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L-3 Communications Reviews

Updated July 13, 2014
Updated July 13, 2014
650 Reviews

3.2
650 Reviews
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L-3 Communications Chairman, President and CEO Michael T. Strianese
Michael T. Strianese
258 Ratings

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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  1.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Operations
    Former Employee - Operations

    Pros

    Compensation 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.

    Cons

    Company 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 ManagementAdvice

    Retain 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Good employment but bad managing and good old boy atmosphere.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous  in  Crestview, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Crestview, FL

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Management 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 ManagementAdvice

    Before 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!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    OK company.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

    Pros

    Big 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.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    FIX your computer systems/HR processes.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Lacking long term plans with no clear direction.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer II  in  Arlington, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer II in Arlington, TX

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Room for Improvement

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Was a really good company to work for.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Salt Lake City, UT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Salt Lake City, UT

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Management 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Downhill company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer  in  Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - Engineer in Salt Lake City, UT

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Management & constant government budget flux

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Come out of a meeting or office and see what really happens in your departments

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Don't care about employees

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Lots 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.

    Cons

    It'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 ManagementAdvice

    Act 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    OK place to start a career.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Engineer  in  Greenville, TX
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Greenville, TX

    Pros

    Interesting 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.

    Cons

    Advancement, 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 ManagementAdvice

    Promotions 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    It's neutral. A job is a job

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You 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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