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Rockwell Collins Reviews

Updated February 2, 2019
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Pros
  • "Great work life balance through 9/80 program" (in 156 reviews)

  • "Great company and good benefits" (in 86 reviews)

Cons
  • "Cedar Rapids is not the greatest" (in 141 reviews)

  • "GOOD WORK LIFE BALANCE in company" (in 29 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (1)

    "Excellent Engineering-First Organization"

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    Current Employee - Senior Electrical Engineer in Melbourne, FL
    Current Employee - Senior Electrical Engineer in Melbourne, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I've worked for several companies in my career -- each in different industries. Rockwell Collins is at the top in most categories.

    Being an engineer who prefers to work on exciting products used in demanding environments, I'm really impressed with how Rockwell Collins puts engineering first. While all companies need to make money, some "tech" companies (including others that I previously worked for) take things too far and allow MBAs and people inexperienced in the application to make important decisions for their technical products. The end result seems to be that profit projections aren't met "due to unforseen market conditions" and that it's because engineering or production couldn't produce a cheap enough product.

    What differentiates Rockwell Collins in this regard is that exceptional performance and product safety come first -- which are driven by both engineers and managers with technical backgrounds. The CEO himself was previously an engineer.

    The result has been exciting work and products that are market leaders, resulting in great profits and excellent benefits: good compensation, a 9/80 schedule, 3 weeks standard vacation and a winter shutdown (of nearly two weeks).

    Cons

    When you work in aviation, a lot of documentation is required to ensure the safety of the products. If you aren't prepared for this, the experience may not be for you.

    Advice to Management

    Keep engineering first. Good business results will naturally follow.


  2. "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Technical Intern
    Former Employee - Technical Intern
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Rockwell Collins (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The people were great and helpful. There were a lot of benefits interns got like free food and gear. Overall great experience

    Cons

    Sometimes didn't have enough work so sat there and watched youtube

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Lacks Diversity in Leadership"

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    Former Employee - Director
    Former Employee - Director
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits.
    Challenging work.
    Excellent training programs

    Cons

    Poor HR Leadership
    Lacks Diversity in Leadership

    Advice to Management

    Change leadership


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Principal Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tulsa, OK
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tulsa, OK
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Rockwell Collins full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    I enjoyed solving the customers technical issues.

    Cons

    Management seems to lack a sense of direction or purpose, instead choosing to focus on trivialities.

    Advice to Management

    Management is often straight from the pages of Dilbert by Scott Adams


  5. "Nice company Cedar Rapids managers suck"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in West Melbourne, FL
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in West Melbourne, FL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice competitive culture and great products

    Cons

    Management (particularly) Cedar Rapids, IA racist, and lack foresight.

    Advice to Management

    Fire all principal managers.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Schedule most important"

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    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Rockwell Collins full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Have experts in almost anything

    Cons

    Schedule is all important til the end of project when is not completed

    Advice to Management

    Should care more about results rather then made up schedule


  7. "Great place to work"

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

    Pros

    Great place to work, people are great

    Cons

    To far from my home

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Good People"

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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

    Pros

    Good hard working people. Innovative technology in communication and aerospace. The company is positioning to improve their culture and business practices.

    Cons

    Antiquated work environments where how you are doing is what you did wrong not what you do right. Blame is cast, responsibility is not owned.

    Advice to Management

    Do not be surprised when people leave because you treat them like cogs in the machine. If you cannot appreciate the talent, the talent will find someone who is willing to appreciate them.


  9. "This is a great company to work for."

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    Current Employee - Flight Operations Customer Trainer
    Current Employee - Flight Operations Customer Trainer
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A company culture that keeps our teams happy. Immediate superiors are open to suggestions and improvement. Competitive pay.

    Cons

    The company offers a few high deductible health insurance options. Not the worst, not so great.


  10. "Technical Marketing Specialist"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Rockwell Collins full-time

    Pros

    Great people to work with and great work/life balance.

    Cons

    Room to grow if based out of headquarters in Iowa.