L-3 Communications

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L-3 Communications Reviews

Updated Jul 22, 2014
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3.1 626 reviews

68% Approve of the CEO

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

Michael T. Strianese

(251 ratings)

55% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Pay is good, but they love to lowball you coming in and then you are stuck(in 31 reviews)

  • overall a good company that provides autonomy, good work-life balance(in 25 reviews)


Cons
  • Good old boy network based upon nepotism and friends for advancement(in 13 reviews)

  • Good old boy network means that only the inner clique is included in anything(in 11 reviews)

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    dependable employment, great working management

    QA Inspector (Current Employee) Saint Petersburg, FL

    ProsBenefits and friendly environment and 401k

    ConsCut back on a lot to due down turn

    Advice to Senior ManagementNeed to pay more for aacheivements

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great

    Mechanical Design Co-Op (Former Employee) Greenville, TX

    Pros-excellent benefits
    -competitive pay
    -good work/life balance

    Cons-located in a small city

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Overall wonderful, challenging, and interesting work

    Software Engineer (Current Employee) Waco, TX

    ProsFelt respected from day one despite starting in an entry-level position. Was progressively handed more challenging and interesting projects in just a few months. Flex hours and paid over time are great(especially for a salaried position).

    ConsUpward mobility seems limited. At the Waco site, software engineers seem to be second-class citizens. Their intranet promises 100% funding for continued education(masters degree, etc), but there is actually a cap per year.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Interesting company, more of a holding company than a organized corporation

    Program Manager (Former Employee) Baltimore, MD

    ProsGenerous salaries (atleast in the DC area)`

    ConsAgain not Centrally organized thus internal competition is viscous between divisions.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep your employees informed

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    L-3 Corporation

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsResources are diverse, wide range of products, wide range of sites

    ConsGovernment contract work makes for some anxious times as everything restructures. Divisions are competitive for dollars even among other L-3 divisions. Work population is aging out and key skill sets are in danger of being lost. Mentoring programs and focus on long term goals is needed.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCommunication is KEY to success as well as face to face interaction with the down line. Understand the problems with the everyday work environment - what makes your employees productive/non productive.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    No big issues

    Network Administrator (Current Employee)

    ProsGood benefits, decent employee resources. Not too much overkill on training. Good holidays.

    ConsAverage pay, weird and anal about posting hours to various contracts in time sheets. Everything had to be done early with time estimation. Why not finish your work and record your actual time.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great company with excellent opportunities.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsStrong leadership team, great benefits and performance bonuses. Many opportunities to change culture to large company mindset and capabilities. Diverse group of talented individuals. Divisions keep a family feel and respect workers.

    ConsMediocre merit increases. Schedule pressures have caused quality issues. Many small companies versus a centralized company focus. Sustaining operations often override strategic drive, and innovation frequently defers to profit.

    Advice to Senior ManagementExpand and innovate. Increase the base instead of managing by attrition to meet profit goals. Do what it takes to attract and retain talent, across all departments.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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

    Helicopter Mechanic (Current Employee) Savannah, GA

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

    ConsManagement 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 Senior ManagementTake responsibility for the company instead of placing blame on the workers.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Engineer (Former Employee) Muskegon, MI

    Prosco workers, pay is OK.

    ConsUnethical 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 Senior ManagementGet someone who knows the business and the customers otherwise sell it or close the doors.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good company with a competitive benefits

    Engineer (Former Employee) San Diego, CA

    ProsThis is a technology based company who's core competence is government contracts. Employees are generally competent, hard working and professional. The company covers a very broad spectrum of technologies and expertise.

    ConsThe war has been good to L-3. The company has grown rapidly through acquisition of other government contract companies. Corporate L-3 is a holding company, L-3 is fragmented, a composite of 50 or so companies that function independently from each other. It was difficult to comply with many of the rules that came down from corporate because they were often not applicable to specific organizations applied out of context. It was not uncommon for two organizations to bid on the same contract.

    Advice to Senior ManagementChoose who you want to be as a company and unite your organizations.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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