Rockwell Collins
3.0 of 5 564 reviews
www.rockwellcollins.com Cedar Rapids, IA 5000+ Employees

Rockwell Collins Reviews

Updated Apr 12, 2014
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86% Approve of the CEO

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Kelly Ortberg

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52% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Trying to Improve

Current Employee (Current Employee)
Cedar Rapids, IA (US)

I have been working at Rockwell Collins full-time for more than 10 years

ProsTalented engineers, interesting technology, overall a company with rich history.
Good amount of paid time off.
Salaries OK.
New COO, Kelly Ortberg is engaging his leadership to make a difference.
Move to Google will help many of our IT, and sharing issues.

ConsWork force is held to percentages, even though the company claims not to, being the sole drivers of the business model that creates the percentages, leaving the employees with no opportunity to make a change for the better.

Whether or not you are successful at Rockwell will depend entirely on your direct manager, and their common sense, or lack of. Some lack the courage to oppose bad ideas handed down from our Directors and VPs. Far too many Directors are willing to back their colleagues bad ideas, and overlook the opportunity to make a real difference and improvements

How seriously your ideas for improvement are taken depends totally on your job title, which is very frustrating. You will be asked for your input in Lean events, meetings, process improvement plans, and nothing will be acted on. After a while you shut down and decide not to contribute because your ideas are not valuable.

Daily office politics are exhausting. If you can sound like you know what's going on, your fine, no one is held accountable for a good job, or bad. I have worked with many dishonest people, willing to blame others for their miss takes, and it works!

Advice to Senior ManagementRockwell Collins needs to find a balance for the ebb and flow in todays economy and technology. Instead of the knee jerk swings we have been experiencing due to the fluctuation of stock prices.

Eliminate green spaces and permit parking, there nothing that makes you feel more segregated than driving by many open green parking spots to park in the back lots next to the tennis courts. It forces employees without the green space privileges to create their own parking tags, or drive family members cars and park in Transit all day undetected. Or at the very lest, please add one covered walk way from each back parking lot. I have fallen on the ice, as I know many others have. We live in Iowa, with more bad weather days than good. It's not the walk that bothers me it's the inclement weather.

Rockwell Collins charge back business model leaves it's internal departments starved and fighting for useful current marketing assets and materials. With each department budget tightening, all visible costs are under scrutiny. A charge back department can not share assets with another department without charging to do so. This practice ensures valuable assets will be unusable, creating self serving metrics proving other departments don't want or need these assets and materials. This couldn't be further from the truth. We have great products, legacy products, talented engineers, cut these assets loose and let the world know what we Have! Sale it!

Do you realize how many people don't know Collins brought GPS to the world? The company's heritage is a marketing plus, and should be focused on. Many of our historical assets have not been taken care of, or thoughtlessly thrown out in 5s events. Whole data bases to pull assets from archives and warehouses, have been boxed up and sent to a warehouse, leaving these historical pieces unsearchable.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Making some good changes

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I have been working at Rockwell Collins full-time for more than 8 years

ProsReally like Kelly Ortberg and some of the changes he's making

ConsEntitlement expected by long-term employees and a "old school" outlook isn't going to get this company very far.

Advice to Senior ManagementPractice what you preach!

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Good company...if you are in Cedar (corporate headquarters)

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I have been working at Rockwell Collins full-time for more than 5 years

ProsPay and benefits are very competitive (company has stronger benefits than most, and a good bonus program that all employees participate in), company tries to be employee focused, focus on integrity, diversity

Cons"Old school" management style can be oppressive (much more stick than carrot on a daily basis), politics are huge, offsite locations will always be secondary.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Ok company if you want a job.

Senior Software Engineer (Current Employee)
Cedar Rapids, IA (US)

I have been working at Rockwell Collins full-time for more than 5 years

ProsStable job. I feel that companies sales department does a good job. It is easy to transfer departments. Some of the products technology is really cutting edge. Average pay is good and for the Cedar Rapids area you will feel very comfortable.

ConsAs the products technology is cutting edge, the tools are most defiantly not. Be prepared to use office tools in all the wrong ways. I have worked at many different companies much smaller and much bigger than Rockwell Collins and I have never seen such a culture that favors home brewed tools. Many of the "more experienced" engineers have never worked outside the company have little interest in learning about new and better techniques in the industry. I have seen million dollar investments dumped into home made tools that could have been better spent on real off the shelf solutions that would have been more flexible for only pennies on the dollar. For example many companies write and review software why must Rockwell Collins use a custom review tool?

As for the cutting edge technology. Good luck ever getting on any of those projects. I have been trying for over five years.

The pay is comfortable, but it might not be for long. For the year end reviews Management is forced to create a bell curve for their employees and compare them to other management teams in the department. So if a manager has 5 employees two will be graded higher than normal, two will be below normal, and one will be average. You are given a magical number which is then tossed into a pool with other managers magical numbers. After much politics and fighting a weighting number is developed to apply to your magic number and now you have your pay raise. The average pay raise being about 3% which places many engineers just at the rate of inflation. So technically many engineers will be making less money the next year.

