Rockwell Collins Reviews

Updated August 10, 2014
Updated August 10, 2014
683 Reviews

3.2
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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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Pretty good company to work for

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Leader  in  Cedar Rapids, IA
    Current Employee - Leader in Cedar Rapids, IA

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

    Pros

    Good challenging work and generally good people to work with.
    Collaborative in some areas and that's what makes the company effective.
    Some good leaders that help move the dial in the company.
    Looking to become more modern and attractive to new employees or younger talent that is the future of the business.

    Cons

    Lack of organizational agility to adapt to rapid need for change.
    Poor talent retention, but mainly driven by location of most jobs being in Cedar Rapids, IA and a cold climate.
    Outdated buildings and workplaces in most buildings.
    Medical benefits, retirement savings plan, etc. are getting worse with no signs of improving.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create a culture that allows the company to move quickly and adapt to the ongoing change of business demands.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great Company to Work for.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The projects are cutting edge. The employees (workers & managers) are all friendly and helpful. The site I was at products Heads Up Displays for commercial & Military aircrafts and Helmet Mounted Displays for Military.

    Cons

    The only con I can thing of is that the Management can be slow to disseminate info from upper management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A steadier flow of info down the ranks.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Overall Good experience, however depends on the manager you get.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Electrical Engineer  in  Cedar Rapids, IA
    Current Employee - Senior Electrical Engineer in Cedar Rapids, IA

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

    Pros

    The people who work here seem to be some of the best and brightest in the industry. While there are the people who seem to now know how to tie their own shoes they are easy enough to avoid. I have really enjoyed being able to learn from some very brilliant minds.

    Cons

    The defense industry is a difficult industry at this time specifically working on government contracts. Rockwell has taken alot of measures to counteract this however the situation has injected alot of unknowns into the work place.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend more time fighting for your engineering staff and working towards growing them. There will soon be a knowledge and skill gap that some very talented engineers can grow to fill with the right mentoring.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work and grow

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

    I have been working at Rockwell Collins full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    I love what I do and the people I work with everyday. Great work/life balance and excellent leadership support

    Cons

    Compensation tends to drag behind the competitive average and promotions are slow unless you fight HR every step.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Over-communicate your view of the future of the company. Many engineers struggle with the direction of the company and their place in that future.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Lots of project opportunities, but you may quickly feel caught in a rut.

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    • 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 for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Lots of good people to work with (at least in my group).
    Challenging technically, but not fast-paced engaging environment.

    Cons

    DO-processes hinder creativity. Easy to feel underutilized.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Streamline engineering processes. IT needs to be more flexible in meeting project needs.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    I worked here for two years.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Rockwell Collins

    Pros

    Generally friendly laid back engineering atmosphere.

    Cons

    Employment levels fluctuate with each contract.

  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Overall good experience

    • 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 for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Stable corporation with interesting technology. Generally good compensation/benefits.

    Cons

    Same old story...executive level preaches about quality ("Do it right as fast as you can." vs. "Do it fast as right as you can")...but short term schedule always wins out over doing the right thing in the long run...but hey...I've never worked for a large company that was any different :-)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Overall positive, certainly the ups and downs of any major corporation but a great place to work.

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    Former Employee - Principal Program Manager  in  Duluth, GA
    Former Employee - Principal Program Manager in Duluth, GA

    I worked at Rockwell Collins full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Doing something that matters was important to me (DoD focus), career progression and values aligned well with mine.

    Cons

    Corporate "answer to the quarterly numbers" mentality was often very shortsighted. When times got tough, the first things to go was the funding for things that would set you up for success in follow on years (R&D, product line development, B&P, etc)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Rockwell Collins is focused on ethics and diversity.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Service Engineer  in  Duluth, GA
    Former Employee - Customer Service Engineer in Duluth, GA

    I worked at Rockwell Collins full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Diversity focus, ethics in all they do. Communication within the organization is open and leadership is constantly updating the business units on the state of the business.

    Cons

    They have a big business mentality when it comes to policies and procedures. Flexibility and ability to react to smaller opportunities are lost within the big picture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Maintain a close eye on the government and commercial balance within Rockwell. Be ready to transition to more commercial as the DOD budgets are being reduced.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great vision!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Account Specialist  in  Wilsonville, OR
    Current Employee - Customer Account Specialist in Wilsonville, OR

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

    Pros

    Great executive management with where the company is headed. I like the weekly communication that is sent to us from the new CEO.

    Cons

    Not a lot of growth potential in my current location.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They could really look into smaller areas of the business for ethical, or unethical, decisions being made by certain management. There should be a better life/work balance.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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