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Rockwell Collins Reviews

Updated August 17, 2014
Updated August 17, 2014
682 Reviews

3.2
682 Reviews
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Kelly Ortberg
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • A non-trivial number projects in maintenance that provide good work-life balance (in 46 reviews)

  • At the moment, we have some pretty good benefits (week off at Christmas time) (in 38 reviews)


Cons
  • Cedar Rapids Iowa is not an ideal area to retain talented employees (in 65 reviews)

  • No Work Life balance, HR doesn't have the minimum idea of employees needs (in 17 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Working at Rockwell Collins is absolutely wonderful. For anyone entering the financial and accounting world, recommend.

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    Current Employee - Finance Rotate  in  Cedar Rapids, IA
    Current Employee - Finance Rotate in Cedar Rapids, IA

    Pros

    Positive networking, company wants to build you from ground up, lots of promotions and moveability

    Cons

    Cedar Rapids is a growing city, but may be small for someone who is from a bigger city.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Pretty Decent Place to Work

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    Former Employee - Program Planning and Control Analyst  in  Huntsville, AL
    Former Employee - Program Planning and Control Analyst in Huntsville, AL

    Pros

    The benefits package was good here. Compensation wasn't bad, but could have been better. I enjoyed my job and the things I learned while working here. Overall, I was satisfied working here.

    Cons

    The job could be very stressful at times. Our office was separate from the main office in Cedar Rapids, so it was difficult at times to create consistent processes, but solutions were being worked to this problem as I was leaving the company.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Good company to work for. Major player in avionics industry.

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  Cedar Rapids, IA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Cedar Rapids, IA

    Pros

    Very well balanced work load. Most of the software development process is automated. Competitive benefits. Unlimited sick leaves. Flexible schedules. Easy to choose from several different career paths.

    Cons

    compensation is average could do better.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Many changes recently with good results. Keep talking to the employers through surveys and keep improving.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Excellent company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good opportunities to move around different departments at the non-managerial level

    Excellent education assistance program

    Good compensation for top performers

    Cons

    Promotion to managerial levels depends too much on network of contacts and mentor support

    Frequent reorganizations and/or changes in job titles (with little to no prior communication) can lead to career path disruption

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great for maintaining work life balance

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Help you balance work and life, flexible.

    Cons

    Not great pay masters and no well defined career paths.

  7.  

    Great people to work with

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    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer  in  Cedar Rapids, IA
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Cedar Rapids, IA

    Pros

    Everybody is very friendly and willing to work with you to get the job done. Great online university through the company that helps better you as a person and makes you a more valuable asset for the company.

    Cons

    Manufacturing floor seems outdated and could use some capital investment. I still see a lot of "fire fighting" when it comes to engineer work but I've seen that industry wide.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Update facilities, If you bring in new technologies and modern devices that the newer generation is using in school and at home, you will see an increase in the amount of people that want to work for you and the quality of the people that want to work for you.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    great experience so far

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The work style here is casual. And the teammates are willing to help. The managers are nice over here.

    Cons

    The process here are sometimes over complicated. You spend too much time just to do little change.

  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Well run at the top, Machiavellian in the middle

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    Current Employee - Systems Engineer  in  Richardson, TX
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Richardson, TX

    Pros

    The company is wisely split between counter-cyclical industries, namely commercial avionics and defense. Work/life balance is generally good. Tuition reimbursement is good. Salaries are fair.

    Cons

    With around 90% of employees in the geographic area around the headquarters (Cedar Rapids, IA), there is a undeniable favoring of teams there. In some cases, middle management actively undermines projects at remote sites.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reign in or outright replace petty, vengeful middle managers who clearly did not learn in kindergarten everything they needed to know. Provide more opportunities to move across functions.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Room to improve

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Midwest work ethic is a pro.

    Cons

    Difficulty breaking through organizational silos to work effectively. More focused on short term.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Mediocre now, used to be great

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

    Pros

    Rockwell Collins is large enough to offer opportunities to move around within the company.
    Cedar Rapids is a great place to raise a family. It is calm and safe, and the people are really nice.
    Cost of living in Iowa is low, so even with a salary lower than the national average, it is better than a higher salary elsewhere.
    There are some really cool projects and programs within the company, with cutting-edge technology.

    Cons

    RC has been declining in multiple aspects. Competitiveness, quality, culture, work-ethic, benefits, you name it.
    Benefits have been getting getting dramatically worse over the past 5 years, worse healthcare, declining 401K matching. Outsourcing has hurt the quality of the products and caused constant rework and frustration amongst engineers. Middle management is unable to make any changes for fix the solutions. Upper management is clueless and out of touch with what is going on. Engineers and employees in general are treated as "bodies" without regard to the specific skillsets. Management promises customers things that they can't meet with current staffing. Corners consistently get cut to meet schedule at the expense of quality.
    Mediocre engineers often get turned into managers, resulting in disasters later.
    Talented engineers usually get frustrated enough and leave the company, or simply give up and stop caring all-together. The general attitude and culture is negative or "dont-care", and can be toxic, frustrating and counter-productive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a clue. If you want to keep talented engineers to produce better products, especially in a city like Cedar Rapids Iowa, consider making this company worth staying at. In this improving economy, the grass will always be greener outside of Rockwell Collins, and people eventually figure that out and leave.
    Rockwell Collins is a great company to start out at and gain some experience, but for those engineers who want to love their job and work hard because they enjoy that, this is not the place to be.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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