Rockwell Collins

www.rockwellcollins.com
Employer Engaged

Rockwell Collins Reviews

Updated March 5, 2015
Updated March 5, 2015
153 Reviews
3.0
153 Reviews
Rating Trends

Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
(no image)
Kelly Ortberg
153 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • work life balance, upper management focused on improving things for employees (in 54 reviews)

  • At the moment, we have some pretty good benefits (week off at Christmas time) (in 40 reviews)


Cons
  • Cedar Rapids Iowa is not an ideal area to retain talented employees (in 73 reviews)

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

More Highlights

153 Employee Reviews Back to all Reviews

Sort: Popular Rating Date
  1.  

    It's ok. Has been better, could be better.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Richardson, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Richardson, TX

    I have been working at Rockwell Collins full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    14 paid holiday days per year. Annual bonus. Good work-life balance (depends on manager), nice environment. New CEO seems to be more employee focused.

    Cons

    So much emphasis on "lean". Spend too much time trying to earn "lean" points and it gets in the way of completing real work. Still "Cedar-centric" although mgmt (in Cedar) keeps emphazing that they are not. Upper management plans "morale" events and all-hands during high volume times. Seems like they are out of touch of when their staff is the most busy. This is not the same company that I hired into 15 years ago. At that time, it felt more like family and employees were more valued. Now, it's all about making the numbers even when the numbers were thrust upon you and were not reasonable. Takes too much time to get decisions made. Tools to get the work done are outdated and add to delays.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get some feedback on the tools that your staff uses. Are they adequate? "Morale" events should not replace the one-on-one pat on the back or positive feedbacks given more frequently than during review times. Employees need to feel their value more than twice per year.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Conflicted About Review

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Cedar Rapids, IA

    I have been working at Rockwell Collins full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great people to work with. Great midwest work ethic. Front line workers doing their best. Some great technology being developed, where visionaries are allowed to work freely.

    Cons

    Lack of vision to improve engineering development environment. Still using antiquated tools. Leadership is not in synch with one another. Each leader kinda does what they think is best, with little harmony across the enterprise. The division between Government and Commercial Systems Engineering creates an unnessarily hostile work environment between business units. Tech development tends to continually lag the competition, always following the leaders.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Solicit and cast a vision. Allow your visionaries to become champions. Reward those who deliver substantial improvements.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Your Manager makes all the difference

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cedar Rapids, IA

    I have been working at Rockwell Collins full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Although benefits have been cut, they are still competitive. Not many places still has the vacation/shut down that Rockwell offers. A lot of flexibility in work hours. Ethics and integrity. A lot of great people work here who are really trying to get things done.

    Cons

    EVERYTHING has to go to upper management for approval. They are not always in touch with how employees will react so things can get slowed down tremendously. New CEO is trying to change the culture but he has his work cut out for him. We make everything hard.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let go...some of the decisions that go to your level are not going to make or break the company...please listen to the people who are closest to the work...you don't know everything and shouldn't pretend that you do.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  4. Is this helpful? The community relies on everyone sharing – Add Anonymous Review


  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Frustrating for anyone with a sense of urgency

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer Manager in Dulles, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer Manager in Dulles, VA

    I have been working at Rockwell Collins full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, good pay, quality products

    Cons

    The company is vertically integrated, all work revolves around a giant SAP database which makes even the simplest tasks or transactions take hours or even days when they should take minutes. The company touts the "LEAN" mantra but is by far the least efficient development/production environment of any of the companies that I have worked for.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider allowing regional locations to run independently using their own tools, processes, and policies.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    great but key personnel not being promoted to important position

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - RF Design Engineer and Research Fix Broken Designs in Melbourne, FL
    Current Employee - RF Design Engineer and Research Fix Broken Designs in Melbourne, FL

    I have been working at Rockwell Collins

    Pros

    very active in design and develope of key design of airplane support

    Cons

    promotion of proper personnel are a little weak

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    look into your promotions of key positions

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Good company if you land in a good team otherwise you are stuck.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Rockwell Collins

    Pros

    Lot of job opportunities. Easy to move inside the company

    Cons

    Not cutting edge technology company. Old technologies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Motivate employees by giving them the work they love to do.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 6 people found this helpful  

    Conflicted

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Management
    Current Employee - Program Management

    I have been working at Rockwell Collins full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Global company
    Matrixed organization provides opportunities
    Shared Service model
    Strong portfolio mix
    Excellent reputation in the market place
    Proven history

    Cons

    Old leadership paradigms
    Top down leader model
    Weak Human Resource systems
    Limited career development

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Engage and leverage employee knowledge
    Unleash employee talent
    Focus on employee retention and career developmeet
    Remove poor leadership versus promoting

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Don't plan on advancing if you work here

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Cedar Rapids, IA

    I have been working at Rockwell Collins full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Many different kinds of things to do as long as they are systems or software engineering
    Can learn about avionics systems
    Great people to work with
    Extra vacation at Christmas time due to plant shutdown

    Cons

    Very low chance of advancement within the company. Unless you are a complete rock star, you will be stuck at the same (non management) level for many years.
    Give lip service to advancement opportunities, but don't follow through with them
    Have to work 15 years before you move from 3 weeks vacation to 4 weeks vacation

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote people within their bands
    Advance people to higher levels so they don't leave
    Modify vacation so 4 weeks kicks in sooner

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Senior Mechanical Engineer at Rockwell Collins, Wilsonville

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Mechanical Engineer in Wilsonville, OR
    Current Employee - Senior Mechanical Engineer in Wilsonville, OR

    I have been working at Rockwell Collins full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Medium size organization, which means more exposure to other functions, more diverse jobs, wearing multiple hats

    Cons

    Not much room for promotions, salary is below state average

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Eliminate obsolete and redundant processes and tools, otherwise Good Job!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Good place to work while raising a family

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Rockwell Collins (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Provides excellent work-life balance and has great benefits.

    Cons

    Very fast paced and stressful

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

Work at Rockwell Collins? Share Your Experiences

Rockwell Collins

 
Click to Rate
or

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.