L-3 Communications Reviews

Updated July 29, 2015
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L-3 Communications Chairman, President and CEO Michael T. Strianese
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Pros
  • Starting pay is good for the area (in 37 reviews)

  • Overall, it is a positive environment with 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. Stable Company for the Long Haul

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Staff Systems Engineer in Greenville, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Staff Systems Engineer in Greenville, TX

    I have been working at L-3 Communications (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    They rarely terminate people, if you follow their rules. You are helping to make the World a safer place.

    Cons

    They have a lot of rules, No Personal E-mail or Facebook at Work. No taking any pictures, you must in the office/plant for eight hours plus 30 minutes for lunch. Many times you are asked to work extra hours off the books. Which you are told is unethical but every manager breaks the rules.

    Advice to Management

    Ethics Training is laughable, everything they tell you to do, my manager has told me to ignore. They put up the appearance of Ethics, not for everything, but they tend to pick and choose. Really, it is like every company, that I have worked at. It is just funny, that they put so much emphasis on it here then ignore it.


  2. Overall good experience

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

    I worked at L-3 Communications

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Work/Life Balance, room for advancement. Opportunities to transfer to different divisions/location.

    Cons

    Declining defense budgets, ongoing layoffs, some long term employees "set in their ways". Very dry culture.

    Advice to Management

    Continue investing to focus on growth. Stop rotating failed leaders. Need fresh blood with new ideas.


  3. VTC Lead

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

    I have been working at L-3 Communications

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great environment, great people, good pay, good boss, time

    Cons

    Traffic, upper management, contracts, no raises, promotion


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  5. Desktop Support

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great sense of teamwork, Great benefits, Job security, higher pay than private industry since it is a government contractor

    Cons

    Can be required to work overtime, hourly mechanics are in a union and work under different rules and requirements(a little worse honestly) than professional employees.

    Advice to Management

    I would increase the communication between groups and require every department to put all of their knowledge in a repository so that there is less corporate amnesia. Currently I work on 6 unique things that if I am replaced there is no one else who could take over my duties. They would struggle for months like I did to learn the job like I had to for the same reason.


  6. Excellent company to work for

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

    I have been working at L-3 Communications

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

    Pros

    Great pay, decent environment, great co-workers, excellent pay raise every year, excellent upper management, over-time pay.

    Cons

    Cafeteria food is unhealthy, main building is old and outdated.


  7. Good for some people.

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

    I have been working at L-3 Communications full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great pay for the area. Easy work home life

    Cons

    Very large ratio of bosses to workers.


  8. The BEST of the best

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

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

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

    Pros

    L-3 Communications in general is an awesome place to work. This company is one who invests in their employees by giving their employees the tools to further their education, their knowledge, and grow within the company.

    Cons

    The spin-off to Engilty may have made good business sense, but Engility will not ever be the BEST of the best when it comes to L-3 Communications!!

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work as I believe it has paid off throughout your organization. It is a shame you lost a lot of good people to Engility, whom Engility does not practice the same ethics and vision of their employees as you did and do.


  9. Some good, some bad

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

    I have been working at L-3 Communications (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    There are some excellent teams to work on and some not-so-excellent teams. Usually the management of the team will determine which category it falls under. I happen to work on one of the excellent teams doing really novel and fun work. Thoroughly enjoy most of the tasks I am given. Overall a positive experience.

    Cons

    Your starting salary will be an albatross that hangs around your neck. The only way to get a reasonable increase in pay is to be mercenary and get a competing offer. Lots of bureaucracy. Processes are getting ridiculous.

    Advice to Management

    Reward loyalty, or watch your high performers get scooped.


  10. NA

    Current Employee - Aerospace Assembler in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Aerospace Assembler in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at L-3 Communications (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good pay for the job

    Cons

    Much different than a production shop


  11. My Review

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - MRO Repair Technician in Arlington, TX
    Current Employee - MRO Repair Technician in Arlington, TX

    I have been working at L-3 Communications (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Challenging Work, nice equipment and cool airplanes

    Cons

    Atmosphere, drive, location, environment, people

    Advice to Management

    Figure it out



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