L-3 Communications

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  1.  

    Overall satisfying experience with a few hiccups here & there.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Scientist in Dayton, OH
    Former Employee - Research Scientist in Dayton, OH

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

    Pros

    Benefits & Work hours are great! Job was challenging and satisfying with right amount of busy work and self-improvement worked in.

    Cons

    Management and coworkers were standoff'ish and not that accepting of new hires... Felt like I had to forage my way through red tape, alone mostly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take better care at introducing new hires to group and encourage group to interact with new hires. Don't leave new hires to fend for themselves when a flourished beginning could solve many future issues.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Senior Software Engineer

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at L-3 Communications

    Pros

    good vacation, pay and benefit.

    Cons

    not much raise once you reach senior status.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    unethical

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    Former Employee - Special Programs in Salt Lake City, UT
    Former Employee - Special Programs in Salt Lake City, UT

    I worked at L-3 Communications

    Pros

    The employees, training, and middle management.

    Cons

    Management, the "family" click. Family working for and with family and got away with anything unethical but continued to receive bonuses and raises and more perks than the regular employees. Employees were actually afraid to approach upper management yet even to say hello. some management were so overworked that it broke up households. Some employees were so degraded that they were hospitalized for stress. some actually contemplated suicide. Some were terminated unjustly and now looking for jobs are getting a bad report!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get to know everyone and recognize them. The "little" people make your business succeed not necessarily management and executives. Don't retaliate on the employees that report unethical behavior to management or HR.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Working at L-3 was a learning experience

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    Current Employee - SME in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - SME in Orlando, FL

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

    Pros

    No real complaints although I think L-3 should advance within. I was able to transition from the Marine Corps and find a place in the civilian sector.

    Cons

    Poor leaders were accepted and should have been let go, lead follow or get out of the way!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    L-3 COMMUNICATIONS

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Torrance, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Torrance, CA

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

    Pros

    Have meetings to discuss what management thinks should work to make the company more profitable. That does provide a slight amount of encouragement to some employees. They have continued the previous retirement plan that was in place when L-3 purchased the company from Boeing, but they were probably legally required to do that.

    Cons

    Lots of off site meetings, that pretty much have questionable constructive output. The Electron Technology Inc division in Torrance has new management as of 2012 but the company still seems as if it has no real direction.. They manufacture high technology products at this location, but few if any of the Vice Presidents at the company have any real understanding of the technical aspects of their products -that hinders profitability.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management at L-3 should recognize that it takes a fundamental understanding of the technology to reduce costs, arbitrary layoffs, buyouts, and substituting less experienced and lower paid employees to fill required positions, doesn't translate into profitability.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Ok experience.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at L-3 Communications

    Pros

    Decent pay and benefit packages

    Cons

    Poor work life balance and potential

  8.  

    you need to be the known person there.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at L-3 Communications

    Pros

    I have a good relationship with my co workers.

    Cons

    unless you are the "known", you wont know if there is opportunities in the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Small company trying to learn to be part of a large company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Contract Administrator
    Current Employee - Contract Administrator

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

    Pros

    L-3 for the most part let's the company run it's own business. The fact that it is a large company allows for more opportunities, connections and resources. Locations all over the United States offers lots of job options.

    Cons

    At my particular facility there is little leadership or direction. The training for people in my field is limited and kept to one training synopsis per year. You can do individual training/education at my facility, but there is not a corporate training program that is established. Even the ability to do individual education has been limited and is now often being denied for people. We started out as a small privately owned company. When we were acquired, there was little guidance or help from the big L-3 to make the transition to being part of a large publically owned corporation. As a result, we are limping along having a hard time moving forward.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More focus on change management, leadership development and career building at your many subsidiaries.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Business development analyst

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at L-3 Communications

    Pros

    Salary, benefits, admin, and bonus

    Cons

    Government restrictions, red tapes, etc

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    SInking Ship!!!

    • 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

    Pros

    Better than average base compensation and internal career movement. Latest group of VPs are more open to personal and professional development. Also, there's the annual christmas party.

    Cons

    Poor office culture, lack of on-board training, too many political traps, lack of functional support, and no idea of what a "team" is. Every function works in a silo and doesn't communicate with anyone (even within the same department). No one wants to accept responsibility for anything. You're encouraged not to "rock the boat" or be aggressive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Every aspect of the division and company as a whole needs to be revisited. You need documented policies, standards, and procedures. If you're going to hold someone (at any level) to a standard, make sure they have all the proper tools and resources to implement and maintain that standard.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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