Rockwell Collins Reviews

Updated August 26, 2015
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Pros
  • Work/life balance is generally good (in 54 reviews)

  • Good compensation good benefits (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. Great

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    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Richardson, TX
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Richardson, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Rockwell Collins full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent People and fantastic opportunities

    Cons

    Sometimes people can be hard to work with


  2. Sr. Technical Writer

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    Former Employee - Senior Technical Writer in Richardson, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Technical Writer in Richardson, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Rockwell Collins (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good working atmosphere. Variety of tasks meant it was never boring.

    Cons

    Frequent layoffs; but that's a part of defense contracting.

    Advice to Management

    Next time there needs t belayoffs, let some chiefs go instead of always laying off the Indians.


  3. Production Specialist

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richardson, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richardson, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Rockwell Collins full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Rockwell provided flexible hours and recently implemented a 9/80 work schedule for non union employees. Good benefits package, 3 weeks vacation, and 401k.

    Cons

    Lack of strong and experience leadership at their government facilities. There seems to be a feeling of me vs they attitude between home office and the satellite facilities. Leadership preaches work/life balance, but their actions say otherwise. Consistent backlog, parts delay, engineering design issues, lack of capacity planning, and limited contract wins will prevent future success at their government systems facilities.


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  5. Internship

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    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Intern - Hourly in Richardson, TX
    Current Intern - Intern - Hourly in Richardson, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Rockwell Collins as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Full time summer internship, worked on a project from design through implementation all the way to testing. Gained significant skills for my future career.

    Cons

    Supervision wasn't on same page at times


  6. Helpful (1)

    Retired employee

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    Former Employee - Principal Systems Engineer in Richardson, TX
    Former Employee - Principal Systems Engineer in Richardson, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Company made good on retirement pension payments even though stopped offering to new employees

    Cons

    Very much a who you know culture based on longevity with company. Good for few years as new engineer but not a place to grow.

    Advice to Management

    Shake up the way teams are formed.


  7. Helpful (1)

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

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    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Richardson, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Richardson, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  8. Helpful (2)

    Well run at the top, Machiavellian in the middle

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    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Richardson, TX
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Richardson, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  9. Great company with good values

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    Current Employee - Manager in Richardson, TX
    Current Employee - Manager in Richardson, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.


  10. Overall reasonable place to work during better economic times.

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Richardson, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Richardson, TX
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  11. Helpful (9)

    Unethical Company

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Principal Engineering Manager in Richardson, TX
    Former Employee - Principal Engineering Manager in Richardson, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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



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