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Poor leadership

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Melbourne, FL
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melbourne, FL

I worked at Rockwell Collins full-time for more than 5 years

Pros

This company is a leader in avionics. It has a wealth of knowledge as well as very capable engineers working here. The avionics are high quality and reliable.

Cons

Projects are poorly managed and bid. It would seem that when every project slips schedule and runs over budget that the bidding process needs revision. Poor planning becomes the burden of the employee.

The review system is set up to be easy to rate employees down, not up. The common theme was a person's 'perception' rather than work output. You can see this radiating from upper management in the Melbourne location.

~3% raise is the norm.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Focus on positive reinforcement of your employees rather than breathing down their neck asking daily when they will be done. A simple 'thank you,' or 'good job,' goes a long way toward not creating such a negative environment.

Create realistic project deadlines and quit allowing scope creep every time a customer bats an eye.

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Disappointing

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    Current Employee - Senior Mechanical Engineer
    Current Employee - Senior Mechanical Engineer

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

    Pros

    Leading edge type of work

    Cons

    Too many people have input on a projects which only adds time on getting something done. Do not like the fact that they are sending work for the US government over to India to be done VS having it done here in the US.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1st line management will not tell upper management want really happens with getting product out the door. For one thing it has to go through more people than it really should which dives up cost. Cost saving would be to give people more leeway and be more responsible in their job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Stay Away If You Are A Talented Software Engineer

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    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 for more than 5 years

    Pros

    - Work Life Balance is amazing. There is a company-wide shutdown between Christmas and New Year's, on top of the 3 week vacation you start with.

    - You can get by doing no meaningful work for years and you will not get fired. If this is your thing then this is a Pro.

    - Nice colleagues that respect each other for the most part.

    - It is cool to tell people that you build planes. The wow factor.

    - Tuition Reimbursement.

    - Cheap housing in the Cedar Rapids area.

    Cons

    - Extremely low pay for good software engineers. It might be comparable to other companies in the avionics industry, but there is no reason for a software engineer to be "stuck" to the avionics industry. You can easily get 30% more at other reputable companies in other fields.

    - The location is horrible. Please listen to the following carefully: if you are not from the Midwest ( born and raise ) or if you do not have family in Cedar Rapids, then stay away. Winters are long and harsh ( can get to -25 F ). Summers are wet, hot and humid, often with flooding. There is not much going on, no nightlife. Definitely not a place for young people or singles. Oh, and the city smells. The city actually was one of the top 10 worst cities to live in in America. A quick search online can validate my claims.

    - For foreign nationals, they recently came up with a new rule to make all foreign hires wait 4 years before sponsoring them for the green card!!

    - Promotions are extremely hard, unless you are part of the old boy's club. They are certainly not based on performance so don't even try.

    - Benefits have been on a steady decline for the past 5 years. They increased the cost of health care and slashed their 401k matching.

    - Yearly merit increases of 2% have been the norm for the past 5 years. If you complain you are told by management to "be thankful that you have a job in this economy"!

    - Repetitive work. Given that you will be working in the avionics field, there is so much red tape and many convoluted processes that you have to go through. You will spend 20% of your time doing technical work and writing code and 80% of your time preparing artifacts and dealing with audits and processes. you will not be working on cutting edge technology. Often you will be maintaining code written 10-20 years ago.

    - Rockwell Collins does not value its employees. They keep hiring good people but they keep losing them after a few years because they do not take care of their employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look what other successful companies are doing to retain talent, and start from there.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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