Rockwell Collins

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Rockwell Collins Reviews

Updated October 16, 2014
Updated October 16, 2014
640 Reviews
3.2
640 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 69 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    Good company

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

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

    Pros

    Good people
    Great work life balance
    Recent policy changes have made career growth opportunities better
    Lots of opportunity for bonuses

    Cons

    Large company with a lot of policy changes with unclear reasons.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 5 people found this helpful  

    Comfortable Job with little promise for future

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer E1 in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer E1 in Cedar Rapids, IA

    I worked at Rockwell Collins full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Overall, my employment here was a decent experience. As long as you can manage yourself to an extent, you will be able to find something to do to keep yourself busy. It may be just testing software, but its something to get going. Overall, the technology tends to lag behind industry but sometimes makes sense for reliability reasons. If you are looking for a comfortable job in a laid back city, this is it.

    Cons

    There are certainly some managers here that should have never left their desk as an engineer. When it comes to writing code or designing a project, they are fantastic. But when it comes to management style, well, there is no management style. Over my year of full-time employment here, I was going onto my third manager due to reorgs, people leaving, etc. Also, the work given to entry level engineers, most of the time the most code you will write is some Python to automate a test.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on getting better managers in place, and I think the employees will be happier.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Solid Company with poor managers.

    • 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 full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    I am trusted to get the job done working alone. Pay is fairly competitive. Company is on a good path to sucess.

    Cons

    Safety issues reported to management and they take no corrective action. Management & co-workers ignore your emails, however if you ignore one of theirs you catch hell for it. Work policy only counts for some workers and not others, otherwise known as favortisim.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't ignore safety issues, this will cost you big when someone gets injured. Don't tell one person he has to take a day of leave to go to a doctor appt, then tell the next guy to go ahead we'll cover for you.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

    Trying to Improve

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

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

    Pros

    Talented engineers, interesting technology, overall a company with rich history.
    Good amount of paid time off.
    Salaries OK.
    New COO, Kelly Ortberg is engaging his leadership to make a difference.
    Move to Google will help many of our IT, and sharing issues.

    Cons

    Work force is held to percentages, even though the company claims not to, being the sole drivers of the business model that creates the percentages, leaving the employees with no opportunity to make a change for the better.

    Whether or not you are successful at Rockwell will depend entirely on your direct manager, and their common sense, or lack of. Some lack the courage to oppose bad ideas handed down from our Directors and VPs. Far too many Directors are willing to back their colleagues bad ideas, and overlook the opportunity to make a real difference and improvements

    How seriously your ideas for improvement are taken depends totally on your job title, which is very frustrating. You will be asked for your input in Lean events, meetings, process improvement plans, and nothing will be acted on. After a while you shut down and decide not to contribute because your ideas are not valuable.

    Daily office politics are exhausting. If you can sound like you know what's going on, your fine, no one is held accountable for a good job, or bad. I have worked with many dishonest people, willing to blame others for their miss takes, and it works!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Rockwell Collins needs to find a balance for the ebb and flow in todays economy and technology. Instead of the knee jerk swings we have been experiencing due to the fluctuation of stock prices.

    Eliminate green spaces and permit parking, there nothing that makes you feel more segregated than driving by many open green parking spots to park in the back lots next to the tennis courts. It forces employees without the green space privileges to create their own parking tags, or drive family members cars and park in Transit all day undetected. Or at the very lest, please add one covered walk way from each back parking lot. I have fallen on the ice, as I know many others have. We live in Iowa, with more bad weather days than good. It's not the walk that bothers me it's the inclement weather.

    Rockwell Collins charge back business model leaves it's internal departments starved and fighting for useful current marketing assets and materials. With each department budget tightening, all visible costs are under scrutiny. A charge back department can not share assets with another department without charging to do so. This practice ensures valuable assets will be unusable, creating self serving metrics proving other departments don't want or need these assets and materials. This couldn't be further from the truth. We have great products, legacy products, talented engineers, cut these assets loose and let the world know what we Have! Sale it!

    Do you realize how many people don't know Collins brought GPS to the world? The company's heritage is a marketing plus, and should be focused on. Many of our historical assets have not been taken care of, or thoughtlessly thrown out in 5s events. Whole data bases to pull assets from archives and warehouses, have been boxed up and sent to a warehouse, leaving these historical pieces unsearchable.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    Ok company if you want a job.

