L-3 Communications

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L-3 Communications Reviews

Updated December 22, 2014
Updated December 22, 2014
727 Reviews
3.2
727 Reviews
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L-3 Communications Chairman, President and CEO Michael T. Strianese
Michael T. Strianese
280 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.  

    Salt Lake is still a great place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Salt Lake City, UT

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

    Pros

    - World class technical team developing leading edge technology
    - High investment in research
    - Quickly produces demonstrations of conceptual technology
    - New President with much needed strengths. Appears to be making the right tweaks to business.

    Cons

    - Military sub-contractor and Military spending has been depressed.
    - Very "reactive" hiring practices. This leads to over-hiring and eroding profits.
    - Middle management is frightened of upper management so issues aren't raised until they are critical. Procedure can easily crush efficiency ideas. This may change with the new president (Ivers).
    - Poor marketing.
    - Slow repair cycle

  2.  

    Good company to work for.

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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

    Pros

    Good potential growth and learning opportunities.

    Cons

    Management is top heavy. A lot of political games within upper management.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great Company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Military Friendly; Promotions; Opportunity; Pay

    Cons

    None at this time, great opportunities abound, it is what you make it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Overall satisfying experience with a few hiccups here & there.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Scientist in Dayton, OH
    Former Employee - Research Scientist in Dayton, OH

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

    Pros

    Benefits & Work hours are great! Job was challenging and satisfying with right amount of busy work and self-improvement worked in.

    Cons

    Management and coworkers were standoff'ish and not that accepting of new hires... Felt like I had to forage my way through red tape, alone mostly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take better care at introducing new hires to group and encourage group to interact with new hires. Don't leave new hires to fend for themselves when a flourished beginning could solve many future issues.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Senior Software Engineer

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at L-3 Communications

    Pros

    good vacation, pay and benefit.

    Cons

    not much raise once you reach senior status.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Small company trying to learn to be part of a large company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Contract Administrator
    Current Employee - Contract Administrator

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

    Pros

    L-3 for the most part let's the company run it's own business. The fact that it is a large company allows for more opportunities, connections and resources. Locations all over the United States offers lots of job options.

    Cons

    At my particular facility there is little leadership or direction. The training for people in my field is limited and kept to one training synopsis per year. You can do individual training/education at my facility, but there is not a corporate training program that is established. Even the ability to do individual education has been limited and is now often being denied for people. We started out as a small privately owned company. When we were acquired, there was little guidance or help from the big L-3 to make the transition to being part of a large publically owned corporation. As a result, we are limping along having a hard time moving forward.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More focus on change management, leadership development and career building at your many subsidiaries.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Ok experience.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at L-3 Communications

    Pros

    Decent pay and benefit packages

    Cons

    Poor work life balance and potential

  9.  

    you need to be the known person there.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at L-3 Communications

    Pros

    I have a good relationship with my co workers.

    Cons

    unless you are the "known", you wont know if there is opportunities in the company.

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

    Business development analyst

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

    I worked at L-3 Communications

    Pros

    Salary, benefits, admin, and bonus

    Cons

    Government restrictions, red tapes, etc

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    This is a good starter job out of college.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Greenville, TX
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Greenville, TX

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

    Pros

    They hire a lot of people straight out of college. The starting pay and benefits are very competitive. Sign on bonus was decent. Company matches 5 percent in 401k. 3 weeks of paid time off. 4 weeks after 5 years. The company has a lot of youth. The people are great. There is an onsite gym and cafeteria.

    Cons

    Location isn't very good. Greenville, TX doesn't have much to offer. It's about an hour from Dallas. The annual raises don't cover cost of living increases. There is not much room for growth. The upper management is mostly older with a lot of youth at the lower levels. There is quite a bit of turnover with the young people leaving for better pay elsewhere after a couple years. They tend to short staff projects and overwork good employees leading to burnout.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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