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Rockwell Collins Reviews in Cedar Rapids, IA

Updated February 26, 2015
Updated February 26, 2015
306 Reviews
3.4
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Pros
  • work life balance, upper management focused on improving things for employees (in 54 reviews)

  • At the moment, we have some pretty good benefits (week off at Christmas time) (in 40 reviews)


Cons
  • Cedar Rapids Iowa is not an ideal area to retain talented employees (in 73 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  

    except for the excess focus on diversity, this is a really stable, organized and forward looking company

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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

    Pros

    good cross matrix organizational, COEs and program management
    They do their own manufacturing, not all 3rd party like many others

    Cons

    Continuous focus on finding someone who is different, when you hire, they tell you what color or gender you have to hire. Over and over. Gets really really frustrating. Can't we just the best qualified candidate regardless of race/sex/gender/bias/ whatever agenda of the day?

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good Company.

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

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

    Pros

    Education reimbursement for continuing education.

    Cons

    Most new engineering grads hired left within 5 years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Overall a great company.

  3.  

    It is a good company

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    Former Employee - Senior Electronics Technician in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Former Employee - Senior Electronics Technician in Cedar Rapids, IA

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

    Pros

    I enjoyed the challenges and the ability to move from department to different departments. Cutting edge GPS groups were great to work for.

    Cons

    Too many middle managers. The company relies on SAP and LEAN too much. Another misstep that I saw when I worked there was the integration of the company's outsourced materials that were too vital for the product that we were forced to use. It seemed that nobody ever wanted to admit when they made a mistake. Finally, the nurses station group has too much influence on employees' job status. They should stick to making sure people are healthy and stay out of human resources.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to employees and not to the status quo. And make sure that the final product's quality is more important than putting out a poor product on time so the stockholders get an extra two cents per share of stock.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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    Conflicted About Review

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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 10 years)

    Pros

    Great people to work with. Great midwest work ethic. Front line workers doing their best. Some great technology being developed, where visionaries are allowed to work freely.

    Cons

    Lack of vision to improve engineering development environment. Still using antiquated tools. Leadership is not in synch with one another. Each leader kinda does what they think is best, with little harmony across the enterprise. The division between Government and Commercial Systems Engineering creates an unnessarily hostile work environment between business units. Tech development tends to continually lag the competition, always following the leaders.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Solicit and cast a vision. Allow your visionaries to become champions. Reward those who deliver substantial improvements.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great People and Exciting Changes

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    Current Employee - IT Services in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Current Employee - IT Services in Cedar Rapids, IA

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

    Pros

    Rockwell is transforming its global IT infrastructure. After years of criticism the company has recently taken an innovative approach in its shared IT services. People are very nice and want to contribute to the overall success.

    Cons

    Middle managers operate with a mindset of managing people vs managing talent. Managers tend to be political and approach projects with the intention of covering themselves vs operating in the world of possibilities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Flatten the organizational structure. Many middle managers and directors are not needed and often get in the way.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good company with good benefits and great people but a crappy location.

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

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

    Pros

    - Diverse workforce in commercial systems. Employees at various stages of their careers from all around the world.
    - Winter shutdown
    - 3 weeks paid vacation
    - Interesting products

    Cons

    - Slow to accept new technologies
    - Innovation is restricted by process
    - Meeting schedule is preferred over innovation
    - Cedar Rapids is in the middle of nowhere

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8.  

    Right place for me

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cedar Rapids, IA

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

    Pros

    I feel very fortunate to work for Rockwell Collins. My leaders have always cared about me as a professional and a person. I get to do work that I enjoy and the company paid for my graduate degree. Having the holiday shut-down is the best!

    Cons

    It is sometimes hard to get decisions made quickly and efficiently. Being in Cedar Rapids is a blessing and a curse. It can be hard to move people here, but for us it is a great place to live.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please keep up all the positive changes you are making in the company. Every word you speak and action you take has an impact on your people. Even if it is something insignificant to you it can be huge to someone in your organization. This works in both positive and negative ways.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Your Manager makes all the difference

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cedar Rapids, IA

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

    Pros

    Although benefits have been cut, they are still competitive. Not many places still has the vacation/shut down that Rockwell offers. A lot of flexibility in work hours. Ethics and integrity. A lot of great people work here who are really trying to get things done.

    Cons

    EVERYTHING has to go to upper management for approval. They are not always in touch with how employees will react so things can get slowed down tremendously. New CEO is trying to change the culture but he has his work cut out for him. We make everything hard.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let go...some of the decisions that go to your level are not going to make or break the company...please listen to the people who are closest to the work...you don't know everything and shouldn't pretend that you do.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 7 people found this helpful  

    Relieved To Have Left This Company

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer E2 in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer E2 in Cedar Rapids, IA

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

    Pros

    - Winter shutdown
    - Work Life Balance

    Cons

    Not sure where to start! The following list reflects my experience in one particular department, your mileage may vary elsewhere:
    - Worked for the company for 6 years without any promotion! Each year you beg for the promised promotion and you get excellent reviews from your manager, but nothing happens.
    - No respect for technical talent. It is only about "leadership skills". I was once told that I am too good technically, and that I needed to "build relationships" within the department!
    - Middle aged white men dominate leadership/management positions. Diversity means Indian contractors.
    - 2% raises every year. I got a 20% raise when I left to a competitor!
    - Horrible work atmosphere. Employees eat lunch at their desk or at home.
    - No real engineering work. Paper pushing. That is why engineers are easily replaceable. You are discouraged from asking technical questions when interviewing new candidates!
    - HR is very weak and has no say in anything. I approached them when I had problems with my manager, but they could not help in any way.
    - Attrition rate of over 10%. It is a revolving door especially for younger engineers who are not from the area.
    - Cedar rapids is a horrible place to live. Unless you have family in the area.
    - Very few new technologies. You will mostly be working on supporting a legacy product, or a re-application of an existing product onto a new platform.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the feedback you get during the exit interviews. The changes you made to the E band to make it easier for engineers to get promoted are not being applied on the ground by middle managers. People don't leave your company for nothing.

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

    Stay away from this company, they lie, cheat and steal.

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

    I worked at Rockwell Collins

    Pros

    Honestly, if you want a job that probably have some. But take everything with a grain of salt, they have jobs because of the high turn over of people leaving.

    Cons

    There's a lot. This is NOT the same company is was 10 years ago. All of the good managers have retired and were replaced by yes-men that exist to beat everyone down in a effort to bring in cheaper labor. This is by upper management decree which hopes to be cheap enough to some day convince another company to buy them out. The best kick in the teeth I got this weekend. Five years after leaving, Rockwell Collins decided to cancel my pension that I had earned. So much for keep their agreements and honoring benefits. Do yourself a favor and don't work here, don't put yourself through their version of hell.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    We all know Management as RC is a lost cause. There was over 50% turn over in my department after I left and that particular manager is still at the company. So he's succeeded in following orders from the top.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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