If you want good projects you really need to be buddies with your manager, and play the politics game. In "most" departments virtue and skills are not nearly as important as political positioning and presentation. Managers really vary in personality and age. If you want to advance your career be prepared to to match and understand your managers style You may need to learn how to drink more and party, or attend the correct church.

Advice to Senior ManagementI see internal initiatives to get around political aspects of the company, and from a engineering perspective this does help with moral. But, even the latest "think of a good idea and we'll fund it" concept is flawed with resource issues that management will not help with. I think this leads to the bad habit of custom tools that makes an Engineers life so hard. My suggestion to management is to trust the engineers instincts more. Especially trust the more experienced engineers that have seen better and cheaper ways from other parts of the industry.

– I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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I worked at Rockwell Collins full-time for more than 10 years

ProsGood compensation good benefits. Company has a good 401K match and pays above average.

Consmanagement does not care about employees.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Need's more Perks

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Rockwell Collins

ProsI enjoy the Holiday shut down and have long thought of it as a huge perk, until recently- when I found out that almost all engineering companies offer that same holiday shutdown to their employee's as well. Rockwell needs to not settle for "meeting market standards" but instead, be above the standards- we need more perks, otherwise, what is going to draw in a competitive workforce?

ConsI don't have a whole lot of negative comments, but the one thing I do notice, is that there aren't very many "Entry Level" positions that become available. As a recent graduate, I would like the opportunity to move within the company, but can't due to lack of experience.

I see my current position as a "Job" not a career.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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It may not be perfect, but most of my engineering colleagues that have left for the competitors want to come back.

Systems Engineer II (Current Employee)
Cedar Rapids, IA (US)

I have been working at Rockwell Collins full-time for more than 5 years

ProsLarge enough company you can switch to a new job if you don't like your current job.
Engineers are rarely fired or laid off.
Going above and beyond is rewarded when it comes to salary planning and occasionally with $500 pre paid visa gift cards.
Customer feedback is almost always very positive for avionics systems.
Technology is pretty advanced considering the enormous lead time required to certify civil avionics hardware.

ConsTalented employees get assigned the most work & get the least recognition when they pull of nearly insurmountable feats to meet management expectations.
Less talented engineers get promoted quickly because they are assigned little of any importance so they look good when they always get their work done.
I'm single so this is just an annoyance for me, but the expectation for constant off hours support (nights, weekends, Christmas company shutdown) seems to cause domestic strife for married engineers with kids.
Cedar Rapids kind of sucks.

Advice to Senior ManagementUnderstaffing engineering for programs may save money in the short term by reducing payroll expenses with uncompensated overtime, but it will hurt the company in the long run when talented engineers consistently get burnt out and leave the company.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Not a bad place to work, not great but not bad

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Cedar Rapids, IA (US)

I have been working at Rockwell Collins full-time for more than 5 years

Pros- Big company in a small town
- Good work life balance
- Onsite cafeteria
- Workout facility and
- Child care close by
- Tuition reimbursement

Cons- Chances for advancement are slim
- The facilities are very old and need repaired
- Benefits have been decreased in the past couple of years
- Very political place to work, be prepared to play the game.
- Too many layers of leadership and not enough empowerment to individual contributors.

Advice to Senior Management- Uniforms for the bargaining unit, Embarrassing to take suppliers and customers down to the manufacturing floor and see some of the outfits people wear to work, in my previous experience most production members wear jeans without holes, work boots and customer logo t-shirts / polos.

- Get rid of assigned parking except for directors and above,

- Post a guard during business hours for the 108 entrance - This is listed as the visitor entrance, too often visitors are stuck standing outside in the tunnel waiting for their sponsor, this is Iowa where it is really cold in the winter and hot and humid in the summer, visitors should not be stuck outside in the elements.

-Police the smokers on Blairsferry & Collins Road, if you want a smoke free campus police it or allow smokers to smoke in the courtyard where no-one can see them, having employees stand on the street corner smoking is very tacky.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Company was acquired by RCI a few years back

Field Service Engineer (Former Employee)
Bagrāmī, Kabul (Afghanistan)

I worked at Rockwell Collins full-time for more than 8 years

ProsGood benefits with 401K, company stock, and health. There was a time when there was a significant level of satisfaction with the work a few years back.

ConsLower level field managers not really managers, they are just time-sheet and vacation approves. Too many levels of management.

Advice to Senior ManagementListen to your customers. Stop promoting lesser qualified people because of the "diversity agenda".

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Take this job if you desire stability

Senior Systems Engineer (Current Employee)
Portland, OR (US)

I have been working at Rockwell Collins full-time for less than a year

Prosintegration of commercial and government systems helps prevent bubble and burst hiring cycles. Unlimited sick time. Above average pay. Excellent bonuses. Employee stock purchase program

Consthe good jobs go to the Rockwell lifers. No one seems to care about previous experience after hire date. Lack of exposure to parallel fields stunts technical growth. Cedar Rapids centric, even when the technology is being developed at a satellite location.

Advice to Senior ManagementSet up a better new hire integration program. Think about adding a rotation program or leadership program on a cyclical basis to incorporate the strengths of external hires to the corporation.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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