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Updated July 5, 2017
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John C. McNellis
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  • Good old boy management is how it works here (in 3 reviews)

  • No promotions if you're not in the good ole boy network (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Aircraft Mechanic"

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    Former Employee - Aircraft Mechanic in Greenville, TX
    Former Employee - Aircraft Mechanic in Greenville, TX

    I worked at L-3/IS full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great company, good benefits. I liked working for them a lot.

    Cons

    Can be lots of overtime if the project needs it.


  2. "Great place with interesting programs"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at L-3/IS full-time

    Pros

    - Variety of programs, allowing you to gain valuable experience
    - Great pay and benefits
    - Opportunities to change groups

    Cons

    -Location - Approx. 1 hour to Dallas but if you live in Rockwall, that reduces to 1/2 hr. If you live East of Rockwall (Royce City, Fate, Greenville itself) and are young/wanting a social life you won't find much.

  3. "Great place to start or end"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at L-3/IS full-time

    Pros

    Great travel experiences, great people

    Cons

    Travel policy, nickel and diming at times


  4. "Systems Engineer"

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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.


  5. "L-3 Communications MID - Greenville, TX"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at L-3/IS full-time

    Pros

    Better benefits than other companies in the area.
    Above average pay for the area.
    Interesting positions which allow for growth.
    Company is well run for the most part.
    Nice and friendly people.
    Even with the con's, I would still recommend L-3.

    Cons

    It used to be a great place to work. So many have left. Continually strip away benefits and reduce flex-time. It felt at times like the president was treating us like children. Still run like the old union shops as far as schedule.
    Rampant nepotism. Very clickish. Seems like everyone out there is related to someone else. If you know a Director, or VP, you're in. If you have been there for 20+ years, and even better, are from Greenville / Hunt County, you will be protected.
    Alternate schedules have been removed.

    Advice to Management

    More diversity. Go outside Hunt County for your hires. No more friends and relatives. Missing out on qualified people that can actually improve the company. While the rest of the corporate world is leaning to more flexible schedules for their employees in order to keep good talent, L3 Greenville is actually going backwards. Reverse this trend. Good people are leaving everyday. Other divisions of L-3 offer 9/80's and alternate type schedules. Millennials have too many options to put up with these restrictions for long.


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

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    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.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great Group within L-3!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at L-3/IS full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Nimble, forward thinking leadership. Leans forward to invest in potentially game changing technologies and new products. Takes care of employees at all levels. Great place to work for any level of employee at any point in his/her career.

    Cons

    None. The leadership, the business outlook, the town and the rural area are great. At one of the larger divisions, it had previously been somewhat slow to make changes with key leadership positions when leaders had been there long term -- but that has changed over the last ~ 2 years for the better and I hope the trend continues.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to lean forward. Continue to make changes with key leadership positions when performance lags. Outside, industry / USG experienced leaders could infuse additional new ideas and approaches and lead to even greater growth.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Nothing but good ole boys"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Greenville, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Greenville, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at L-3/IS full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    There are reasonable recognition and raises, some of the people are very easy to work with, work can be very challenging and keeps your mind active.

    Cons

    No promotions if you're not in the good ole boy network. If you enjoy brain-dead people getting promotions and training while hard-working people are left behind, simply because it's nothing but a bunch of people who all went to high school and the one college in the area (A&M Commerce) together, and who take care of each other and don't like them "dang fererners". Do yourself a favor and stay away from anything called Big Safari. Seventeen people in our group, FOUR managers because the lead manager was completely lazy and incompetent and couldn't manage the job by herself, when the previous manager didn't need to have that many "sub-managers". Managers spend time in her office talking about the dirty locker rooms at her child's school, then let you know you have to go because of a timecard discrepancy, which turns out to be nothing more than BS disguised because she doesn't like the person she's getting rid of. Do NOT waste your time interviewing unless you're from Greenville, Royse City or Commerce originally. Good ole boy gets everything you want. Forget it otherwise.

    Advice to Management

    Promote people who know what they're doing; not just people who happen to be your best friends. BS management.


  9. "Senior Systems Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good working conditions, environment and management. Benefits plan is above average.

    Cons

    Too much internal bureaucracy in some areas and policy and procedure re tape increased cost of final prodcts

    Advice to Management

    Reduce the amount of 'territorial-ism' between departments and quit letting Unions rule the roost. Costs can be reduced with a little better work ethics rather than power hungry administrators.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "A bunch of Good Ole Boys!"

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    Former Employee - Senior Quality Control Engineer in Greenville, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Quality Control Engineer in Greenville, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The Noble Cause. This is a worthwhile investment for any American!

    Cons

    The network of Good Ole Boys! It is hard to break through this "system" and allow good logic to prevail. If you are not one of them, you are not 1 of them!

    Advice to Management

    Get some new blood in there and bust this click up! It's way over due for an over haul of some dead weight being paid good money to just beat good people up because they can.


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