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  1. "Rockwell Collilns"

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    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Wilsonville, OR
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Wilsonville, OR

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

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity for growth

    Cons

    none that I can think of


  2. "Electrical Engineer"

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    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


  3. Helpful (6)

    "Good people, terrible processes"

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Wilsonville, OR
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Wilsonville, OR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    People are really good so the work environment is great.
    Cool products.
    9/80 schedule.

    Cons

    Innovation is not a focus.
    Strange processes hinder everything since company is sure no one does engineering like them and refuses outside advice on processes and software tools.


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  5. "Senior Mechanical Engineer at Rockwell Collins, Wilsonville"

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    Current Employee - Senior Mechanical Engineer in Wilsonville, OR
    Current Employee - Senior Mechanical Engineer in Wilsonville, OR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Medium size organization, which means more exposure to other functions, more diverse jobs, wearing multiple hats

    Cons

    Not much room for promotions, salary is below state average

    Advice to Management

    Eliminate obsolete and redundant processes and tools, otherwise Good Job!


  6. Helpful (3)

    "A whole lot of back stabbing!"

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    Former Employee - Conformal Coater, Was Hired to BE An Electral-mechanical Technician in Wilsonville, OR
    Former Employee - Conformal Coater, Was Hired to BE An Electral-mechanical Technician in Wilsonville, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Rockwell Collins full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    They have a cafeteria!

    Cons

    The lead person has been making a serious mistake for over 15 years. She got pissed when i went over her head and had an engineer look at the problem. They immediately farmed out that circuit board to be worked on outside if this company. They also pulled 98 airplanes out of the air to fix the problem. I was wrongfully discharged when I got sick from working with and breathing toxic chemicals. I will deal with breathing issues the rest of my life because of it. But she still has a job.

    Advice to Management

    Don’t put your employees at risk with bad ventilation with toxic chemicals. Amazing how you moved the chemical station and bought new ventilation when I had to go to the Emergency room. If someone is coughing and coughing give them something else to do so they can breathe clearly again. When there is a question on conformal coating that doesn't match the drawing. Listen to the employee. Stop trying to cover up mistakes that she excused as tribal knowledge.


  7. "Great vision!"

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    Current Employee - Customer Account Specialist in Wilsonville, OR
    Current Employee - Customer Account Specialist in Wilsonville, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great executive management with where the company is headed. I like the weekly communication that is sent to us from the new CEO.

    Cons

    Not a lot of growth potential in my current location.

    Advice to Management

    They could really look into smaller areas of the business for ethical, or unethical, decisions being made by certain management. There should be a better life/work balance.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Labview software position"

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    Current Contractor - Software Engineer in Wilsonville, OR
    Current Contractor - Software Engineer in Wilsonville, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Rockwell Collins as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Very little overtime (they hire for 40 hours per week), friendly people. Very distinct roles in a project (if you like that). Generally Low stress. Very Good peer review tool. The cafeteria makes a nice breakfast sandwich. They make interesting products at this location (HUDS).

    Cons

    The custom labview executives, and the programing environment/needs are/produce low quality executives and code. There is very little reuse of code, some test executives should receive an F on maintainability. None have abstraction layer between test equipment and the test executive, or between the test instructions/commands/criteria etc and the test executive.

    Advice to Management

    All code and supporting data should be verified every time a test is run.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Aviation Geeks' Dream Engineering Job"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Wilsonville, OR
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Wilsonville, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Full of talented, passionate people. Lots of people have been there 10, 20+ years. I think everyone is there because they love what they do. A culture of excellence and improvement. Generous pay and benefits.

    Cons

    As with any company in the aviation industry there is a lot of process. This is as it should be for the safety required. I'm rather type-A myself and don't mind it, but the amount of process is not for everyone.


  10. Helpful (6)

    "Unexceptional"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Wilsonville, OR
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Wilsonville, OR
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    In Wilsonville they have an option to work a 9 day/80 hour work schedule giving you a 3-day weekend every other week.
    Benefits are decent.
    Incentive pay depending on how the division performs.
    Educational reimbursement.
    Intellectual Property rewards for patents.

    Cons

    Training opportunities are poor.
    Opportunities for advancement have been poor (but have improved recently).
    Leadership training is ill-defined.
    Recognition for performance is poor.

    Advice to Management

    Pay good attention to the individuals who generate income or cost savings within the company and reward them appropriately. Make those rewards commensurate with the income/savings generated.


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