Rockwell Collins

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Rockwell Collins Reviews

Updated 25 November, 2014
Updated 25 November, 2014
659 Reviews
3.2
659 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • work life balance, upper management focused on improving things for employees (in 54 reviews)

  • At the moment, we have some pretty good benefits (week off at Christmas time) (in 40 reviews)


Cons
  • Cedar Rapids Iowa is not an ideal area to retain talented employees (in 73 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    Low stress, interesting work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer II in Ottawa, ON
    Former Employee - Software Engineer II in Ottawa, ON

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

    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

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Satisfactory, well-paying co-op position.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Junior Software Engineer
    Former Employee - Junior Software Engineer

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Government bureaucracy is sometimes felt.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Very good company to work for

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Principal Systems Engineer in Montreal, QC
    Former Employee - Principal Systems Engineer in Montreal, QC

    I worked at Rockwell Collins full-time

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Technical Writer in Cedar Rapids, IA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Technical Writer in Cedar Rapids, IA (US)

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

    Pros

    Communication appears to be getting better, I admit we were in a bit of a slump.

    Cons

    2% pay raises don't seem to be very excting

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you are going to reward people for work beyond that which they normally do, then by all means reward them. There is still an issue with Friends hiring Friends and family. Not sure where this mentality comes from. Keep doing the same old thing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    My time with Rockwell Collins was informative, and helped improve my professional image

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Co-Op in Cedar Rapids, IA (US)
    Current Employee - Technical Co-Op in Cedar Rapids, IA (US)

    I have been working at Rockwell Collins as an intern (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Large variety of work
    Lots of work with other people

    Cons

    Internal communication from management to employees is lacking
    Benefits and compensation is sub-par
    Focus is not on the individual

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Benefits need to be upgraded
    Turnover is only going to get worse with time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great company to work for overall

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineering in Cedar Rapids, IA (US)
    Current Employee - Engineering in Cedar Rapids, IA (US)

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

    Pros

    Large company with lots of room to grow for advancement in different career fields. Great place to gain experience at all career levels.

    Cons

    Company seems to be overly managed in many areas. Manager to employee ratio is higher than what is typically seen at other companies, which at times they seem not to be on the same page in providing direction or goals that are consistent.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great Company to work for

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Principal Subcontract Program Manager in Cedar Rapids, IA (US)
    Current Employee - Principal Subcontract Program Manager in Cedar Rapids, IA (US)

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

    Pros

    Opportunity to advance career in any role, great Values, tenured employees (Lifers) to learn from, Best Aviation Company

    Cons

    Benefits are up to standard, but Compensation lags, Better get it through negotiations before you start, the Formal Mentoring tools are unused and needs to be scrapped; if you need good mentoring, do so by seeking individuals out and requesting directly, Great Senior Leadership team, but most of the Entry and Mid Level Leadership have no Leadership skills when it comes to mentoring and empowering team

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on empowering individual contributors by accountability metrics for Entry-Level and Mid-Level Managers. The Company has great potentials to unleash energy, but the Mid and entry Level Leadership needs serious reform, otherwise you loose the talents you so seek to develop

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great company

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

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

    Pros

    -Relaxed, easy going
    -Cool programs
    -Great community
    -Understanding management

    Cons

    -Rockwell has a lot of different programs, some are better then others. I worked on a huge program (100+ engineers, huuge govn't contract) and it was poorly manage. I've worked on several programs since, all have been much better
    -Management not very good at career development.
    -Medical/Dental coverage has become more costly and not as good in the past 5 years

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to work closer with engineers to determine career paths and basically how to make more money / figure out where you want to be in 10 years. I've always worked on the government side, so it seems like management is mostly concerned with meeting deadlines (i.e. the short term picture).

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Good place to work for an experienced engineer

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    • 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)

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

    Pros

    If you're competent, then job security is good. Total compensation is pretty good. I've enjoyed many of the programs I've worked on and people I've worked with but there have been a couple of times I just wanted out. Luckily, RC is a fairly large company and lateral moves are fairly easy. For the most part, management does want to keep the employee happy and is willing to move people.

    Cons

    For me, there's too many people not concerned enough about quality during a design and development program. And there's your typical 10% that are apathetic and are just here for the paycheck. RC is fairly good, though, and identifying them and they are the first to go during RIFs, of which there have only been a few in the last 10 years. There's a big shift going on right now in the engineering tools RC uses for things like change management and requirements management. The new tools are web-centric and "collaborative" but sometimes we're on the edge of chaos when too programs are moved too quickly.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    experience at rc

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

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

    Pros

    work recognition, yearly/ mid-year appraisals, learning and opportunities, considerate policies, ethics, transparency

    Cons

    3 months long notice period, no concept of comp-offs

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    not all technically excellent people make good leaders. choose wisely

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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