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Rockwell Collins Reviews

Updated October 14, 2017
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  • Have to be ok living in Cedar Rapids (in 127 reviews)

  • They help to provide a good work life balance giving a very "Midwestern" atmosphere (in 24 reviews)

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  1. "Okay place to work"

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    Current Employee - Accounting Intern in Annapolis, MD
    Current Employee - Accounting Intern in Annapolis, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Casual dress and good pay

    Cons

    HR sucks and HR sucks

    Advice to Management

    Better HR


  2. "Okay as temp gig"

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    Current Contractor - Buyer
    Current Contractor - Buyer
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at Rockwell Collins as a contractor

    Pros

    Good pay as a contractor, easy role.

    Cons

    Definitely treated different to FT employees, parking is a 5 min walk away for contractors. Time is billed in 15 min blocks, so if you clock on at 8:01, you won't start getting paid until 8:15... Even if you work until 17:01-14.
    Pay for permanent staff is poor.

    Advice to Management

    It would be nice if contractors was made to feel more inclusive when we are working as employees, but without the job security. Listen to your employees about the performance of your managers, it's very important for morale.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Operations Management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Rockwell Collins full-time

    Pros

    9/80 work schedule: every other Friday is off.
    Holiday between Christmas and New Years.

    Cons

    Corporate Enterprise is in Iowa and very much Good Old Boys club.
    Cannot advance career unless move to Iowa.
    Regional sights are starved resources,
    Corporate procedures are overly complex and contradicting.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Sr. Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Portland, OR
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent salary and benefits.
    Good family/ work balance.
     Challenging work.

    Cons

    Horrible manager. Unfortunately protected too long by those above him. My key reason for leaving the company

    Advice to Management

    Learn to share power and not fight amongst yourselves. Treat your engineers with more respect


  5. Helpful (7)

    "Better than unemployment"

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    Former Employee - Senior Electrical Engineer in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Former Employee - Senior Electrical Engineer in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of varied projects that will look good on the resume. Steady work in GS and even in slow times they usually only lay off the low performers. Google connectivity is very handy. If you want experience in the aerospace field this is a great place to get it.

    Cons

    They do not keep up with market salary. Most years a raise is 1-3% even for high performers. This year there was a salary freeze not because of slow business, but so they could make another acquisition.

    Any sick time must be taken from vacation bank. Employees are forced to be down to 40 hours of vacation in October.

    Health benefits are garbage.

    There are H1Bs all over the place so US citizens are being passed over for a lot of entry level positions.

    Advice to Management

    If you truly value your people stop playing games with vacation allotments, sick time and salary freezes. High performers are leaving for other companies that treat their employees better.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Just ok, nothing special"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Most of the people are friendly and nice. Management only looks at profit, does not respect the employee.

    Cons

    health benefits: consumer driven health care = super high deductibles

    Advice to Management

    Treat the employees the way you would treat your mother.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Ineffective management"

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    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Rockwell Collins (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Salaries are competitive; great peers; good benefits

    Cons

    Ineffective top managers. Disrespectful to peers and lower echelon. Recent workforce reduction seemed to take out the most expensive people rather than the least effective. Managers making decisions at the top without discussion or input from the employees working the line. Results in loss of talent and historical knowledge of process and product.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your lower level employees. They really know what's going on with processes and product. Managers are often removed from the day to day processes or issues.

  8. Helpful (5)

    "Senior Leaders don't know how to lead"

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    Current Employee - Program Manager in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great peers: PMs, Specialists, Individual Contributors. Good, smart, hard-working people work for Rockwell.

    Cons

    Senior Leaders aren't effective. All headcount cuts are at lowest level while upper management makes sure they aren't going without. Pay for performance is just a saying, but isn't funded appropriately. Lower level employees work very, very hard with little to no reward.

    Advice to Management

    CEO and Senior Leadership Team need to stop micromanaging and empower Corporate Communication and HR to manage employee communications and employee programs. You don't know best and should not be making decisions in these areas of expertise. Employees need to be treated as best assets, for real (not just talk, but walk the talk). Get rid of the poor leadership already. All you do is talk about it, but nothing gets done about terrible leaders.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Went Downhill"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people there were great - loved working with my co-workers, the PMs, etc.

    Cons

    Management is blind. Proposals continually lost due to high rates from corporate office. Location out here is treated as a red-headed stepchild by corporate in Iowa. Further, company benefits are the worst I have ever seen in this area since corporate took the opportunity afforded by Obamacare to cut health benefits to the bare minimum.

    Advice to Management

    Look out for your people. Too many great former employees have left the company since upper management in Iowa took over. Employees need the little perks that were stripped by Iowa - no Christmas party??


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Senior Software Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Marina del Rey, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Marina del Rey, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work and life balance. flexible work time

    Cons

    Shrunk projects, unstable employment, not so much work. many levels and types of management. Technologies are out of date.

    Advice to Management

    try to identify what the serious issues are in the team and project.


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