Rockwell Collins
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Unethical Cesspool of Discrimination

Electrical Engineer (Current Employee)
Cedar Rapids, IA

Pros• Living in Cedar Rapids (for North Dakotians only)

• The cesspool allows you to break into the defense field (gets you security clearance) – if you care for it, that is.

Cons• Living in Cedar Rapids (for everyone else)

• Cedar Rapids is notorious for flights in and out cancelled during winter. December through March you are pretty much held incommunicado from the outside world in the icy fortress of Cedar Rapids (the three-hour shuttle ride from Chicago O'Hare to CID offered in lieu of the flight does not count).

• Company recycles old and unwanted warehouses and abandoned buildings throughout Cedar Rapids: if you get hired by Rockwell Collins, chances are you end up in one of those buildings retrofitted for office space.

• Company lures new hires with an above-average sign-up bonus. Worry not: they will more than make up for it in the upcoming years by giving you 0% pay increases and/or by ranking you in the bottom 10%.

• Unless you are a principal engineer, you get cubicle, not office – if you are lucky. But even more likely is that you'll end up in a pod – a large cubicle partitioned into four or eight stations where you get to sit in a corner.

• All workstations are arranged in a such a fashion that anyone can sneak up from behind unnoticed and see what is on your computer screen.

• Constant reorgs: musical chairs are played at a rate of as often as every six months. .

• A propensity for 7 o'clock meetings.

• Software engineers enjoy a nice 60-hour work week.

• Company is extremely heavy on corrective action. The fascist HR will railroad you toward any corrective action plan you manager may devise against you – no question asked.

• Managers at Rockwell have all graduated almost entirely from either Iowa State or U of Iowa. You can safely estimate your own chances for success within the company.

• Glaring incompetence at the managerial level: a typical new Rockwell manager is around 35 years old who has worked exclusively for Rockwell Collins for about 10 years and has only a Bachelor's degree (an added insult to his being Iowa graduate, of course). Thus, it is common that graduate level engineers (MS's, PhD's) are managed by someone with inferior academic credentials and less experience.

• Rampant nepotism and buddy system, which for you as an employee means that not only you have to constantly suck up to the manager (a healthy work environment, as we call it in this country), but to his buddies as well. Buddies, however, can be easily spotted as those who: a) frequently have lunch with the manager, b) strut around the office like peacocks, c) emulate manager's body language and manner of speaking, d) more likely to come out of manager's office laughing rather than rumpled, e) frequently given floor at the meetings to run off at the mouth while manager is sitting and nodding, and f) glower at your from under the eyebrows (with the consequences, of course).

• Glowering from under the eyebrows is routinely practices across the company by the management and their buddies. You know you are toast if you've been glared upon by any of them.

• At Rockwell Collins, you will be discriminated if you are perceived to be any of the following: llliberal, color'd, furner, or Californian (from any state which has normal economy where you can walk across the street and get hired by a competitor). All outsiders are universally hated at Rockwell Collins, period.

• Ranking is required to have an upper and lower 10% of performers, where the money taken from the lower 10% is redistributed towards the upper 10% (trickle-up, the Rockwell Collins way). Quite naturally, all manager's buddies end up in the top 10% and all the four categories above are in the bottom 10.

• Company is full of bullies, whose behavior is encouraged by management (who else?). Bullies are always manager's buddies and vice versa.

• Company lives in a permanent state of lay-off. Oftentimes, the undesirables are corralled into one group which gets downsized next.

• Managers are trained to disdain any experience outside of Rockwell Collins. Thus, while working at Rockwell Collins, you will never be asked "How much experience do you have?" and always "How much experience do you have AT ROCKWELL COLLINS?" (All signs point to the collusion in the matter at the highest level.)

• Intense brainwashing and propaganda: computer classes on how fortunate you are to work for Rockwell Collins come up at a rate of once per month (or often) – woe to you if you get behind on any of them (unless you are manager's buddy, of course).

• A pathetic clown for a CEO: Rockwell Collins is one of those hi-tech (or so they think) companies where a CEO does not have an engineering/science background. Well, it shows (see the above).

Advice to Senior ManagementSince much helpful advise has been dispensed on this here site and yet apparently disregarded by Rockwell Collins management, the only advise left is to please rid this world of your presence – it will be a much better place without you a**holes...

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Management Heaven

    Senior Systems Engineer (Current Employee)
    Cedar Rapids, IA

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

    Pros: Employed for now, maybe I can last until I retire...… Cons: Cuts to everything, benefits, pay, profit sharing, 401k, pension gone a few years ago, medical. The culture has become one of duck and… Advice to Senior Management: Fire 70% of management and hold the rest accountable to become enablers to help the engineers and workers… No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company… More
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    Management out of touch and outdated

    Systems Engineer (Former Employee)
    Cedar Rapids, IA

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

    Pros: Cedar Rapids is a god place to bring up family. Cost… Cons: Very tight and protective of old ways. Too much emphasis on process. The middle management and selected group of old engineers control the agenda.… Advice to Senior Management: My advice is to get real experts from outside of the companies. I know you think that everyone (technical staff and engineers) who has been… No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company… More
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