L-3 Communications Reviews

Updated July 25, 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. Dissatisfied

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Aircraft Electrician in Greenville, TX
    Current Employee - Aircraft Electrician in Greenville, TX

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

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great pay and benefits. The company provides all tools and consumable. Easy pace.

    Cons

    Unless you are one of the Good 'Ole Boys, you will not be promoted. Management will bend over backwards for customer, but no one else.

    Advice to Management

    Quit focusing only on the bottom line. Practice what you preach about ethics.


  2. Stable Company for the Long Haul

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    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.


  3. Low Flying Prospects

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Bench Tech in Alpharetta, GA
    Former Employee - Bench Tech in Alpharetta, GA

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

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

    Pros

    Decent work environment, pay, and benefits

    Cons

    Leadership lacks vision, tightening market, military downsizing

    Advice to Management

    Develop Existing Talent


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  5. Current Employee

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Disapproves of CEO
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits and pay. Every other Friday off in the summer. People are nice to work with.

    Cons

    Working environment can be harsh at times.


  6. VTC Lead

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    • 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


  7. Uncertainty. Job security revolves around current events

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Pricing Analyst
    Former Employee - Pricing Analyst

    I worked at L-3 Communications full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Strong industry presence. You felt like you were an important part of a team that contributes good to the country. Decent pay and benefits.

    Cons

    When I left, there were a lot of uncertainty around the amount of business L3 was forecasted to bring in. As a result, L3 was forced to lay off hundreds of employees in the state. Middle management focuses too much on managing up, and not down.


  8. Overall good experience

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    • 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.


  9. Not to bad

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Aircraft Mechanic in Waco, TX
    Former Employee - Aircraft Mechanic in Waco, TX

    I worked at L-3 Communications full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Good group of coworkers treated immediately almost like family. Military setting since most management and workers are prior enlisted (good and bad).

    Cons

    Layoffs layoffs layoffs and more layoffs. Lot of volunteered hours worked with very little recognition.

    Advice to Management

    Get on the floor to sre what the workers do and go through on a daily basis. You will ruin a good company by managing from behind a desk.


  10. Average

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Contracts Officer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Contracts Officer in Seattle, WA

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

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

    Pros

    The benefits are pretty good. Management has been easy to deal with. If you want mediocre training, they have lots of options. The CEO is a very nice person. Pay is industry standard. You'll never encounter a surprise with this company.

    Cons

    If you want to work with average people, this is the place for you. Like all large companies, there are good and bad employees. Don't expect to be working with the brightest minds, you'll be working with all of the C-average students. If you're not ambitious, and you don't mind every day being like the next, then this is the place for you. When it comes to the technology -- don't fool yourself, this company is in the business of winning contracts and staffing people on them. Delivering on the contract or being successful is secondary.

    Advice to Management

    Please try and create an exceptional company that is customer-focused, not contract-focused. Please create a culture of sharing through company events. Please stop focusing on the "bottom line" so much!


  11. Desktop Support

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    • 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.



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