Rockwell Collins
3.0 of 5 594 reviews
www.rockwellcollins.com Cedar Rapids, IA 5000+ Employees

Rockwell Collins Reviews

Updated Jul 7, 2014
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3.0 594 reviews

                             

83% Approve of the CEO

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Kelly Ortberg

(93 ratings)

53% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "A non-trivial number projects in maintenance that provide good work-life balance"
    in 44 reviews
  • "The Cedar Rapids headquarters has some of the nicest people in the world working there"
    in 37 reviews
Cons:
  • "Cedar Rapids Iowa is not an ideal area to retain talented employees"
    in 64 reviews
  • "No Work Life balance, HR doesn't have the minimum idea of employees needs"
    in 16 reviews
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    1 person found this helpful  

    The largest company that you've never heard of.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThe amazing benefits are excellent

    ConsThe bureaucracy and red tape that have to be navigated to accomplish anything

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    1 person found this helpful  

    Loved the work but company moved out of the business

    Principal Engineer (Former Employee)
    Cedar Rapids, IA

    ProsWorking with talented people.
    Engineering focus.

    ConsLittle room for innovation.
    Very conservative about technology.

    Advice to Senior ManagementInnovation can happen here

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great place to work, management is less than desirable

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGood benefits and pay. Low stress.

    ConsOld boys network - there are people in leadership positions that shouldn't be there.

    Advice to Senior ManagementClear out PMs that are not performing.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    2 people found this helpful  

    Five years of experience at Rockwell Collins...

    Senior Training Specialist (Current Employee)
    Cedar Rapids, IA

    Pros- A leader in the industry
    - Strong history
    - Continuing to build, expand world-wide
    - Dedicated financial resources to innovation/research-development
    - Global company
    - Multi-business diversity (Ex. Government, Commercial, Service)
    - Community - easy to get around, good education systems, low cost of living

    Cons- If you are not from an engineering or IT background, career advancement & development is limited
    - Somewhat reliant upon government contracts, that has caused financial stress in years past
    - Midwest/Iowa based headquarters, not favored by those not native to cold winters & rural environments etc.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNeed more educational & development opportunities outside of engineering focus.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    4 people found this helpful  

    Once Great, Now Just OK

    Principal Systems Engineer (Current Employee)
    Cedar Rapids, IA

    Pros* By and large a lot of smart engineers.
    * I like the Mid-Western values,,,,Iowa is an easy place to live

    Cons* Significant lack of senior and mid-level leadership. We need senior leaders with a skill set that goes beyond by-name tracking of who took their 20 min training video before the end of the month.
    * Very much a Good Old Boys club for Senior Leadership
    * Not a clue what Lean really means. Just cut Budget even more =/= Lean. But we are very good at tracking who read the lean book.
    * Old, out-dated office environment.

    Advice to Senior Management* Need new Senior Level Leadership. Why keep same Senior VPs in the same job for 10+ years?
    * Pick Leaders because of their Demonstrated Accomplishments and Leadership skills....not how nice their hair cuts are and their skill at networking at after work events. Need more Capability and less Ego.
    * Become more Customer focused (like it used to be). "Just Good Enough" should not be good enough.
    * Spend some money on carpet and paint.....and cleaner restrooms...ewwww gross :(
    * OMG please bring in new IT dept leadership and technology.

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

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    4 people found this helpful  

    Management lacking, poor planning and starting to be a non-customer focused company

    Senior Systems Engineer (Current Employee)
    Cedar Rapids, IA

    ProsAt the moment, we have some pretty good benefits (week off at Christmas time). There are some really good coworkers. The company isn't headquartered in California, Texas or Florida so the midwest values and friendly people are here. The company is really trying to make things better when they can.

    ConsThe benefits are steadily going away or getting worse. I joined Rockwell Collins in 2004 for 3 reasons, the Christmas Holiday Break, paid overtime and the company was customer focused instead of "shareholder" focused. But since I have been here, the paid overtime has gone away and the company is continually becoming a "shareholder" based company and all but two of my years here, I've been required to work the Christmas holiday due to unbelievable poor management and poor scheduling. I mentioned that there are some really good coworkers, but on the other hand there are some really bad ones as well. The company definitely plays favorites and if you aren't a favorite, even if you would like to remain here, the management really makes it difficult to stay motivated and happy with your job. The company is trying to improve processes and business culture, but there are so many people that think things should stay the way that they are, that improvements are nearly impossible. The company seems to think that by barely squeaking by in getting a certification or approval that absolutely nothing should change, which in turn causes the continual use of a bad ideas or processes just because it "worked" in the past, when in all reality, it kinda worked, but just barely. The poor planning requires people to really step it up in order to meet deadlines, and everyone really tries to do that, but management seems to think that everyone should keep up that pace all the time which is really hard to stay motivated and happy when everyone knows that there is going to massive hours ahead when the schedules come out.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGo back to being a customer focused company. Try to recognize people that do a great job, even though they might not be the ones who continually brag about how good a job they do. Try to get management and people who do planning on the same page, so the employees don't have to continually pull off miracles to meet really bad deadlines.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    1 person found this helpful  

    Satellite Factories play politics, uneducated supervisors

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Manchester, IA

    ProsBenefits good, interesting work, good resources for doing your job.

    ConsSome work centers are pushed too hard, too much volume, time pressure, management acts oblivious, especially in factories outside of Cedar Rapids

    Advice to Senior ManagementPay attention to whats happening on the floor, morale is lower in some areas than you might think. Some supervisors cover themselves as opposed to trying to correct the situation.Consider re-organizing/splitting up some centers.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Think twice before applying.

    Material Handler (Current Employee)
    Calexico, CA

    ProsWorks only monday thru friday and gives you good benefits for school if interested on continuing your education.

    ConsOverall, an unhealthy place to work,carries to much pressure for the salary that's paid.

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    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsFlexible hours to work and have good training programs

    ConsCareer Growth is slow in this company.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNone

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great place to work in Iowa.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsLots of opportunities for young engineers to work in leadership positions.

    ConsThere are many young engineers in leadership positions who lack the appropriate experience.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNone

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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