Rockwell Collins Reviews

Updated March 5, 2015
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  1. Great company with good values

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Richardson, TX
    Current Employee - Manager in Richardson, TX

    I have been working at Rockwell Collins full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great people, solid management, good ethics

    Cons

    No cons come to mind.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful

    It's ok. Has been better, could be better.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Richardson, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Richardson, TX

    I have been working at Rockwell Collins full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    14 paid holiday days per year. Annual bonus. Good work-life balance (depends on manager), nice environment. New CEO seems to be more employee focused.

    Cons

    So much emphasis on "lean". Spend too much time trying to earn "lean" points and it gets in the way of completing real work. Still "Cedar-centric" although mgmt (in Cedar) keeps emphazing that they are not. Upper management plans "morale" events and all-hands during high volume times. Seems like they are out of touch of when their staff is the most busy. This is not the same company that I hired into 15 years ago. At that time, it felt more like family and employees were more valued. Now, it's all about making the numbers even when the numbers were thrust upon you and were not reasonable. Takes too much time to get decisions made. Tools to get the work done are outdated and add to delays.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get some feedback on the tools that your staff uses. Are they adequate? "Morale" events should not replace the one-on-one pat on the back or positive feedbacks given more frequently than during review times. Employees need to feel their value more than twice per year.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful

    Well run at the top, Machiavellian in the middle

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Richardson, TX
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Richardson, TX

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

    Pros

    The company is wisely split between counter-cyclical industries, namely commercial avionics and defense. Work/life balance is generally good. Tuition reimbursement is good. Salaries are fair.

    Cons

    With around 90% of employees in the geographic area around the headquarters (Cedar Rapids, IA), there is a undeniable favoring of teams there. In some cases, middle management actively undermines projects at remote sites.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reign in or outright replace petty, vengeful middle managers who clearly did not learn in kindergarten everything they needed to know. Provide more opportunities to move across functions.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. Overall reasonable place to work during better economic times.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Richardson, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Richardson, TX

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

    Pros

    Progressive company. Benefits are fairly good. Salaries are competitive. Company employs talented engineers and uses fairly current technology. Flexible work schedule.

    Cons

    Management at times inept.

    If you don't work in Cedar Rapids there is the potential for work to be pulled from your group and given to folks at the "home office". I saw it happen time and again.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The way to profitability is not to keep laying people off but to seek out and develop new business. I tired after seeing 6 rounds of layoffs in a few month's time and left for a better opportunity.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 6 people found this helpful

    Unethical Company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Principal Engineering Manager in Richardson, TX
    Former Employee - Principal Engineering Manager in Richardson, TX

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

    Pros

    Flex time, Ipp and decent salary. Like my first boss

    Cons

    Yearly ratings are top directed. Doesn't matter what you did if they need some "1"s they at Diector level force you to thin the herd. Very unethical actions on the part of senior leadership. Don't be old or a person of color if you want a full career

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful

    Great Avionics company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Richardson, TX
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Richardson, TX

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

    Pros

    Sometimes you get to do real engineering. Great location in Cedar Rapids for raising a family.

    Cons

    Very slow to adapt new technology. Very risk adverse due to the nature of the business but not fun for new college grads as it will bring them back a dozen years or so in technology. Not really Rockwell's fault but more the FAA and the avionics biz

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This used to be an engineering company and now it's ran by PMs. Only PMs get promoted and there is very limited growth for engineers unless you move into management. No real "chief" engineers and no Fellow program.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. Over 8+ years in government systems in systems engineer

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Richardson, TX
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Richardson, TX

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

    Pros

    * overall team getting younger
    * management turnover creating new opportunities
    * proactive in trying to address culture changes needed

    Cons

    * changes at top levels creating questions throughout enterprise regarding long term status
    * slow to embrace new technology
    * legacy conservativeness causing attrition

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    embrace new ideas and change; promote new voices with new ideas

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. Positive experience with Rockwell Collins

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

    I worked at Rockwell Collins full-time

    Pros

    Good healthcare benefit. Good Healthcare Saving Plan. People working here are friendly and very professional.

    Cons

    I have nothing Cons to say about this company.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful

    Fair working environment

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - PP&C Coordinator in Richardson, TX
    Current Employee - PP&C Coordinator in Richardson, TX

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

    Pros

    Dress code is quite reasonable

    Cons

    Salary & labor grade designation needs to be better.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful

    Once Very Good, Now Not So Much

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Richardson, TX
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Richardson, TX

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

    Pros

    It is possible to learn quite a bit here and have the opportunity to work on some very special programs. When you do complete a project, it can be a very rewarding feeling. When I started at this company, it was the first time I felt like I could be working for my last employer in my life.

    Cons

    This company suffers from making good and even great engineers into managers. As managers, they tend to be very poor and morale suffers accordingly. Some managers are permitted to simply bully employees in ways that would never be permitted if their leadership observed it. Unfortunately, managers at the Richardson, TX campus rarely suffer any real scrutiny by their superiors from Cedar Rapids. Every successful project witnessed was run by a project manager and every unsuccessful project witnessed was run by some poor engineer told to be a project manager. The magic is over and I see this company headed downwards with an exceptional emphasis on making sure that we meet or beat stock market expectations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let great engineers be great engineers. Help them find a career path that lets them expand upon being great engineers. Hire good managers and stop making successful engineers into bad managers. It isn't a reward and many good engineers have been lost this way. Use more project managers and stop making junior engineers into project managers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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