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Rockwell Collins Reviews

Updated June 23, 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 128 reviews)

  • well known company good benefits (in 70 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. "Business Integration Analyst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Business Integration Analyst in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Current Employee - Senior Business Integration Analyst in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Respectful and friendly atmosphere. Good work-life balance

    Cons

    Opportunities for cost savings and efficiencies are lost in large bureaucracy.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Sr. Financial Anaylst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Challenging work with career flexibility.
    Management following long-term growth plan
    Maintainable work-life balance

    Cons

    Forced into cost cutting strategies to attain commercial business
    Benefits have been cut as market conditions deteriorate.
    Little input to how performance reviews are determined.

    Advice to Management

    Spent FY16 focused on employee survey. Within one year into new fiscal year took away merit to spend on largest acquisition in company history.

  3. "Sr Accounting Financial Coordinator"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Rockwell Collins full-time

    Pros

    fairly stable position, roitine tasks to perform.

    Cons

    need an update application for billing system, lack of career advancement unless you're willing to relocate.


  4. Helpful (15)

    "Playing Financial Games"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • 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
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Salary and benefits are kept studiously in line with market average.

    Cons

    Imagine if you told your children that you had to cancel buying Christmas presents because money was tight. And then you bought a new mansion. Your children would be understandably upset. Most employees at Rockwell Collins are under-compensated and have been told that there will be salary freezes for 2/3 of 2017, plus layoffs. Simultaneously, Rockwell Collins is buying B/E Aerospace for $6.4 billion. Employees are understandably upset.

    Advice to Management

    Management has a penchant for treating employees as though they are ignorant children. Why would you hire professionals and then insult their intelligence?


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Friendly company, but a lot of management"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Rockwell Collins (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Cedar Rapids: Friendly, non-competitive environment. Provide many training opportunities, good benefits, and options for career paths. Coworkers are friendly, but be prepared to interact with many separate and independent layers of management (product line management, project management, direct management, and department management to only name a few for engineering).

    Cons

    Cedar Rapids campus is rather large and easy to get turned around, but after awhile you'll learn most areas. Still need a map to locate certain conference rooms or office locations. Due to the size of the company, you can feel feel insignificant with little control of the scope of your work. They are very detail oriented and always have a policy or procedure for everything. Documentation overkill.


  6. "Business Analyst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Rockwell Collins (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good Company Culture. I did gain some new knowledge through working here.

    Cons

    Poor Working Environment. Most people who working here are not motivated.

    Advice to Management

    Need to make sure everyone within the team are on the same page.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Sad into what it evolved!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tustin, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tustin, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Opportunities to move laterally within company.

    Cons

    Short Answer: Poor Company Culture.

    A bit more detail:
    - Strive for excellence is not appreciated. Mediocrity seems to be the expectation.

    - Too many managers with minimal domain expertise, if any.

    - Political infighting between shared service units massively deteriorates Team Spirit and productivity.

    - Too "Cedar-Rapids" centric, no recognition of the product diversity.

    - Glass-Ceiling for career advancement; transfers from Cedar Rapids are treated preferentially over local talent. "Career development" is lip service. There is no succession planning.

    - Engineering company run by lawyers and accountants - or Pepperdine MBAs who think they are God's gift to economy.

    - There is never enough budget or time to do things right, but there is always budget and time to do things over thrice that way (Keep doing the same thing but expecting different results).

    - No empowerment, no enablement. Micromanagement is prevalent.

    If you like your work, you'll hate working at Rockwell Collins.

    (Note: This review is for the Tustin location.)

    Advice to Management

    Rebuild company culture at regional locations.

  8. "Great place to work if you want to coast... Not for everyone."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Support Specialist in Annapolis, MD
    Current Employee - Program Support Specialist in Annapolis, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work life balance. Flexible hours. Reasonable benefits. Good growth opportunities within the company.

    Cons

    Low energy workplace. Many of the employees show up and are completely checked out and go through the motions to collect a paycheck and benefits. The company's culture stifles new ideas and lacks innovation.


  9. Helpful (8)

    "Rockwell Collins"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT Leader in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Former Employee - IT Leader in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Rockwell Collins full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    1 week paid shutdown
    Flexible schedule (depending on your boss)
    Decent benefits, however they had decreased significantly while I was there.
    Dedicated people. The CEO is desperately trying to change the culture. I was at Rockwell almost 9 years, and worked in 3 different departments. Each department was almost likes its own company--the culture was very different in each area, which sometimes was refreshing and sometimes not. There are a lot of opportunities to move into different areas, however it is very much about who you know and not always your skills.
    Great co workers, I had the opportunity to work with some top notch people.

    Cons

    Very old school thinking, it was very common to see 35-45 year anniversary parties, this also impeded culture change. I remember my boss telling me that it was unfortunate that when you looked for a job internally, you really had to research who you were going to work for, because there were so many inadequate leaders.
    While CEO wants to change, the company culture is very much ' We've always done it this way". If you are in leadership, as I was, leadership was not leadership, it was management. It was very hard to be empowered to make decisions. There is very much a culture of CYA and mistrust, which is unfortunate and big reason why I left. I was hired to make decisions and grow a department and it became apparent very quickly that was not going to happen and that I was to keep the status quo and limit their growth and development, which was demotivating to me and frustrating to my team of how management viewed them. The same people in leadership keep getting shuffled around and do mediocre jobs. Look to hire the right talent instead of doing x person a favor because he or she friends with a person in senior management or a golf buddy of someone. Basically I found leadership there to be a place to grow stagnant and collect paycheck without much effort until you retire. I wanted to more out of my employment (opportunities to grow as a leader) and left.

    Advice to Management

    Rockwell preaches about the value of people, but unfortunately does not practice it. Many development opportunities have been cut over the years. Most of my personal growth opportunities I paid for out of my own pocket. If you truly value your workforce, develop them Stop shuffling the same people around in leadership and either develop them so they are ready for the role or have courage and get rid of them and hire the right people.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Software Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Hartford, CT
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Hartford, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Rockwell Collins (More than a year)

    Pros

    Stable life with good work life balance

    Cons

    No growth. Substandard work. No direction


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