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Rockwell Collins Cedar Rapids Reviews

Updated February 15, 2017
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  • Cedar Rapids is a little far away from most of my family and is also far away from most of its nearest cultural centers (besides Iowa City) (in 118 reviews)

  • I'd rather be an intern than full time as there doesn't seem to be much of a work/life balance once you're hired full time (in 22 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Friendly company, but a lot of management"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Rockwell Collins (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Cedar Rapids: Friendly, non-competitive environment. Provide many training opportunities, good benefits, and options for career paths. Coworkers are friendly, but be prepared to interact with many separate and independent layers of management (product line management, project management, direct management, and department management to only name a few for engineering).

    Cons

    Cedar Rapids campus is rather large and easy to get turned around, but after awhile you'll learn most areas. Still need a map to locate certain conference rooms or office locations. Due to the size of the company, you can feel feel insignificant with little control of the scope of your work. They are very detail oriented and always have a policy or procedure for everything. Documentation overkill.


  2. Helpful (12)

    "Playing Financial Games"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Salary and benefits are kept studiously in line with market average.

    Cons

    Imagine if you told your children that you had to cancel buying Christmas presents because money was tight. And then you bought a new mansion. Your children would be understandably upset. Most employees at Rockwell Collins are under-compensated and have been told that there will be salary freezes for 2/3 of 2017, plus layoffs. Simultaneously, Rockwell Collins is buying B/E Aerospace for $6.4 billion. Employees are understandably upset.

    Advice to Management

    Management has a penchant for treating employees as though they are ignorant children. Why would you hire professionals and then insult their intelligence?


  3. "Business Analyst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Rockwell Collins (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good Company Culture. I did gain some new knowledge through working here.

    Cons

    Poor Working Environment. Most people who working here are not motivated.

    Advice to Management

    Need to make sure everyone within the team are on the same page.


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  5. Helpful (7)

    "Rockwell Collins"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT Leader in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Former Employee - IT Leader in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    1 week paid shutdown
    Flexible schedule (depending on your boss)
    Decent benefits, however they had decreased significantly while I was there.
    Dedicated people. The CEO is desperately trying to change the culture. I was at Rockwell almost 9 years, and worked in 3 different departments. Each department was almost likes its own company--the culture was very different in each area, which sometimes was refreshing and sometimes not. There are a lot of opportunities to move into different areas, however it is very much about who you know and not always your skills.
    Great co workers, I had the opportunity to work with some top notch people.

    Cons

    Very old school thinking, it was very common to see 35-45 year anniversary parties, this also impeded culture change. I remember my boss telling me that it was unfortunate that when you looked for a job internally, you really had to research who you were going to work for, because there were so many inadequate leaders.
    While CEO wants to change, the company culture is very much ' We've always done it this way". If you are in leadership, as I was, leadership was not leadership, it was management. It was very hard to be empowered to make decisions. There is very much a culture of CYA and mistrust, which is unfortunate and big reason why I left. I was hired to make decisions and grow a department and it became apparent very quickly that was not going to happen and that I was to keep the status quo and limit their growth and development, which was demotivating to me and frustrating to my team of how management viewed them. The same people in leadership keep getting shuffled around and do mediocre jobs. Look to hire the right talent instead of doing x person a favor because he or she friends with a person in senior management or a golf buddy of someone. Basically I found leadership there to be a place to grow stagnant and collect paycheck without much effort until you retire. I wanted to more out of my employment (opportunities to grow as a leader) and left.

    Advice to Management

    Rockwell preaches about the value of people, but unfortunately does not practice it. Many development opportunities have been cut over the years. Most of my personal growth opportunities I paid for out of my own pocket. If you truly value your workforce, develop them Stop shuffling the same people around in leadership and either develop them so they are ready for the role or have courage and get rid of them and hire the right people.


  6. "Great Workplace and Benefits"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits, excellent pay, and good work/life balance

    Cons

    Really no cons I have enjoyed my time


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Good Company - Variety"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Electrical Engineer in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Current Employee - Senior Electrical Engineer in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Always lots of different things to work on and opportunities to try something new.
    Pretty good benefits and incentives
    Good work/life balance
    Good pay for the area
    Opportunities for advancement

    Cons

    Always going through cycles of layoffs which only affect a few but are disheartening
    Health insurance has really high deductible
    Some people work tons of overtime

    Advice to Management

    Start planning better so incentives and jobs aren't affected


  8. "Engineering Intern"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Senior Technical in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Former Intern - Senior Technical in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Rockwell Collins as an intern

    Pros

    Excellent Experience, friendly and helpful full-time engineers

    Cons

    the location is not great


  9. "Principal Systems Engineer"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Market leader in Avionics, fairly good work/life balance

    Cons

    Catering to millennials to attract new workforce at expense of current workforce


  10. "Progressive ideas"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Engineering Manager in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Current Employee - Senior Engineering Manager in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The company is getting rid of many antiquated processes and policies and inviting innovation.

    Cons

    Business not growing fast enough resulting in layoffs.

    Advice to Management

    Acquire a company that will help us grow now.


  11. "RF Design Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - RF PA Design Electrical Engineer in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Current Employee - RF PA Design Electrical Engineer in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Not a huge company; but not small. Also working with cool technology in the aerospace/military industry.

    Cons

    Headquarters are in the Midwest (Cedar Rapids, IA). Might be nice for a already established family, but anyone in their 20's might not find is ideal.

    Advice to Management

    More team building activities. Some groups are great at it, others struggle greatly. In my old team, we were tight knit. My current team, I don't even know all the people that are in my team...



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