Rockwell Collins

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Rockwell Collins Reviews

Updated September 6, 2014
Updated September 6, 2014
644 Reviews
3.2
644 Reviews
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Kelly Ortberg
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Pros
  • work life balance, upper management focused on improving things for employees (in 51 reviews)

  • At the moment, we have some pretty good benefits (week off at Christmas time) (in 39 reviews)


Cons
  • Cedar Rapids Iowa is not an ideal area to retain talented employees (in 70 reviews)

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

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    A whole lot of back stabbing!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Conformal Coater, Was Hired to BE An Electral-mechanical Technician in Wilsonville, OR
    Former Employee - Conformal Coater, Was Hired to BE An Electral-mechanical Technician in Wilsonville, OR

    I worked at Rockwell Collins full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    They have a cafeteria!

    Cons

    The lead person has been making a serious mistake for over 15 years. She got pissed when i went over her head and had an engineer look at the problem. They immediately farmed out that circuit board to be worked on outside if this company. They also pulled 98 airplanes out of the air to fix the problem. I was wrongfully discharged when I got sick from working with and breathing toxic chemicals. I will deal with breathing issues the rest of my life because of it. But she still has a job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don’t put your employees at risk with bad ventilation with toxic chemicals. Amazing how you moved the chemical station and bought new ventilation when I had to go to the Emergency room. If someone is coughing and coughing give them something else to do so they can breathe clearly again. When there is a question on conformal coating that doesn't match the drawing. Listen to the employee. Stop trying to cover up mistakes that she excused as tribal knowledge.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Horrible working for them in Kuwait.

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    Current Employee - Satcom Engineering in Duluth, GA
    Current Employee - Satcom Engineering in Duluth, GA

    I have been working at Rockwell Collins full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Nothing that I can think of.

    Cons

    Trying to stay ahead because of the low over sea salary that they pay us.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think of the hard working employees before they consider themselves

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Abusive Politically Charged Environment w/Inept & Vicious Management

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    Former Employee - Senior Administrative Assistant in Tustin, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Administrative Assistant in Tustin, CA

    I worked at Rockwell Collins as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Engineering team lovely, decent coworkers. The culture is highly professional but tainted with the viciousness of the administrative staff and their manager.

    Cons

    Middle & senior management turn blind eye to low level managers that inflict abuse & manage by bullying. Administrative staff report to small minded & vicious manager that demonstrates partiality to pets & has created smoke screen to disguise inept ability. Exemplary work ethic nor outstanding caliber of work make any difference should you defend yourself against false accusations or bullying. Admins BEWARE. If you can take abuse & vicious females who are allowed to wield their power over everyone, you may be able to survive. If you do not tolerate high level stress & abuse then this is not the environment for you!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take action to eliminate inept management team that show no regard for employees that are forced to tolerate this toxic, unhealthy & unprofessional work environment! Make it politically "correct" to defend employees against false allegations & bullying! Admins should report directly to management they are supporting NOT a low level manager that is inept. Senior Admins that report to Senior Directors should be stripped of their power and educated on interpersonal skills & taught the true definition of a harmonious team environment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Most Corrupt Management in Industry

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    Current Employee - Senior Administrative Specialist in Warrenton, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Administrative Specialist in Warrenton, VA

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

    Pros

    If you are female, you can get away with murder.

    Cons

    If you did not start out at Athena Technologies, you might as well be dead.
    There is no work on the books and few prospects
    All the best and most talented people have left
    Only the hangers-on from Athena are left and they are just there to bilk the mothership
    Technology is aging and not being refreshed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of your dead wood and part time managers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Mixed

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Rockwell Collins full-time

    Pros

    Great opportunities if you want to work in Cedar Rapids, IA

    Cons

    Poor opportunities and poor potential for growth at any of the remote locations in the U.S.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 5 people found this helpful  

    Most Ethical? I hope not!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Generous time off for a private company. That's it.

    Cons

    Unethical business practices, lack of leadership support for programs, leadership doesn't seem to care that our buildings are unsafe, there's no fire alarm syst at my place. No recognition for hard work and good ol' boys are promoted based upon who they know or sleep with. Buildings are old, dirty and poorly kept. I can't believe the company has been awarded a "most ethical" prize two years in a row.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop pretending to care about ethics and your employees - put your money where your mouth is. You've managed to bamboozle some outside groups, but you're not fooling your employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Not the job for anyone with a long-term career in mind.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Rockwell Collins full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The work is interesting and fun. Benefits and pay seem to be competitive.

