L-3 Communications Reviews

8 reviews filtered by
  • Camden, NJ
  • Any Job Title
2.7
8 Reviews
Rating Trends
Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
L-3 Communications Chairman, President and CEO Michael T. Strianese
Michael T. Strianese
4 Ratings

8 Employee Reviews

Sort: Popular Rating Date
  1. Your Normal Defense Contractor

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Camden, NJ
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Camden, NJ

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

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

    Pros

    Able to do meaningful work for my country

    Cons

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

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Camden, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Camden, NJ

    I worked at L-3 Communications

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

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

    Cons

    The 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 Management

    For 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.

  3. Dark clouds descending

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Camden, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Camden, NJ

    I worked at L-3 Communications

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

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

    Cons

    5 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 Management

    Things 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.

  4. Is this helpful? The community relies on everyone sharing – Add Anonymous Review


  5. Frustrating but can be rewarding

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Camden, NJ
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Camden, NJ

    I have been working at L-3 Communications

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Level 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 Management

    Need 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.

  6. Overall good place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Camden, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Camden, NJ

    I have been working at L-3 Communications

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good 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.

    Cons

    Although 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 Management

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

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer Intern in Camden, NJ
    Former Employee - Software Engineer Intern in Camden, NJ

    I worked at L-3 Communications

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    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.

    Advice to Management

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

  8. Being an Engineer at L-3 Communications

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Member Engineering Staff in Camden, NJ
    Current Employee - Senior Member Engineering Staff in Camden, NJ

    I have been working at L-3 Communications

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    opportunity 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

    Cons

    lots 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 Management

    the 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

  9. Loved my job

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Camden, NJ
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Camden, NJ

    I worked at L-3 Communications

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    the 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.

    Cons

    not 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 Management

    Exhibit a little less nepotiism when making hiring and lay off decisions.

L-3 Communications Photos

Reston, VA headquarters of L-3 Communications (Photo thanks to Flickr user Matthew and Tracie, available under by-nc-nd/2.0)
SATCOM compound

+ Add Photo

Work at L-3 Communications? Share Your Experiences

L-3 Communications

 
Click to Rate
or

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.