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L-3 is a great strating point for a new college graduate.

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Former Employee - Software Engineer Intern in Camden, NJ
Former Employee - Software Engineer Intern in Camden, NJ

I worked at L-3 Communications

Pros

L-3 is a great strating point for a new college graduate.
They have a laid back atmosphere that encourages learning and innovation. Classes or training supporting your professional development are almost always approved. The company supports its employees on all levels making it an enjoyable place to work.(This may not hold true for all divisions). In the end, if it's the challenge you're looking for, there are not many company's in the midwest where you can work with cutting edge technology like you do at L-3.

Cons

Hours can be long and overall longtern job saticfaction seemed low.
This is a company loved by engineers, but if you're looking for vertical advancement, there is little room to move until someone retires.

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I like the direction that we are heading. The inter-division cooperation and development has been a huge benefit for everyone.

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  1. From it's employee friendly policies to it's challenging work. L-3 has the whole package.

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Engineer in Cincinnati, OH

    I have been working at L-3 Communications

    Pros

    L-3 has a laid back atmosphere that encourages learning and innovation. Classes or training supporting your professional development are almost always approved. The company supports its employees on all levels making it an enjoyable place to work.(This may not hold true for all divisions). In the end, if it's the challenge you're looking for, there are not many company's in the midwest where you can work with cutting edge technology like you do at L-3.

    Cons

    This is a company loved by engineers, but if you're looking for vertical advancement, there is little room to move until someone retires. The organization has remain very flat until recently. This maybe changing.

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    I like the direction that we are heading. The inter-division cooperation and development has been a huge benefit for everyone.

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  2. L-3 Communications has its plusses & minuses

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    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at L-3 Communications

    Pros

    Stable work environment: as another poster stated, layoffs are -really- a last resort.
    Solid treatment of employees: the HR staff is great in working to treat everyone fairly and work with employees to resolve any issues.
    Varied products: this L-3 group provides hardware, software, and combined products for aerospace and communications ranging from satellites to ground receivers.
    Decent work environment: all of the engineers I have worked with have a mutual respect for each other and a genuine goal of providing the customer with a useful product. The company is willing to invest in tools and techniques to make better products.

    Cons

    Confused product mix: there is no overall vision of what a product should be. Thus, products have varying interfaces and varying levels of "goodness."
    Constant overcommitments leads to constant firefighting: as with most engineering environments, this one is also understaffed compared to the work to be done, yet management doesn't want to miss an opportunity to book another order.
    Financially driven: while not necessarily a bad aspect of the business, the approach taken here is that most everything has to budgeted against a billable project. This means there is little room for imagination and exploration in making the products better and can be frustrating for creative engineers.
    Stuck in a rut: many of the employees have been with this company for a majority of its 40+ year history. Some employees are stuck in a rut and don't think of new ways to do their job. Recently, an improvement in the production line was introduced using technology that has been available for over 10 years!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Define your market: you cannot develop products for multiple markets using the same approach. Products for government programs need to be developed for a single customer. Commercial products need to responsive to multiple customers and the changing market. Pick which market the product belongs in and don't force the processes and controls that support one market onto products for the other market.
    Define your goals: the vision and quality goals are filled with vague statements. Make clear, achievable goals and avoid the "process du jour" mentality.
    Fix your financial focus: define what the goals are for each product line and let the teams meet those goals. Don't manage R&D as if it were your vendor.

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