Rockwell Collins

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Rockwell Collins Reviews

Updated December 22, 2014
Updated December 22, 2014
672 Reviews
3.2
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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. 3 people found this helpful  

    Can't figure why this company has any customers

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Terrible culture and dysfunctional work environment due to wrong leadership

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Commercial Systems Engineering in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Former Employee - Commercial Systems Engineering in Cedar Rapids, IA

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

    Pros

    Pros – Cedar Rapids good for family life.
    Great business growth since mid decade, although doubtful future prospects.
    Technical work is boring or interesting depending on role and project (but terrible management and culture is a huge drain and makes it not worthwhile).

    Cons

    Company propaganda: Rockwell Collins is about Integrity and goes by the book on principles.
    Fact: For people that are connected inside the old boys/gals circle, Integrity and ethics are mere convenience. They can juggle and flip it any way they want to suit their own agendas. Key people in Management, HR and Ombudsman are involved in behaviors that Rockwell should not be proud of. In addition, what I see from other bloggers and what I heard and saw inside the company is not encouraging.

    Company propaganda: Rockwell middle managers in Engineering are focused on providing customer value and will put themselves on the line to achieve it.
    Fact: Middle managers and long-time engineers are coasting along and need scapegoats to pass the buck. New hires with experience in other companies are particularly vulnerable. HR mentioned during new hire orientation that it is not what you know and are capable of doing that matters in this company but rather who you know.

    Employee is made to believe: Engineering managers and long-time engineer old boys/gals have good intent but it is just difficult personalities leading to difficult team dynamics. Rockwell Collins has an inclusive work environment.
    Fact: Persistent and deliberate bullying and displacement of talent at Rockwell Collins perpetrated by people who are confident they have the support to get away with it. New employees especially with experience from other companies are easy target.
    Fact: There is competition inside Rockwell on who excludes whom and people going to great lengths to edge people out. The rat race is encouraged by Management itself as some others in this blog have alluded to.
    Fact: Average talent base at Rockwell. Lot of people coasting along with no incentive to do real and great technical work, and many are doing work without trying to change the status quo. If anyone new comes along that have differing views, then just squash them. Paper pushers thrive. Crony behavior is rampant. Outsourcing to Asia, steep growth and density of foreign workers in Cedar Rapids as a proxy for competent leadership. Rockwell does not have it in its DNA to create a strong global culture either. Foreign workers have complaints about Rockwell as well.

    Myth: We are a global company and respect diverse views. We know how to manage change & we build trust everyday with employees.
    Fact: Employment of U.S based engineers and employee satisfaction in the U.S are now closely linked to supply-demand characteristics of the global labor workforce. Management inevitably uses the path of least resistance to satisfy urgent psychological (ego & arrogance). If they have any disagreements with anyone, an easy step is to dislocate that worker and get a foreign worker that will obey all commands and orders without disagreements even if it is wrong for projects and products or better still just outsource the work to Asia to improve cost competitiveness.
    Respect for foreign born workers is very low in this company. If you are a foreign-born or foreign worker, spare yourself and don't venture in this horrible company. The company lacks diversity when it comes to synthesizing different viewpoints.
    They think 'Global' means ordering Asians to complete highly technical work tasks and expecting Asians to bow down in complete silence and respect while having low respect for Asians and looking down upon them in certain disdain. There are many Engineers here like that, if you like that in todays workforce, maybe you should join. But don't expect this culture to last long.
    Company leadership is unable to create teams where the whole is greater than the sum of the parts.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring in decisive leadership and promote people who can execute with the right mindset and reasons.

    Do not expect positive business impact when you use fear, intimidation, rumors, coercion and other shenanigans on employees.

    Treat employees very well. Don't treat them like sheep and cattle. They are your most important assets. Come out of management hubris and create something reasonable for the knowledge based economy.

    Command and control style works only in a predictable world where Rockwell can peacefully rest with a half hearted attempt in complex technology while ignoring disruptive technological innovation and trends globally. The least Management can work on is create a superb culture that breeds new thinking. Right now, Managers I have seen due to various cirumstances do exactly the opposite at Rockwell. What they do is contrary to what is necessary for today's global and dynamic workforce with global competition where customers are international.

