Rockwell Collins

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Land of the revolving door. It's great if you're the squeaky wheel, but that's just not for me.

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

    I worked at Rockwell Collins full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Rockwell Collins has some great employees. A lot of people I've met there are good people with a great skillset for a medium-sized engineering company.

    Cons

    Management blows. Squeaky wheel gets the oil has never been more accurate than at Rockwell Colins. Rockwell Collins has had an issue keeping employees longer than 5 years, so they treat you like you're a temporary employee. I was bullied around and treated like junk by management. I was told promotions are like magic dust; it never happens. I can definitely confirm it. At Rockwell Collins, it's not if you're leaving for somewhere else, it's when you are leaving.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    An engineering VP once said complacency is when you're doing the same thing to expect different results. If you want to close the revolving door, you need to start thinking different to make yourself great. For me, Rockwell Collins didn't build my trust in them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Terrible management

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Engineer in Portland, OR

    I worked at Rockwell Collins full-time

    Pros

    Three weeks vacation days ,plus Christmas / New Year Holiday, good company compensation plan.9/80 work day available.

    Cons

    Management is very arrogant and usually don't welcome new ideas.One of the the engineering manager is the worst I've ever seen.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 6 people found this helpful  

    Building trust everyday, except those with deadlines

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    - High job security in most area
    - Friendly co-workers
    - Frequently, I am working on cool/fun/challenging engineering, and trying to make a product within the constraints given that I can be proud of.

    Cons

    - Frequent "highly suggested for a good year end review" overtime. Not mandatory b/c then they would legally have to pay you.
    - Blocking people from transferring to another job within Rockwell fairly often.
    - Management pushing employees to sign off on things they don't agree with.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Need to follow standards/process everyday, not try to find ways short-circuit it to meet deadlines. This usually comes back with more work, time, problems, and cost than the time that was supposedly saved.
    - Do not block transfers to other orgs within Rockwell. If someone is told they can't transfer from a job they don't like, their next recourse is to leave, which is happening frequently now.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Unhealthy place to work

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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 8 years)

    Pros

    they are located in the mid-west. the pay is average as are the benefits. you may find pockets of healthy interaction here and there, but it's been rare. avionics industry is more efficient than the auto industry, but not by much, and that's not saying a lot.

    Cons

    overly bureaucratic, strong sense of entitlement in this 'good old boys club'. Overall, an unhealthy place to work with the IT department being downright sick.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 3 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
  10. 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
  11. 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

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