L-3/IS - Fast paced, political, but a decent work environment | Glassdoor
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"Fast paced, political, but a decent work environment"

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
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No opinion of CEO

Pros

The company culture seems fairly laid back, decent benefits package, routine raises and promotions, competitive amounts of time off relative to other companies.

Cons

The workplace is highly political, their benefits package continues to erode every single year, and upper management seems to be overly concerned with petty aspects.

Advice to Management

Worry less about tracking irrelevant statistics and more about the overall big picture. Sometimes management can't see the forest from the trees, and this makes the work environment sometimes overly hostile.

Other Employee Reviews for L-3/IS

  1. "Systems Engineer"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Carrollton, TX
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Carrollton, TX
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at L-3/IS full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The pay and benefits are good.

    Cons

    The location is not good.


  2. "Short-term thinking leads to a negative outlook"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in Greenville, TX
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in Greenville, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at L-3/IS full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The pay is decent for the area. Inability to hire leads to job security for current employees. The company does promote from within; I have seen very few outside hires for lower management spots over current employees. Some work can be interesting.

    Cons

    Micromanagement is the only accepted management style; even managers who have been trained and know better eventually adopt this style due to pressure from above. There is a major emphasis on status reporting, even above getting actual work done. Too much time is wasted in meetings, leading to a lot of overtime to actually get the work done - and no, not all overtime is paid overtime, despite the promises that HR makes. There is a good old boy network in place, leading to promotions for people who spend time politicking while hard workers get passed up. This has led to management getting less and less capable over the years.

    It is also really easy to get pigeon-holed. Even the most interesting work stops being interesting after a decade.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on ethical conduct and integrity. Don't let poor performers make excuses; if you have a shady employee, get rid of them! You tolerate way too much finger-pointing and do too little route-cause analysis when things go wrong.

    Focus on long-term thinking. The fact that VPs are involved in day-to-day activities has led to a lazy, short-term management style and lots of can-kicking; putting off today's programs to do firefighting on yesterday's may work for now, but you will eventually run out of runway, irritate your customers, and not be able to get any other future work. This mentality has also led to a lot of low-quality work, leading to horrible outcomes such as the government aircraft that burned up two years ago.

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