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Rockwell Collins Reviews

Updated July 22, 2017
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Pros
  • People are down to earth and know how to have a work/life balance in a sometimes high stress environment (in 130 reviews)

  • well known company good benefits (in 71 reviews)

Cons
  • Have to be ok living in Cedar Rapids (in 126 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 (4)

    "Work environment at RC"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I worked at RC for 5 years. Great people. Cedar rapids is an alright place to live.

    Cons

    Finally left the company because of lack of opportunities. Buddy system in full time mode here. You need a person to look after your career or you are dead meat.

    Advice to Management

    Open up guys


  2. Helpful (5)

    "NOT for Foreign nationals.."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Supportive management
    Good work Life balance

    Cons

    Companies policy for foreign nationals.
    -> Company will apply for H1B only before 3 to 4 months of the expiration of OPT extension.
    -> Company will apply for Green Card only before 2 years of the expiration of H1B extension.

    Advice to Management

    Change companies policies about foreign nationals and apply for Green card as soon as possible.

  3. Helpful (7)

    "Success Depends on Who you know not what"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    No real demand on when you have to be at work
    week off for Christmas

    Cons

    No ability to increase in position or salary.
    Salary increases at best just below inflation
    Bonous is often just cut
    Very much a good old boys club

    Advice to Management

    Pay High performers. Supervise Managers


  4. Helpful (7)

    "Its all about who you know....year after year after year."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Training Coordinator in Cedar Rapids, NE
    Former Employee - Training Coordinator in Cedar Rapids, NE
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    If you live in Cedar Rapids it would be a short drive.
    You get time off at Christmas and three weeks of vacation as new employee
    Tuition reimbursement

    Cons

    High school at corporate level - you have the cliques, jocks, the cheerleader types, the nerds - with as many MBA students that Rockwell has paid for you would think someone would know how to at least pretend they are professional.
    Very few genuine people at this company.
    An over abundance of paper pushers.
    Unpredictable career path, raises, all about who you know and how you know them

    Advice to Management

    Do a really good self examination. Read the comment on sites such as this and then actual do something about the many areas the management is lacking in. There are older VPs that need to retire and hire from the outside someone that thinks totally opposite of how the management thinks now. Then, let them manage..don't squelch thier plans to revamp this once amazing company.


  5. Helpful (5)

    "25 % engineers laid off"

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

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

    Pros

    Some good people and good retirement

    Cons

    Terrible management they all come form ISU or U of I and all think alike . They need to bring in some outside tallent .

    Advice to Management

    Leave and let someone manage the company


  6. Helpful (5)

    "They do not care about there employees."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Clerical in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Clerical in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits, vacation, work enviroment. There are great people working there. HR dept. is the worst I've ever seen.

    Cons

    They layoff people every year. Seems like now they are hitting the ones who are close to retirement. But really not old enough. How do you find a job when you are 62,63,or 64 years old.

    Advice to Management

    Layoff Supervisors & Managers who are worthless & make too much money.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Unethical Company"

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    Current Employee - Principal Manager Program Management in Richardson, TX
    Current Employee - Principal Manager Program Management in Richardson, TX

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

    Pros

    None of this is good

    Cons

    Laying off thousands of employees without compliance with Warn Act. Targeting layoffs at high salary engineers using bogus rating system where L2 and L3 determine who gets what rating which essentially takes the rater out of the loop. If you got a restricted stock bonus that hasn't vetted your laid off. Very unethical from the top down

    Advice to Management

    Do the right thing.

  8. Helpful (7)

    "Can't figure why this company has any customers"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Melbourne, FL
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Melbourne, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    As another reviewer said, free parking.

    Cons

    They will preach ethics to you until you choke, then routinely pressure you to falsify data, mislead customers and overlook non-compliance with company policy and government regulations. A very abusive environment for employees.

    Advice to Management

    Clean up your act. Eventually, you're going to get caught.


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Management Heaven"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Employed for now, maybe I can last until I retire... or find a job I enjoy.

    Cons

    Cuts to everything, benefits, pay, profit sharing, 401k, pension gone a few years ago, medical.
    The culture has become one of duck and cover. No management support for engineers or their decisions. If someone in power does not like the answer you are out.
    The corporate surveys are a joke, they ask no hard questions only feel good to make the company look responsive.
    A recent restructure in Quality has led to knowledgeable workers being let go and idiots elevated.
    Quality leadership has not one person with any experience in Quality operations. Absolutely doomed to fail.
    Lean has become a power tool to destroy anything done by anyone with actual knowledge.
    They added 4 more steps to the 4 step PDCA cycle... how Lean.
    All proven quality tool and philosophies are renamed some from of Lean. Confusion is the result.
    New tools which have shown excellent results are cast aside due to not invented here.
    EVERY outsourced job has been a failure. The Indians and Chinese cant code verify, design. Several led engineers, technical manger senior technical managers were fired when they kept bring up issues and costs of the outsourcing and management refused to accept the problems.

