Rockwell Collins Reviews

Updated August 28, 2014
Updated August 28, 2014
687 Reviews

3.2
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Pros
  • A non-trivial number projects in maintenance that provide good work-life balance (in 46 reviews)

  • At the moment, we have some pretty good benefits (week off at Christmas time) (in 38 reviews)


Cons
  • Cedar Rapids Iowa is not an ideal area to retain talented employees (in 65 reviews)

  • No Work Life balance, HR doesn't have the minimum idea of employees needs (in 17 reviews)

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  1. 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 for more than a 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
  2. 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 for 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
  3. 4 people found this helpful  

    Terrible culture and dysfunctional work environment due to wrong leadership

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    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 for more than a 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
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  5. 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 for 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.

  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    They do not care about there employees.

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    Former Employee - Clerical  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Clerical in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Rockwell Collins full-time for 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
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    25 % engineers laid off

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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 for 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
  8. 5 people found this helpful  

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

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    Former Employee - Training Coordinator  in  Cedar Rapids, NE
    Former Employee - Training Coordinator in Cedar Rapids, NE

    I worked at Rockwell Collins full-time for 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
  9. 6 people found this helpful  

    Success Depends on Who you know not what

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    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 for 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

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