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Rockwell Collins Reviews

Updated 10 August, 2014
Updated 10 August, 2014
682 Reviews

3.2
682 Reviews
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Kelly Ortberg
101 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • A non-trivial number projects in maintenance that provide good work-life balance (in 46 reviews)

  • At the moment, we have some pretty good benefits (week off at Christmas time) (in 38 reviews)


Cons
  • Cedar Rapids Iowa is not an ideal area to retain talented employees (in 65 reviews)

  • No Work Life balance, HR doesn't have the minimum idea of employees needs (in 17 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Well run at the top, Machiavellian in the middle

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer  in  Richardson, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Richardson, TX (US)

    Pros

    The company is wisely split between counter-cyclical industries, namely commercial avionics and defense. Work/life balance is generally good. Tuition reimbursement is good. Salaries are fair.

    Cons

    With around 90% of employees in the geographic area around the headquarters (Cedar Rapids, IA), there is a undeniable favoring of teams there. In some cases, middle management actively undermines projects at remote sites.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reign in or outright replace petty, vengeful middle managers who clearly did not learn in kindergarten everything they needed to know. Provide more opportunities to move across functions.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good Place to work for freshers and Managers

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Hyderābād (India)
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Hyderābād (India)

    Pros

    Nice Pay Scale for freshers comparable to other similar industries
    Nice recognition/appraisal/hike if your performing extremely well.

    Cons

    Not much challenging work, one would find himself/herself doing same work for years.
    HR and upper management decisions are pretty lame when it comes to appraisal, and promotions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management should recognize the talents and retain those employees. IMHO, one doesn't simply leave an organization, poor management force them to leave.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Grinding.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Learned good and bad practices.

    Cons

    They want your life to be all Rockwell Collins.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Employment at Rockwell Collins, Inc.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Customer Service Engineer  in  Duluth, GA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Customer Service Engineer in Duluth, GA (US)

    Pros

    Good Benefits, Basic Compensation and Bonuses.

    Cons

    No personal/professional growth. If you work outside of Cedar Rapids, IA or for a RC subsidiary career progression is none existent. You are treated like "temp" employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Highly structured environment

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Opportunities to participate on cross-functional teams and projects enterprise-wide.

    Cons

    Structured much like the military, a key client. Layers of bureaucracy, focus on rank, moves very slowly on employee initiatives, lots of self-aggrandizement at the higher levels, promotions based more on time in rank and "who you know" than performance.

  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    High tech operation.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer  in  Cedar Rapids, IA (US)
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Cedar Rapids, IA (US)

    Pros

    Challenging work. Good work/life balance. Fair compensation package overall. Honesty and integrity are highly valued. Technologies are advancing, offering new work opportunities.

    Cons

    Insurance costs much more than prior years, negating raises. Stagnant work force; need new grads. Certain programs are at risk of loss to other, lower-cost companies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Commit to your people and do as you say regarding employment opportunities, promotions, etc..

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    All depends on your manager..

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer  in  Cedar Rapids, IA (US)
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in Cedar Rapids, IA (US)

    Pros

    Opportunities to work on electronics installed in the world's leading fighter and military aircraft.
    Challenging military requirements

    Cons

    Defense contracting is up and down and layoffs are part of the territory

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember your employees are people, don't treat them like machines. When they give you 10 extra hours of their personal time, give them 10 minutes of your time to find out what the problems are that require the extra time. Instead of just accepting it as the new standard.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    For Freshers

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Hyderābād (India)
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Hyderābād (India)

    Pros

    Good place for freshers to start .
    No one knows what to do ? so freshers can experiment ?
    For long runners . Learn a piece of software and do that work for years to come . Aviation industry never changes.
    Testing heaven. keep clicking and test
    D0178B /C

    Cons

    your learnign curve will stop in 6 months . and keep doing the same work.
    No one cares of your opinion.(I think all the corporate works in that way)
    Management oriented ( Its more monitored)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Age old management techniques need to improve.
    This is for all the corporates . Take emplyee as an indicudual not as an number .
    Every individual has 3 categories The brahma (creators, design, coding ) the Vishnu (the preservor, mainteiners, legacy code ) the Shiva ( the destroyer, integrators, delivery ). Tey to find out each in the indivdual and find his interest in . Put him according to what he is comfortable.
    How abouit making ratings public.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 6 people found this helpful  

    Management lacking, poor planning and starting to be a non-customer focused company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer  in  Cedar Rapids, IA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Cedar Rapids, IA (US)

    Pros

    At the moment, we have some pretty good benefits (week off at Christmas time). There are some really good coworkers. The company isn't headquartered in California, Texas or Florida so the midwest values and friendly people are here. The company is really trying to make things better when they can.

    Cons

    The benefits are steadily going away or getting worse. I joined Rockwell Collins in 2004 for 3 reasons, the Christmas Holiday Break, paid overtime and the company was customer focused instead of "shareholder" focused. But since I have been here, the paid overtime has gone away and the company is continually becoming a "shareholder" based company and all but two of my years here, I've been required to work the Christmas holiday due to unbelievable poor management and poor scheduling. I mentioned that there are some really good coworkers, but on the other hand there are some really bad ones as well. The company definitely plays favorites and if you aren't a favorite, even if you would like to remain here, the management really makes it difficult to stay motivated and happy with your job. The company is trying to improve processes and business culture, but there are so many people that think things should stay the way that they are, that improvements are nearly impossible. The company seems to think that by barely squeaking by in getting a certification or approval that absolutely nothing should change, which in turn causes the continual use of a bad ideas or processes just because it "worked" in the past, when in all reality, it kinda worked, but just barely. The poor planning requires people to really step it up in order to meet deadlines, and everyone really tries to do that, but management seems to think that everyone should keep up that pace all the time which is really hard to stay motivated and happy when everyone knows that there is going to massive hours ahead when the schedules come out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go back to being a customer focused company. Try to recognize people that do a great job, even though they might not be the ones who continually brag about how good a job they do. Try to get management and people who do planning on the same page, so the employees don't have to continually pull off miracles to meet really bad deadlines.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 5 people found this helpful  

    Once Great, Now Just OK

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Principal Systems Engineer  in  Cedar Rapids, IA (US)
    Current Employee - Principal Systems Engineer in Cedar Rapids, IA (US)

    Pros

    * By and large a lot of smart engineers.
    * I like the Mid-Western values,,,,Iowa is an easy place to live

    Cons

    * Significant lack of senior and mid-level leadership. We need senior leaders with a skill set that goes beyond by-name tracking of who took their 20 min training video before the end of the month.
    * Very much a Good Old Boys club for Senior Leadership
    * Not a clue what Lean really means. Just cut Budget even more =/= Lean. But we are very good at tracking who read the lean book.
    * Old, out-dated office environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    * Need new Senior Level Leadership. Why keep same Senior VPs in the same job for 10+ years?
    * Pick Leaders because of their Demonstrated Accomplishments and Leadership skills....not how nice their hair cuts are and their skill at networking at after work events. Need more Capability and less Ego.
    * Become more Customer focused (like it used to be). "Just Good Enough" should not be good enough.
    * Spend some money on carpet and paint.....and cleaner restrooms...ewwww gross :(
    * OMG please bring in new IT dept leadership and technology.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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