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Rockwell Collins Reviews

Updated November 19, 2014
Updated November 19, 2014
654 Reviews
3.2
654 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 53 reviews)

  • At the moment, we have some pretty good benefits (week off at Christmas time) (in 39 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. 3 people found this helpful  

    Not a good experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Poway, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Poway, CA

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

    Pros

    I made a couple of good friends and worked with a couple of people I liked and respected.

    Cons

    Poway management was horrific, didn't listen to employees when they voice issues with management, released employees under less than honest reasoning, upper management is narrow-minded. Started as a small company and maintained the clique mentality of "newcomers not welcome".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of most of your managers in Poway and get real ones...people that aren't engineers and have some people skills. Listen to what your staff is saying. Walk the walk and talk the talk. Show your staff you mean what you say and are really working to improve. Don't sit in your office with your door closed and expect things to change.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 5 people found this helpful  

    Bullies in the School yard - Never Grew up

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    Former Employee - Senior Electro - Mechanical Design Tech in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Former Employee - Senior Electro - Mechanical Design Tech in Cedar Rapids, IA

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

    Pros

    I was fooled by the best

    Cons

    The engineers that are hired at Rockwell Collins realize early that to get more money they must be in management - They never become good engineers - They are taught to be bullies.

    Those who can engineer do - those who can't - Manage

    I was a fool to have stayed here so long

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 4 people found this helpful  

    Worst Worst Worst if you are looking for technical growth

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Hyderābād (India)
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Hyderābād (India)

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

    Pros

    Good pay, benefits, Flexible timings Brandname

    Cons

    Bad management
    No much work life balance - Have to spend nights at the office
    Even when there is no work, need to spend 9 1/2 hours in the office atleast
    Bad work - Completely testing in India
    Lot of pressure

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't create false statements during interviews that the candidate will be placed in development section only.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    The bad far exceeds the good.

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Tustin, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Tustin, CA

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

    Pros

    Good co-workers and winter shutdown. Probably a good place if you're fresh out of college.

    Cons

    Too much responsibility given to offshore contract workers (not qualified for majority of the tasks).

    Below average pay.

    Promotions based on seniority rather than skill/knowledge.

    Long hours due to poor analysis/requirements and overly optimistic scheduling.

    Some co-workers are unprofessional. They will claim completion on incomplete tasks (to fulfill a goal for their annual review), and end up passing the buck to another employee.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you want to use contract workers, hire local US employees. Don't allow unqualified engineers to continually write confusing non extendable software.

    Stop believing that any engineer can accomplish any task. Instead, assign engineers to tasks that fit their strengths.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    Company is a dead end for a career they set up hr to write these reviews

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    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

    Pros

    Low expectation of work you can sleep at work

    Cons

    Pros – Very conservative financially. The company does not take risks unnecessarily.
    Cons – Management and culture are a mirage. Management is horrible. The answer to every bad plan is to ask people to work overtime. The culture is extermely politically oriented. There are a lot of marketing campaings to make employees believe things are great, but the sad reality is that there is a culture of fear everywhere you look. Many people have just given up. I would not be surprised if this company took a turn for the worse soon because management has surrounded itself with people who say yes wihtout questioning, and engineering has learned to hide the problems until they move on to another position.

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    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a real job

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

    Unethical Cesspool of Discrimination

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

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

    Pros

    • Living in Cedar Rapids (for North Dakotians only)

    • The cesspool allows you to break into the defense field (gets you security clearance) – if you care for it, that is.

    Cons

    • Living in Cedar Rapids (for everyone else)

    • Cedar Rapids is notorious for flights in and out cancelled during winter. December through March you are pretty much held incommunicado from the outside world in the icy fortress of Cedar Rapids (the three-hour shuttle ride from Chicago O'Hare to CID offered in lieu of the flight does not count).

    • Company recycles old and unwanted warehouses and abandoned buildings throughout Cedar Rapids: if you get hired by Rockwell Collins, chances are you end up in one of those buildings retrofitted for office space.

    • Company lures new hires with an above-average sign-up bonus. Worry not: they will more than make up for it in the upcoming years by giving you 0% pay increases and/or by ranking you in the bottom 10%.

