Rockwell Collins

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The bad far exceeds the good.

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Current Employee - Software Engineer in Tustin, CA
Current Employee - Software Engineer in Tustin, CA

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

Pros

Good co-workers and winter shutdown. Probably a good place if you're fresh out of college.

Cons

Too much responsibility given to offshore contract workers (not qualified for majority of the tasks).

Below average pay.

Promotions based on seniority rather than skill/knowledge.

Long hours due to poor analysis/requirements and overly optimistic scheduling.

Some co-workers are unprofessional. They will claim completion on incomplete tasks (to fulfill a goal for their annual review), and end up passing the buck to another employee.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

If you want to use contract workers, hire local US employees. Don't allow unqualified engineers to continually write confusing non extendable software.

Stop believing that any engineer can accomplish any task. Instead, assign engineers to tasks that fit their strengths.

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good Starting place for career

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    • Culture & Values
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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 (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    They have a lot of resouces and are working on interesting products.

    Cons

    The incentive to work harder is not there. They are taking away benefits.

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

    Great potential, but customer and employee focus seems to be declining

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    Former Employee - Senior Engineering Manager in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Former Employee - Senior Engineering Manager in Cedar Rapids, IA

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

    Pros

    - Great place to start a career if you're willing to work hard.
    - Lots of opportunities for growth in the engineering ranks.
    - In general, work hours are flexible and a good work/life balance can be had.
    - Cedar Rapids is an excellent cost of living area.
    - IT improvements are currently underway, after many years of poor performance.
    - Easy to move around the company if a person is willing to take the initiative.
    - Several pockets of very interesting technology and enjoyable team cultures, but you have to find them.
    - Strong presence in addressed markets (aerospace and defense) and therefore great potential for growth.
    - Many available learning programs including mentorships, tuition reimbursement, flight school, active communities of practice, and internal collaboration tools such as wiki.

    Cons

    - Steady elimination of benefits; there appears to be an intentional drive to get to "average"
    - Seems to be less customer focus than years past; much more focus on quarterly financials
    - Often risk averse, results in less innovation. Layoffs and poor multi-site relationships seem to exacerbate this by making individual contributors and managers at the lowest ranks very risk averse (i.e., lots of "CYA").
    - Working relationship between the various regional sites (Cedar Rapids, Huntsville, Portland, Richardson, Sterling, etc.) is often strained, particularly at the first line/project management level. Non-Cedar Rapids sites tend to feel left out or beaten down and become defensive with Cedar Rapids management. Many times there is good reason for this, other times it's self-induced.
    - Current IT situation is poor, but actively improving
    - When hiring for Cedar Rapids, it's very difficult to find talent that is interested in living in the Midwest.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Working between regional sites needs to be a focus area in the diversity program.
    - First line managers need to be aware of, and encourage the use of, available IT technologies to improve multi-site collaboration. This includes the often forgotten telephone. Also encourage the use of videoconferencing, desktop sharing and other easy to use features of Instant Messaging systems.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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