Rockwell Collins
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www.rockwellcollins.com Cedar Rapids, IA 5000+ Employees

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Updated Jun 27, 2014
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Kelly Ortberg

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53% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Satellite Factories play politics, uneducated supervisors

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Manchester, IA

    ProsBenefits good, interesting work, good resources for doing your job.

    ConsSome work centers are pushed too hard, too much volume, time pressure, management acts oblivious, especially in factories outside of Cedar Rapids

    Advice to Senior ManagementPay attention to whats happening on the floor, morale is lower in some areas than you might think. Some supervisors cover themselves as opposed to trying to correct the situation.Consider re-organizing/splitting up some centers.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Post Military Disaster

    Publications (Current Employee)
    Cedar Rapids, IA

    ProsNice location in Cedar Rapids

    ConsConfused managers in various forms that are completely UN-knowledgeable in areas they are in place to manage. They are in charge but have no clue. No one can make decisions and when they do it's usually wrong. Program Managers have very little experience in dealing with the actual development areas. If your a Hawkeye Graduate Your in, otherwise, it's a long climb to get anywhere. People hired or moved into positions because they are friends of friends or family and not even qualified. A complete and total disaster. Upper Management has no clue as to what is going on 2 levels below them.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet a grip on what is going on in your company. You can't keep hiring YES men and Women. Eventually that will bite you in the butt. Needless to say people are leaving the company on their own accord in a bad way.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    ProsThe company has some good technically consistent processes which helps align projects and programs. The company places a lot of emphasis on doing the best to ensure commitments are met.

    ConsIf you want to actually build something go somewhere else. Rockwell Collins engineers can talk a good talk but actually building things that ship to real customers is something that is severely lacking. This is the anti-Agile establishment. For every engineer actually doing something there is another one watching over his should doing Cost Account Management (CAM)!!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great company in a bad location

    Systems Engineer (Former Employee)
    Cedar Rapids, IA

    ProsGreat company in the avionics field. About market average benefits. Everyone is approachable. Overall great experience. If the company was in a different place, probably one of the best companies to work for.

    ConsCedar Rapids is perhaps the most boring place on Earth. Even flights to go anywhere are ridiculously expensive. Everyone is looking to leave the company at the right opportunity.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAllow employees more mobility to transfer to other locations. Possibly move the company to a different location.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Starts out fun, but eventually you are forced to do dirty work. Wouldn't recommend for social able people.

    Software Engineer (Current Employee)
    Cedar Rapids, IA

    ProsYou get to work on some cutting edge government and commercial projects dealing with aviation and security.

    ConsThe majority of your job is dealing with processes instead of doing actual engineering. The people are bland and act as if they are curing cancer.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRealize young engineers aren't land-locked to Cedar Rapids like the older engineers. Younger engineers likely aren't married and don't have children, so they will be less likely to put up with low salaries, poor working conditions, and archaic business practices.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Firefighting at its finest. Hurry up and wait.

    Systems Engineer (Current Employee)
    Cedar Rapids, IA

    ProsGood pay for the area
    Good growth prospects
    Well balanced Government/Commercial

    ConsNo real training of new employees
    No real training of new managers
    Sink or Swim
    Bidding/Estimation process seems hit or miss, and when they miss it's not a small miss.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFigure out the bidding process, and remove the ineffective managers. There are plenty that are good, but many that aren't.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Crony culture, nonexistent career development, and dwindling benefits are the norm.

    Software Engineer (Current Employee)
    Cedar Rapids, IA

    ProsAt times the work is interesting.

    ConsExcessive bureaucracy, shared services not engineering rules the engineering process.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSimplify the process, and allow engineering flexibility.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great potential - Stifled by Corporate Management

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Tustin, CA

    ProsGenerous time off
    Lots of talented people in non-leadership roles

    Cons- Unless you are an insider, you will go nowhere within the company
    - Upper management and board of directors are only interested in increasing stock value while they cut budgets and lay good people off
    - Company has been in layoff mode since 2011
    - Company talks a good game about ethics, but hires family and friends of insiders to top management positions (nepotism) and fails to spend money on needed equipment to ensure employee safety
    - Employees are asked to "think outside the box" and control costs, but most employees are not given access to the tools needed to make those changes.
    - Thinking Outside the Box is impossible due to overbearing procedures which can not be circumvented - unless you have connections.
    - All good healthcare plans were scrapped at the end of 2013 in favor of high-deductible health plans which discourage employee wellness.
    - The general consensus among most employees is that Upper Management could not care less about the average worker.

    Advice to Senior Management- Put your money where your mouth is and practice ethics - stop the nepotism and give regular, unconnected employees a chance to advance
    - Stop beating people up about "controlling what you can control" unless you give them the tools to do so (i.e. give non-leaders the ability to at least see their own budgets)
    - Stop telling employees that there's no money for good employee healthcare and needed programs while your stock rises to all-time heights.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Old-World Hardware Company Struggling to Compete in an Information Economy

    Senior Software Engineer (Current Employee)
    Cedar Rapids, IA

    ProsLow cost of living in Cedar Rapids.
    A non-trivial number projects in maintenance that provide good work-life balance.
    Wide variety of projects within the company. Don't like what you're doing? Go try something else.
    Get a job here and you can probably see to it that friends and family also get jobs.
    Competitive time off: 13 or 14 paid holidays and 15 days of vacation for new employees.
    Benefits are currently competitive with defense and aviation industry rivals.
    The company seems genuinely concerned about the vast degree of employee dissatisfaction.

    ConsOver 50% of engineers are dissatisfied with their jobs and are not proud to work at Rockwell-Collins. This is based upon the company's own Voice of the Employee Survey.

    Rockwell-Collins has cut benefits every year for the last decade. Salaries have not kept pace with benefit cuts. In the past, Rockwell-Collins was known for slightly below-average salaries that kept pace with a lower Cedar Rapids cost-of-living and were compensated by industry-leading benefits - this is no longer true.

    Rockwell-Collins is an entrenched Fortune 500 Defense/Aviation Contractor using 1980s processes and dated technology while attempting to compete in a modern economy. Rockwell-Collins excels at competing in enterprise and government markets where the cost of entry is measured in the millions of dollars and a high degree of regulatory expertise is required.

    If you learned about a process or technology in college 10-15 years ago, odds are good that Rockwell-Collins is just now implementing it: Subversion? Enterprise standard as of 2013. Outlook? We're still using LotusNotes. Modern bug tracking? We've got IBM Rational Tools. Would you like to use a modern software process or technology? Something like Test-Driven Design, Agile, Distributed Version Control? Hopefully you end up in a group that's defying the company's own Enterprise Tools group.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRockwell-Collins is not a company built to compete in a modern marketplace, nor is it a company building benefits and salaries in such a way that it acts like it wants to compete. Admittedly, you already know most of this, but it seems like there's a decided lack of will to act.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    OK, not great. If you want to be an Engineer in Iowa this is a good option.

    Mechanical Engineer (Current Employee)
    Cedar Rapids, IA

    ProsGood work life balance.
    There is much talk of treating the engineers better, and little signs of improvement can be seen.

    ConsThis is a good company if your interest is project managment, but if you an engineer wanting to take on technical problems, you will probably be disappointed.
    It is a pretty old school company where term of service tends to be more important than level of achievement.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIn order to grow you need to inovate, and take on real engineering problems.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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