    • Unless you are a principal engineer, you get cubicle, not office – if you are lucky. But even more likely is that you'll end up in a pod – a large cubicle partitioned into four or eight stations where you get to sit in a corner.

    • All workstations are arranged in a such a fashion that anyone can sneak up from behind unnoticed and see what is on your computer screen.

    • Constant reorgs: musical chairs are played at a rate of as often as every six months. .

    • A propensity for 7 o'clock meetings.

    • Software engineers enjoy a nice 60-hour work week.

    • Company is extremely heavy on corrective action. The fascist HR will railroad you toward any corrective action plan you manager may devise against you – no question asked.

    • Managers at Rockwell have all graduated almost entirely from either Iowa State or U of Iowa. You can safely estimate your own chances for success within the company.

    • Glaring incompetence at the managerial level: a typical new Rockwell manager is around 35 years old who has worked exclusively for Rockwell Collins for about 10 years and has only a Bachelor's degree (an added insult to his being Iowa graduate, of course). Thus, it is common that graduate level engineers (MS's, PhD's) are managed by someone with inferior academic credentials and less experience.

    • Rampant nepotism and buddy system, which for you as an employee means that not only you have to constantly suck up to the manager (a healthy work environment, as we call it in this country), but to his buddies as well. Buddies, however, can be easily spotted as those who: a) frequently have lunch with the manager, b) strut around the office like peacocks, c) emulate manager's body language and manner of speaking, d) more likely to come out of manager's office laughing rather than rumpled, e) frequently given floor at the meetings to run off at the mouth while manager is sitting and nodding, and f) glower at your from under the eyebrows (with the consequences, of course).

    • Glowering from under the eyebrows is routinely practices across the company by the management and their buddies. You know you are toast if you've been glared upon by any of them.

    • At Rockwell Collins, you will be discriminated if you are perceived to be any of the following: llliberal, color'd, furner, or Californian (from any state which has normal economy where you can walk across the street and get hired by a competitor). All outsiders are universally hated at Rockwell Collins, period.

    • Ranking is required to have an upper and lower 10% of performers, where the money taken from the lower 10% is redistributed towards the upper 10% (trickle-up, the Rockwell Collins way). Quite naturally, all manager's buddies end up in the top 10% and all the four categories above are in the bottom 10.

    • Company is full of bullies, whose behavior is encouraged by management (who else?). Bullies are always manager's buddies and vice versa.

    • Company lives in a permanent state of lay-off. Oftentimes, the undesirables are corralled into one group which gets downsized next.

    • Managers are trained to disdain any experience outside of Rockwell Collins. Thus, while working at Rockwell Collins, you will never be asked "How much experience do you have?" and always "How much experience do you have AT ROCKWELL COLLINS?" (All signs point to the collusion in the matter at the highest level.)

    • Intense brainwashing and propaganda: computer classes on how fortunate you are to work for Rockwell Collins come up at a rate of once per month (or often) – woe to you if you get behind on any of them (unless you are manager's buddy, of course).

    • A pathetic clown for a CEO: Rockwell Collins is one of those hi-tech (or so they think) companies where a CEO does not have an engineering/science background. Well, it shows (see the above).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Since much helpful advise has been dispensed on this here site and yet apparently disregarded by Rockwell Collins management, the only advise left is to please rid this world of your presence – it will be a much better place without you a**holes...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Management Heaven

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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 10 years)

    Pros

    Employed for now, maybe I can last until I retire... or find a job I enjoy.

    Cons

    Cuts to everything, benefits, pay, profit sharing, 401k, pension gone a few years ago, medical.
    The culture has become one of duck and cover. No management support for engineers or their decisions. If someone in power does not like the answer you are out.
    The corporate surveys are a joke, they ask no hard questions only feel good to make the company look responsive.
    A recent restructure in Quality has led to knowledgeable workers being let go and idiots elevated.
    Quality leadership has not one person with any experience in Quality operations. Absolutely doomed to fail.
    Lean has become a power tool to destroy anything done by anyone with actual knowledge.
    They added 4 more steps to the 4 step PDCA cycle... how Lean.
    All proven quality tool and philosophies are renamed some from of Lean. Confusion is the result.
    New tools which have shown excellent results are cast aside due to not invented here.
    EVERY outsourced job has been a failure. The Indians and Chinese cant code verify, design. Several led engineers, technical manger senior technical managers were fired when they kept bring up issues and costs of the outsourcing and management refused to accept the problems.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire 70% of management and hold the rest accountable to become enablers to help the engineers and workers to perform... no micro manage or misuse their power to break their subordinates down. .

