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Rockwell Collins Reviews

Updated October 22, 2014
Updated October 22, 2014
644 Reviews
3.2
644 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • work life balance, upper management focused on improving things for employees (in 51 reviews)

  • At the moment, we have some pretty good benefits (week off at Christmas time) (in 39 reviews)


Cons
  • Cedar Rapids Iowa is not an ideal area to retain talented employees (in 70 reviews)

  • No Work Life balance, HR doesn't have the minimum idea of employees needs (in 17 reviews)

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  1.  

    Systems Engineer Intern G.S

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    The best reason is the flexibility of the positions. It is very easy to work around the company because the company is about providing avionics and software packages to the industry. So it's very easy to switch projects if you don't like it. Also, company is medium size which meant that it was easier to meet higher up management. As an intern, we met with the CEO on one of our intern meetings

    Cons

    Cedar Rapids Iowa is a very nice city, but growing up from New York City, it was very boring.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Don't plan on advancing if you work here

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 8 years)

    Pros

    Many different kinds of things to do as long as they are systems or software engineering
    Can learn about avionics systems
    Great people to work with
    Extra vacation at Christmas time due to plant shutdown

    Cons

    Very low chance of advancement within the company. Unless you are a complete rock star, you will be stuck at the same (non management) level for many years.
    Give lip service to advancement opportunities, but don't follow through with them
    Have to work 15 years before you move from 3 weeks vacation to 4 weeks vacation

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote people within their bands
    Advance people to higher levels so they don't leave
    Modify vacation so 4 weeks kicks in sooner

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    A fast pace environment that demands high level of organization to stay on top of various projects and supplier issues.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Industrial Engineer in Decorah, IA
    Current Employee - Industrial Engineer in Decorah, IA

    I have been working at Rockwell Collins full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    In the Decorah facility the Industrial Engineers play a very important role. You will be given a great deal of responsibility fresh out of college. You get to be a big fish in a small pond. Also, Decorah is a beautiful town and the staff are all fantastic people to work with.

    Cons

    This role has proven to be a 2 year position. Typically the Industrial Engineer in this position will begin fresh out of school and work between 2 and 3 years before moving on to bigger better things. This is likely because there are more opportunities for career growth in other locations such as Cedar Rapids or Melbourne Florida.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you would like to improve IE retention in Decorah I would suggest either changing the role of the IE in that location to better align with the career growth plan, or manipulating the career plan to be more site specific. I find that IE's in this location take on more of a quality role in that we spend a great deal of time dealing with supplier non-conformances and rejects. In order for me to progress in the career plan provided to me, I would have to become more involved with operator load times, process flow, and other more typical IE related tasks. These things are currently not a part of our actual routine so when we submit PR&DP's we often times do not fall under the G2 or G3 criteria. This is why I am looking for opportunities elsewhere. That said, I have thoroughly enjoyed the time I have spent with this team and I highly suggest this position to any motivated individuals who have recently graduated and would like to be a part of a growing and exciting industry.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Senior Mechanical Engineer at Rockwell Collins, Wilsonville

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Mechanical Engineer in Wilsonville, OR
    Current Employee - Senior Mechanical Engineer in Wilsonville, OR

    I have been working at Rockwell Collins full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Medium size organization, which means more exposure to other functions, more diverse jobs, wearing multiple hats

    Cons

    Not much room for promotions, salary is below state average

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Eliminate obsolete and redundant processes and tools, otherwise Good Job!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good for freshers

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

    I have been working at Rockwell Collins full-time

    Pros

    Good Salary, Good work environment

    Cons

    no proper designation structure, learning curve goes down after certain years, growth opportunities less after certain years

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Company, slow to adapt change like many other big companies. Awesome work ethics, great midwestern location.

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

    I have been working at Rockwell Collins

    Pros

    Large Company with many opportunities
    Ethics of the company unmatched in the industry - they walk the walk on trust, compliance and good business practices
    EXCELLENT product
    Recent, strong focus on non-linear job growth.
    Good, midwestern work ethic and values still prevail
    Trying hard to embrace diversity

    Cons

    VERY cheap company phone program for employees with customer contact
    Not enough people. Sounds funny since it is such a large company, but we are doing too much with too few. Burn out is inevitable.
    Still a good old boys network - have not quite actually been able to practice the diversity thing to its fullest extent
    Promotion to management based on being good at what you do, not necessarily being a good manager. (i.e. being a good engineer does not make you a good manager)
    Once you gain a prominent position, it is very hard to progress upwards, years and years of laterals after that.
    HR department and policies are burdened by our size. Very difficult at review time to have a team full of highly performing individuals. Managers are forced to apply a curve to team, regardless of performance. Very frustrating for many.
    Benefits decline each year

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Add more people to non-engineering departments
    Try to move more quickly in employment decisions. It takes waaaaay too long to get people into jobs. (maybe not having recruiters who are contract labor and actually know about the company would help)
    Put people who you trust who have good management skills into management positions, then let them manage and lead. Untie their hands.
    Put people in the travel department who have actually traveled outside of the city of Cedar Rapids during their lifetime.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Was where I was going to retire

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

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

    Pros

    Great people, Ok Benefits Good Vacation Package, Sick leave, Have health insurance but not the best, have dental,vision, long and short term disability..

    Cons

    They don't care about how they make a person feel. They step over dollars to save dimes. and don't listen to the people that make them the money. Really have to prove yourself if your not in the management's click.
    They just up and close places down all over the US but worry about the foreign market... Something wrong with that picture. A lot of jobs are lost because some guy around CEO level has some idea and it is a bad one. Rockwells customers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to employees with a open mind and life is not all about lining the CEO's pocket and closing down business cause you can. Look at the people that are doing a lot of OT... they are the ones... talking all day and not working and doing OT to make it look like they did something. Sad... You can't see who works hard for you and who screws off and then needs OT to do their jobs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Good place to work while raising a family

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

    I have been working at Rockwell Collins (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Provides excellent work-life balance and has great benefits.

    Cons

    Very fast paced and stressful

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    I've been with the company for over 10 years in a variety of positions across the company.

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

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

    Pros

    * large stable company,
    * ethical company
    * well balanced between commercial and government work
    * can be very accommodating to work life balance needs

    Cons

    * very engineering driven
    * good 'ol boys mentality
    * talks to innovation but too many "mother may I's"
    * asks leaders to do their jobs but then are quite often trumped by higher level leaders, if they are going to be trumped why be asked to do the task to begin with?
    * benefits are below par

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Learned to give 100% but remember it is just a job. satisfaction is from meeting cost and schedule.

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

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

    Pros

    There are some social events that make the work place fun.
    The work environment is quiet and secure.
    Low level leaders provide status reports to the team once a week. Middle level about once a month.

    Cons

    Finding project information is sometimes difficult. Leaders have mistreated the employees and got away with it for far too long before the leader was fired. I found I had to CC lots of people to get a response. Noticeably political.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Poor leaders should not be given so much rope for so long. It happens many times.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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