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Building trust everyday, except those with deadlines

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

Pros

- High job security in most area
- Friendly co-workers
- Frequently, I am working on cool/fun/challenging engineering, and trying to make a product within the constraints given that I can be proud of.

Cons

- Frequent "highly suggested for a good year end review" overtime. Not mandatory b/c then they would legally have to pay you.
- Blocking people from transferring to another job within Rockwell fairly often.
- Management pushing employees to sign off on things they don't agree with.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

- Need to follow standards/process everyday, not try to find ways short-circuit it to meet deadlines. This usually comes back with more work, time, problems, and cost than the time that was supposedly saved.
- Do not block transfers to other orgs within Rockwell. If someone is told they can't transfer from a job they don't like, their next recourse is to leave, which is happening frequently now.

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Terrible management

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    Former Employee - Engineer  in  Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Engineer in Portland, OR

    I worked at Rockwell Collins full-time

    Pros

    Three weeks vacation days ,plus Christmas / New Year Holiday, good company compensation plan.9/80 work day available.

    Cons

    Management is very arrogant and usually don't welcome new ideas.One of the the engineering manager is the worst I've ever seen.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Good starting company, uncertain future

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer II  in  Cedar Rapids, IA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer II in Cedar Rapids, IA

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

    Pros

    - Good starting company for many engineers straight out of college.
    - Software engineers may find challenging work depending what department they are in.
    - Government systems is run by contracts and demand from both domestic and foreign national governments.
    - Most Government IR&D comes from domestic funding, but plenty of other foreign nationals sponsor new tech.
    - Higher management responds well to market and knows what they are doing; you may hear other engineers complain about long hours or no direction but this is a lack of insight on their part.
    - Most TPMs and PMs that have been around know how to work the system
    - Engineer Managers have been a pleasure to work with.
    - Cedar Rapids is a small city with a good housing market and little crime. Nice place for families.
    - Career opportunities are abundant with small and large re-orgs every 2-5 years. Allows those with talent to move up and be rewarded.
    - Plenty of smart engineers and managers that know what they are doing.

    Cons

    - If you have your sights on being in a break through industry or company this may not be the company for you. Long term growth sometimes seems out of sight.
    - Software engineers can find work repetitive in both the long term and short term. Lots of new contracts want to reuse old work, which means very little change.
    - New contracts seem to be dwindling in Government Systems with the uncertainty both domestically and abroad.
    - Government IR&D is slowing down
    - Higher level management also seems to be out of touch with employees; roll back on benefits, bonuses, salaries, and over time make the company more unfriendly towards engineers.
    - TPMs and PMs that have been around also know how to over work the system; there were cases of TPMs losing sight of what their role was but that was soon corrected.
    - Few engineering managers know how to actually manage. I've had the pleasure of working with the few that I believe knew how to be good managers and turn into great ones
    - Cedar Rapids is not a city for singles in their 20's. Small city partly destroyed by a flood 5 years ago has left little to do in a place surrounded by farm land. Very difficult to travel outside of Cedar Rapids given it's location (by car or plane). Literally in the middle of nowhere.
    - Career opportunities are vanishing. Many engineers being promoted to Senior level or manager titles when they don't show the aptitude for such positions. HR is very stringent on meeting a certain number of years of experience before being promoted; this hurts if you consider your title to be important within a company. Pay is also lower than many other companies in the industry for SW engineers, and very low for SW engineers in general.
    - Plenty of bad engineers and managers who are retained because RC has nowhere else to turn. A lot of work just requires "bodies", and they'll grab the first cheap one in Cedar Rapids to do the job. Engineers are retained even with bad performance reviews. Brain drain in the next couple of years as a good portion of the older workforce retires and the younger workforce is leaving for better jobs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A few good and smart engineers easily replaces hundreds of "bodies". If you want to save money and keep your workforce then start hiring smarter. Having gone through interviews at Amazon, Google, Microsoft, and Qualcomm I can see why so many subpar engineers are hired.
    More satellite offices. HQ may be in CR, but if you want to attract top talent you'll need to look outside in more livable and younger areas.
    Ensure those people in managerial positions know what their roles and responsibilities are before they take them.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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