L-3 Communications

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L-3 Communications Reviews

Updated October 17, 2014
Updated October 17, 2014
686 Reviews
3.2
686 Reviews
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L-3 Communications Chairman, President and CEO Michael T. Strianese
Michael T. Strianese
269 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.  

    Good teams. Seemingly indecisive C level management.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  2.  

    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
  3.  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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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  5.  

    Awesome growth experience

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Web Developer in Shreveport, LA
    Current Employee - Web Developer in Shreveport, LA

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

    Pros

    Challenging work, really smart colleagues, generous compensation

    Cons

    Most programs dependent on federal funding

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    L3 Job Offer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at L-3 Communications full-time

    Pros

    Great medical and sign on bonuses

    Cons

    Not much around the area in terms of hobbies or social.

    Recommends
  7.  

    Good company

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at L-3 Communications

    Pros

    It's about average Pay and benefits, people

    Cons

    At the mercy of the government contracts

  8.  

    Great Company for Design Engineers

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - FPGA Design Engineer in Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - FPGA Design Engineer in Salt Lake City, UT

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

    Pros

    Note: this applies to CSW in Salt Lake City
    - Tons of vacation
    - Flexible 9/80 or 4/10 work weeks
    - Design Management is great - little to no politics, they will respond to requests for what type of projects you want to work.
    - People I work with are great. There's really only one guy I don't like.

    Cons

    - Business has been going way down lately. Regular layoffs for the last 18 months. Mainly due to the wars going down.
    - Hostile HR department. I think their job during the good times was to scare off talent. Constantly trying to wrest control from managers for management decisions.
    - Lame IT policies. You are not allowed to check any internet based webmail like Gmail or Hotmail. No control over your computer.
    - EnCompass - the "sweet" (sarcasm) new system that cost us hundreds of millions of dollars to implement, and is now so unwieldy that it's impossible to DO any business. It has been a massive debacle.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Drive technology. This applies to every aspect of the company. I didn't see a culture that pushed engineering or innovation. We didn't really go for talent, just bodies. Next time a mediocre engineer goes somewhere else to get an offer, don't cower down and match it; send a message and let them leave. Make the good engineers and good programs more visible. Give incentives for engineers to come up with good ideas in addition to meeting budget and schedule. We rested on our laurels for too long while things were fat, and now we have a culture that just expects the money to roll in.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Good

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Test Engineer in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Test Engineer in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Great co-workers, good benefits, willing to reassign employees, valuable, excellent place to work

    Cons

    Management, resolving issues, moral, backbiting, not supportive

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to represent your employees and show that you are meeting there needs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Excellent experience and great technology, but lacking in leadership.

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

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

    Pros

    Excellent experience and great technology.

    Cons

    Upper management is truly lacking in leadership.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of nepotism

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Had tremendous potential. Very interesting and rewarding opportunities and projects to work on.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Chantilly, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Chantilly, VA

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

    Pros

    Competitive salary and benefits.
    Very interesting and rewarding opportunities and projects to work on.

    Cons

    Decision making authority and responsibilities do not always match.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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