    Advice to Management

    Fire 70% of management and hold the rest accountable to become enablers to help the engineers and workers to perform... no micro manage or misuse their power to break their subordinates down. .


  10. Helpful (6)

    "Unethical Cesspool of Discrimination"

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

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

    Pros

    • Living in Cedar Rapids (for North Dakotians only)

    • The cesspool allows you to break into the defense field (gets you security clearance) – if you care for it, that is.

    Cons

    • Living in Cedar Rapids (for everyone else)

    • Cedar Rapids is notorious for flights in and out cancelled during winter. December through March you are pretty much held incommunicado from the outside world in the icy fortress of Cedar Rapids (the three-hour shuttle ride from Chicago O'Hare to CID offered in lieu of the flight does not count).

    • Company recycles old and unwanted warehouses and abandoned buildings throughout Cedar Rapids: if you get hired by Rockwell Collins, chances are you end up in one of those buildings retrofitted for office space.

    • Company lures new hires with an above-average sign-up bonus. Worry not: they will more than make up for it in the upcoming years by giving you 0% pay increases and/or by ranking you in the bottom 10%.

    • Unless you are a principal engineer, you get cubicle, not office – if you are lucky. But even more likely is that you'll end up in a pod – a large cubicle partitioned into four or eight stations where you get to sit in a corner.

    • All workstations are arranged in a such a fashion that anyone can sneak up from behind unnoticed and see what is on your computer screen.

    • Constant reorgs: musical chairs are played at a rate of as often as every six months. .

    • A propensity for 7 o'clock meetings.

    • Software engineers enjoy a nice 60-hour work week.

    • Company is extremely heavy on corrective action. The fascist HR will railroad you toward any corrective action plan you manager may devise against you – no question asked.

    • Managers at Rockwell have all graduated almost entirely from either Iowa State or U of Iowa. You can safely estimate your own chances for success within the company.

    • Glaring incompetence at the managerial level: a typical new Rockwell manager is around 35 years old who has worked exclusively for Rockwell Collins for about 10 years and has only a Bachelor's degree (an added insult to his being Iowa graduate, of course). Thus, it is common that graduate level engineers (MS's, PhD's) are managed by someone with inferior academic credentials and less experience.

    • Rampant nepotism and buddy system, which for you as an employee means that not only you have to constantly suck up to the manager (a healthy work environment, as we call it in this country), but to his buddies as well. Buddies, however, can be easily spotted as those who: a) frequently have lunch with the manager, b) strut around the office like peacocks, c) emulate manager's body language and manner of speaking, d) more likely to come out of manager's office laughing rather than rumpled, e) frequently given floor at the meetings to run off at the mouth while manager is sitting and nodding, and f) glower at your from under the eyebrows (with the consequences, of course).

    • Glowering from under the eyebrows is routinely practices across the company by the management and their buddies. You know you are toast if you've been glared upon by any of them.

    • At Rockwell Collins, you will be discriminated if you are perceived to be any of the following: llliberal, color'd, furner, or Californian (from any state which has normal economy where you can walk across the street and get hired by a competitor). All outsiders are universally hated at Rockwell Collins, period.

    • Ranking is required to have an upper and lower 10% of performers, where the money taken from the lower 10% is redistributed towards the upper 10% (trickle-up, the Rockwell Collins way). Quite naturally, all manager's buddies end up in the top 10% and all the four categories above are in the bottom 10.

    • Company is full of bullies, whose behavior is encouraged by management (who else?). Bullies are always manager's buddies and vice versa.

    • Company lives in a permanent state of lay-off. Oftentimes, the undesirables are corralled into one group which gets downsized next.

    • Managers are trained to disdain any experience outside of Rockwell Collins. Thus, while working at Rockwell Collins, you will never be asked "How much experience do you have?" and always "How much experience do you have AT ROCKWELL COLLINS?" (All signs point to the collusion in the matter at the highest level.)

    • Intense brainwashing and propaganda: computer classes on how fortunate you are to work for Rockwell Collins come up at a rate of once per month (or often) – woe to you if you get behind on any of them (unless you are manager's buddy, of course).

    • A pathetic clown for a CEO: Rockwell Collins is one of those hi-tech (or so they think) companies where a CEO does not have an engineering/science background. Well, it shows (see the above).

    Advice to Management

    Since much helpful advise has been dispensed on this here site and yet apparently disregarded by Rockwell Collins management, the only advise left is to please rid this world of your presence – it will be a much better place without you a**holes...


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