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

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

    Pros

    Stable job. I feel that companies sales department does a good job. It is easy to transfer departments. Some of the products technology is really cutting edge. Average pay is good and for the Cedar Rapids area you will feel very comfortable.

    Cons

    As the products technology is cutting edge, the tools are most defiantly not. Be prepared to use office tools in all the wrong ways. I have worked at many different companies much smaller and much bigger than Rockwell Collins and I have never seen such a culture that favors home brewed tools. Many of the "more experienced" engineers have never worked outside the company have little interest in learning about new and better techniques in the industry. I have seen million dollar investments dumped into home made tools that could have been better spent on real off the shelf solutions that would have been more flexible for only pennies on the dollar. For example many companies write and review software why must Rockwell Collins use a custom review tool?

    As for the cutting edge technology. Good luck ever getting on any of those projects. I have been trying for over five years.

    The pay is comfortable, but it might not be for long. For the year end reviews Management is forced to create a bell curve for their employees and compare them to other management teams in the department. So if a manager has 5 employees two will be graded higher than normal, two will be below normal, and one will be average. You are given a magical number which is then tossed into a pool with other managers magical numbers. After much politics and fighting a weighting number is developed to apply to your magic number and now you have your pay raise. The average pay raise being about 3% which places many engineers just at the rate of inflation. So technically many engineers will be making less money the next year.

    If you want good projects you really need to be buddies with your manager, and play the politics game. In "most" departments virtue and skills are not nearly as important as political positioning and presentation. Managers really vary in personality and age. If you want to advance your career be prepared to to match and understand your managers style You may need to learn how to drink more and party, or attend the correct church.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I see internal initiatives to get around political aspects of the company, and from a engineering perspective this does help with moral. But, even the latest "think of a good idea and we'll fund it" concept is flawed with resource issues that management will not help with. I think this leads to the bad habit of custom tools that makes an Engineers life so hard. My suggestion to management is to trust the engineers instincts more. Especially trust the more experienced engineers that have seen better and cheaper ways from other parts of the industry.

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Company Unstable at times

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Duluth, GA
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Duluth, GA

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

    Pros

    Good pay, work environment, and quality of life

    Cons

    Not very stable, laying off lot of people with little warning

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more transparant

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good company...if you are in Cedar (corporate headquarters)

    • 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 full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Pay and benefits are very competitive (company has stronger benefits than most, and a good bonus program that all employees participate in), company tries to be employee focused, focus on integrity, diversity

    Cons

    "Old school" management style can be oppressive (much more stick than carrot on a daily basis), politics are huge, offsite locations will always be secondary.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Sr. Management

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

    I worked at Rockwell Collins full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good compensation good benefits. Company has a good 401K match and pays above average.

    Cons

    management does not care about employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Making some good changes

    • 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 full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Really like Kelly Ortberg and some of the changes he's making

    Cons

    Entitlement expected by long-term employees and a "old school" outlook isn't going to get this company very far.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Practice what you preach!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    It may not be perfect, but most of my engineering colleagues that have left for the competitors want to come back.

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

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

    Pros

    Large enough company you can switch to a new job if you don't like your current job.
    Engineers are rarely fired or laid off.
    Going above and beyond is rewarded when it comes to salary planning and occasionally with $500 pre paid visa gift cards.
    Customer feedback is almost always very positive for avionics systems.
    Technology is pretty advanced considering the enormous lead time required to certify civil avionics hardware.

    Cons

    Talented employees get assigned the most work & get the least recognition when they pull of nearly insurmountable feats to meet management expectations.
    Less talented engineers get promoted quickly because they are assigned little of any importance so they look good when they always get their work done.
    I'm single so this is just an annoyance for me, but the expectation for constant off hours support (nights, weekends, Christmas company shutdown) seems to cause domestic strife for married engineers with kids.
    Cedar Rapids kind of sucks.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Understaffing engineering for programs may save money in the short term by reducing payroll expenses with uncompensated overtime, but it will hurt the company in the long run when talented engineers consistently get burnt out and leave the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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