L-3 Communications

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L-3 Communications Reviews

Updated December 9, 2014
Updated December 9, 2014
725 Reviews
3.2
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L-3 Communications Chairman, President and CEO Michael T. Strianese
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Review Highlights

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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  1.  

    Schedule is the only thing that matters

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    Former Employee - Quality Engineer in Salt Lake City, UT
    Former Employee - Quality Engineer in Salt Lake City, UT

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

    Pros

    Lower level employees are great to work with.

    Cons

    Management is 97% focused on next quarters earnings. Program managers force discrepant product to be shipped. Design engineers lack experience and effective mentoring.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    More concerned with their bonuses then their employees

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    Former Employee - Talented Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Talented Employee in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at L-3 Communications full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Nothing. Nada. Ní dhéanfaidh aon ní. Nichts. Rien.

    Cons

    I worked for L-3 SPD for over 10 years and the entire upper management are clueless. They laid-off employees prior to age 55 so they wouldn't have to paid little if any retirement. Laid-off other employees based on their personal preferences. If you had over 10 years of seniority, you were gone. Upper management was more concerned with hopping in the sack to climb the corporate ladder then to realize how talented their employees were. The biggest event all year was when the bonuses were given out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give up.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    If you want to be a number on a list then this is the place for you.

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    Current Employee - Helicopter Mechanic in Savannah, GA
    Current Employee - Helicopter Mechanic in Savannah, GA

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

    Pros

    Benefits are adequate and HR issues are handled in a somewhat timely fashion.

    Cons

    Management does not care who you are unless you are a family member. Micro-management at its finest. Unrealistic time constraints on government projects while undermanned in an industry that can and has cost people their lives. Poor communication, poor compensation for experience level and even though human factors are preached, they are not practiced. No accountability for upper management on a site level.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take responsibility for the company instead of placing blame on the workers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Engineer

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Muskegon, MI
    Former Employee - Engineer in Muskegon, MI

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

    Pros

    co workers, pay is OK.

    Cons

    Unethical and extremely unprofessional. Worst HR I have ever seen. All of senior management is newer and does not know the business. All have been friends of someone to get in and then think they walk on water. No one held responsible, President won't go into the assembly plant, doesn't care about anything other than trying to show improvements to loosing money. No ownership, no responsibility.

    No career opportunities.

    Engineers leaving in droves.

    No flex time, doesn't work for families with children needing childcare and time to drop off and pick up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get someone who knows the business and the customers otherwise sell it or close the doors.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    It is not a pleasant place to work!

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    Former Employee - Senior Manufacturing Process Engineer in Richmond, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Manufacturing Process Engineer in Richmond, CA

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

    Pros

    Place is located in California and weather and area is nice for live.

    Cons

    Management consistently under bids jobs and blames the engineers for cost over run. Company over all has a moral problem. Company is full of incompetent managers who were promoted by personal connections rather than merit.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management need to remove most of the middle manager from their positions and reorganize the site to reduce cost and focus on new product development. Since the site is in California they are unable to compete with cheap optics made in Asia. Management is unable to focus the R&D on new product development. They keep making ashperic parts and are unable to reduce cost to compete with new companies making asphers cheaper and rapidly.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Poor Management and communication!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The pay is good but its contract work.

    Cons

    Management gives direction but no methods or instructions of how they want things accomplished. They dont act on their own ethical principles, but expect you to in return. They are quick to shoot first then ask questions later.The "Good old boy" network is well in effect with this company. they let their personal feelings affect their judgement of good hard working people. If you stand up for yourself, you get laidoff or fired.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    it doesnt matter, they never listen. if its not about the dollar, its not their concern. They should work on improving their leadership and not just relocate management from other L-3 failed sites. They should provide leadership training, and work toward improvement through their people and take a hard look at upper management which never seems to change, but they stay constant.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Very poorly managed company

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    Former Employee - Avionics Mechanical in Lexington, KY
    Former Employee - Avionics Mechanical in Lexington, KY

    I worked at L-3 Communications full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    None that are very positive

    Cons

    Extremely poorly managed location at Lexington KY

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Middle level management unable to make good decisions

  9.  

