Rockwell Collins

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Rockwell Collins Reviews

Updated 17 November, 2014
Updated 17 November, 2014
654 Reviews
3.2
654 Reviews
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Pros
  • work life balance, upper management focused on improving things for employees (in 53 reviews)

  • At the moment, we have some pretty good benefits (week off at Christmas time) (in 39 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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    • Culture & Values
    • 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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    • Senior Management
    • 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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  5.  

    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
  6.  

    experience at rc

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    • 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
  7.  

    Summer Intern |S|AP BW 2014

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Graduate Technical Intern in Cedar Rapids, IA (US)
    Former Employee - Graduate Technical Intern in Cedar Rapids, IA (US)

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

    Pros

    Excellent leadership, very encouraging environment. Team-members love to help you out. My direct Manager and the above him were both really helpful and patient. They make sure to provide you with enough training and support so that you can perform successfully.

    Cons

    Slow growth as compared to other companies
    The work pace is very slow

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Excellent office culture. They shouldn't change it. More SAP led training should be provided

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Software Engineer

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

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

    Pros

    Excellent place to learn and grow for engineers

    Cons

    Location - Cedar Rapids may not attract people to stay long term

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    A fast pace environment that demands high level of organization to stay on top of various projects and supplier issues.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Industrial Engineer in Decorah, IA (US)
    Current Employee - Industrial Engineer in Decorah, IA (US)

    I have been working at Rockwell Collins full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    In the Decorah facility the Industrial Engineers play a very important role. You will be given a great deal of responsibility fresh out of college. You get to be a big fish in a small pond. Also, Decorah is a beautiful town and the staff are all fantastic people to work with.

    Cons

    This role has proven to be a 2 year position. Typically the Industrial Engineer in this position will begin fresh out of school and work between 2 and 3 years before moving on to bigger better things. This is likely because there are more opportunities for career growth in other locations such as Cedar Rapids or Melbourne Florida.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you would like to improve IE retention in Decorah I would suggest either changing the role of the IE in that location to better align with the career growth plan, or manipulating the career plan to be more site specific. I find that IE's in this location take on more of a quality role in that we spend a great deal of time dealing with supplier non-conformances and rejects. In order for me to progress in the career plan provided to me, I would have to become more involved with operator load times, process flow, and other more typical IE related tasks. These things are currently not a part of our actual routine so when we submit PR&DP's we often times do not fall under the G2 or G3 criteria. This is why I am looking for opportunities elsewhere. That said, I have thoroughly enjoyed the time I have spent with this team and I highly suggest this position to any motivated individuals who have recently graduated and would like to be a part of a growing and exciting industry.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Company, slow to adapt change like many other big companies. Awesome work ethics, great midwestern location.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Rockwell Collins

    Pros

    Large Company with many opportunities
    Ethics of the company unmatched in the industry - they walk the walk on trust, compliance and good business practices
    EXCELLENT product
    Recent, strong focus on non-linear job growth.
    Good, midwestern work ethic and values still prevail
    Trying hard to embrace diversity

    Cons

    VERY cheap company phone program for employees with customer contact
    Not enough people. Sounds funny since it is such a large company, but we are doing too much with too few. Burn out is inevitable.
    Still a good old boys network - have not quite actually been able to practice the diversity thing to its fullest extent
    Promotion to management based on being good at what you do, not necessarily being a good manager. (i.e. being a good engineer does not make you a good manager)
    Once you gain a prominent position, it is very hard to progress upwards, years and years of laterals after that.
    HR department and policies are burdened by our size. Very difficult at review time to have a team full of highly performing individuals. Managers are forced to apply a curve to team, regardless of performance. Very frustrating for many.
    Benefits decline each year

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Add more people to non-engineering departments
    Try to move more quickly in employment decisions. It takes waaaaay too long to get people into jobs. (maybe not having recruiters who are contract labor and actually know about the company would help)
    Put people who you trust who have good management skills into management positions, then let them manage and lead. Untie their hands.
    Put people in the travel department who have actually traveled outside of the city of Cedar Rapids during their lifetime.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great experience

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

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

    Pros

    High quality, interesting work. Nice people and management.

    Cons

    Very traditional company, it has ups and downs with economy.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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