L-3 Communications Reviews

Updated July 1, 2015
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L-3 Communications Chairman, President and CEO Michael T. Strianese
Michael T. Strianese
299 Ratings

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. Friendly place to work; but poorly managed.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Electronic Assembler in Rolling Meadows, IL
    Former Employee - Electronic Assembler in Rolling Meadows, IL

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

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

    Pros

    A very relaxed and friendly envirorment, with many gatherings and celabrations during the major holidays. Employees often showed concern during coworker hardships.

    Cons

    Buiding was in very poor condition. and needed many repairs. There was a lot of miscommunication throughout the entire coo be morempany.

    Advice to Management

    Management needed to be more open to suggestions from employees and trust in their experience. The company often practiced unprofessional work ethics.


  2. Associate Technician

    • 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

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

    Pros

    Not Many, I guess a pay check

    Cons

    Micro-managed to death, no room to move up.

    Advice to Management

    Re-evaluate how you treat your emplyees, best quote I ever heard. "I enjoy firing people"


  3. Chaos, Lies, and no upper management leadership

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Tulsa, OK
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Tulsa, OK

    I have been working at L-3 Communications

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    decent benefits, good work force

    Cons

    Unethical, no process improvement, antiquated ideas and procedures, no plan for building business, costs soar while business decreases. Horrible Management. Zero respect for employees, bullying techniques, and continuous loss make for a very low morale.

    Advice to Management

    Implement and utilize continuous improvement processes. Stick to one plan. Lower rates to be competitive and quite lying to the customer.


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  5. Good Perks, Low Career Opportunities

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

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

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, time off (sick leave and vacation), work-life balance is in check, pay is high for the area and there are some exceptionally smart folks

    Cons

    Cross functional training is discouraged (you must remain in a position for at least a year), groups are very segregated, leading to an atmosphere that is very "throw it over the wall".

    Advice to Management

    Reduce the year minimum to move around internally and set up a program that encourages cross functional training. Everyone would be better off for it.


  6. Excellent

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at L-3 Communications

    Pros

    Great people that you work with. Work is enjoyable.

    Cons

    Sitting for long periods of time can be a pain.


  7. Don

    Former Employee - Financial Analyst
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst

    I worked at L-3 Communications

    Pros

    You start off with 3 weeks vacation and two weeks sick time. You have every other Friday off.

    Cons

    Management is very indecisive and the company is disorganized with no policies or procedures in place.


  8. Stock Clerk

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Stock Clerk in Waco, TX
    Current Employee - Stock Clerk in Waco, TX

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Easy laid back job. Good group of coworkers.

    Cons

    Terrible management. Pay isn't great. Benefits aren't great either. No training.

    Advice to Management

    Don't be so complacent & power hungry. There's no guidance or training. Pay your employees what they're worth.


  9. Good Old boys club/Stodgy Defense Company

    • 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 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Decentralized structure which allows division to operate fairly independently. If you have good leadership at the local level, then life can be good as long as that person can survive the L-3 politics above.

    Cons

    L-3 is a stodgy defense company that operates like a good old boys club. There are very few women in leadership positions, and women who start to have some success get labeled the "b" word and are snuffed out. The culture isn't open to contemporary practices or new ways of doing things. When you look at how the company was formed, many of the original people from the founding days are they and as more companies were purchased, they rose to levels in the organization they aren't competent to hold so there is lots of incompetence around. Management by intimidation is pretty abundant.

    Advice to Management

    Figure out why there aren't women in Director and above level positions. Benchmark our company from a training and development perspective. Do you have competent HR Leadership? Stop over emphasizing "overhead expenses" and invest in your people. Take a look at the behaviors of your most Senior Leaders! Is that really an acceptable way to lead? I am pretty sure it won't be written up in an HBR article anytime soon.


  10. unstable job environment

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at L-3 Communications

    Pros

    This is a tough one; not sure what the pros are anymore

    Cons

    Union shop and the union is in control

    Advice to Management

    Break the union


  11. Unfortunately, L-3 has the jobs

    • 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

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

    Pros

    The main 'Pro' for L-3 stems from the fact they won the contract to provide intelligence analytic support to the Central Command Intelligence Directorate. Basically, they have the jobs. The benefits package is competitive.

    Cons

    L-3 has embraced the 'second class citizen' outlook of the defense contractor when compared to government civilians. If L-3 hires you in Tampa to work at CENTCOM, you need to understand you will make significantly less money than your government civilian counterparts even if you are more qualified and industrious.

    Advice to Management

    Increase employment compensation to where your employees are at least on the same standard of living as their government counterparts. You run the risk of creating a situation where your employees are constantly vacating their positions.



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