    L-3 is just OK

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    Former Employee - Electronics Technician in Tampa, FL
    Former Employee - Electronics Technician in Tampa, FL

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

    Pros

    Office culture, training, personal growth

    Cons

    don't care about you. lousy pay, no room for advancement

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    PM needs to show he actually cares about what we do.

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

    Publicly traded company that has no idea and little concerns for it's employees.

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    Former Employee - Program Manager in Colorado Springs, CO
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Colorado Springs, CO

    I worked at L-3 Communications full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    At Division level there are some good people but they have been there so long and have become entranced in the "ROAD" attitude.

    Cons

    Where to start, Presidents of Divisions lie directly to your face, they cannot keep their word, they misrepresent the positions, they misrepresent the status of the projects. Above that level being publicly traded they just see employees as expendable and when they NO CLUE about the type of projects they go under contract for and admit that yet they will NOT ALLOW true professionals to do their job and guide them ahead, It's a waste do time and effort. From the CEO down through the 5 next Presidents in the company they are arrogant and disconnected from reality

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wake up you have Division Presidents that have no clue what they are doing in construction operations management or they fact the lie directly to people hired and misrepresent the status of projects. Also when they use verbal abuse as a tool of power and narcissism what does that say about those above them? When policies and protocols are broken and admittedly so you CANNOT preach to them as the Bible. Customer care and service is lost between the directives driven by profit.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    L-3 take a good look at the offered salary before you work here because there is alot to deal with

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    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in Alpharetta, GA
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in Alpharetta, GA

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

    Pros

    The pay was above average for the area. The vacation policy was nice 3 weeks per year. The personal/sick leave was 2 weeks per year.

    Cons

    Where do I start. L-3 was a sink or swim environment and first job out of college. My first project all they told me id be working on X project. I wasn't told who else i was working with, where any files for the project was were stored, given a budget, given a time line, any guidelines,best L-3 standards or L-3 practices. I didn't even have the software to start. My manager acted like he was bothered when i mentioned this and it took IT two weeks just to install cadence. I wasn't told what other engineers had any experience in my project so i had no idea who to ask for help. It was also difficult because i had no idea what the engineers did. There was no hierchy chart.

    There is no real collaborative effort among engineers and periodic layoffs. Senior engineers dont want to interact or help younger engineers because if a younger engineer can do it cheaper, the senior engineer will get laid off next go round. You'd walk down the hallway and smile and say good morning to other engineers and most would just ignore you.

    Equipment was antiquated. We were a video display company but didn't have the money to buy video bus analyzers.

    The work environment was such that everyone was constantly putting out fires, working behind the eightball and never enough support from engineering program managers. The EPMs didnt really care about your issues until a deadline was near and it effected there bonuses. At that point it meant you working overtime and weekends. There was also a culture of blame and pointing fingers instead of collaboration and support.

    I also had to constantly ask for work from my manager. When he didn't have any id go to EPMs looking for work.

    The Joint Program Office was investing L-3 on why contract work wasnt getting done. This was in conjuction of larger investigation into the overbudget and delays JSF F-35 program in general.

    Even daily business practices were antiquated. To get an engineering change notice you had to print out a piece of paper and walk it around to people on the program. Good luck finding out who that was and getting it done in a timely manner. Most people were reassigned at some point and didn't know what was going on and sighned anyway or other poeple would forget about it on there desk.

    another con was constant reassignment of people on projects and layoffs and people quitting meant that there was no consistantcy on projects and people never knew what was going on.

    At a small company not much room for career growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management doesn't listen to advice. Deloitte consulting was hired to help make the company more efficient and general improvement of business practices. Management incorporated nothing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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