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L-3 Communications Reviews

Updated October 23, 2014
Updated October 23, 2014
692 Reviews
3.2
692 Reviews
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L-3 Communications Chairman, President and CEO Michael T. Strianese
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Pay is good, but they love to lowball you coming in and then you are stuck (in 36 reviews)

  • overall a good company that provides autonomy, good work-life balance (in 27 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 company

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at L-3 Communications

    Pros

    It's about average Pay and benefits, people

    Cons

    At the mercy of the government contracts

  2.  

    Great Company for Design Engineers

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

    I have been working at L-3 Communications full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Note: this applies to CSW in Salt Lake City
    - Tons of vacation
    - Flexible 9/80 or 4/10 work weeks
    - Design Management is great - little to no politics, they will respond to requests for what type of projects you want to work.
    - People I work with are great. There's really only one guy I don't like.

    Cons

    - Business has been going way down lately. Regular layoffs for the last 18 months. Mainly due to the wars going down.
    - Hostile HR department. I think their job during the good times was to scare off talent. Constantly trying to wrest control from managers for management decisions.
    - Lame IT policies. You are not allowed to check any internet based webmail like Gmail or Hotmail. No control over your computer.
    - EnCompass - the "sweet" (sarcasm) new system that cost us hundreds of millions of dollars to implement, and is now so unwieldy that it's impossible to DO any business. It has been a massive debacle.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Drive technology. This applies to every aspect of the company. I didn't see a culture that pushed engineering or innovation. We didn't really go for talent, just bodies. Next time a mediocre engineer goes somewhere else to get an offer, don't cower down and match it; send a message and let them leave. Make the good engineers and good programs more visible. Give incentives for engineers to come up with good ideas in addition to meeting budget and schedule. We rested on our laurels for too long while things were fat, and now we have a culture that just expects the money to roll in.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Good

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 (less than an 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
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  5.  

    Excellent experience and great technology, but lacking in leadership.

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

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

    Pros

    Excellent experience and great technology.

    Cons

    Upper management is truly lacking in leadership.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of nepotism

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Had tremendous potential. Very interesting and rewarding opportunities and projects to work on.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Chantilly, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Chantilly, VA

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

    Pros

    Competitive salary and benefits.
    Very interesting and rewarding opportunities and projects to work on.

    Cons

    Decision making authority and responsibilities do not always match.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Used to be a better place to work.

    • 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 full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good people that work hard and good work ethic abound. Compensation might barely be on par with competition but make sure you compare.

    Cons

    L3 Avionics Systems in Grand Rapids, MI. used to be owned by Jet Electronics, BFGoodrich, Goodrich, then finally L3. It is not the same company it once was... and not for the better. Market conditions are a factor but overall seems to lack leadership with a longterm vision. Yes, L3 suffers from the woes of serving the end-of-quarter-masters that plauge many publicly traded companies today. This division is on life support. Do not apply unless your ambitions are transitional and short term. No career growth opportunity from within. Outsourcing is a growing trend.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in existing talent. Stop outsourcing our future. Yes, it's cheaper now, but much more expensive later for the company and hundreds of employees that don't have golden parachutes like executive layers of leadership.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Good pay and benefits, but bad culture.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Stock Clerk in Corpus Christi, TX
    Former Employee - Stock Clerk in Corpus Christi, TX

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

    Pros

    The pay is good and the health benefits are excellent.

    Cons

    The culture is pretty horrible. There was lots of back-stabbing by people trying to empress the government employees with the hope of "getting in". Generally the employees are treated like dirt, which kind of leads to the need for the great health insurance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees like humans instead of robots.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Company Struglling to survive the down Turn and to Recover while Not Losing its talent.

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

    I have been working at L-3 Communications full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The Benefits are still decent among the industries. Great people to work for and with. Great support from those in HR and Support Services.

    Cons

    The Fat of Management has remained and impeded the employees as far as clear direction. Managers and Executives that are disconnected from those who perform the work. Duplication of Work in the Management ranks. Middle Management seems to be the plug causing the most friction and moral issues. Employee ideas seem to never get through the fat of the mid section of the Management ranks.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a clue! Your best assets are your employees and without clear direction and training, you will fail. Passing the buck is noticed among your people that is why the talented and valuable employees keep jumping ship. As they do your failure to value them will put the CSW Division unable to recover.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Lots of development opportunities if you seek them out.

    • 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 full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Work/life balance, compensation, promotions, plenty of folks to learn from/internal resources.

    Cons

    Ups and downs of defense industry, layoffs, conservative workforce, has become a very numbers drive culture with less regard for individuals. Lack of accountability at the executive level in some divisions. Benefits are not competitive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of executives who are not delivering results. Instead of moving them around the company and shifting problems, replace them with innovative leaders. Rebuild a brand that values people not just focus on meeting the numbers. Cutting talent to make numbers will hurt the business when the economy is back in full swing.Your culture does not appeal to the up and coming generation - time for change!

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    It is a good company, but they lack loyalty to their employees

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in Tampa, FL
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in Tampa, FL

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

    Pros

    Good pay, good benefits, reasonably good leadership

    Cons

    They screwed up my state taxes while deployed, paying them to another state who then refused to return the money to me. Had to pay state taxes twice and L3 was no help. They do not help redeploying employees finding a new job within the L3 company, even though those employees severed one ore more consecutive years overseas. At the end of your contract, they are at an end with you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be loyal to your people.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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