L-3 Communications
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L-3 Communications Reviews in Camden, NJ

Updated Jan 20, 2014
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2.8 8 reviews

                             

75% Approve of the CEO

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

Michael T. Strianese

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    Your Normal Defense Contractor

    Senior Software Engineer (Former Employee)
    Camden, NJ

    ProsAble to do meaningful work for my country

    ConsChange is very slow at this company when things aren't going well.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Lots of flexibility, but lots of downsides that come with it

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Camden, NJ

    ProsFlexible Hours
    Easy to get vacation time off
    Fair Starting Pay
    Good benefits before the market crash
    Generally very nice people

    ConsThe processes are fruitless much of the time and they NEVER END.
    The engineering union has no bargaining power and gets pushed around by the company.
    Raises are always around half of actual inflation, making you poorer every year.
    Few people in HR are actually there to be on the employee's side; the only one that was got laid off.
    Depending on your discipline of engineering, the type of work can be truly monotonous and you wonder why a high-schooler isn't getting paid minimum wage for what you are doing. You can get dumber as time goes on while working there, until you are trapped and no other companies want you because you were not able to keep your skills sharp.
    Plenty of other things to complain about, but it isn't worth my time. Honestly.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFor the local management in the Camden office specifically (those left, anyway), process is meant to be a guideline, not an iron fist. When it is constantly hurting the bottom line, process needs to incorporate flexibility or be temporarily thrown out in favor of a more meaningful approach for that situation. There is no such thing as the optimum or ideal process. That's why humans have something called judgement. We can make the better choices that a document cannot. Simply amending processes each time a new issue arises brings us to only one result - creating a new problem in another area while making the overall process yet even MORE complicated and difficult to follow. In the end, that means internal barriers to success all over the company.

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    Dark clouds descending

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Camden, NJ

    ProsInteresting work in Defense industry. Some real James Bond-type projects.

    Cons5 reduction in forces within the last 18 months is not some place with a future.

    Even though managers say they will provide input for your year-end performance, it is not mandatory ("Just because they said 'yes' doesn't mean you can hold them to it").

    Advice to Senior ManagementThings were so much better when the late Frank Lanza was running the show. Sadly, when he passed away, the bean counters took over and drove the company right into the ground.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Frustrating but can be rewarding

    Systems Engineer (Current Employee)
    Camden, NJ

    ProsOpportunity to work with some very talented people. You get every other Friday off. Work with some pretty neat technology. Relaxed atmosphere.

    ConsLevel of raises are very low. Hard to move up in company. The food is awful in the cafeteria. The work is very VERY slow.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNeed to reduce a LOT more overhead. A lot less micromanagement. Smaller teams, smaller projects, lower overhead, lower costs. Keep together good people that work well with one another.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Overall good place to work

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Camden, NJ

    ProsGood facilty located close to a major city. Includes a fitness center, cafeteria and medical facility. The location is accessible from either NJ or PA side of the river using by train.

    ConsAlthough the facility is in a decent part of town the surrounding area is a poor inner city (Camden). Comign an going late at night can be of concern.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe upper management needs to transition. The heritage goes back over 100 years so they tend to be reistatant to change.

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

    Software Engineer Intern (Former Employee)
    Camden, NJ

    ProsL-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.

    ConsHours 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.

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Being an Engineer at L-3 Communications

    Senior Member Engineering Staff (Current Employee)
    Camden, NJ

    Prosopportunity to learn about security engineering;
    if you are lucky enough to be on an interesting program, the work can be **very** interesting and a great opportunity for professional growth;
    on-site fitness center;
    engineers have a union: ASPEP;
    9/80 work schedule: work 80 hours in 9 days and take every other Friday off

    Conslots of process, which can stifle creativity
    top heavy, with respect to management
    not much interesting work to go around
    matrix management makes engineers feel like a cog in a big machine
    the company reputation is "guns for hire"

    Advice to Senior Managementthe waterfall process does not work
    improve communications within a given program
    focus on hiring talented engineers
    encourage creativity and inovation
    remove bureaucratic process that stifles good engineering

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Loved my job

    Administrative Assistant (Former Employee)
    Camden, NJ

    Prosthe people. Great co-workers and senior management was very approachable. Loved the location despite being in Camden. It was easy to get to. Got an adequate raise every year and received positive feedback when I went out of my way to do a good job. Felt respected by the majority of senior management. AND they have a beautiful gym and cafeteria which is utilized by many employees at all times of the day.

    Consnot enough consideration given employees for work/life balance. Human resources is simply a department to allow some bad managers the opportunity to mistreat and disrespect some employees

    Advice to Senior ManagementExhibit a little less nepotiism when making hiring and lay off decisions.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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