including lay offs. HIGH amount of lay-offs, then they hire in low paid replacements. Planners of jobs are terrible.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBefore you wipe the slate clean...get on the floor with your employees. Go to each area and LEARN the job and what happens in the area every day. Help figure out solutions to everyday problems. Just because you have a degree, does not mean you know what you're doing. There are hundreds of highly intelligent workers with no degree who have more knowledge on how to fix problems. LISTEN TO THEM!!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    OK company.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) San Diego, CA

    ProsBig company, room to move around, supposedly great benefits but I wouldn't know because logging in to the benefits site is so convoluted and rife with misinformation provided by HR reps that it's prohibitive.

    ConsAbsolute WORST HR (time keeping, benefits elections, company websites) process I've encountered in over 20 years in my industry.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFIX your computer systems/HR processes.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Lacking long term plans with no clear direction.

    Senior Software Engineer II (Current Employee) Arlington, TX

    ProsGreat customers, and peers, but upper management is to scared to make decisions that would make any change other than status-quot.

    ConsSmall work environment, no positive culture or carer growth training and opportunity

    Advice to Senior Management5 year plans that are clear to the lowest levels of employment and being open about goals in a receding market space would be invaluable.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsHR is willing to listen and work to fix problems within their area.

    ConsManagement tends not to listen to employees, seek short term goals instead of long term solutions, and are unwilling to change operating procedures.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGive leadership training to management and ensure they know their employees jobs, i.e. engineers do not comprehend production issues.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Was a really good company to work for.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Salt Lake City, UT

    ProsPay, 401 K, people, flex schedule, really depends what department you work in and who your business area manager is on the pro's.

    ConsManagement is not on the same page or have a strategic plan for the future...management tends to knee jerk, planning is not a strong suit. Now that there is not a war, contracts have been dwindling. This business relies on the military to have wars to stay in business. Right now, there is no war so the company is laying off and good employees are quitting looking for a better industry to work in.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThere is too many upper managers to watch over the lower level employees. Company is top heavy.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Downhill company

    Engineer (Current Employee) Salt Lake City, UT

    ProsBenefits are a perk while they last. Time-off is great.

    ConsManagement & constant government budget flux

    Advice to Senior ManagementCome out of a meeting or office and see what really happens in your departments

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Don't care about employees

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsLots to learn, great benefits, good reputation. Employees are great to work with, and typically team players. If you can get in with a good group or good division, it's a really great place to work.

    ConsIt's about who you know, not what you do. There's always drama. It feels like high school most days. Very very very low employee morale.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAct like you care about the people who work for you. If someone is bad at their job, don't reward them by giving them less to do, and punish the good people by piling up as much work as possible on them.
    If you start at the bottom, you'll probably stay there. Managers and higher up employees get great bonuses. If you are friends with any managers, you're job is pretty secure and you'll probably advance. There's no point in making ethics complaints, even as big of a deal as they make about their ethical policies. They are not handled most of the time, unless they were already looking for a reason to dismiss someone.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    OK place to start a career.

    Manufacturing Engineer (Former Employee) Greenville, TX

    ProsInteresting work. Large company and the hourly workers are great people. Starting pay is good for the area. Many positions require security clearance which can be a good addition to a resume. Frequently hires veterans.

    ConsAdvancement, especially for females or people who do not have family and/or friend in high places, is non-existent. Harassment complaints are not taken seriously by Human Resources. Management rearrangements are common and the good old boy network is alive and well. Engineers spend majority of their time performing duties that do not require engineering degrees.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPromotions and raises should be based on job performance. Take employee complaints seriously. Bring in more managers who are willing to break up the good old boys club. Invest more money into manufacturing tools and facility quality.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

     

    It's neutral. A job is a job

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat people, the building is comfortable. My manager really looks after her staff.

    ConsOther than my manager there isn't any overwhelming reason to work here. New update here, change notice there, boring technology.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou assume they would actually care. Here's what I overheard a manger say about these comments. Complainers and loafers. They should just shut up and move on. isnt that nice?

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