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L-3 Communications Reviews

Updated September 28, 2014
Updated September 28, 2014
671 Reviews
3.2
671 Reviews
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L-3 Communications Chairman, President and CEO Michael T. Strianese
Michael T. Strianese
263 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Pay is good, but they love to lowball you coming in and then you are stuck (in 34 reviews)

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

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    • 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 for less than a 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
  2.  

    Very Good

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

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

    Pros

    People were nice and did there best to find work after the contract ended. Benefits were good. Met some really amazing people while working on the project

    Cons

    Big company, processes can take time like any other corporation

  3.  

    Great Company, Great Benefits

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Team Leader  in  Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Team Leader in Dallas, TX

    I worked at L-3 Communications full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Lots of great benefit perks when working for this organization:
    Medical coverage
    PTO package
    Tuition reimbursement
    Growth opportunties

    Cons

    Mentoring opportunities are present but the concerns could be a challenge:
    Top down management approach only
    Collaborative environment could be limited
    Work/life balance

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Software engineer

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

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

    Pros

    great work environment. free breakfast on Friday.

    Cons

    pressed to move to up to management level.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Opportunity to move around

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineering Planner  in  Waco, TX
    Former Employee - Engineering Planner in Waco, TX

    I worked at L-3 Communications full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great benefits package, good time off (120 hours to new employees, plus a week off at Christmas), lots of perks and programs provided. They seem to hire from within for lower to mid-level management, and for support positions such as schedulers, estimators, and planners.

    Cons

    Very much a "good ole boy" network. If you are in, that can be a plus, but if not... Also, the best raise you will get is the one you negotiate coming through the door. Raises are small, often not keeping up with cost of living.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more transparent

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Decent company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - 3b Mechanical Installer  in  Waco, TX
    Current Employee - 3b Mechanical Installer in Waco, TX

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

    Pros

    If your looking for stability, and a hard working management team to seek out new projects then this is the place to be. All in all I can't complain as there are other businesses in this industry that are much worse.

    Cons

    Tends to be plagued by numerous procedures especially around the time of government inspections that makes mechanics spend more time checking tools then building airplanes. Promotions have declined significantly in the last 3 years.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Being a part of preparing our men and women to fulfill their military commitment and training

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Configurations/Data Management Specialist  in  Altus, OK
    Former Employee - Configurations/Data Management Specialist in Altus, OK

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

    Pros

    Nearly every employee is the best in their particular field and and perform their utmost for this country. A lot of pride in a job well done.

    Cons

    My experience was the best. Things I learned enriched me and my work experience. It stretched me and it rewarded my efforts and integrity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Gather the facts as soon as possible. Listen to the intent and concern from the people that work for you. Go with your instincts and make the decision. Don't play favorites.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Outstanding Company with great management and benefits

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

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

    Pros

    Locations throughout the U.S and abroad, challenging work and great corporate management

    Cons

    Contracts subject to change periodically. However, this isn't because of the company but from government rebidding of contracts.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    NA

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    I worked at L-3 Communication Systems West for one year

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at L-3 Communications

    Pros

    There are some good perks, like a discounted phone bill and other discounts around town.
    Competitive salary.

    Cons

    Must have a charge/project number for every second of every day.
    Seems to be filled with a lot of politics.

  11.  

    Below Par

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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

    Pros

    The work environment is pretty laid back, workweeks are rarely over 40 hours.

    Cons

    The management is terrible.
    Upper management is too far removed from the lower levels.
    Tons of red tape, policies, and prescribed and inefficient work checklists you are required to follow.
    The salaries are awful.
    No training whatsoever, and you'll be penalized by management when you aren't trained and don't know how to do something.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train your employees.
    Pay them more.
    If you should have remained a technical engineer, please don't go into management because you are terrible at it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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