Rockwell Collins Reviews

Updated June 26, 2015
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Pros
  • Work/life balance is generally good (in 54 reviews)

  • Good compensation good benefits (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)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    Procurement Program Manager

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Corporate Commodity Manager in Tampa, FL
    Former Employee - Corporate Commodity Manager in Tampa, FL

    I worked at Rockwell Collins (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    None. Maybe engineering types are happy there.

    Cons

    Manages thru fear and intimidation. New ideas are not welcome, employees are expected to follow a predetermined script. Culture of followers not leaders. Cannot attract talent because the HQ is in Cedar Rapids Iowa. Employees are not enabled to make decisions. everything must be approved at VP level. Its wicked cold there too.

    Advice to Management

    With their culture nothing can save this company.


  2. Helpful (4)

    Good Ole Boy Culture

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in O'Fallon, MO
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in O'Fallon, MO

    I worked at Rockwell Collins (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Compensation and benefits. Cedar Rapids is not a bad place to live.

    Cons

    An an engineer you will be left hi and dry. Nos support and constant criticism from management...unless your a long term senior guy from the area. You better fall in line of get out the door. Work life balance very poor as well. If you do not work more than 40 hours per week it is counted against you....and it is tracked and discussed in reviews.

    Advice to Management

    Wise up! Your losing talent because you are blind and arrogant.


  3. Helpful (3)

    Sr. Electrical Engineer

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Rockwell Collins full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Was a very good place. They pay an incentive bonus based on earnings, share, forward outlook yearly which is nice IF YOU ACTUALLY GET IT. SInce they laid off over 2,000-3,000 folks in 2011-2012 I has been a sinking ship.

    Cons

    Too many to list. Avoid ELINT department. You will never get promoted here.

    Advice to Management

    Fire yourselves


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  5. Helpful (11)

    Relieved To Have Left This Company

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer E2 in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer E2 in Cedar Rapids, IA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Winter shutdown - Work Life Balance

    Cons

    Not sure where to start! The following list reflects my experience in one particular department, your mileage may vary elsewhere: - Worked for the company for 6 years without any promotion! Each year you beg for the promised promotion and you get excellent reviews from your manager, but nothing happens. - No respect for technical talent. It is only about "leadership skills". I was once told that I am too good technically, and that I needed to "build relationships" within the department! - Middle aged white men dominate leadership/management positions. Diversity means Indian contractors. - 2% raises every year. I got a 20% raise when I left to a competitor! - Horrible work atmosphere. Employees eat lunch at their desk or at home. - No real engineering work. Paper pushing. That is why engineers are easily replaceable. You are discouraged from asking technical questions when interviewing new candidates! - HR is very weak and has no say in anything. I approached them when I had problems with my manager, but they could not help in any way. - Attrition rate of over 10%. It is a revolving door especially for younger engineers who are not from the area. - Cedar rapids is a horrible place to live. Unless you have family in the area. - Very few new technologies. You will mostly be working on supporting a legacy product, or a re-application of an existing product onto a new platform.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the feedback you get during the exit interviews. The changes you made to the E band to make it easier for engineers to get promoted are not being applied on the ground by middle managers. People don't leave your company for nothing.


  6. Helpful (5)

    Stay away from this company, they lie, cheat and steal.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in Cedar Rapids, IA

    I worked at Rockwell Collins

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Honestly, if you want a job that probably have some. But take everything with a grain of salt, they have jobs because of the high turn over of people leaving.

    Cons

    There's a lot. This is NOT the same company is was 10 years ago. All of the good managers have retired and were replaced by yes-men that exist to beat everyone down in a effort to bring in cheaper labor. This is by upper management decree which hopes to be cheap enough to some day convince another company to buy them out. The best kick in the teeth I got this weekend. Five years after leaving, Rockwell Collins decided to cancel my pension that I had earned. So much for keep their agreements and honoring benefits. Do yourself a favor and don't work here, don't put yourself through their version of hell.

    Advice to Management

    We all know Management as RC is a lost cause. There was over 50% turn over in my department after I left and that particular manager is still at the company. So he's succeeded in following orders from the top.


  7. Helpful (5)

    Beware of old school mentality

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Short term work good benefits

    Cons

    This is an old established company. It is run like a old family business . There are insiders and outsiders. The insiders will have jobs for life, the are from Iowa primarily and have long family employment at RC . If you graduated from UofI then you may become one. Otherwise you are treated like horse chutle . You get laid off every 4 to 5 years no real raise and no promotion .

    Advice to Management

    Get more outside help , you've grown stale and the world has passed you by.


  8. Helpful (5)

    seriously disappointed

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    • Senior Management
    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 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There is plenty of work to do.

    Cons

    Management has been saying that they will address shortfalls in pay and benefits, but it is an empty promise.

    Advice to Management

    Show some loyalty to your long-time employees who have stuck with you through the hard times. Trust is past tense.


  9. Helpful (2)

    A whole lot of back stabbing!

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Horrible working for them in Kuwait.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    Think of the hard working employees before they consider themselves


  11. Helpful (4)

    Abusive Politically Charged Environment w/Inept & Vicious Management

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Senior Administrative Assistant in Tustin, CA
    Former Contractor - Senior Administrative Assistant in Tustin, CA

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

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

    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 Management

    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.



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