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Poor Management.. Benefits reduced

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    Current Employee - Senior Electrical Engineer II
    Current Employee - Senior Electrical Engineer II

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

    Pros

    Used to be ok.
    Have to look over shoulder every month for layoffs.

    Cons

    Over 10 rounds of layoffs in last year.
    Management does not listen to employees on any level.
    Management does what is their best interest.
    Management fails to resolve conflicts.
    Performance sharing always reduced to near 0 levels.
    No talent retention plan.
    Layoffs never impact management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Restructure and release management. Do not need one manager for every 7-10 employees. Improve lines of communication and follow through.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lack of Training in Company Policies, Procedures and and NO Management Support

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

    I worked at Rockwell Collins full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good Pay and Benefits. Nice people. Quiet Area of the Country. Good place to raise a family and quite a laid back, relaxed lifestyle.

    Cons

    NO Domain Training Received and career expectations were never set during initial job interviews and prior to on-boarding. While the job description may state what expertise one must be capable of having there was no formal introduction into any type of technical specialization which one must be capable of to perform their job well, including lack of knowledgable management who understand their employees and their management trainees.

    Additionally, since Rockwell Collins focuses on small subsystems in the entire scope of airplane development, there is no incentive for management to do proper training for any engineers to understand the entire Commercial or Military Airplane Domain (or full System) which the Rockwell hardware and software is only a SMALL part of by being a supplier. One important aspect for all displays based Systems Engineers is they should have an understanding of the pilot's point of view, if dealing with commercial airline display systems, for example; or if they are involved with cabin entertainment systems, the Systems Engineer needs to understand the human interface point of view and be trained in human factors engineering, assuming they are coming to Rockwell with a different professional background. All in all, systems engineering IS NOT a supported activity by Management at Rockwell Collins. Systems Engineering should be accomplished and help grow the business by supporting the design and improvement of avionics or any of the multitude of other products that Rockwell Collins produces to make the customer satisfied with the products and services they receive from their suppiers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Rockwell Collins should learn from the Defense Industry by using procedures and processes that have been successfully advanced in saving the customer money, and making programs turn out well; that would involve the management and project engineers understand what goes into Systems Engineering. Systems Engineering is not at all a way to just design a small box or subsystem and then test that the subsystem achieves what it designed for in the first place. It is truly a bigger picture field and expertise which requires the implementation of processes, procedures, and design to make a customer successful thereby making Rockwell Collins and the Product Team successful.

    The Systems Engineer should work side-by-side with Project Management, Lead Engineers, Project Engineers, AND the customers to deliver products which everyone is proud of, no matter what the timeline. Systems Engineers need to be fostered and their goals achieved through communication and proper introduction into whatever the program or project they are thrown into when starting to work at any job, but in this case, Rockwell Collins itself.

    Overall the management and leadership needs to understand what really goes into systems engineering, and not focus so tightly on their small deliveries, each delivery may seem like a black box to the customer, but especially in high tech design, every blackbox from every supplier must fit together. It's essential that all suppliers be allowed to work together and that the ultimate customer allows such interactions. One last comment, projects need to be Cost+ and should never be Fixed Price!! Stop that product development cycle, and really focus on the final design for the end user.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Can't figure why this company has any customers

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    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Melbourne, FL
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Melbourne, FL

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

    Pros

    As another reviewer said, free parking.

    Cons

    They will preach ethics to you until you choke, then routinely pressure you to falsify data, mislead customers and overlook non-compliance with company policy and government regulations. A very abusive environment for employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean up your act. Eventually, you're going to get caught.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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