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L-3 Communications Reviews

Updated December 22, 2014
Updated December 22, 2014
727 Reviews
3.2
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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 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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  1.  

    L3 Job Offer

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

    I worked at L-3 Communications full-time

    Pros

    Great medical and sign on bonuses

    Cons

    Not much around the area in terms of hobbies or social.

    Recommends
  2.  

    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

  3.  

    Great Company for Design Engineers

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    • 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
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  5.  

    Good

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • 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
  6.  

    Excellent experience and great technology, but lacking in leadership.

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    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
  7.  

    Uncertain Business Environment

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Safety in Salt Lake City, UT
    Former Employee - Safety in Salt Lake City, UT

    I worked at L-3 Communications as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    DOD contracts fund projects - but they may not last.

    Cons

    Management tends to act furtively and not keep rank and file fully informed. A good old boy network. Less attention to OSHA and workplace safety requirements that you would want to see in a big company. Safety team poorly managed and populated by individuals with questionable ability.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Send managers to management training classes. Deep six poor performers - from upper management to peons- without making excuses or shieling incompetents.

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

    Unorganized and arrogant HR

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Woburn, MA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Woburn, MA

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

    Pros

    Big company benefits, 9/80 work schedule, good learning opportunities.

    Cons

    Bait and switch techniques for jobs. Developers get asked to travel to middle eastern countries for installations even though that is not in their job description. HR is arrogant and clueless. Engineering department is run by HR, and first line managers have very little say in how things should be done. You're working 24/7 to meet unattainable deadlines.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give people some room to breathe.

    Approves of CEO
  9.  

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

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    • 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
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Used to be a better place to work.

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    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
  11.  

    Good pay and benefits, but bad culture.

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    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

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