Rockwell Collins Reviews

Updated August 30, 2015
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Pros
  • Work/life balance is generally good (in 54 reviews)

  • Good compensation good benefits (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. Helpful (6)

    New hires, Don't buy a house for 3 years (until you are vested), Then decide if you wish to stay.

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    If you started when it was still offered, they had a nice pension plan, pre 1982.

    Cons

    You need a properly placed 'Mentor' to be able to get promoted or recognized for achievements. If doing software, many departments will only acknowledge accomplishments of their degree'd hardware designers. Graduates from certain schools are treated better than from other schools, based on what Alumni hold the controlling management positions. The review program currently used by the company is much more subjective and objective. There are even occasions in past years where the review Goals were rewritten by a supervisor (after the review year completed) to better match what they would like to give as a raise. The longer you stay employed with Rockwell Collins, the less likely you are to get promoted, and the farther from the salary norm your salary will become.

    Advice to Management

    Treat all employees equally, don't just give special treatment to new hires while they are getting themselves established in the community.


  2. Helpful (10)

    Company looses its best employees because of its corrupted low/ mediam level management

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good salary, good executives, leading technology

    Cons

    Discrimination, for whites only discrimination against superior performars

    Advice to Management

    Watch out for discrimination and false reports


  3. Helpful (11)

    Short sighted goals, losing good people, no future for anyone technical.

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benifits 401k, insurance etc... Job security(if you get along with your manager) You get a fortune 500 company on your resume.

    Cons

    Very "Boys Club" ala the 80's. Stagnant engineering management with poor employee communications, especially negative for women. Internal politics, who you know and lunch with, drives opportunities vs. true meritocracy. Rule by fear and threats vs. inspiration. Low salaries, unless you are one of the few "prima donnas." Sad that this type of small-minded environment still exists in corporate America.

    Advice to Management

    Cut your huge salaries and compensation packages down to a realistic size and use the money to retain good employees. You are outsourcing everything you do, getting rid of your good employees and losing control of your own products.


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  5. Helpful (8)

    Fails to deliver in most areas, bright spots are sporadic

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    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Most management supports flex time; company offers tuition reimbursement under specific circumstances; company offers personal leadership training; can work remotely under special circumstances; employees are trusted to use internet without restrictions (some companies have heavy internet-usage restrictions); company has enterprise mentoring program; company has an extensive recreational center located at the headquarters

    Cons

    Engineering managers are promoted based on engineering competence; senior leadership (and thus middle management) is unaligned with lean development; feedback is infrequent and thus inaccurate; "we've done it this way before" culture; not open to minorities in terms of race, gender, and university attended; "good-old boys club" culture: most managers and executives attended schools in or near the state of Iowa; 90-10 balance on the production-development spectrum; engineers (and some managers) are treated like worker-bees; mediocre standards (just finish on time and within budget); some managers have too many direct reports (40+); several engineers are disengaged and complain endlessly about management; several engineers report, "Type of work is not what I expected," following first six months of employment

    Advice to Management

    Spend more time identifying the true problem; invest in your employees, they make or break your performance; focus less on procedures and methods and more on results; spend more time reviewing progress with your employees (twice a year is insufficient; increase frequency to at least once a month)


  6. Helpful (10)

    They'll get you here with a good salary! But forget raises, no possibility for career growth

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Large Company has lots of diversity

    Cons

    Managers are 90% losers. The clicks and cool groups makes it feel like junior high. Rockwell has steadily taken away employee benefits. They cancel raise's and bounces regularly. No paid overtime. No Career paths or opportunity unless you know the right person. Managers can do anything and there is no one the grunts can talk to. Very hostile and depressing place to work. Yeah end performance reviews are a joke! I've had exceptional marks for 3 years and no raises...none that didn't get canceled anyway@

    Advice to Management

    Honestly as soon as I find a new job I'm gone. Rockwell Collins is very two faced...they put on an act for new hires/interviews. Once your in Iowa Rockwell will treat you very very very horribly .


  7. Helpful (7)

    Good place to start, but after that...

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Rockwell is a fairly good job in the mid-west U.S. straight out of college. The work is challenging/interesting.

