Rockwell Collins Reviews

Updated March 30, 2015
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  1. Great Company to work for

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

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

    Pros

    Opportunity to advance career in any role, great Values, tenured employees (Lifers) to learn from, Best Aviation Company

    Cons

    Benefits are up to standard, but Compensation lags, Better get it through negotiations before you start, the Formal Mentoring tools are unused and needs to be scrapped; if you need good mentoring, do so by seeking individuals out and requesting directly, Great Senior Leadership team, but most of the Entry and Mid Level Leadership have no Leadership skills when it comes to mentoring and empowering team

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on empowering individual contributors by accountability metrics for Entry-Level and Mid-Level Managers. The Company has great potentials to unleash energy, but the Mid and entry Level Leadership needs serious reform, otherwise you loose the talents you so seek to develop

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Great company to work for overall

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

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

    Pros

    Large company with lots of room to grow for advancement in different career fields. Great place to gain experience at all career levels.

    Cons

    Company seems to be overly managed in many areas. Manager to employee ratio is higher than what is typically seen at other companies, which at times they seem not to be on the same page in providing direction or goals that are consistent.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. Great company

    • 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

    -Relaxed, easy going
    -Cool programs
    -Great community
    -Understanding management

    Cons

    -Rockwell has a lot of different programs, some are better then others. I worked on a huge program (100+ engineers, huuge govn't contract) and it was poorly manage. I've worked on several programs since, all have been much better
    -Management not very good at career development.
    -Medical/Dental coverage has become more costly and not as good in the past 5 years

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to work closer with engineers to determine career paths and basically how to make more money / figure out where you want to be in 10 years. I've always worked on the government side, so it seems like management is mostly concerned with meeting deadlines (i.e. the short term picture).

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. Good place to work for an experienced engineer

    • 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 10 years)

    Pros

    If you're competent, then job security is good. Total compensation is pretty good. I've enjoyed many of the programs I've worked on and people I've worked with but there have been a couple of times I just wanted out. Luckily, RC is a fairly large company and lateral moves are fairly easy. For the most part, management does want to keep the employee happy and is willing to move people.

    Cons

    For me, there's too many people not concerned enough about quality during a design and development program. And there's your typical 10% that are apathetic and are just here for the paycheck. RC is fairly good, though, and identifying them and they are the first to go during RIFs, of which there have only been a few in the last 10 years. There's a big shift going on right now in the engineering tools RC uses for things like change management and requirements management. The new tools are web-centric and "collaborative" but sometimes we're on the edge of chaos when too programs are moved too quickly.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. Summer Intern |S|AP BW 2014

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Graduate Technical Intern in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Former Intern - Graduate Technical Intern in Cedar Rapids, IA

    I worked at Rockwell Collins as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent leadership, very encouraging environment. Team-members love to help you out. My direct Manager and the above him were both really helpful and patient. They make sure to provide you with enough training and support so that you can perform successfully.

    Cons

    Slow growth as compared to other companies
    The work pace is very slow

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Excellent office culture. They shouldn't change it. More SAP led training should be provided

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. Software Engineer

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

    I worked at Rockwell Collins full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Excellent place to learn and grow for engineers

    Cons

    Location - Cedar Rapids may not attract people to stay long term

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 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 a 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
  9. 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
  10. Great experience

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

    I worked at Rockwell Collins as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    High quality, interesting work. Nice people and management.

    Cons

    Very traditional company, it has ups and downs with economy.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 3 people 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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