L-3 Communications Reviews

Updated April 26, 2015
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L-3 Communications Chairman, President and CEO Michael T. Strianese
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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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  1. Contract Administrator

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    Former Employee - Contract Administrator in Rowlett, TX
    Former Employee - Contract Administrator in Rowlett, TX

    I worked at L-3 Communications full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great teamwork throughout the company.

    Cons

    Some politics that are not needed.

    Advice to Management

    Treat employees as you wish to be treated.

  2. Helpful (1)

    Mechanical Design Engineer

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    Current Employee - Mechanical Design Engineer in Greenville, TX
    Current Employee - Mechanical Design Engineer in Greenville, TX

    I have been working at L-3 Communications full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Many great people to work and learn from. Challenging environment. Obtaining Secret Clearance.

    Cons

    No direct paths for career development. Yearly salary raises aren't really determined off of performance

    Advice to Management

    Provide incentives for working harder, better, and more efficiently/ effectively

  3. Helpful (1)

    great learning experience

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at L-3 Communications

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The opportunity to learn while doing the work

    Cons

    The commute is to long

    Advice to Management

    Security is overbearing

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  5. engineer

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at L-3 Communications

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    good place to work for

    Cons

    layoffs have been going of for two years

  6. Program Manager

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    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Dallas, TX

    I worked at L-3 Communications

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Aggressive in business development and pursuits. Many solid technology/DoD products.

    Cons

    Behaves as first tier Defense company but integration of the many business units still lagging.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize niche as mezzanine technology product supplier and dispense with "RTN-like" business practices.

  7. Desktop Support

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    Current Employee - Desktop Support in Greenville, TX
    Current Employee - Desktop Support in Greenville, TX

    I have been working at L-3 Communications full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great starting point, decent pay, benefits, flexible hours.

    Cons

    Raises aren't based off of your performance, too many politics, very little to no communication. Upper management needs to be better.

    Advice to Management

    Value your employees more. If there's a problem between two of your employees, do something to fix it.

  8. Specialist Technician III

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    Former Employee - Citrix Systems Administrator II/Systems Support Specialist in Cedar Park, TX
    Former Employee - Citrix Systems Administrator II/Systems Support Specialist in Cedar Park, TX

    I worked at L-3 Communications (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    staffing people and job duties

    Cons

    at the time management changes.

    Advice to Management

    talk with all you staff and don't single out communicate with only people you like.

  9. Helpful (1)

    Great Experience

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

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent products and ability to work on different projects and programs.

    Very good benefits.

    Great ability to move up within the organization you are working in.

    Great support for continuing education.

    Cons

    The last 2 - 3 years have been chaotic with a change in overall philosophy that started and culminated with a LARGE software package change.

    Executive management fails to see and/or make the changes required to get the business moving properly again.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the people in the trenches. Don't put blinders on to the difficult changes (and NOT eliminating personnel) that are needed.

  10. Challenging technical defense contracting work

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    Former Employee - Field Service Engineer in Las Vegas, NV
    Former Employee - Field Service Engineer in Las Vegas, NV

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Technical work on satellite communication systems. Pay very good in Field Services division.

    Cons

    After a few years, being a field technician / field engineer wears on you. The pay is great but comes at a personal price of being subjected to move whenever / wherever company needs you to. 30 days notice to move is great, almost unheard of, 2 weeks notice is standard, & a week or less is rare but not unheard of. I'm divorced & don't mind short-to-no notice moves. But after four permanent moves in less than four years with the company, I grew weary & resigned (as did a lot of our folks this past year). In addition, you deploy overseas 1x per year, 3-4 mos per trip, for technical support to our systems used by military customers. I liked deployments; pay is fantastic. Just not so many permanent moves. Keep in mind that Field Services is just one dept of 400 techs / engineers, falls under L-3 Comm Systems-West (a division of 4000 people). Just one dept in one division in a company of multiple divisions / industries, totalling 48K people worldwide. So my experience probably won't apply to you unless you apply for field work with Comm Systems-West...

    Advice to Management

    Allow employees to remain longer in current assignments in states / cities where that employee is happy & doing a good job. For at least 3-4 years. Would have a LOT less resignations...

  11. repair flight school aircraft for u s army.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Company has a great compensation package.

    Cons

    Employment tied to the whims of the federal government.

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