L-3 Communications
3.1 of 5 614 reviews
www.l-3com.com New York, NY 5000+ Employees

L-3 Communications Reviews

Updated Jul 8, 2014
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3.1 614 reviews

                             

69% Approve of the CEO

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

Michael T. Strianese

(248 ratings)

56% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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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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    Room for Improvement

    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

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    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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    So much potential, but so little respect for their employees

    Aircraft Mechanic (Current Employee)
    Greenville, TX

    Pros* Great benefits
    * Pay is very competitive
    * Some of the most dedicated employees in the aviation industry

    Cons* "Be thankful you have a job" is a favorite quote of management and staff.
    * If you want an opportunity to advance, you will need to leave and then come back.
    * The Good Ol' Boy network is very much alive and well at L-3 in Greenville, regardless of any
      previous experience you may have, they refuse to utilize it. Instead, they insure that their "chosen
      few" be afforded all the jobs that get them "on-the-spot awards" and everyone else is given the dirty
      work.
    * Will pressure employees into working overtime.

    Advice to Senior Management* Listen to your people. . . They may actually know what they are talking about!
    * Stop basing your schedule on your employees working 6 or 7 days a week, we have families just
      like you do!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Having a Hard Time

    Project Manager (Current Employee)
    West Valley City, UT

    ProsThe benefits are good. When I began working there years ago the benefits were better (eg. Tuition reimbursement, sick leave, insurance); however, over the years with the shrinking defense budget many of those benefits have been lessened or taken away.

    ConsThe company is so dependent on the defense budget that it has seen a large decline in business over the past few years causing numerous RIFs. However, it seems that the layers of middle management have increased causing low morale with independent contributors. The company has a lot of challenges ahead and I'm not so confident that they will weather the storm and come out stronger on the other side. They are definitely having a difficult time.

    Advice to Senior ManagementConsider the amount of bureaucracy that is being created with all of the management levels and how that is viewed during times of business downturns.

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

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