Rockwell Collins

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Rockwell Collins Reviews

Updated December 17, 2014
Updated December 17, 2014
669 Reviews
3.2
669 Reviews
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Kelly Ortberg
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Review Highlights

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.  

    Great Company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Principal Subcontract Program Manager in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Current Employee - Principal Subcontract Program Manager in Cedar Rapids, IA

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

    Pros

    Opportunity to advance career in any role, great Values, tenured employees (Lifers) to learn from, Best Aviation Company

    Cons

    Benefits are up to standard, but Compensation lags, Better get it through negotiations before you start, the Formal Mentoring tools are unused and needs to be scrapped; if you need good mentoring, do so by seeking individuals out and requesting directly, Great Senior Leadership team, but most of the Entry and Mid Level Leadership have no Leadership skills when it comes to mentoring and empowering team

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on empowering individual contributors by accountability metrics for Entry-Level and Mid-Level Managers. The Company has great potentials to unleash energy, but the Mid and entry Level Leadership needs serious reform, otherwise you loose the talents you so seek to develop

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great company to work for overall

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineering in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Current Employee - Engineering in Cedar Rapids, IA

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

    Pros

    Large company with lots of room to grow for advancement in different career fields. Great place to gain experience at all career levels.

    Cons

    Company seems to be overly managed in many areas. Manager to employee ratio is higher than what is typically seen at other companies, which at times they seem not to be on the same page in providing direction or goals that are consistent.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Cedar Rapids, IA

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

    Pros

    -Relaxed, easy going
    -Cool programs
    -Great community
    -Understanding management

    Cons

    -Rockwell has a lot of different programs, some are better then others. I worked on a huge program (100+ engineers, huuge govn't contract) and it was poorly manage. I've worked on several programs since, all have been much better
    -Management not very good at career development.
    -Medical/Dental coverage has become more costly and not as good in the past 5 years

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to work closer with engineers to determine career paths and basically how to make more money / figure out where you want to be in 10 years. I've always worked on the government side, so it seems like management is mostly concerned with meeting deadlines (i.e. the short term picture).

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Lost the luster

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer

    I have been working at Rockwell Collins

    Pros

    Nice coworkers,ample time off good working conditions

    Cons

    Leadership has lost its way

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Major shakeup needed

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good benefits, difficult upward mobility

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Melbourne, FL
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Melbourne, FL

    I worked at Rockwell Collins full-time

    Pros

    Benefits and work atmosphere. Education reimbursement program.

    Cons

    Repetitive engineering work, only a choice few got chances to design new products. Raises were not even consistent with cost of living.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    Not really standing for quality.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Very friendly people work here. Most of my best friends are people I've worked with.

    Cons

    Rockwell Collins has Incompetent Managment. There are constant constant reorgs. Very difficult to stay on one project for very long once you start getting bounced around. Pressure to work over 40 hour weeks without overtime compensation.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Good place to work for an experienced engineer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 10 years)

    Pros

    If you're competent, then job security is good. Total compensation is pretty good. I've enjoyed many of the programs I've worked on and people I've worked with but there have been a couple of times I just wanted out. Luckily, RC is a fairly large company and lateral moves are fairly easy. For the most part, management does want to keep the employee happy and is willing to move people.

    Cons

    For me, there's too many people not concerned enough about quality during a design and development program. And there's your typical 10% that are apathetic and are just here for the paycheck. RC is fairly good, though, and identifying them and they are the first to go during RIFs, of which there have only been a few in the last 10 years. There's a big shift going on right now in the engineering tools RC uses for things like change management and requirements management. The new tools are web-centric and "collaborative" but sometimes we're on the edge of chaos when too programs are moved too quickly.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Summer Intern |S|AP BW 2014

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Graduate Technical Intern in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Former Employee - Graduate Technical Intern in Cedar Rapids, IA

    I worked at Rockwell Collins as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Excellent leadership, very encouraging environment. Team-members love to help you out. My direct Manager and the above him were both really helpful and patient. They make sure to provide you with enough training and support so that you can perform successfully.

    Cons

    Slow growth as compared to other companies
    The work pace is very slow

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Excellent office culture. They shouldn't change it. More SAP led training should be provided

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Beware of old school mentality

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager

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

    Pros

    Short term work good benefits

    Cons

    This is an old established company. It is run like a old family business . There are insiders and outsiders. The insiders will have jobs for life, the are from Iowa primarily and have long family employment at RC . If you graduated from UofI then you may become one. Otherwise you are treated like horse chutle . You get laid off every 4 to 5 years no real raise and no promotion .

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get more outside help , you've grown stale and the world has passed you by.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Software Engineer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Cedar Rapids, IA

    I worked at Rockwell Collins full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Excellent place to learn and grow for engineers

    Cons

    Location - Cedar Rapids may not attract people to stay long term

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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