Rockwell Collins Reviews

Updated 18 April, 2015
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  1. Low stress, interesting work

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    Former Intern - Software Engineer II in Ottawa, ON
    Former Intern - Software Engineer II in Ottawa, ON

    I worked at Rockwell Collins as an intern (less than a year)

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good place to work in terms of work-life balance, no expectations of staying in the office past regular hours. Coworkers were friendly and helpful and took time out of their day to mentor me (an intern)

    Cons

    Working as a software engineer I felt like there was not a lot of focus on using better tools -- for example, most teams are still using CVS for source control

  2. Satisfactory, well-paying co-op position.

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    Former Intern - Junior Software Engineer
    Former Intern - Junior Software Engineer

    I worked at Rockwell Collins as an intern (less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Competitive salary for a student. Usually interesting projects to work on.

    Cons

    Government bureaucracy is sometimes felt.

  3. Very good company to work for

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    Former Employee - Principal Systems Engineer in Montreal, QC
    Former Employee - Principal Systems Engineer in Montreal, QC

    I worked at Rockwell Collins full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    A lot of benefits for permanent employes. Company cultivates a very good relationship with other employes from same or other levels. Company offers good opportunity for technical engineering development - not best in the market though.

    Cons

    Aerospace market brings challenges to all companies in the market and Rockwell Collins suffers that too. Stress and challenge level might be higher then expected for USA market. Leaving in Cedar Rapids might be challenging for young person with no family.

    Advice to Management

    Management level should be kept at acceptable level that does not result in big overhead for engineering activities - what is really being a challenge in the market nowadays. Big company asset is on the engineering side and that has to be preserved for long term success of the company.

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  5. Great Company - Sleepy Location

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    Current Employee - Mechanical Design Engineer in Cedar Rapids, IA (US)
    Current Employee - Mechanical Design Engineer in Cedar Rapids, IA (US)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Amazing engineering infrastructure. Very high quality employees in general, in engineering. Very strong product portfolio - lots of work to do. Very interesting technologies to work with as well. All the best engineering tools are available.

    Cons

    Huge company. Definitely over-procedured. I've been here 5 years and I still don't have my arms around all the processes and procedures. Ambiguous chain of command. Lots of very young managers managing much older engineering population with mixed results. Support groups don't.

    Advice to Management

    Add a process (I know, another one) to vet management candidates and then train them adequately once they are promoted to the position. Eliminate Component Engineering and just let the engineers do the function. We do it now anyway, most of the time.

  6. systems engineer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Rockwell Collins full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Great people, interesting work, good benefits

    Cons

    Low salary, slow to promote

    Advice to Management

    Position employees to match their skill set better

  7. Helpful (1)

    Great company to work for but location leaves a lot to be desired.

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    Former Employee - Collateral Sustaining Engineer in Cedar Rapids, IA (US)
    Former Employee - Collateral Sustaining Engineer in Cedar Rapids, IA (US)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great experience, friendly and helpful colleagues. You will have many opportunities for hands on experience which will be very valuable.

    Cons

    Depending on your manager, it could take you a while to get to the next engineering level (i.e. Eng I to Eng II or Eng II to Eng III). My manager thought it took 4-5 years to go from an Eng I to an Eng II. Also, annual evaluations are typical if you are a new employee. You can already expect to get hit with: "Needs more experience and needs to know (insert product line or job here) better."

    Advice to Management

    The evaluation process seems a bit rigged. Feels like the old: "Well everyone can't get an A in the class" excuse. If a team is full of great engineers, no one should have to take low marks just because "somebody needs to be the goat".

  8. Very small footprint in the intelligence community

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    Former Employee - Principal Domain Engineer in Chantilly, VA (US)
    Former Employee - Principal Domain Engineer in Chantilly, VA (US)

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Paid at 102% when compared to some one else with similar education and experience, up to 13% annual bonus based on companies performance.

    Cons

    Annual pay raise was a joke, but the annual bonus made up for it. Health care went from OK to bottom of the bucket. No longer active in the IC.

  9. Electrical Engineer

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    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in Cedar Rapids, IA (US)
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in Cedar Rapids, IA (US)

    I worked at Rockwell Collins full-time (more than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Good company
    - Diversity and inclusion are two of the core values in Rockwell so it really feels like you are home and welcome.
    - The technologies is not the top or the most up-to-date technology because of the nature of avionics. Avionics industry do not change between programs that much to minimize impact on aircraft certification.The process is really great, there is a solid reason behind each step in the process.
    - Huge company with a lot of opportunities to move from department/group to another
    - good management in general

    Cons

    -The pay is less than national median
    -The cedar rapids is kind of small without much of activities, but in 4 hours (drive) you could be anywhere you want (chicago, kansas, st. luis, omaha, Madison/Milwaukee, Minneapolis) so it could go both ways good or bad.

    Advice to Management

    - management should focus more on the career development plan for engineers. that way the engineers would feel more appreciated and they would become better engineers on the long run.
    - management should take the evaluation process more seriously where they should survey the opinions of projects leads to assess engineers level more accurately.

  10. Good company

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Hyderābād (India)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Hyderābād (India)

    I worked at Rockwell Collins full-time (more than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Laid back work life with less pressure

    Cons

    Improvements in management are needed

  11. good company to work at

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Rockwell Collins

    Pros

    stability , good pay, and very nice quiet city to live in in Cedar Rapids

    Cons

    small town feel if you do not like it. company structure is a little rigid, since there are many government contract

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