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Rockwell Collins Reviews

Updated Jul 18, 2014
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3.0 598 reviews

83% Approve of the CEO

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Kelly Ortberg

(95 ratings)

53% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • A non-trivial number projects in maintenance that provide good work-life balance(in 46 reviews)

  • At the moment, we have some pretty good benefits (week off at Christmas time)(in 38 reviews)


Cons
  • Cedar Rapids Iowa is not an ideal area to retain talented employees(in 65 reviews)

  • No Work Life balance, HR doesn't have the minimum idea of employees needs(in 17 reviews)

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    4 people found this helpful  

    It may not be perfect, but most of my engineering colleagues that have left for the competitors want to come back.

    Systems Engineer II (Current Employee) Cedar Rapids, IA

    ProsLarge enough company you can switch to a new job if you don't like your current job.
    Engineers are rarely fired or laid off.
    Going above and beyond is rewarded when it comes to salary planning and occasionally with $500 pre paid visa gift cards.
    Customer feedback is almost always very positive for avionics systems.
    Technology is pretty advanced considering the enormous lead time required to certify civil avionics hardware.

    ConsTalented employees get assigned the most work & get the least recognition when they pull of nearly insurmountable feats to meet management expectations.
    Less talented engineers get promoted quickly because they are assigned little of any importance so they look good when they always get their work done.
    I'm single so this is just an annoyance for me, but the expectation for constant off hours support (nights, weekends, Christmas company shutdown) seems to cause domestic strife for married engineers with kids.
    Cedar Rapids kind of sucks.

    Advice to Senior ManagementUnderstaffing engineering for programs may save money in the short term by reducing payroll expenses with uncompensated overtime, but it will hurt the company in the long run when talented engineers consistently get burnt out and leave the company.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    3 people found this helpful  

    Not a bad place to work, not great but not bad

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Cedar Rapids, IA

    Pros- Big company in a small town
    - Good work life balance
    - Onsite cafeteria
    - Workout facility and
    - Child care close by
    - Tuition reimbursement

    Cons- Chances for advancement are slim
    - The facilities are very old and need repaired
    - Benefits have been decreased in the past couple of years
    - Very political place to work, be prepared to play the game.
    - Too many layers of leadership and not enough empowerment to individual contributors.

    Advice to Senior Management- Uniforms for the bargaining unit, Embarrassing to take suppliers and customers down to the manufacturing floor and see some of the outfits people wear to work, in my previous experience most production members wear jeans without holes, work boots and customer logo t-shirts / polos.

    - Get rid of assigned parking except for directors and above,

    - Post a guard during business hours for the 108 entrance - This is listed as the visitor entrance, too often visitors are stuck standing outside in the tunnel waiting for their sponsor, this is Iowa where it is really cold in the winter and hot and humid in the summer, visitors should not be stuck outside in the elements.

    -Police the smokers on Blairsferry & Collins Road, if you want a smoke free campus police it or allow smokers to smoke in the courtyard where no-one can see them, having employees stand on the street corner smoking is very tacky.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Need's more Perks

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsI enjoy the Holiday shut down and have long thought of it as a huge perk, until recently- when I found out that almost all engineering companies offer that same holiday shutdown to their employee's as well. Rockwell needs to not settle for "meeting market standards" but instead, be above the standards- we need more perks, otherwise, what is going to draw in a competitive workforce?

    ConsI don't have a whole lot of negative comments, but the one thing I do notice, is that there aren't very many "Entry Level" positions that become available. As a recent graduate, I would like the opportunity to move within the company, but can't due to lack of experience.

    I see my current position as a "Job" not a career.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    1 person found this helpful  

    Take this job if you desire stability

    Senior Systems Engineer (Current Employee) Portland, OR

    Prosintegration of commercial and government systems helps prevent bubble and burst hiring cycles. Unlimited sick time. Above average pay. Excellent bonuses. Employee stock purchase program

    Consthe good jobs go to the Rockwell lifers. No one seems to care about previous experience after hire date. Lack of exposure to parallel fields stunts technical growth. Cedar Rapids centric, even when the technology is being developed at a satellite location.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSet up a better new hire integration program. Think about adding a rotation program or leadership program on a cyclical basis to incorporate the strengths of external hires to the corporation.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great People, Poor Software

    Software Engineer (Former Employee) Wilsonville, OR

    ProsThey have some nice folks and a great facility.

    ConsDuring my 6 months with Rockwell Collins, I encountered the following:

    - poor overall software development
    - poor grammar
    - poor documentation
    - poor requirements writing

    I spent 4 years and 9 months at a competing Aerospace company prior to my Rockwell Collins contract-to-hire position and I had nothing to learn but bad habits.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHonor your contract-to-HIRE agreements. Do not string along engineering talent because one of your accountants forgot to carry the 1.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Software Engineer (Current Employee) Cedar Rapids, IA

    ProsGood company to work, nice work culture, great facilities, very active and balanced work life, lot of activities conducted by HR

    Conscedar rapids is not that good place to start career with. The city life is dull and boring.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    This is a process driven company.

    Systems Engineer (Former Employee) San Diego, CA

    ProsGreat intelligent people. I worked for a smaller BU with diverse products and projects to work on. Opportunity to work and various aspects of the products.

    ConsToo much processes which cause stagnate any innovation idea. Local management do not have discretionary funding for engineering to try new ideas.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDo less counting numbers. Put investment in long term products that are less affected by the annual congressional budget.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Overall reasonable place to work during better economic times.

    Senior Software Engineer (Former Employee) Richardson, TX

    ProsProgressive company. Benefits are fairly good. Salaries are competitive. Company employs talented engineers and uses fairly current technology. Flexible work schedule.

    ConsManagement at times inept.

    If you don't work in Cedar Rapids there is the potential for work to be pulled from your group and given to folks at the "home office". I saw it happen time and again.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe way to profitability is not to keep laying people off but to seek out and develop new business. I tired after seeing 6 rounds of layoffs in a few month's time and left for a better opportunity.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good pay and benefits. Poor growth opportunities.

    Systems Engineer (Current Employee) Cedar Rapids, IA

    ProsThe hours are predictable and pay is good. A work life balance is encouraged. Even as an entry-level engineer, I have had opportunities to lead and enjoy working in a respectful and collaborative environment.

    ConsIt is difficult to buy time to innovate. Engineering practices and techniques need to be updates.
    No Flexible time. No working from home.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPlease make an effort to understand the engineering behind projects. Do respect the feedback of engineers.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Caters to engineers - great if you're an engineer, but for everyone else, not so much

    Project Manager (Current Employee)

    ProsTuition reimbursement and weeklong holiday shutdown at Christmas

    ConsBenefits seem to cover less and cost more every year

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