    Cons

    The volume of work is all too inconsistent and lead to annual layoff season around late November. Even long established employees that played key roles were fair game. Prepare for lots of survivors guilt, low morale, and keep your resume current for what is almost inevitable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This could be a great place to work and even retire with. Fix the revolving door for the people that actually make the company money.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    terrible experience last 2 years

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Rockwell Collins full-time

    Pros

    small pockets of success may make work enjoyable

    Cons

    corporate in-bread culture from central Iowa, very little outside view points or experience; myoptic

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 10 people found this helpful  

    Do not accept a position at Rockwell Collins. Flip burgers, do ANYTHING but work here

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    Former Employee - Senior Electrical Engineer in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Former Employee - Senior Electrical Engineer in Cedar Rapids, IA

    I worked at Rockwell Collins full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Well, it's a paycheck, benefits aren't horrible.

    Cons

    Rockwell Collins is a toxic work environment. It requires a very special kind of self hatred to actually like working in this place. There is only two valid reasons I can come up with why anyone would want to work here. You want to live in Iowa and you're an engineer. Cause there's not many other places to work except RC if you're an electrical engineer in Eastern Iowa.

    80% of your time as an EE will be spent doing paperwork and if you're lucky, the other 20% might involve some design work, that's if you are VERY lucky.

    The technology is outdated (think 1990s), the management is outdated (think 1980s), the company infrastructure is WAY outdated (think dial up internet; except dial up would be faster).

    Rockwell brags about it's 'technology'. Truth is it's 7-10 years behind the technology curve that the rest of the world works in. You'll be working on old old stuff, especially if you're a software engineer. DO NOT COME HERE IF YOU ARE A SW ENGINEER. EVER. Deliver pizzas if you have to. Just don't come to Rockwell. Think 5 inch floppy drives. Yep. That's right.

    If you like BS paperwork, you might fit in. Try DOORS, Microsoft Project, Subversion, Clear Quest, Clear Case, PREP, SAP, for starters. How about Lotus Notes for your e mail? And how about no SPICE simulation tool? How about no Sigrity, no HFSS, no net constrait tool, the crappiest layout tool you will ever see (Zuken CR5000). Would you like to spend most of your career linking requirements in DOORS? Well, maybe this place would be for you...but I doubt it.

    Most of the engineers I worked with fit into several categories. Some want to live in Iowa and like RC, some have no marketable skills to offer any other employer and they are literally stuck at RC and don't like it, and the retired in place people whose only wish is to last long enough to get enough points to qualify for retirement. All versions are mediocre engineers. There are a few bright spots, but usually they leave for greener pastures. If you are eager to learn and grow your career, these engineers are not the ones you want to work with. You will learn NOTHING except the Rockwell process, good for only one thing; working at Rockwell. Trust me.

    Now as for 'moving up the ladder' in engineering? Forget it. Only path up is management, usually program management. You'll spend 15 years toiling away as a grunt engineer before you are even considered for a promotion to principle. Yeah, 15 long years. And most admins get treated FAR better than grunt engineer types. Why? Supply and demand. Think about it. 1 place to work in Cedar as an engineer, 100 places to work as an admin. Supply and demand. They are comfortable hiring engineers to do admin work because it's so difficult to find admins to work at Rockwell, no lie friend.

    My advice: there are so many other real companies in the country, even other avionics places, where you'll do far better than working at this dismal, depressing, soul crushing company. You have been warned. If you do choose to join, plan on 1 year then getting the heck out. You have to stay 1 year to not have to pay back the moving and bonuses.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management you know what the problems are, and you know how to fix them but you don't because that would be too 'risky'. Grow a pair Kelly, get this thing sorted out before the company is sold for scrap because that's about all you'll have left over if you don't turn this ship around and fast.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 5 people found this helpful  

    Same stuff, different day

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    • 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 3 years)

    Pros

    Keep your head down and don't rock the boat and you can work your 40 hours for 40 years with no problem

    Cons

    All changes are driven from top management. Even when employees give feedback, top management puts their spin on it to make it what they want it to be. Then, when good engineers leave, they scratch their head wondering what happened.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit asking for feedback if you are just going to do what you want to do anyway.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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