    Give leadership based on compassion a try. Include it in your corporate values. Develop empathy in leaders although it may not be first nature to Rockwell managers. It helps in developing people, teams and in developing products that your customers deserve. It will also help reduce costs. It is sound business practice to learn from industry insiders and outsiders. Have an open mind to learn from employees who come from outside Rockwell with a different take on your products and development process and are trying to help. It is good for share-owners.

    Start thinking about a culture with global mindset without being completely unfair to U.S based employees. Respect foreigners and foreign born US employees. I mean True Respect! Not show business and dog and pony efforts that this company is adept at. It requires real leadership and not cheap arrogance, favoritism and cronyism.

    Embrace change. Bring in management leaders that understand change and innovation and importance of culture amidst rapid change. Treating people who do real work like cattle is not the way of the future for society.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Unethical Company

    Current Employee - Principal Manager Program Management in Richardson, TX
    Current Employee - Principal Manager Program Management in Richardson, TX

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

    Pros

    None of this is good

    Cons

    Laying off thousands of employees without compliance with Warn Act. Targeting layoffs at high salary engineers using bogus rating system where L2 and L3 determine who gets what rating which essentially takes the rater out of the loop. If you got a restricted stock bonus that hasn't vetted your laid off. Very unethical from the top down

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do the right thing.

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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    They do not care about there employees.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Clerical in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Clerical in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    Benefits, vacation, work enviroment. There are great people working there. HR dept. is the worst I've ever seen.

    Cons

    They layoff people every year. Seems like now they are hitting the ones who are close to retirement. But really not old enough. How do you find a job when you are 62,63,or 64 years old.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Layoff Supervisors & Managers who are worthless & make too much money.

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

    25 % engineers laid off

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    • 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 10 years)

    Pros

    Some good people and good retirement

    Cons

    Terrible management they all come form ISU or U of I and all think alike . They need to bring in some outside tallent .

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leave and let someone manage the company

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 5 people found this helpful  

    Its all about who you know....year after year after year.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Training Coordinator in Cedar Rapids, NE
    Former Employee - Training Coordinator in Cedar Rapids, NE

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

    Pros

    If you live in Cedar Rapids it would be a short drive.
    You get time off at Christmas and three weeks of vacation as new employee
    Tuition reimbursement

    Cons

    High school at corporate level - you have the cliques, jocks, the cheerleader types, the nerds - with as many MBA students that Rockwell has paid for you would think someone would know how to at least pretend they are professional.
    Very few genuine people at this company.
    An over abundance of paper pushers.
    Unpredictable career path, raises, all about who you know and how you know them

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do a really good self examination. Read the comment on sites such as this and then actual do something about the many areas the management is lacking in. There are older VPs that need to retire and hire from the outside someone that thinks totally opposite of how the management thinks now. Then, let them manage..don't squelch thier plans to revamp this once amazing company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 6 people found this helpful  

    Success Depends on Who you know not what

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Cedar Rapids, IA

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

    Pros

    No real demand on when you have to be at work
    week off for Christmas

    Cons

    No ability to increase in position or salary.
    Salary increases at best just below inflation
    Bonous is often just cut
    Very much a good old boys club

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay High performers. Supervise Managers

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 6 people found this helpful  

    Worst if you are looking for technical growth

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate Engineer in Hyderābād (India)
    Former Employee - Associate Engineer in Hyderābād (India)

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

    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
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    NOT for Foreign nationals..

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Cedar Rapids, IA

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

    Pros

    Supportive management
    Good work Life balance

    Cons

    Companies policy for foreign nationals.
    -> Company will apply for H1B only before 3 to 4 months of the expiration of OPT extension.
    -> Company will apply for Green Card only before 2 years of the expiration of H1B extension.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change companies policies about foreign nationals and apply for Green card as soon as possible.

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

    Work environment at RC

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    • 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 3 years)

    Pros

    I worked at RC for 5 years. Great people. Cedar rapids is an alright place to live.

    Cons

    Finally left the company because of lack of opportunities. Buddy system in full time mode here. You need a person to look after your career or you are dead meat.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Open up guys

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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