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Rockwell Collins Reviews

Updated March 21, 2017
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  • Opportunities outside of Cedar Rapids are slim (in 121 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. "Solid company but slow to move"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Rockwell Collins full-time

    Pros

    Stable engineering driven company. Benefits on par with the localw

    Cons

    slow to adapt. Very conservative

    Advice to Management

    Change agents can assist moving all levels of the business forward


  2. "review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Some good benefits and flexibility depending on your leader. However, benefits are consistently taken away each year.

    Cons

    Some goals are 100% unrealistic because managers don't understand what is involved in each contributors position. Also management is not concerned with the fact some employees continually work major overtime when others don't put in anywhere near 40 hours per week.

    Advice to Management

    Each location and job should be addressed individually instead to trying to fit into a " one size fits all" box because this is not appropriate for the different business units.


  3. "Contract employee review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Rockwell Collins (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible hours, as long as all employees are working during Rockwell's "core hours". Contractor pay rate is fair.

    Cons

    I didn't receive nearly as much overtime as I had expected, especially since I was repeatedly told that there were so many projects that were behind schedule.

    Advice to Management

    The "Ivory Tower" management style does not work. All it does it anger and confuse junior staff.


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  5. "Electrical Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Electrical Engineer in Wilsonville, OR
    Former Employee - Senior Electrical Engineer in Wilsonville, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The products are cool, the technical work is fun and challenging. There is a lot of technical talent and it's a good place to learn. For the most part projects are scheduled to take 2-3 years so there shouldn't be a lot of overtime required. The site leadership is good and they have a very good handle on their business and market. Since it's a smaller site it doesn't feel like a big company all the time, just when you run into the bureaucracy. I think to the big company you're a number, and they definitely push process over people, but the local leadership does not- they value good people. I think if you want a long term place to work this could be a good fit. Or if you're younger in your career, get a few years in here - it's a good place to hone your engineering chops.

    Cons

    Well, it's a big company. So with that come the big company problems. There are a series of little fiefdoms set up where the heads of departments demand you bow and show respect before they'll do their job for you, even if their job is to help you do yours. The shared services model is completely broken and is frustrating to work with. While site leadership is quite good, project managers generally lack technical skill and knowledge. Most I would say aren't qualified to manage any sort of project whatsoever. But it's hard to blame them, since there isn't any technical advancement path. As an engineer you will progress only so far, and it will take an act of congress to progress further. The only option is to go into project management, which for most good engineers is career suicide. The few good project managers there only took the position out of sheer frustration with how poorly most projects are managed.

    Advice to Management

    I think you'll attract and retain good engineers if you do two things. 1 - get better project management. 2 - provide a clear and attainable technical path for engineers


  6. "Not Challenging"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Excellent software development process
    - I get to do the same work as what the full time employees do

    Cons

    - Sitting in a cubicle all day
    - Minimal contact with other people
    - Barely get to touch any coding as an intern


  7. "Review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I worked at Rockwell Collins as a contractor

    Pros

    Good salary and good location

    Cons

    Poor management, high stress level


  8. "Interesting Technology"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    They do some pretty neat stuff, and there are talented people working there. Benefits are good.

    Cons

    Could do a better job of generating believable schedules, thereby avoiding the 11th-hour "forced marches"

    Advice to Management

    Advice to upper management- improve the vetting of first-line managers. Having technical chops is only part of the requirements for that job, they also need to be able to lead and motivate people.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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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
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, with work life balance, HR open to changing the work environment for the better (dress code, parking, dropping wellness program)

    Cons

    Management VP/GM advertises an open door policy but without a power point presentation you had better keep your questions/comments to yourself - was told not to talk to VP/GMs unless you have a reason. If you are not an engineer it is held against you.

    Advice to Management

    Too many special project employees (protected by management). Unless they can show worth they need to be let go.


  10. Helpful (6)

    "Sr. Systems Engineer - Cedar Rapids, IA"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - Flexible work (if you don't get a manager who is biased against you)
    - Stability
    - Free soft drinks if you work in Fusion Systems
    - Able to move higher if you are in the good ol boys club
    - 105 building cafeteria food is affordable and good
    - Training opportunities are great for pilot pilot, six sigma, and aircraft knowledge
    - The Fusion system is a full cockpit suite (which there isn't another company that does this)
    - Discounts to the fitness center
    - Buy/Sell/Trade forum for employees

    Not much more.

    Cons

    - Insurance costs have tripped over 5 years.
    - Get a day and a half off for paternity leave and 1 month for maturity
    - Have to play politics and throw folks under the bus to get ahead
    - Fitness center that is onsite should not charge for employees to use the rec center.
    - Onsite pharmacy does not accept the insurance Rockwell Collins uses (CVS Caremark)
    - LOCATION! Cedar Rapids smells like a garbage pit with rotten Quaker Oats!
    - Holidays- you get 3 weeks off per year; 10 holidays with 3 floaters; 2 weeks sick leave.
    - Benefits - Three options for medical (all are high deductible, and cover just about nothing other than a physical so don't expect much), pharmacy is a discount card with CVS Caremark (you pay more with insurance then getting a generic cheaper), dental two options (one covers 10% more costs, but the premium is 2 times higher. Dental is basically useless as well).
    - Pay - Negotiate if you plan on joining. If you don't expect to get at most 1.5% increases each year and be told how bad your work is. Unless you are the golden child in the group then you will get around 3% increases per year. The incentive pay period will get you max $1K taxed at 40% each year.
    - If you are trying to be ethical - go to another company
    - There is bias based on the color of your skin as well. I was told English was a second language for me when I was born and raised in the USA! Plus I spoke better English than my manager's redneck English.
    - If you want growth over stability - don't come here
    - If you want to have a life (younger folks) - don't move to Cedar Rapids, IA
    Way too many more to write.

    Advice to Management

    Really, management doesn't listen. They just need to figure out a way to get merge jobs together and show that they saved more money.


  11. "Snr. Administrative Assistant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melbourne, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melbourne, FL

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

    Pros

    Centrally located in Melbourne FL

    Cons

    Too much politics and red tape issues.



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