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Rockwell Collins Reviews

Updated May 24, 2017
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  • Have to be ok living in Cedar Rapids (in 125 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 23 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (12)

    "Engineers are leaving in mass to other companies"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - Free Parking (if you can find a spot)

    Cons

    - Probably the worst HR department that I have encountered with my many years of work
    - Engineering management is full of inexperience and non-engineers
    - Upper management has been hiding for the last couple of years
    - Numerous things cut (pharamcy , library, raises, stock options, computer purchase, I.T. outsourced, and many more)
    - Poor work enviroment (leaky roofs, asbestos, pre-WWII buildings)
    - Horriable performance reviews process. Get rid of the quota of giving bad reviews so you don't have to give raises.

    Advice to Management

    Bring back that you actually have to be an engineer with a four degree to be an engineer. Quality of your engineering workforce has suffered by hiring non-engineers in engineering management. Upper managment is bloated with titles like Vice President of Diversity, etc. Political Correctness is way over done. Everyone is welcoming, stop forcing it down our throats for fake awards.


  2. Helpful (11)

    "50 -60 hours work weeks required, no balance of life."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - New exec jet
    - Free Parking
    - Easy commute to work

    Cons

    - HR and management is very bad
    - Required 50-60 hour work weeks
    - No job security, your manager has all the power
    - Poor pay

    Advice to Management

    Clean house in HR and engineering management. Get rid of the good old boys network. It is really getting old. HR needs a major reform. It has been rank low in employees surveys for years, but no action has been taken.


  3. Helpful (10)

    "Nothing to say"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Nothing There is really nothing good. Afew fun people to work with but no career

    Cons

    Bad Weather, No promotions raises or bounus

    Advice to Management

    Make this a carreer not a deadend place to work


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  5. Helpful (11)

    "no career development"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Free food during extra work hours
    Recreation center

    Cons

    management not providing opportunities to advance career.
    low salary increments.
    cold winters
    extra work hours with no recognition
    not many opportunities for engineers in Iowa

    Advice to Management

    improve the morale of employees.
    People are leaving. Try to retain your employees.


  6. Helpful (9)

    "Just ok, good vacation, not much else"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Tustin, CA
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Tustin, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great vacation. Holiday shutdown, and fifteen vacation days up front after you work your 30 days probation period. Can't beat that!

    Cons

    You'll run into some interesting characters here. Definitely some backstabbers. Some managers have it in for you and you will never get promoted. Might even get laid off. Until the economy improves and people are flying private jets, not the place to work. Standard benefits, with the exception of vacation being very good. Nothing cutting edge.

    Advice to Management

    Don't play favorites. Go on technical skills, not on how well you can BS. Maybe you will actually make money as a company.


  7. Helpful (12)

    "Not a great place to work but during hard economic times who has a choice"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Most people are on site and the people are fairly friendly.
    They have some good social events.
    Decent work equipment

    Cons

    Long hours
    6AM meetings
    Pay is not good
    Contractors are treated bad
    Management has no clue what is going on

    Advice to Management

    I would recommend management be retrained or let go
    Good old boy network is killing this company
    Bottom line focus


  8. Helpful (13)

    "Rethink your decision twice before accepting an offer here"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Mechanical Engineer in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Current Employee - Senior Mechanical Engineer in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    You get to live in a place where parking is free, you never pay any parking fees in any commercial or residential areas. The relocation benefits offered are often good enough to lure you into this hell.

    Cons

    Poor management.
    Pathetic HR, please change the name of HR to MG (Management's Guards)
    Unprofessional behavior goes unchecked
    If you are a person of color, you will face challenges at work and outside... look forward to faces in the grocery-stores and car-mechanic shops. You will be blamed for small and big things. If you are a person of color and take pride in your work, look elsewhere. Diversity here is a sham. It is a fake lip-service.
     It is a dead-end for careers... you will be lost in a black hole with no future.
    Most young people leave within 4-5 yrs as this place is not for young Engineers. Find employment on the coasts, build a career and move to Cedar Rapids in your 40's. Till then, don't wish for a punishment like this.

    Advice to Management

    Please understand that your job is to facilitate, not to scape-goat a foot-soldier every time your unreasonable goals are not met.

