Rockwell Collins Reviews

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

3.2
683 Reviews
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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  

    Good pay and benefits. Poor growth opportunities.

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

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

    Pros

    The hours are predictable and pay is good. A work life balance is encouraged. Even as an entry-level engineer, I have had opportunities to lead and enjoy working in a respectful and collaborative environment.

    Cons

    It is difficult to buy time to innovate. Engineering practices and techniques need to be updates.
    No Flexible time. No working from home.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please make an effort to understand the engineering behind projects. Do respect the feedback of engineers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Caters to engineers - great if you're an engineer, but for everyone else, not so much

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    Current Employee - Project Manager
    Current Employee - Project Manager

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

    Pros

    Tuition reimbursement and weeklong holiday shutdown at Christmas

    Cons

    Benefits seem to cover less and cost more every year

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Pays well but that's about it.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Salary is competitive for most positions.

    Cons

    Work life balance is not appropriate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your employees are pushed to nearly their breaking point.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Used to be Quality Oriented and the Good Benifits are wilting away now just like good health care.

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    Former Employee - Lead Technician  in  Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Lead Technician in Portland, OR

    I worked at Rockwell Collins full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Some good people to work with. Decent Pay.

    Cons

    Middle management is out of touch with workers, lack of honesty throughout the comany.
    Benifits are being phased out to be more like thir peer groups..A belief in mangement that they should be like Toyota when most workers believe we should be like Lincoln or Cadillac ie after all the recalls, and huge lawsuits for Toyota you would think they could find a better role model to follow. Always putting out fires because of poor planning and a lack of communications between all groups.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wake UP....If you want to act like second rate peer group companies leaders go work for them. I used to respect and look up to this company as something above the rest but now I will go look for a company thats hungry and wants to be the best in Quality and honor to their people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good job for a fresh grad to break into engineering industry. Don't stay too long or you will become a Process Engineer.

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

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

    Pros

    Certain groups are doing pretty cool stuff!

    Cons

    Many groups are not, they are merely supporting legacy products.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let go of the single minded focus on cheap bids and invest resources into developing young engineers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Rockwell Collins bought my company; OK until they closed our location and absorbed the work into headquarters.

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    Former Employee - Design Engineer  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Design Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Rockwell Collins full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Interesting design work, good salary, good benefits, flexible time off, 80 hours/9 day style work week.

    Cons

    They seem focused on acquiring and closing companies in order to get work for their Cedar Rapids employees. Lay-off procedures were brutal.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more appreciative of your acquisition's resident employees. Find ways to keep the companies you acquire productive and solvent with their existing resources.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Ok company but could have a ton of upside

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    New CEO focused on engaging the very talented and dedicated employees
    Stable company
    Good work-life balance
    Tons of good people
    Talented people everywhere

    Cons

    Substandard performance tolerated at mid to lower levels
    More managers than leaders
    Leaders that carry a big hammer are rewarded
    Results through people aren't rewarded or recognized

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Engagement can't be taught

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

    Unethical behavior by male managers is acceptable and the norm

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    Current Employee - Production Employess  in  Cedar Rapids, IA
    Current Employee - Production Employess in Cedar Rapids, IA

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

    Pros

    Excellent time-off with Holidays and vacation, good insurance

    Cons

    Complaints about unethical behavior of front line production leaders are not addressed and allowed to continue without disciplinary action

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When complaints are made by employees about management - don't ignore them. Production managers are allowed to carry on affairs with subordinates and complaints of unethical behavior is not addressed. It's time to stop the behavior before someone sues.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Learning Experience

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    Former Employee - Field Service Engineer  in  Duluth, GA
    Former Employee - Field Service Engineer in Duluth, GA

    I worked at Rockwell Collins full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good People to work with.

    Cons

    You will find that the Good Ole boy network is in play with upper management a lot. Very few in upper management with qualified skills for the job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    still some 1940s office spaces with 1980s corporate culture in full effect, but RC is working on it....

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    Current Employee - Senior Mechanical Engineer  in  Cedar Rapids, IA
    Current Employee - Senior Mechanical Engineer in Cedar Rapids, IA

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

    Pros

    Salary is basically adequate considering this is Iowa. Benefits are being scaled back every year and this is depressing. Telecommuting is becoming more acceptable, making it easier to get a day each week where one can actually get something done with fewer interruptions. It also helps achieve better balance between home and work life. The ethics level among employees is generally very high. RC is making an effort to improve availability of more up to date IT technology to its employees. Almost all employees from lab techs to management are truly nice, ethical people that are a pleasure to know and work with. I stay because of the people. I like my colleagues and my management and this is one of the best benefits to working at this Midwest company.

    Cons

    The IT/computing technology is years maybe even decades behind the curve. I have one now, but I fought for a laptop for five years, finally being issued one as part of infrequent computer refresh. I am at least 3-4X more engaged and productive with it than I was without it. Finally I can log in from home and work without encountering 'rendering' issues on my screen. A lot of the management tasks for cost and schedule fall into engineering's lap. I left pure ME because there is no growth or promotion opps for the job classification, unless you get an MBA and go into management. MEs are turned into mini-PMs with none of the remuneration or status that goes with the work. The company commitment to quality is mostly lip service, in the end it's always about cost and schedule. Very frustrating that upper mgmt will not tow the line on programs that are not following established policies/procedures or delivering product that does not meet RC's advertised quality standards. The top quality culture that apparently reigned 10-20 years ago seems to be disappearing. Unless I get an MBA, I do not see advancement opportunities happening for me. And that's sad, because most of us went into engineering because we like the engineering process and wanted to use our education and intelligence to create new and exciting products for the world to use, not to relegate ourselves to managing other engineers or trying to become something we may not even really want to be by taking on running an entire program or switching to other job classifications just to get a promotion.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Review the structure of the business as whole. The entire business org board needs reworked. Not sure the CoE's are useful to the overall business model. Policies and procedures need to be streamlined and unified across the business wherever applicable. Engage more stateside contract employees instead of offshoring work, which ends up being inefficient. Engage satellite locations and respect their ways of doing business, and in fact, open more in progressive metro areas so that we can attain and retain top young talent. Assess each engineering employee for their best skills/interests and match them in roles where they can use their best skills to their own and the company's best advantage. I was all fired up to do analysis work when I first was hired in and found that only certain 'special' individuals get to do that type of work in ME as their primary work focus. What a total loss of my talent for RC, since I took several graduate level classes in college on CODING and using the SW for such analysis programs (Ansys, CFD Flotherm) & earned A's on the material. Ensure that enough qualified people are hired into engineering roles to perform the work that is being demanded instead of being chronically short staffed. Stop harping on transfer rate, or set a goal and make sure every employee knows the goal so they can plan their general time accordingly. Understand that you will have increased efficiency and a capable workforce to the extent that you allow a certain amount of general time for training. Stop the practice of treating engineers as interchangeable drop in COTS resources. Ensure each employee is being managed so that they have the tools they need to perform their job & a clearly published training/mentoring path so that they can perform it even better. There is good training available through RC University as long as an employee can FIND it! Good luck figuring out what you need on your training plan to perform your job because mgmt certainly isn't doing it. Manage and promote by statistics and not by who's friends with who or who has been around the longest. Advancements and remuneration should be based on actual performance and PRODUCTION, not "perceptions" of it. Middle mgmt are nice people but need backbones, stick up for your employees and ensure they are supported, especially when you know they're right.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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