L-3 Communications Reviews

Updated August 23, 2014
Updated August 23, 2014
652 Reviews

3.2
652 Reviews
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L-3 Communications Chairman, President and CEO Michael T. Strianese
Michael T. Strianese
258 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Pay is good, but they love to lowball you coming in and then you are stuck (in 32 reviews)

  • overall a good company that provides autonomy, good work-life balance (in 26 reviews)


Cons
  • Good old boy network based upon nepotism and friends for advancement (in 13 reviews)

  • Good old boy network means that only the inner clique is included in anything (in 11 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Soon to be former employee

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Large company with stable and generous benefits. Good training. Treat employees well. I have enjoyed the work there. Co-workers get along well; little drama.

    Cons

    In constant effort to maximize the dollar (that's why they're in business, after all), they downsize and merge within the company. Communications about such activities does not flow down until it directly affects the employee.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great company to work for and even great benefits.

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    Former Employee - Lead Tech  in  Madison, MS
    Former Employee - Lead Tech in Madison, MS

    I worked at L-3 Communications as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    L3 is a great place to work. Great pay and great coworkers.

    Cons

    With many upper management not being decisive, the employees on the Site level suffered. Too many chiefs!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management does not need all their hands in each other's pots!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    L-3 Communications, National Security Solutions is an excellent company.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst  in  Honolulu, HI
    Current Employee - Analyst in Honolulu, HI

    I have been working at L-3 Communications as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    L-3 Communications, National Security Solutions has excellent dental, medical and retirement benefits for its employees. The team leader allows the employees to have a flexible work schedule which is very helpful for an employee who has either a dental or medical condition which requires several appointments every month. The company also provides excellent training for it's employees.

    Cons

    The office culture is not easy for employees who have never served in the military. Locating another position in the company once your contract has expired.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to improve it's communications with it's employees who are working in locations which are a long distance from the L-3 Communications, National Security Solutions headquarters in Reston, VA. Sometimes, L-3 Communications, National Security Solutions employees working in remote areas or areas far from the headquarters feel like they have been forgotten.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    10 Years and counting.

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    Current Employee - Analyst  in  Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Analyst in Arlington, VA

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

    Pros

    Mgmt goes out of the way for those who try.

    Cons

    Starting running into Bidding wars.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Wonderful

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Intelligence Analyst  in  Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Intelligence Analyst in Arlington, VA

    I worked at L-3 Communications full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Took care of its people.

    Cons

    Frequent reorganizations, restructuring, leading to uncertainty.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great company and benefits

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at L-3 Communications full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good benefits, 9/80 schedule is available for some positions, decent pay

    Cons

    Very large company - sometimes you many feel just like a number unless you go above and beyond your job duties and maintain and friendly and positive attitude

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Training - more training classes available pertaining to job duties

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Sometime you get stuck in places you cant move up.

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    Current Employee - General Clerk III  in  Corpus Christi, TX
    Current Employee - General Clerk III in Corpus Christi, TX

    I have been working at L-3 Communications full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    great pay.
    you can move up it you have the chance to learn.
    great contract to move into a real government position
    (all contracts are different)

    Cons

    30 min lunches
    how much you learn depends on where you are located.
    you barely get any sick leave or pto
    training is not the best
    (all contracts are different some contracts have better perks)

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great start to my career

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate LAN Administrator  in  Hauppauge, NY
    Current Employee - Associate LAN Administrator in Hauppauge, NY

    I have been working at L-3 Communications full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    My direct supervisor is extremely supportive of my career and my abilities as an administrator. He values my opinion and takes my recommendations seriously. I'm constantly encouraged to take on more and more challenging tasks and I am frequently rewarded with newer and bigger projects.

    Also some of the benefits are second to none. For example they have an excellent tuition assistance program.

    Cons

    The climate can be a bit political at times, but overall I have no major complaints.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Drama, alienating mentality

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    Former Employee - Graphic Designer  in  San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Graphic Designer in San Diego, CA

    I worked at L-3 Communications full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    San Diego was nice a nice place.

    Cons

    The work environment was, bad. They had lots of drama, lots of petty behavior, and a clique mentality. They were more involved in gossip than getting work done on time. Expect lots of petty comments on both your work, and your personal life. I worked for a smaller company bought by L3 and was great, then they dissolved the contracts or just forgot about them, kept the people they wanted, transferring them to other offices.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    manage, don't micro manage, don't knee jerk, and learn to have your employees back instead of the company, at least some times. would be nice to feel like person and asset than a liability on a spreadsheet.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Constant search to figure out what will work to get employees engaged

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer  in  Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Engineer in Cincinnati, OH

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

    Pros

    Competitive salary
    9/80 work schedule
    good middle management
    good benefits

    Cons

    The decision-making leadership tries to introduce too many products at the same time.
    Lots of talk about "TEAM" but the team is only 1 deep at each discipline and everyone is working on multiple projects.
    Efforts to create a dedicated a TEAM, alienate other employees when bonuses are handed out.
    STAR Bonuses demoralize other workers multiple times per year

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Set more realistic financial goals
    Improve the marketing plan understand who your customer is and what they want

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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