L-3 Communications

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L-3 Communications Reviews

Updated November 26, 2014
Updated November 26, 2014
712 Reviews
3.2
712 Reviews
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L-3 Communications Chairman, President and CEO Michael T. Strianese
Michael T. Strianese
277 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Pay is good, but they love to lowball you coming in and then you are stuck (in 37 reviews)

  • overall a good company that provides autonomy, good work-life balance (in 28 reviews)


Cons
  • Good old boy network means that only the inner clique is included in anything (in 16 reviews)

  • Good old boy network of managers - many with roots in military (in 14 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great

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    Current Employee - Vertex Aerospace
    Current Employee - Vertex Aerospace

    I have been working at L-3 Communications full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Well organized and has a great vision

    Cons

    none...loved working there and the people

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    A conglomeration of 60+ businesses and cultures

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Vice President in Jacksonville, FL
    Former Employee - Vice President in Jacksonville, FL

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

    Pros

    Large, diverse, stable company with big company benefits

    Cons

    L-3 buys up companies and slowly integrates them into the standards of the larger corporation. This results in a long period of constant, distracting change and the potential for cultural clash. Opportunities are largely driven by the health of the specific business unit.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Senior Systems Engineer

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at L-3 Communications

    Pros

    Great opportunities for advancement in a variety of jobs.

    Cons

    There are no cons worth mentioning.

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  5.  

    L-3 Communications is a good and decent employer.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Salt Lake City, UT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Salt Lake City, UT

    I worked at L-3 Communications full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    A pro is the flexible work schedule.

    Cons

    A con is the environment is repressive.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Good

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at L-3 Communications full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits, work life balance

    Cons

    not very challenging, too much dead weight

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Good Job

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Graphic Specialist in Virginia Beach, VA
    Former Employee - Graphic Specialist in Virginia Beach, VA

    I worked at L-3 Communications full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good training, opportunities to go, and compensation.

    Cons

    Work was not stable, upper management didn't seem to care about our branch

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider your employees more.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    L-3 Westwood thrives in chaos, doesn't learn from mistakes, and doesn't reward hard work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineering in Tulsa, OK
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineering in Tulsa, OK

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

    Pros

    Benefits are good.

    Cons

    Terrible work-life balance.
    Core values are never adhered to.
    Upper management uses intimidation and threats to get work done.
    Telling the truth to the customer (the Government) doesn't seem important.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit throwing good people under the bus because of your poor planning.
    Use continuous improvement process instead of making the same bad mistakes over and over.
    Learn motivational and effective leadership skills.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Good company, but exec level needs slight changes

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at L-3 Communications full-time

    Pros

    Great people that worked there for a long time. Some of the executive staff is very approachable and willing to work on issues. Very skilled individuals in manufacturing, QA, and engineering.

    Cons

    97% of business is military and company struggling to get in commercial market. Lots of programs lost or cut. Business decisions are very near term and company operates like accounting firm. Severely understaffed and teams driven to work 6 days a week for months with no overtime.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Display systems need a few audits and morale checks.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    L-3 Intern

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer Coop in Alpharetta, GA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer Coop in Alpharetta, GA

    I have been working at L-3 Communications full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    I love that you can go in wherever you want, as long as you work 40 hours a week. There is no cell phone policy, and everyone is really nice.

    Cons

    Hard to find work. I have to actively seek work. Management organization needs work, and there is lots of pressure on just a few key people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More training and have plans for people to work on. Work on good communication.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    One round, one kill

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Salt Lake City, UT
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Salt Lake City, UT

    I worked at L-3 Communications full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Very good pay and benefits. Good work environment. Great cafeteria on site. Good people.

    Cons

    I've never seen a company essentially put a shotgun in their mouth and pull the trigger before. L-3's implementation of SAP was perhaps the worst performance I've ever seen. Then upper management did everything short of actually lying to the customer to cover it up. The villains were promoted. The victims were fired or laid off. It was a text book example of what an excellent company would not do.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote people who actually do things that benefit the company. Provide a better work-life balance.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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