L-3 Communications

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L-3 Communications Reviews

Updated December 15, 2014
Updated December 15, 2014
723 Reviews
3.1
723 Reviews
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L-3 Communications Chairman, President and CEO Michael T. Strianese
Michael T. Strianese
279 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Pay is good, but they love to lowball you coming in and then you are stuck (in 37 reviews)

  • overall a good company that provides autonomy, 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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Good company to work for.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Some development training. It is a good company to work for.

    Cons

    Government work that comes with annual fluctuating funds.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Overall, I had a very good experience at L-3. The people were great to work with, the benefits were generous, and the work facility was excellent.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - RMA Coordinator in Ayer, MA
    Former Employee - RMA Coordinator in Ayer, MA

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

    Pros

    The people I worked with were wonderful. We all helped each other when there was a problem to be solved.

    Cons

    Sometimes, as with any corporation, change was slow since it had to go through many layers, (e.g. when a suggestion was made to improve systems or procedures). Also, once corporate decided your position was eliminated, you're gone rather quickly (as I was last year--laid off after five years with the company)!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your staff when you ask them for suggestions!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    good ole boys club

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at L-3 Communications

    Pros

    good experience, company is good

    Cons

    good ole boys club, local business is bad

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be more involved and don't let your employees take advantage of the system

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  5.  

    (SLC, UT) Large Defense and Aerospace contractor with job versatility in communications engineering.

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Salt Lake City, UT
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Salt Lake City, UT

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

    Pros

    Engineering problems are challenging and promote good career development. Movement across groups and divisions is possible as change occurs. Lots of opportunity to network across the industry. Compensation is in many cases higher than average for the area. Great time-off policies and benefits.

    Cons

    The national economy is impacting growth at L-3 CSW. Several layoffs over the last 20 months.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    As skimming continues, hopefully the leadership/worker balance is not skewed any higher. Continue to look for way to try new tools. Moore's law in some ares could be working against you.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    i was a challenge

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    there were great people to work with

    Cons

    some times management get stressed and take it out on the employeees

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Software Engineer II

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer II in Arlington, TX
    Former Employee - Software Engineer II in Arlington, TX

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

    Pros

    You will work with lot of older talented and intelligent engineers. You will get to work on various interesting projects.

    Cons

    Building is very old but nothing else.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Change directors/high level executives and you will have an award winning company!!!

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at L-3 Communications

    Pros

    Great benefits, great product, many great people.

    Cons

    Just because you are a director doesn't mean you know everything. Wondering how some people got to those positions??

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep tabs on how directors and upper level management is performing!

  9.  

    Very Bad

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    Sorry no pros here..benefits constantly on decline not sufficient vacation below average. Some good people but company claimed values are a myth and different from reality.

    Cons

    Forced to do multiple persons work in addition to own (as much as three or more). Plenty of empty private offices however personnel are not readily assigned to the offices nonsensical class system which prefers to leave dozens of offices empty and put professional people in a cube. No bonuses are given to non management employees no matter what their professional level or many millions they save the company. Raises are close to zero mostly < 1% and require a lot of paperwork. Management gets fat bonuses and raises while employees go home broke no bonuses, and tired and fretting for their jobs to their families at Christmas. Plantation system. Employees get sick, strokes, heart attacks and death quite often. Disrespectful gangster system where ideas as suppressed, employees are routinely threatened spoken to and abused in an unlawful manner. Lots of ethics training that is pretentious (they have to formally do it because government contracts requires it). No recognition of employees.
    Any differences you are out the back door before you can say uncle. No heads up on layoffs no matter how long you've been there after 30 yrs or 1 yr it's a box, given minutes to pack your stuff and whisked out the back door!. Frequent layoffs. Don't take any personal items to your cube/office if you get hired be ready to leave on very short notice.

    White male supremacy dominated organization. Not interested in developing any new products. Top heavy management and middle management.

    Other divisions may be different, but good luck!.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1. Non Management Employees need to be rewarded with regular bonuses
    2. Don't sacrifice good employees for poor management
    3. Need to treat employees with more respect
    4. Need to do a mass reduction in management personnel
    5. Need to do a mass reduction in unnecessary paperwork, procedures and compliance modules
    6. Need to pay attention to diversity

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

    L-3 Intern

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer Coop in Alpharetta, GA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer Coop in Alpharetta, GA

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

    Pros

    I love that you can go in wherever you want, as long as you work 40 hours a week. There is no cell phone policy, and everyone is really nice.

    Cons

    Hard to find work. I have to actively seek work. Management organization needs work, and there is lots of pressure on just a few key people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More training and have plans for people to work on. Work on good communication.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Good company, but exec level needs slight changes

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

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

    Pros

    Great people that worked there for a long time. Some of the executive staff is very approachable and willing to work on issues. Very skilled individuals in manufacturing, QA, and engineering.

    Cons

    97% of business is military and company struggling to get in commercial market. Lots of programs lost or cut. Business decisions are very near term and company operates like accounting firm. Severely understaffed and teams driven to work 6 days a week for months with no overtime.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Display systems need a few audits and morale checks.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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