    Lean thinking is when you reward the players who automate and reduce work. I have seen enough incidences where talented engineers are punished for reducing or eliminating work through better solutions and automation. You need to show the number of people reporting to you and find pride in that, you are not smart enough to identify the savings you bring to the enterprise through automation. Hence you hire the C-grade Engineers who fail to google for a simple answer before they make a fuss about things. It is a demoralizing environment for talented Engineers.


  9. Helpful (12)

    "Unhappy place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Sweet people as co-workers
    401K match, hope its not the next benefit they cut
    free parking if there are any spots left within the one-mile radius of the site

    Cons

    Demoralizing environment.
    Middle management is doing everything possible to save their positions, including shielding the real problems from the upper management, hiring a lot of below average engineers, supporting the defensive PEs who would manipulate any report to make the manager look good, etc.
    The talented engineers are punished for speaking up or reporting issues... are often treated like whistle-blowers in a war situation... reprimanded for trying to make things better.
    A highly political environment.
    Lean is used as a good buzz word... but, middle managers use that word as a punishment to the good engineers to reject their vacation requests or travels to seminars and workshops. Lean is used as a punishment to the folks who actually think and work towards lean solutions.

    Advice to Management

    Educate yourself on how to keep employees motivated and reduce some politics in favor of open environment. Clay, your management is losing credibility... what you preach is not reaching the ears of middle management. PEs, TPMs and their project plans are a big joke. Want Lean? Start with your ability to plan.... most of them don't plan. Instead, they torture the Engineers to meet their ridiculous deadlines.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "just another aerospace company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    good 401k match
    able to move horizontally throughout different areas of the company
    good work ethic by employees for the most part

    Cons

    mediocre training (at best)
    management is COMPLETELY an old boys network
    the iowa mothership tends to be unfriendly and unrealistically demanding
    co workers are not very computer savvy or intelligent for that matter

    Advice to Management

    good place to work for 2-3 years to get a big name on your resume. then leave to a better company with more upward potential


  11. Helpful (14)

    "Changing times, depreciating manners."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineering Project Specialist in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Current Employee - Engineering Project Specialist in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits
    401K
    A desk, a chair and a computer with monitor. Privacy and peace are too much to ask for.
    (Cubes are shared by EPS and interns, expect click-clack from your neighbor all day.)

    Cons

    Bad weather that makes you depressed for at least 6 months every year.

    Lot to say about HR... but, this little comment I read elsewhere gives an excellent count on HR at the company:

    This is the HR of the new millenium. However, HR is a misnomer, especially in a down economy. True "Human Resources" is dead. It is now Corporate Resources or "CR". In effect, the human or employee element is reduced to "can I fill the role I am hiring for when I want you." No communication, no negotiating, just be at my beck and call on my (company's) schedule, not your own. We don't take calls, we make very few calls, we don't answer questions, we don't protect the rights of employees, or potential new hires, we merely recruit. We recruit when told, we fire when told, and spend as little of the company's money as possible in the process. The resources part is outsourced to some other Asia-based location, or in some cases watered-down to a handbook that is updated regularly and supplied to you on an automated scheduled email. HR is a coin-op machine in the lobby.

    Look for every opportunity to circumvent HR when you can. My deepest sympathies to anyone that needs to communicate with HR, because I'd rather have a root canal.

    Senior leadership is not in touch with the ground realities. Voice of Employee is not being taken seriously. many middle managers are damaging the environment with their selfish agendas (They are experts of sleeping through problems and finding scapegoats). INACTION is NOT LEADERSHIP. POSTMORTEM is NOT LEADERSHIP. FAULT-FINDING is NOT LEADERSHIP. TACTICAL MICROMANAGEMENT is NOT LEADERSHIP. Unfortunately, all the managers I worked with here in the company fail to act, find faults 'after the failure', fail to take responsibility for the results of their micromanagement and basically drive employees out.

    Advice to Management

    Close the HR department. They are a big waste of company's money... hire recruiters... and call them recruiters. With great power comes great responsibility, try to live up to it and stand up to the challenges.
    Management stopped trying and went into a default "Saving my a** everyday" mode. Your jobs are meaningless when you fail to deliver "leadership".
    Senior management needs to be tough on the middle management. Too much of "Saving my a**" leads to poor employee morale... I hope you are seeing it.


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