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Updated October 11, 2018
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  • "Great work life balance through 9/80 program" (in 150 reviews)

  • "Great company and good benefits" (in 84 reviews)

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  1. "Constant improvement"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Rockwell Collins full-time

    Pros

    Everything is fluid and open for improvement.

    Cons

    Cafeteria is overpriced, bottom-tier offering.


  2. "Good benefits, decent pay, understaffed for workload."

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    Former Employee - Industrial Engineer in Wilsonville, OR
    Former Employee - Industrial Engineer in Wilsonville, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Rockwell Collins full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits: 3 weeks vacation to start, 5% 401k match, paid winter shutdown, flexible schedule (9-9's, flexible start times). Competitive pay. Good people to work with. Most projects are generally followed-through; funding is achievable (not open coffers, but not impossible).

    Cons

    Understaffed for workload. Opportunities for lateral moves but tough to get promotions. Aerospace / large company bureaucracy & regulations make change difficult. Nit-picky internal quality audits lead to extra tasks that add little value to organization. Too many policies and procedures - many are redundant yet sometimes conflict with each other.

    Advice to Management

    Drive suppliers to hold the same quality and delivery standards that we are held to. Prioritize and focus on the "real" projects that add value and customer is willing to pay for. Hire enough people to handle the workload. Simplify and standardize policies and procedures.
    Communicate to the employees what changes are coming from the UTC acquisition (transparency).

  3. "Mixed emotions - Good benefits - Bad lower management"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Rockwell benefits are good, there is flex time and like any company there is a lot of pressure at times. Lots of really talented people work for the company and it's a pleasure to work with them.

    Cons

    Departments that should be led by professionals certified in their fields, such as procurement, sales, and proposals, are led by people "slated for promotion". This means departments are led by unqualified people and there is no job training. The company could do much better with people dedicated to those fields. I've had some of the worst managers at Rockwell because they don't understand or listen. They have the philosophy that they know best. I've learned not to trust leadership and stopped trying to do one step above. I do my job - no more - no less. Upward movement is almost non-existent unless you're an engineer.

    Advice to Management

    Look for people who are career professionals and certified. You wouldn't put an engineer in legal because they need the experience. Why do it in other areas?


  4. "Senior Project Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Global company, flexibility, challenging projects.

    Cons

    Slow to change, too many layers of decision makers, very siloed.


  5. "Software Engg"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Rockwell Collins full-time

    Pros

    comfortable place , not much work pressue

    Cons

    Learning will stop if you are not interested in avionics/Aero industry


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Hardware Design Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working in Cedar Rapids, IA is awesome. The commute is a dream, based more on distance than heavy traffic. For many, it takes between 5-15 minutes to get to work. The winter holiday shutdown is a great perk. There's a lot of great people to work with at the company. And honestly, living in an area where you experience all four seasons is amazing.

    Cons

    There was not enough mentoring at the company for new full-time employees. For the seven years I was with the company, our group of engineers spent more time in want of a manager rather than having one. It was far from ideal and made lines of communication difficult.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Software Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It is a large stable company who makes conservative decisions.

    Cons

    No room for growth, slow moving, and always behind in technology

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great company must be at HQ for long term opportunity"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Rockwell Collins full-time

    Pros

    Well structured, roles and responsibilities established

    Cons

    Command control clearly came from Cedar Rapids HQ. Very difficult to move up in the company if not willing to relocate there.


  9. "Country Director"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good salary. High level of management skills in US leadership.

    Cons

    lack of delegation to BD.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Rc"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay, benefits, opportunity, diversity, location.

    Cons

    Flexibility, politics, hierarchy, facilities, opportunity.


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