Rockwell Collins Reviews

Updated August 30, 2015
239 reviews filtered by
  • Any Location
  • Any Job Title
  • Any Status
Employment Status

Reset
3.0
Rating Trends
Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
(no image)
Kelly Ortberg
48 Ratings

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)

More Pros and Cons

239 Employee Reviews

Sort: Popular Rating Date
  1. Helpful (2)

    Company success is good, this does not always propogate through to employee satisfaction.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Involvement in cutting edge embedded technology. Location cost of living is relatively low. Flexibility in work schedule. Prior approval is necessary for working remotely, but in most cases this just requires an email to leadership.

    Cons

    Compensation may not be keeping up with industry standards. Advancement may be limited by company policies compared with other companies. Work life vs. Personal life balance is not always optimal. Uncompensated overtime is often strongly encouraged.

    Advice to Management

    More attention should be paid to employee satisfaction and reward, specifically loyal employees. I've heard of cases where "new hires" with experience are compensated better than current employees with equal and often times more experience and competency.


  2. OK company to work for, watch out for the bean counters.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Melbourne, FL
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Melbourne, FL
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits package is better than most companies of the same size. Excellent support of work/life balance (at least for salaried employees).

    Cons

    Company is getting too focused on the bottom line. The bean counters are taking over. There is too much emphasis on earned value which is based on budget and schedule estimates, not reality. The company is not willing to take risk. There are numerous products which would bring in big money in future years if the company were willing to invest in the research and development. Existing products need a significant refresh at least every 5 years, this company waits 10 or more. In the meantime these products get patch together as parts go obsolete.

    Advice to Management

    We are a technology company, sometimes there is no huge profit margin. Investing in R&D and supporting engineering and manufacturing will lead to those profits, just not as fast as you seem to want.


  3. Helpful (3)

    Great benefits, poor opportunity for ME advancement.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Melbourne, FL
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Melbourne, FL
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Rockwell Collins has crafted their benefits package to truly respect their employee's work/life balance. As a new hire you will receive 6 weeks of paid time off. This time is comprised of 3 weeks of true "take-anytime" vacation time, 1.5 weeks of company shutdown at Christmas, and 1.5 weeks of standard holidays. The vacation time accrues to you in monthly increments. Also, employees have a wide variety of health benefit packages to chose from including HSA plans. The company has committed to attracting and retaining talent through very competitive benefits. The quality of people you will work with is obviously a relatively ambiguous variable to gauge at most companies, but in my three years of experience working in the Melbourne, FL offices, I truly enjoyed the people I worked with. Most of the senior engineers are very knowledgeable and willing to help out the incoming junior engineers. On the engineering design side, employees work in teams centered around support of individual products. This model requires reliance on team members to get things done which can be a challenge...

    Cons

    Mechanical engineers are not as highly regarded in this company as say Electrical engineers. This makes sense since in the end, they are an electronics design and manufacturing company. However, it is important to note that if you have your sights set on a career in Mechanical engineering at RC, there are not a lot of opportunities for advancement and expansion. Contributing to this insight is the fact that recognition and feedback are difficult to come by at RC. Corporate goals are not translated well into individual employee goals, and the line of sight between individual efforts and corporate outcomes is very blurry. This in turn translates into frustration with the lack of ability to influence your incentive compensation. Yearly bonus is paid based on corporate level performance vs. projected goals. It is impossible to personally affect the size of your annual bonus. Lastly, annual raises are "supposedly" based on your individual performance, but there is very little wiggle room for your manager to truly reward individuals. Also, like most engineering companies, raises are traditionally very small and there is a very small range that you can hope to achieve. There are no cost-of-living increases and so in an inflationary environment your raise will likely not even cover inflation. Avionics are designed to have "lifetime" guarantees... The culture at RC is to stick to tried-and-true design principles in order to mitigate risk of failure. This tends to inhibit creativity and innovation. Another contributor to this is the fact that the company is governed by myriad FAA, FCC, and other regulations...

    Advice to Management

    From a CEO perspective, I believe the company has been managed well and set up to succeed even in market downturns. I do believe that more respect should be paid to the engineers who are the lifeblood of the company - simple things, like a cost of living wage increase MUST be considered.


  4. Is this helpful? The community relies on everyone sharing – Add Anonymous Review


  5. Could be better

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richardson, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richardson, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Work life balance is fine if you have and understanding superior. Good place if you have children everyone loves the childre.

    Cons

    Things change but the leaders stay the same. The Roc tries to create a picture that never dries. Stay away.

    Advice to Management

    Get the message to your lower management. Fall in line with other companies and stop trying to operate off of old ways.


  6. Helpful (2)

    A lot better before the recession

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Interesting work Flexible and plenty of time off My manager respects and listens to his employees Tuition reimbursement and a flexible schedule to do class work Holiday vacation

    Cons

    No more Overtime, PC discounts, raises, or bonuses Difficult to get small things expensed Noisy work environments, engineers don't get private offices. Sometimes schedules are very unrealistic Tools are locked in and impossible to change.

    Advice to Management

    The company needs to not be so cheap when it comes to raises and bonuses when the company is still making large amounts of money.


  7. Helpful (2)

    Good place to start your career

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sterling, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sterling, VA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great place to get your foot in the door Flexible schedule Good place to build basic engineering skills Medical benefits are great if you take the HMO or better PPO type plans Sometimes they offer a year end bonus (percentage of your pay) depending on economy!