    Cons

    - Pay for Performance is a myth. Rapid promotion only happens if you have an in. Some of upper management has been promoted despite demonstrated failure. People who do exceptional jobs are not rewarded. Promotions are based on office politics. - To be paid decently, apparently one has to take the "Rockwell Sabbatical", working for RC for a few years, going to a competitor (w/ a promotion & raise) and then coming back (w/ another promotion and raise) - Overtime for Commercial employees is required, however they may "legalese" it. - Office culture has gone from one of engineers to micromanagement w/ far too many people checking status of things as often as possible. - Finally, rankings are a forced distribution, i.e. only a very small # of employees can be excellent, even if more than that actually were. (Say 5% of employees)

    Advice to Management

    There is no reason to have so many VPs, and upper management. To much of upper management is 'jeune ecole' having not actually done engineering work for more than a couple years. To put it simplest, as*hole is not an effective style of management. There are a surprising # of people, right down to lowest level engineers who are not competent at their jobs. A learning curve, even up to a year is understandable in this industry. However, if someone has been at Rockwell for 5+ years in the same job, and still can't do it, and still has a job, there really is something wrong. Maybe this is where Rockwell should make cuts, instead of in pay for all the mandatory OT. Let engineers be able to "Do the Right Thing", and maybe we actually will be Building Trust Every Day.


  8. Helpful (6)

    Once was a good company

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - Very hard working people

    Cons

    - CEO is on Wall Street more than looking at business at home - Waste money on moves i.e. HRs new bright neon sign on their building. - Lack of focus and vision - Golden parachutes for all the top execs while freezing raises and "pay for performance" which is a joke - Performance reviews are totally bogus, if you not in the drinking club forget the raise. - Diversity is getting way out of hand. A good engineer is a good engineer, no matter what race or gender. - HR should be outsourced because they are not lean. and are clueless. Everything else is being outsourced to other countries or eliminated.

    Advice to Management

    - Clean house on Upper management. - Requirement management to have engineering and management backgrounds (don't even have to be an engineer to be an engineering manager there).


  9. Helpful (8)

    Not a place for minorites

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good at Aerospace Defense Business and provides young engineers with the hands on training that text books don't offer.

    Cons

    Corporate offices and company as a whole has not embraced diversity of thought or culture. Many groups in the organization have very few leaders of color or diversity of thought. The location of the corporate office is not conducive to employees of color and quite frankly there are a lot of racist people in the town. My experiences were terrible there.

    Advice to Management

    Stop trying to bring people there that you don't really want there just to make your EEO numbers look good.


  10. Helpful (9)

    Rockwell Collins review after 7 years.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits package is comparable to other big companies. Very basic type of work. No need to be good at technical skills. Heavy Sign on bonus.

    Cons

    This place is dead especially during winters. No place for outdoor activities. Avionics software development is all about reuse. No opportunities to gain any new knowledge by working here. Less than 3% of employees work on something interesting. If you are out performing others, there is no recognition by the management. You will be stuck with avionics and sub par salary/career development. People get attracted to the sign on bonus and join here. But once you are in, its very difficult to leave this place. I know a few who joined here from some of the most innovative companies. They are regretting their decisions.

    Advice to Management

    Make the entire salary proportional to the performance. Not just a small portion of it. Don't just hire anyone who is willing to join. Hire only qualified people. Try to retain your best employees. When you loose good people you loose your company.


  11. Helpful (11)

    Engineers are leaving in mass to other companies

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - Free Parking (if you can find a spot)

    Cons

    - Probably the worst HR department that I have encountered with my many years of work - Engineering management is full of inexperience and non-engineers - Upper management has been hiding for the last couple of years - Numerous things cut (pharamcy , library, raises, stock options, computer purchase, I.T. outsourced, and many more) - Poor work enviroment (leaky roofs, asbestos, pre-WWII buildings) - Horriable performance reviews process. Get rid of the quota of giving bad reviews so you don't have to give raises.

    Advice to Management

    Bring back that you actually have to be an engineer with a four degree to be an engineer. Quality of your engineering workforce has suffered by hiring non-engineers in engineering management. Upper managment is bloated with titles like Vice President of Diversity, etc. Political Correctness is way over done. Everyone is welcoming, stop forcing it down our throats for fake awards.



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