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Rockwell Collins Reviews

Updated August 10, 2014
Updated August 10, 2014
682 Reviews

3.2
682 Reviews
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Kelly Ortberg
101 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • A non-trivial number projects in maintenance that provide good work-life balance (in 46 reviews)

  • At the moment, we have some pretty good benefits (week off at Christmas time) (in 38 reviews)


Cons
  • Cedar Rapids Iowa is not an ideal area to retain talented employees (in 65 reviews)

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

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Sr. Management

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager
    Former Employee - Senior Manager

    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
  2.  

    Making some good changes

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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
  3.  

    Need's more Perks

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    I enjoy the Holiday shut down and have long thought of it as a huge perk, until recently- when I found out that almost all engineering companies offer that same holiday shutdown to their employee's as well. Rockwell needs to not settle for "meeting market standards" but instead, be above the standards- we need more perks, otherwise, what is going to draw in a competitive workforce?

    Cons

    I don't have a whole lot of negative comments, but the one thing I do notice, is that there aren't very many "Entry Level" positions that become available. As a recent graduate, I would like the opportunity to move within the company, but can't due to lack of experience.

    I see my current position as a "Job" not a career.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 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.

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    Current Employee - Systems Engineer II  in  Cedar Rapids, IA
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer II in Cedar Rapids, IA

    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
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Not a bad place to work, not great but not bad

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Cedar Rapids, IA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cedar Rapids, IA

    Pros

    - Big company in a small town
    - Good work life balance
    - Onsite cafeteria
    - Workout facility and
    - Child care close by
    - Tuition reimbursement

    Cons

    - Chances for advancement are slim
    - The facilities are very old and need repaired
    - Benefits have been decreased in the past couple of years
    - Very political place to work, be prepared to play the game.
    - Too many layers of leadership and not enough empowerment to individual contributors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Uniforms for the bargaining unit, Embarrassing to take suppliers and customers down to the manufacturing floor and see some of the outfits people wear to work, in my previous experience most production members wear jeans without holes, work boots and customer logo t-shirts / polos.

    - Get rid of assigned parking except for directors and above,

    - Post a guard during business hours for the 108 entrance - This is listed as the visitor entrance, too often visitors are stuck standing outside in the tunnel waiting for their sponsor, this is Iowa where it is really cold in the winter and hot and humid in the summer, visitors should not be stuck outside in the elements.

    -Police the smokers on Blairsferry & Collins Road, if you want a smoke free campus police it or allow smokers to smoke in the courtyard where no-one can see them, having employees stand on the street corner smoking is very tacky.

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

    Take this job if you desire stability

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    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer  in  Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Portland, OR

    Pros

    integration of commercial and government systems helps prevent bubble and burst hiring cycles. Unlimited sick time. Above average pay. Excellent bonuses. Employee stock purchase program

    Cons

    the good jobs go to the Rockwell lifers. No one seems to care about previous experience after hire date. Lack of exposure to parallel fields stunts technical growth. Cedar Rapids centric, even when the technology is being developed at a satellite location.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Set up a better new hire integration program. Think about adding a rotation program or leadership program on a cyclical basis to incorporate the strengths of external hires to the corporation.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great People, Poor Software

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  Wilsonville, OR
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Wilsonville, OR

    Pros

    They have some nice folks and a great facility.

    Cons

    During my 6 months with Rockwell Collins, I encountered the following:

    - poor overall software development
    - poor grammar
    - poor documentation
    - poor requirements writing

    I spent 4 years and 9 months at a competing Aerospace company prior to my Rockwell Collins contract-to-hire position and I had nothing to learn but bad habits.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Honor your contract-to-HIRE agreements. Do not string along engineering talent because one of your accountants forgot to carry the 1.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Software Intern

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  Cedar Rapids, IA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Cedar Rapids, IA

    Pros

    Good company to work, nice work culture, great facilities, very active and balanced work life, lot of activities conducted by HR

    Cons

    cedar rapids is not that good place to start career with. The city life is dull and boring.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    This is a process driven company.

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    Former Employee - Systems Engineer  in  San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in San Diego, CA

    Pros

    Great intelligent people. I worked for a smaller BU with diverse products and projects to work on. Opportunity to work and various aspects of the products.

    Cons

    Too much processes which cause stagnate any innovation idea. Local management do not have discretionary funding for engineering to try new ideas.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do less counting numbers. Put investment in long term products that are less affected by the annual congressional budget.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Overall reasonable place to work during better economic times.

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Richardson, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Richardson, TX

    Pros

    Progressive company. Benefits are fairly good. Salaries are competitive. Company employs talented engineers and uses fairly current technology. Flexible work schedule.

    Cons

    Management at times inept.

    If you don't work in Cedar Rapids there is the potential for work to be pulled from your group and given to folks at the "home office". I saw it happen time and again.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The way to profitability is not to keep laying people off but to seek out and develop new business. I tired after seeing 6 rounds of layoffs in a few month's time and left for a better opportunity.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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