L-3 Communications

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L-3 Communications Reviews

Updated September 18, 2014
Updated September 18, 2014
666 Reviews
3.2
666 Reviews
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L-3 Communications Chairman, President and CEO Michael T. Strianese
Michael T. Strianese
260 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.  

    Sometime you get stuck in places you cant move up.

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  2.  

    Good ole' boys out in Greenville, TX

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Quality Engineer  in  Greenville, TX
    Current Employee - Quality Engineer in Greenville, TX

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

    Pros

    Well documented quality policies and procedures

    Cons

    Rigid environment, very militaristic and unfriendly.
    Paranoid, micro-managing management.
    Out in the middle of nowhere.
    Yes, you get 3 paid weeks of vacation a year, but they make you use vacation if the roads are iced over and you can't make it to the office.
    No ability to work from home when it benefits you; however, you must rotate on call once a month and work from home when it benefits them.
    They low ball you on the salary coming in and do not give bonuses or raises to keep up with inflation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean out the good old boys groups down in Greenville, TX

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Good job

    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    I worked at L-3 Communications

    Pros

    Good job to have for you.

    Cons

    Nothing to say here for you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing

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  5.  

    I worked there for 15 years

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at L-3 Communications

    Pros

    Good pay with great benefits

    Cons

    With the Military downsizing there have been a ton of layoffs

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Like any big company they treat you as a number not a person

  6.  

    Decent 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 for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Stability (at least for some, survived several RIFs in the past few years), intelligent people (for the most part), company treats employees fairly and good work/life balance. Every Friday or every other Friday off, a lot of vacation and PTO, good benefits.

    Cons

    Morale dropped due to RIFs. Uncertainty about the future.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you are going to give criticism as situations warrant it, counterbalance it with recognition when deserved.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Managers are incompetent for their job level; managers do not promote internally; company is run by political cliques.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Tech Doc  in  Chantilly, VA
    Current Employee - Tech Doc in Chantilly, VA

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

    Pros

    There are simply no pros.

    Cons

    Clique-based rather than competency based. The result is poorly bid contracts followed by poorly managed contracts with long hours and no reward. A federal government $400 M contract was both bid and managed poorly and resulted in the sale of the entire division RIF of all employees in the division.This impacted staff negatively in their careers and in their health.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  8.  

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  9.  

    Experience varies with the team

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Benefits are competitive nothing spectacular.

    Cons

    It's very easy to get lost and forgotten in a company this size.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Employee training should be more of a priority

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    The majority of co-workers were professional but management was hopeless.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer

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

    Pros

    Decent salaries and benefits. The salary range would vary depending upon experience, knowledge, ability and attitude towards upper management. Personal growth would be dictated by personal relationships (Good Old Boys).

    Cons

    Good old boys attitude. Most of management was unqualified. The majority of managers/supervisors attained there positions by being one of the "good old boys". Hire, train, educate and promote "worthy candidates" who would be an
    asset to L-3 instead of a "joke".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Corporate: Train your management before releasing them to the general populace.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Not the most exciting place to work but good experience.

    Former Employee - Contracts Manager  in  Muskegon, MI
    Former Employee - Contracts Manager in Muskegon, MI

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

    Pros

    Given a good amount of responsibility from the beginning.

    Cons

    The different departments were a little disjointed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More in-person meetings.

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