Rockwell Collins Reviews

Updated August 25, 2015
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  • 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. The sky is the limit

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great products and the aerospace industry is an exciting field to work in.

    Cons

    The aerospace industry can be fickle as you never know when contracts are accepted or cancelled.

    Advice to Management

    Do more training for new hires. The training is very impersonal and the learning curve is too steep.


  2. Helpful (2)

    Great place to work and lots of fun work but superior performers are in a constant uphill battle.

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    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Location, location, location. You cannot ask for a better community to work in than the world headquarters in Cedar Rapids, IA. The majority of individuals are friendly and in certain areas we have some of the world premier experts and you can learn a lot. Three weeks of paid vacation in your first year is truly superb. This along with dedication to helping people with work/life balance is one of the best reasons to work for Rockwell Collins. If you're self motivated you can make your own opportunities and leave others in the dust if you're willing to do so.

    Cons

    Truly superb performers can be held back based on trivial matters. For example, after 8 years of honorable service in the military, doing some of the same things I do now, none of that counts as "experience" because I was enlisted and did not have a degree at that time. I know several people in this same situation. Additionally truly superb performers will continue to get work piled on them until they burn out while others slide on by. This is not true everywhere in the organization but there are pockets where this is the norm. I'm not talking about technical prima donnas here who think they don't have to do anything because their so "incredibly smart" but those individuals who excel both at their assigned tasks and perform well beyond their expected job grades to take up slack of more senior personnel.

    Advice to Management

    Break through the middle management information bottleneck. The top level company vision does not get flowed down to the workers and lower level managers. Figure out that great engineers don't make good or in some cases even mediocre managers and leaders.


  3. Helpful (2)

    A great place to work with limitless career advancement - in Cedar Rapids.

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    Former Employee - Project Financial Analyst in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Former Employee - Project Financial Analyst in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent benefits package. Complete health, dental, vision coverage with very low cost to the employee. Generous vacation time allotment - three weeks for new employees, stepping up to four after ten years and five after twenty years. Employees able to accrue up to 2x annual vacation allotment. Advancement opportunities are plentiful at the HQ site in Cedar Rapids, IA. Genuine commitment to ethics and diversity. Increased focus on the wellness of employees - spanning both physical and mental aspects. Transparent review and development process, with clearly delineated bonus structure based on performance review. Tuition reimbursement, legal assistance, computer purchase programs and other nice perks are plentiful.

    Cons

    Advancement opportunities at sites outside of Cedar Rapids can be limited in non-engineering functions. Despite having the infrastructure to support it, company is reluctant to embrace telecommuting as a routine option for employees. Pay is marginally lower than competitors. Bonuses are capped fairly low. An entry level employee might make $5000 in a good year.

    Advice to Management

    Actively seek out and embrace new ways of attracting and retaining young talent. Don't let the company's "old guard" dictate culture. Growth demands that the workforce get younger and more mobile.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Heading in the right direction but this large company will take a long time to arrive.

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineering Project Specialist in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Current Employee - Senior Engineering Project Specialist in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Established company. Publicly traded. In order to maintain CMMI and ISO levels of accreditation, Rockwell Collins must follow policies and processes.

    Cons

    Constantly high stress levels for past 18 months. Lean staffing creates 45 to 50-hour work weeks without overtime reimbursement. Management will not allow a week-long vacation for past year due to staffing concerns.

    Advice to Management

    Constant surveillance of middle managers to ensure that they are supporting ethics and diversity through their actions with staff. Unfortunately, a few middle manager still act as if it were 1980 when they could dump on staff instead of delegating (which would help train new leaders within the organization through exposure to the responsibilities of leadership), berate and disempower their teams through statements such as 'you do not earn enough money here to have an opinion on that issue' and teasing a team member in front of co-workers concerning personal habits. Hierarchical systems make difficult marriages with team-based structures. Someone needs to tell a few electrical engineers that a Bachelor's degree only opens a door, it does not give them license to be the royalty at Rockwell Collins. Team managers have been recently dubbed as career coaches and trainers for their young teams. If these managers did not have coaching skills before August 2008 and Rockwell Collins has provided little training to them, what can be expected from these managers but the same old ways of micromanaging those who excel at their jobs while ignoring a few electrical engineers who are consistently slow performers?


  6. satisfiying and sometimes challenging work

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    Former Employee - Senior CAD Design Specialist in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Senior CAD Design Specialist in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    challenging and exciting projects to work on

    Cons

    too much micromanagement and involvement from project leaders

    Advice to Management

    allow freedom to experiment and do "what if" types of tasks


  7. Helpful (2)

    Great company, great products, strong leadership

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    Current Employee - Program Manager in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Compensation & Benefits (great annual bonus program....when the company performs!) Are doing well in the market due to continued investment in new technology and R&D (as a percent of sales). Lean culture focused on continuous improvment and beating the competition. This company knows how to win big programs and pursuits.

    Cons

    All roads lead to Cedar Rapids, IA. Your opportunities for advancement and promotions are limited if you work at any of the off-site facilities (meaning not in Cedar Rapids). There is also somewhat of a short term focus on quarterly earnings that can have negative implications on longer term thinking and strategy.

    Advice to Management

    If it ain't broke....don't fix it! Focus on what is important and less time on re-organizing.


  8. A good place to retire at.

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Poway, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Poway, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Stability within the commercial and defense industry is a good thing for job security.

    Cons

    A lot of process and a lot of the career growth is found in Cedar Rapids. The office outside of the main HQ are lacking.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your top performers better and stop trying to satisfy the status quo.


  9. Helpful (3)

    Rockwell Collins is a great company to work for that values its employees

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    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great company, state of the art high technology, lot of new projects, midwest hospitality, a strong desire to promote diversity, a lot of focus on customers, better than competitors in many aspects, great interaction with peers, school system in the area is very good, good salary for the area, good yearly bonus based on individual and company performances, acceptable benefits, easy to take ownership of projects, innovations are welcome, easy to commute to work (almost no traffic)

    Cons

    Small town life (Cedar Rapids, IA), the performance review system needs to be update to include more fairness, education assistance program restricted choices

    Advice to Management

    Promote diversity, need to hire more people outside of midwest area


  10. Great opportunity for career advancement but compensation could be better.

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great opportunity for career advancement.

    Cons

    Compensation could be better, only given the opportunity for a promotion at the end of the year.

    Advice to Management

    Try to get more involved with the engineers.


  11. Rock Solid Company with great leadership, but advancement could be slow.

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer E2 in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer E2 in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits package, very stable company, very professional and respectful atmosphere, diversity in the work place, winter shutdown ( where you get 9 days off between Christmas and New Years on top of your 3 working weeks of vacation and 1 week total national holidays). Rockwell Collins is a company that takes care of its employees.

    Cons

    Growth is slow (typical of any huge corporation) but steady. Performance reviews and end-of-year bonuses are greatly affected by the number of hours put in, instead of the quality of work achieved. Restrictions on Foreign Nationals ( non US citizens ). You are a drop in a sea of employees, hard to have a great impact on the department you are working for.

    Advice to Management

    Re-evaluate the way promotions and end-of-year bonuses are determined.



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