L-3 Communications Reviews

Updated August 27, 2014
Updated August 27, 2014
654 Reviews

3.2
654 Reviews
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L-3 Communications Chairman, President and CEO Michael T. Strianese
Michael T. Strianese
259 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Pay is good, but they love to lowball you coming in and then you are stuck (in 32 reviews)

  • overall a good company that provides autonomy, good work-life balance (in 26 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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Soon to be former employee

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at L-3 Communications full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Large company with stable and generous benefits. Good training. Treat employees well. I have enjoyed the work there. Co-workers get along well; little drama.

    Cons

    In constant effort to maximize the dollar (that's why they're in business, after all), they downsize and merge within the company. Communications about such activities does not flow down until it directly affects the employee.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great company to work for and even great benefits.

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    Former Employee - Lead Tech  in  Madison, MS
    Former Employee - Lead Tech in Madison, MS

    I worked at L-3 Communications as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    L3 is a great place to work. Great pay and great coworkers.

    Cons

    With many upper management not being decisive, the employees on the Site level suffered. Too many chiefs!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management does not need all their hands in each other's pots!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    L-3 Communications, National Security Solutions is an excellent company.

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    Current Employee - Analyst  in  Honolulu, HI
    Current Employee - Analyst in Honolulu, HI

    I have been working at L-3 Communications as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    L-3 Communications, National Security Solutions has excellent dental, medical and retirement benefits for its employees. The team leader allows the employees to have a flexible work schedule which is very helpful for an employee who has either a dental or medical condition which requires several appointments every month. The company also provides excellent training for it's employees.

    Cons

    The office culture is not easy for employees who have never served in the military. Locating another position in the company once your contract has expired.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to improve it's communications with it's employees who are working in locations which are a long distance from the L-3 Communications, National Security Solutions headquarters in Reston, VA. Sometimes, L-3 Communications, National Security Solutions employees working in remote areas or areas far from the headquarters feel like they have been forgotten.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    10 Years and counting.

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    Current Employee - Analyst  in  Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Analyst in Arlington, VA

    I have been working at L-3 Communications full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Mgmt goes out of the way for those who try.

    Cons

    Starting running into Bidding wars.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Wonderful

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Intelligence Analyst  in  Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Intelligence Analyst in Arlington, VA

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

    Pros

    Took care of its people.

    Cons

    Frequent reorganizations, restructuring, leading to uncertainty.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great company and benefits

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, 9/80 schedule is available for some positions, decent pay

    Cons

    Very large company - sometimes you many feel just like a number unless you go above and beyond your job duties and maintain and friendly and positive attitude

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Training - more training classes available pertaining to job duties

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Overall Good Defense Contractor

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at L-3 Communications full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Very professional people in engineering department. Good pay. The work is exciting and challenging. So if you are willing to learn on your own you can make a big difference.

    Cons

    Very inexperienced management, mostly promoted within before they gained sufficient experience. Periods of feast or famine. Professional training must be done on your own because the company invests very minimally in training. Until recently the division has been able to avoid the layoff/rehire cycle that government contractors are pretty much forced into. That has pretty much ended now.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Master your trade before trying to manage it. Working on one or two successful programs is not sufficient. Decide what it is CSW does. Currently L-3 Communications CSW is a lot of seperate little "kingdoms" which often compete with each. Come up with a business plan and then communicate it too all employees. Here is how the company is going to make money.... Just like we flow down requirements, flow down the business plan.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Little respect for employees

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    Current Employee - Manufacturing  in  Greenville, TX
    Current Employee - Manufacturing in Greenville, TX

    I have been working at L-3 Communications full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Work is fairly stable, Time off is generous.

    Cons

    No room to grow, employees are disrespected, plocies change at the drop of a hat. They would like it more if the employees were robots. Unethical

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your employees are professionals... not 6th graders. Stop showing as much favoritism.

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

    Drama, alienating mentality

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    Former Employee - Graphic Designer  in  San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Graphic Designer in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    San Diego was nice a nice place.

    Cons

    The work environment was, bad. They had lots of drama, lots of petty behavior, and a clique mentality. They were more involved in gossip than getting work done on time. Expect lots of petty comments on both your work, and your personal life. I worked for a smaller company bought by L3 and was great, then they dissolved the contracts or just forgot about them, kept the people they wanted, transferring them to other offices.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    manage, don't micro manage, don't knee jerk, and learn to have your employees back instead of the company, at least some times. would be nice to feel like person and asset than a liability on a spreadsheet.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Constant search to figure out what will work to get employees engaged

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

    I have been working at L-3 Communications full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Competitive salary
    9/80 work schedule
    good middle management
    good benefits

    Cons

    The decision-making leadership tries to introduce too many products at the same time.
    Lots of talk about "TEAM" but the team is only 1 deep at each discipline and everyone is working on multiple projects.
    Efforts to create a dedicated a TEAM, alienate other employees when bonuses are handed out.
    STAR Bonuses demoralize other workers multiple times per year

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Set more realistic financial goals
    Improve the marketing plan understand who your customer is and what they want

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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