Rockwell Collins Reviews

Updated April 12, 2015
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  1. Helpful (7)

    Once Great, Now Just OK

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    * By and large a lot of smart engineers.
    * I like the Mid-Western values,,,,Iowa is an easy place to live

    Cons

    * Significant lack of senior and mid-level leadership. We need senior leaders with a skill set that goes beyond by-name tracking of who took their 20 min training video before the end of the month.
    * Very much a Good Old Boys club for Senior Leadership
    * Not a clue what Lean really means. Just cut Budget even more =/= Lean. But we are very good at tracking who read the lean book.
    * Old, out-dated office environment.

    Advice to Management

    * Need new Senior Level Leadership. Why keep same Senior VPs in the same job for 10+ years?
    * Pick Leaders because of their Demonstrated Accomplishments and Leadership skills....not how nice their hair cuts are and their skill at networking at after work events. Need more Capability and less Ego.
    * Become more Customer focused (like it used to be). "Just Good Enough" should not be good enough.
    * Spend some money on carpet and paint.....and cleaner restrooms...ewwww gross :(
    * OMG please bring in new IT dept leadership and technology.

  2. Helpful (6)

    Management lacking, poor planning and starting to be a non-customer focused company

    • 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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    At the moment, we have some pretty good benefits (week off at Christmas time). There are some really good coworkers. The company isn't headquartered in California, Texas or Florida so the midwest values and friendly people are here. The company is really trying to make things better when they can.

    Cons

    The benefits are steadily going away or getting worse. I joined Rockwell Collins in 2004 for 3 reasons, the Christmas Holiday Break, paid overtime and the company was customer focused instead of "shareholder" focused. But since I have been here, the paid overtime has gone away and the company is continually becoming a "shareholder" based company and all but two of my years here, I've been required to work the Christmas holiday due to unbelievable poor management and poor scheduling. I mentioned that there are some really good coworkers, but on the other hand there are some really bad ones as well. The company definitely plays favorites and if you aren't a favorite, even if you would like to remain here, the management really makes it difficult to stay motivated and happy with your job. The company is trying to improve processes and business culture, but there are so many people that think things should stay the way that they are, that improvements are nearly impossible. The company seems to think that by barely squeaking by in getting a certification or approval that absolutely nothing should change, which in turn causes the continual use of a bad ideas or processes just because it "worked" in the past, when in all reality, it kinda worked, but just barely. The poor planning requires people to really step it up in order to meet deadlines, and everyone really tries to do that, but management seems to think that everyone should keep up that pace all the time which is really hard to stay motivated and happy when everyone knows that there is going to massive hours ahead when the schedules come out.

    Advice to Management

    Go back to being a customer focused company. Try to recognize people that do a great job, even though they might not be the ones who continually brag about how good a job they do. Try to get management and people who do planning on the same page, so the employees don't have to continually pull off miracles to meet really bad deadlines.

  3. Helpful (1)

    Think twice before applying.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Material Handler in Calexico, CA
    Current Employee - Material Handler in Calexico, CA

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

    Pros

    Works only monday thru friday and gives you good benefits for school if interested on continuing your education.

    Cons

    Overall, an unhealthy place to work,carries to much pressure for the salary that's paid.

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  5. Helpful (9)

    Great company to start at ......That's about it

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Rockwell Collins

    Pros

    Nice long winter break
    Nice work life balance
    New CEO is making good changes

    Cons

    Sr. Management does not care about the voice of the employees
    Concept of Lean is to cut staffing and budgets, not continuous improvement
    Good ol boys club definately in play
    Promotions are hard to come by for work well done
    Location is horrible.....Cedar Rapids Iowa is not an ideal area to retain talented employees
    Managers do not hire for talent, will only hire those that fit into their circle

    Advice to Management

    New CEO needs to clean house of the good ol boys club and put in Leadership that actually listen and care about their employees. Relocate headquarters and Operations out of Cedar Rapids to a more appealing location to attract and retain talent.

  6. Helpful (2)

    Hard work sometimes pays off, sometimes it is political

    • 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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Challenging environment, constant change, some strong leaders who fight for their organization and what is right.

    Cons

    Red tape, political, work life balance is sometimes difficult if you want to get anywhere

    Advice to Management

    As a technology company, move with the times. Working remotely or off hours would increase productivity and employee happiness. Just because a person is not physically sitting at there desk in a RC building does not mean work is not getting done.

  7. Company review

    • 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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible hours to work and have good training programs

    Cons

    Career Growth is slow in this company.

    Advice to Management

    None

  8. Helpful (1)

    It was OK.

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

    I worked at Rockwell Collins full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I wouldn't tell my friends I work there.

    Cons

    Jump through hoops to get any improvements to take place.

    Advice to Management

    Eliminate the micro-managing.

  9. 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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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.

  10. Helpful (3)

    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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

  11. Helpful (5)

    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 a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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

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