L-3 Communications Reviews

Updated October 29, 2014
Updated October 29, 2014
697 Reviews
3.2
697 Reviews
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L-3 Communications Chairman, President and CEO Michael T. Strianese
Michael T. Strianese
273 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Pay is good, but they love to lowball you coming in and then you are stuck (in 36 reviews)

  • overall a good company that provides autonomy, good work-life balance (in 27 reviews)


Cons
  • Good old boy network means that only the inner clique is included in anything (in 14 reviews)

  • Good old boy network of managers - many with roots in military (in 13 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Intern

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at L-3 Communications as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    Large company, great benefits, flexible

    Cons

    upper-management is tough to deal with

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve leadership or show a desire to cultivate younger staff

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Good company to work for.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Some development training. It is a good company to work for.

    Cons

    Government work that comes with annual fluctuating funds.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Software Engineer II

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer II in Arlington, TX
    Former Employee - Software Engineer II in Arlington, TX

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

    Pros

    You will work with lot of older talented and intelligent engineers. You will get to work on various interesting projects.

    Cons

    Building is very old but nothing else.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Overall, I had a very good experience at L-3. The people were great to work with, the benefits were generous, and the work facility was excellent.

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    Former Employee - RMA Coordinator in Ayer, MA
    Former Employee - RMA Coordinator in Ayer, MA

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

    Pros

    The people I worked with were wonderful. We all helped each other when there was a problem to be solved.

    Cons

    Sometimes, as with any corporation, change was slow since it had to go through many layers, (e.g. when a suggestion was made to improve systems or procedures). Also, once corporate decided your position was eliminated, you're gone rather quickly (as I was last year--laid off after five years with the company)!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your staff when you ask them for suggestions!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    (SLC, UT) Large Defense and Aerospace contractor with job versatility in communications engineering.

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Salt Lake City, UT
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Salt Lake City, UT

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

    Pros

    Engineering problems are challenging and promote good career development. Movement across groups and divisions is possible as change occurs. Lots of opportunity to network across the industry. Compensation is in many cases higher than average for the area. Great time-off policies and benefits.

    Cons

    The national economy is impacting growth at L-3 CSW. Several layoffs over the last 20 months.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    As skimming continues, hopefully the leadership/worker balance is not skewed any higher. Continue to look for way to try new tools. Moore's law in some ares could be working against you.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    i was a challenge

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    there were great people to work with

    Cons

    some times management get stressed and take it out on the employeees

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Change directors/high level executives and you will have an award winning company!!!

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at L-3 Communications

    Pros

    Great benefits, great product, many great people.

    Cons

    Just because you are a director doesn't mean you know everything. Wondering how some people got to those positions??

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep tabs on how directors and upper level management is performing!

  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good experience

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    I liked working at L-3 Communications. The pay was good, and so were the benefits. My work was interesting, and I got lots of good experience.

    Cons

    They are currently low on engineering work. That's why I got laid off. It is also kind of an impersonal company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None.

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Good teams. Seemingly indecisive C level management.

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    Former Employee - Embedded Software
    Former Employee - Embedded Software

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

    Pros

    Great teams. They get things done.

    Cons

    Defense budgets. C level management has questionable understanding of how to make their divisions work better together.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Figure out how to organize the divisions and stick with a plan for a period long enough to see some results.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    This company was more concerned with keeping investors happy and so looked more favorably upon sales than the federal gn

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    Former Employee - Senior Principal Engineer in Lexington Park, MD
    Former Employee - Senior Principal Engineer in Lexington Park, MD

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

    Pros

    good benefits and pay scale

    Cons

    Company had sections which did sales and so profit margin was larger for those areas than the federal government support groups which had a set profit margin, which was steady but not large enough for them thinking that investors want large profits. so they dumped the group and spun off as a different company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be careful what you ask for because you might just get it.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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