Rockwell Collins Reviews

Updated July 5, 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. Good job security poor benefits and compensation

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Certified Operator in Melbourne, FL
    Current Employee - Certified Operator in Melbourne, FL

    I have been working at Rockwell Collins full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Good job security and very nice schedule.

    Cons

    No accountability and the compensation is far below market average.

    Advice to Management

    Actually manage employees


  2. Helpful (6)

    Trying to Improve........

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

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

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

    Pros

    Great history and products
    Interesting work
    Company trying to improve work/life balance
    Pockets of really good people

    Cons

    Many managers and directors has a real sense of entitlement. They worry about the square footage of their office as compared to others, or who has permit parking, and counting the number of days off an employee might need when a loved one passes. Then turn around and spend $50,000 to move a door from one end of a wall in their office to another. This attitude seems to effect all aspects of their decision making at work. It sets an unhealthy tone for others to follow.
    High school antics in the work place are tolerated, yelling, swearing, talking, laughing so loud you can't think.
    Different expectations for different employees, or should I say, lack of expectations.
    Raises, promotions all hinge on popularity in the office, and titles.
    Some of our best employees go unrewarded.
    Very critical environment. Lots of Micro Management.
    Our directors will past you, and not even say hello.
    Our managers are not free to make even the smallest of improvements within their groups.
    Employees making the lest in wages are often expected to find solutions for many of our issues, while doing their normal duties.
    Goals are a burden for some employees, not value added or necessary for all positions.
    To much control at the director level, and lack of knowledge for the groups under them to make good decisions.
    Benefits are decreasing, but the company always spins it into a positive?
    Parking and getting into the building is a horrible task each day. very long walks in bad weather. No covered walk ways to use. Very icy side walks and parking lot in the winter, people slip and fall all the time.
    Company has a general lack of respect towards the work force.
    HR is really difficult to work with, tried once, never again!
    Our director will at times bully our group.
    Many of my co-workers have decided to tune out, and just not care anymore.
    Unethical charge back, and time charging.
    Managers, and directors make decisions that effect your office, your job, you on a personal level without consulting you first.
    Our director has been caught telling several lies, but claims he just doesn't know, or remember?
    Why is he a director? He is either dishonest or incompetent by his own admission.

    Advice to Management

    Change the elite culture. Value all your employees. Demand ethical behavior from your leadership.
    I think the new workplace effectiveness might be a step in the right direction.
    The VOE surveys are more direct, asking questions that help drill down through the leadership levels.
    Improve the parking situation, and the walk to the building, facilities needs to do a better job clearing the snow and ice so you can walk safely.
    I really love my job, and want to like Rockwell, but I so often leave at the end of the day with tears, or just plain depressed.
    Please help.


  3. Much depends on where you work.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Lead Engineer in Grand Rapids, MI
    Former Employee - Lead Engineer in Grand Rapids, MI

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Many good opportunities exist. Opportunity to move around. GE seem to take their aviation business seriously.

    Cons

    Too much of a good old boys network in Grand Rapids. Worked in the Chief Engineers Office - terrible department level leadership in the Safety Department . Poorly defined work roles. Very low moral in department.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work to make sure you have the right managers in place.


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  5. Helpful (4)

    HUDs are us!

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

    I have been working at Rockwell Collins (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Interesting product line. Option for 9/80 work week with a moderate attitude to work life balance.

    Cons

    Not a good place for a Systems Engineer. If you joined HGS and was a successful systems engineer in another company or it appears even from other parts of Rockwell you are likely to find HGS frustrating. You will be told everything you know is wrong. You have to socially rub shoulders and toe the line to get accepted. Folks who do this will get to do as they please.

    Engineering is dominated by HW engineering that drives bottom up approach to system development. Systems engineers are treated as paper pushers. Weak senior level systems engineering leadership has attitude of leave as is. Same leadership will always defer to ego driven individuals who are either non-team players or too inexperienced to be placed in the position they hold. These individuals have very limited experience, as a result they drive top heavy and unnecessary process. Recent hires who appear to be more capable and experienced seem to get brushed aside.

    Company does not compensate for cost of living in the Portland Metro area.

    9/80 work week probably makes the site tolerable for most.

    Advice to Management

    You do not have the right people in charge to take the organization forward to its fullest potential or be successful in the future.

    Rockwell Collins Response

    Jun 12, 2015Manager, Strategic Staffing

    Thank you for this feedback. Employee feedback is important for us as we continue to build for future success. Please know that this information will be shared with other leaders in the ... More


  6. Intern

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

    I have been working at Rockwell Collins as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good company provided you get a project according to your skills and major

    Cons

    Not a good company for Embedded software people


  7. Helpful (2)

    Sr Technical Writer

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

    I have been working at Rockwell Collins full-time

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

    Pros

    Cost of living in Cedar Rapids is good, great schools, no traffic but that comes at an expense of you decide to relocate and accept a job in PTS.

    Cons

    Publications and Training Solutions needs a complete overhaul. 'Good Ol' boy network is rampant in PTS, unskilled senior leaders being promoted because they are buddy buddy with the director, employees being hired because a family member has worked or is working there. Solutions and ideas to fix the issues at hand are being brought up to lower management but they don't want to stir the pot in fear of retribution, demotion or just being let go.

    Advice to Management

    How about advice to the VP and above. I've been to several departments outside of PTS, morale and leadership is fantastic. Take a look at the turnover in PTS, by turnover I mean look how many Sr. Technical writers have left on their own accord. People that grew up in the area and have family there just to leave to get away from the toxic and hostile environment.


  8. Helpful (4)

    Very political, Good ol' Girls' Club

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

    I worked at Rockwell Collins full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours, interesting work, decent pay

    Cons

    Supervisors completely ignorant of your job and theirs, many have a personality profile you need to fit, or you're branded "not a team player".
    Benefits costing more &getting less.

    Advice to Management

    All the lip service about ethical treatment of employees seems not to apply at the satellite locations- or is that on purpose?


  9. Helpful (5)

    Terrible at acquisitions and integration

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Warrenton, VA
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Warrenton, VA

    I worked at Rockwell Collins full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    - well respected
    - good product portfolio

    Cons

    - terrible at acquiring small companies
    - VP/GM and Directors of Programs -- specifically in their Airborne Solutions portfolio -- are terrible leaders, can be very full of themselves, and perpetuate a good ole boy network and mentality (especially towards employees at remote sites). They don't take sage advice and they stand idly -- and in some cases actively -- by while programs hemorrhage money.

    Advice to Management

    Let go of your egos and get over your positions/rank in the company. Make the hard decisions to get programs on the right track. Hold the right people and functions accountable.


  10. Helpful (4)

    Project Manager

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technical Project Manager in Sterling, VA
    Former Employee - Technical Project Manager in Sterling, VA

    I worked at Rockwell Collins

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

    Pros

    Decent Pay and decent engineers

    Cons

    Poor Leadership and poor decision managemenr

    Advice to Management

    Stop bringing in leaders from Cedar that don't have S&T experience


  11. Helpful (5)

    Interesting Culture, but diversity of people and thought is lacking

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

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

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

    Pros

    Compensation is fair but opportunity for growth is limited.

    Cons

    Nepotism is rampant and outsiders are not welcomed.

    Advice to Management

    Stop talking about diversity and actually act upon trying to diversify the thought pool of the company.



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