L-3 Communications

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L-3 Communications Reviews

Updated December 7, 2014
Updated December 7, 2014
727 Reviews
3.2
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L-3 Communications Chairman, President and CEO Michael T. Strianese
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Pros
  • Pay is good, but they love to lowball you coming in and then you are stuck (in 37 reviews)

  • overall a good company that provides autonomy, 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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    L3 Communications Tulsa

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New Tulsa, OK
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New Tulsa, OK

    I have been working at L-3 Communications

    Pros

    Military work. I honestly can't think of 20 good words for this place. Every valuable employee is searching for work elsewhere

    Cons

    Terrible leadership. No process improvement. no processes followed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Restructure. get better leadership. we are stuck reporting on the same thing over and over.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    SInking Ship!!!

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Better than average base compensation and internal career movement. Latest group of VPs are more open to personal and professional development. Also, there's the annual christmas party.

    Cons

    Poor office culture, lack of on-board training, too many political traps, lack of functional support, and no idea of what a "team" is. Every function works in a silo and doesn't communicate with anyone (even within the same department). No one wants to accept responsibility for anything. You're encouraged not to "rock the boat" or be aggressive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Every aspect of the division and company as a whole needs to be revisited. You need documented policies, standards, and procedures. If you're going to hold someone (at any level) to a standard, make sure they have all the proper tools and resources to implement and maintain that standard.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    No connection to HQ, Poor HR Support, LGBT Unfriendly

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wright Patterson AFB, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wright Patterson AFB, OH

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

    Pros

    High degree of local flexibility.

    Cons

    Left to our own device by HQ. Employee support infrastructure outdated. Near worst in industry for LGBTQ employees. No telecommuniting. 401k match is minimal. Employment is completely contract based (i.e. you're a cog for a particular contract)

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    L-3 Intern

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer Coop in Alpharetta, GA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer Coop in Alpharetta, GA

    I have been working at L-3 Communications full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    I love that you can go in wherever you want, as long as you work 40 hours a week. There is no cell phone policy, and everyone is really nice.

    Cons

    Hard to find work. I have to actively seek work. Management organization needs work, and there is lots of pressure on just a few key people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More training and have plans for people to work on. Work on good communication.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    One round, one kill

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Salt Lake City, UT
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Salt Lake City, UT

    I worked at L-3 Communications full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Very good pay and benefits. Good work environment. Great cafeteria on site. Good people.

    Cons

    I've never seen a company essentially put a shotgun in their mouth and pull the trigger before. L-3's implementation of SAP was perhaps the worst performance I've ever seen. Then upper management did everything short of actually lying to the customer to cover it up. The villains were promoted. The victims were fired or laid off. It was a text book example of what an excellent company would not do.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote people who actually do things that benefit the company. Provide a better work-life balance.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Good pay and benefits, but bad culture.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Stock Clerk in Corpus Christi, TX
    Former Employee - Stock Clerk in Corpus Christi, TX

    I worked at L-3 Communications full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The pay is good and the health benefits are excellent.

    Cons

    The culture is pretty horrible. There was lots of back-stabbing by people trying to empress the government employees with the hope of "getting in". Generally the employees are treated like dirt, which kind of leads to the need for the great health insurance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees like humans instead of robots.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Good work/life balance but lots of management issues

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Arlington, TX
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Arlington, TX

    I worked at L-3 Communications full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Most of the people there are really nice, good people. Lots of vacation time, holidays, and every other Friday off. The starting salary is usually good. Depending on the department you're in, there isn't usually a lot of overtime.

    Cons

    The salary doesn't keep pace with the market unless you change job titles (and then not always). The promotions can be very low (5% raise). Management plays the blame game and allows some hostile behavior from some of the workers. There's not a lot of opportunity for career advancement. There's a 'big brother' browser that's used to browse the internet that really slows down your productivity and even prevents you from using web sites that you need to do your job. Most of the work is really behind in technology which can make it hard to move on to another job. Also, some of the workforce is hostile to change (like using new technologies).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It lowers moral when people feel like no matter how good their work is or how much they improve, their raise is limited by policy. It's also discouraging that your supervisor has very little say (if any) in the amount of your raise. Management should set an example to not play blame games and they should DO something about people that are hostile or consistently causing problems. When watching our ethics/harassment videos, most people could identify someone in the company that was doing the exact problems in each video. Showing a video is not enough for the cultural shift that needs to take place.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Below Par

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at L-3 Communications

    Pros

    The work environment is pretty laid back, workweeks are rarely over 40 hours.

    Cons

    The management is terrible.
    Upper management is too far removed from the lower levels.
    Tons of red tape, policies, and prescribed and inefficient work checklists you are required to follow.
    The salaries are awful.
    No training whatsoever, and you'll be penalized by management when you aren't trained and don't know how to do something.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train your employees.
    Pay them more.
    If you should have remained a technical engineer, please don't go into management because you are terrible at it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Little respect for employees

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manufacturing in Greenville, TX
    Current Employee - Manufacturing in Greenville, TX

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

    Pros

    Work is fairly stable, Time off is generous.

    Cons

    No room to grow, employees are disrespected, plocies change at the drop of a hat. They would like it more if the employees were robots. Unethical

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your employees are professionals... not 6th graders. Stop showing as much favoritism.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Drama, alienating mentality

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Graphic Designer in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Graphic Designer in San Diego, CA

    I worked at L-3 Communications full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    San Diego was nice a nice place.

    Cons

    The work environment was, bad. They had lots of drama, lots of petty behavior, and a clique mentality. They were more involved in gossip than getting work done on time. Expect lots of petty comments on both your work, and your personal life. I worked for a smaller company bought by L3 and was great, then they dissolved the contracts or just forgot about them, kept the people they wanted, transferring them to other offices.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    manage, don't micro manage, don't knee jerk, and learn to have your employees back instead of the company, at least some times. would be nice to feel like person and asset than a liability on a spreadsheet.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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