    Cons

    Be aware of the 'free' medical health plan. It is basically a super high deductible plan that only covers 80% of treatment. If you are 22 and never get sick, by all means try it out. Not much room for advancement. Once you hire in at a certain pay grade and job, prepare to be there for a long, long time. Lower than average wages........the main office is in Cedar Rapids, and they run all locations like they're in Iowa......Making rural Iowa wages in Washington DC, Northern Virginia, or San Jose, CA doesn't cut it. "Cedar-Centric" -- get used to this term! Your career is dead unless you go to Cedar Rapids (fat chance unless you hire in there). Rockwell is the only game in town in Cedar Rapids, not so in other markets. Software guys treated like dirt compared to other companies, hardware guys get decent treatment.

    Advice to Management

    Consider improving wages for those not in Iowa. Allow sites that don't mass produce radio enclosures to have more freedom in operation. Certain products built one at a time don't conform to the mass production technique. My advice....stay long enough to get vested (3 years), learn everything you can in all departments, and then go job hunting.


  8. Helpful (6)

    Good work-life balance, little truth in reviews.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Cedar Rapids, IA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good-to-great health benefits. Solid 401(k) match (75% of the first 8% you contribute), with 3 year cliff vesting. 1-1/2 weeks off during the winter holidays, with 3 weeks paid vacation. Great place if you like working on aircraft or avionics.

    Cons

    Company is disfunctional when it comes to implementing employee reviews. Employees are rated on a forced curve (similar to GE's 20-70-10 scale), and Directors order their subordinates to flow-down this ratio to their individual groups (HR denies this, but managers who are aware will share this with you). They rate you on a 3x3 grid based on your "Goals - what you accomplished" and your "Values - how you worked" (1-3 scale for each). This affects promotion and bonuses (your bonus is cut by 50% if you get a "1" in either category). During both of my years here I got an unsatisfactory rating, despite the fact that none of my FOUR different managers ever counselled or mentored me on any performance issues during the fiscal years in question. I got no feedback during the year, and got hit with a bad review at year's end (I'm sure that they would have mentioned something if in fact my performance had been deficient). More likely, they had to stick someone in the "bottom 10%". There is no formal organization for employees (other than social clubs). Onboarding (at least for me) was abhorrent (no one greeted me, my manager was out of town (even though HR told me to go to lunch with him that day) and my mentor was on vacation. If there is a grevience you are encouraged to go to the "Ombudsman" (the Ombudsman referred me to Human Resorces). I inquired with HR about the aforementioned review issue and I requested a just and equitable solution... I was told (these were her exact words) "I don't think this is going to turn out the way you want it to turn out".

    Advice to Management

    I honestly believe that senior leadership tries to implement new and innovative methods. These really break down when they get implemented. Reviews focus too much on "meeting the target distribution ratio" and not about constantly improving and engaging the core workforce. Managers must constantly engage their people, but they are hamstrung becasue "General" and "Training" time shows up as overhead, and not as investing in your capital (in your employees). You get little or no professional feedback during the year... you only get hit with the bad news at the end of the review year. The motto is "Building Trust Every Day"... LIVE IT!


  9. Helpful (2)

    Not bad for an aerospace company.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Test Equipment Engineer in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Current Employee - Test Equipment Engineer in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Decent pay for location. Good benefits. Most projects are interesting to work on. Easy to work with most people. Cedar Rapids is hassle free. As aerospace companies go, this is a good one.

    Cons

    Iowa is desolate with not much to do. Things move slowly and there is a lot of red tape. Lower management is ok if you get the right manager. Most managers give you vague expectations and then broadside you at review time with something they never told you about. HR pushes the diversity propoganda way over the edge.

    Advice to Management

    Ease up on the HR propoganda. Lay out more specific job duties. There should be more mentoring when employees are onboarded.


  10. Excellent Incentive Plan for All Employees

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Former Employee - Manager in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Work/Life Balance Promotional Opportunities Incentive Pay tied to Company Results - all employees (except B.U.) participated

    Cons

    Senior Human Resources Leadership -- "old guard" has a firm hold -

    Advice to Management

    Keep Clay Jones! He's a real good guy.


  11. Helpful (2)

    Over all it has been a good company to work for, September 11, 2001 and the current economic recession have weakened the

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Melbourne, FL
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Melbourne, FL
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    For the most part it was very good at respecting work and family life. It seemed that big programs well, and be reasonable with schedules. If they will return to that philosophy it will continue to be a good place to work.

    Cons

    Over the last few years, uncompensated over time has been the norm. Most issues were due to improperly bid programs. A push to hire a large number of engineers due to future availability concern has created a rather large inexperience workforce. Not enough mentors to go around, and not enough time to mentor. Most new college graduates are making as much if not more than people with 5 to 10 years of service. Pay is not competitive with other similar companies, and over the last few years it not been growing. Currently a number of experience engineers have begun leaving the company. Biggest issue right now seems to be the inability to update product which is taking away our ability to compete.

    Advice to Management

    Truly evaluate the pay for performance policy. There are manager actively seeking to rehire people whom they assume to be good workers, without investigating and asking for input from other employees. By rehiring they are rewarding people that left and failing to advance from within. The issues with employee retention right now, have a lot to do with money. Pay them well, they will stay.



Showing 239 of 823 reviews
Reset Filters
RSS Feed </> Embed

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