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Overall, a good company to work for.

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Current Employee - Senior Engineering Manager  in  Cedar Rapids, IA (US)
Current Employee - Senior Engineering Manager in Cedar Rapids, IA (US)

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

Pros

Solid company with a good Government and Commercial balance that gives the employee opportunities to try several different career paths. Flexible schedules when needed to help balance home and work life.

Cons

The company is behind in using newer tools and techniques, especially in software development. This could help the company attract new talent and help drive effiiciencies.

Recommends
Approves of CEO

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    We're overseas we don't really seem to exist

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    Current Employee - Field Service Engineer  in  Kabul (Afghanistan)
    Current Employee - Field Service Engineer in Kabul (Afghanistan)

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

    Pros

    Great pay and benefits but I need a job when I go home.

    Cons

    We're actually working for a company that Rockwell bought called Data Path. The only problem is the company Data Path failed for a reason and Rockwell should have replaced the management with their own but didn't. So we're slowly deteriorating. But it's looking up Rockwell has realized this and has slowly starting replacing them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There are a lot of opportunities in North Carolina you should consider.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Stay Away If You Are A Talented Software Engineer

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

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

    Pros

    - Work Life Balance is amazing. There is a company-wide shutdown between Christmas and New Year's, on top of the 3 week vacation you start with.

    - You can get by doing no meaningful work for years and you will not get fired. If this is your thing then this is a Pro.

    - Nice colleagues that respect each other for the most part.

    - It is cool to tell people that you build planes. The wow factor.

    - Tuition Reimbursement.

    - Cheap housing in the Cedar Rapids area.

    Cons

    - Extremely low pay for good software engineers. It might be comparable to other companies in the avionics industry, but there is no reason for a software engineer to be "stuck" to the avionics industry. You can easily get 30% more at other reputable companies in other fields.

    - The location is horrible. Please listen to the following carefully: if you are not from the Midwest ( born and raise ) or if you do not have family in Cedar Rapids, then stay away. Winters are long and harsh ( can get to -25 F ). Summers are wet, hot and humid, often with flooding. There is not much going on, no nightlife. Definitely not a place for young people or singles. Oh, and the city smells. The city actually was one of the top 10 worst cities to live in in America. A quick search online can validate my claims.

    - For foreign nationals, they recently came up with a new rule to make all foreign hires wait 4 years before sponsoring them for the green card!!

    - Promotions are extremely hard, unless you are part of the old boy's club. They are certainly not based on performance so don't even try.

    - Benefits have been on a steady decline for the past 5 years. They increased the cost of health care and slashed their 401k matching.

    - Yearly merit increases of 2% have been the norm for the past 5 years. If you complain you are told by management to "be thankful that you have a job in this economy"!

    - Repetitive work. Given that you will be working in the avionics field, there is so much red tape and many convoluted processes that you have to go through. You will spend 20% of your time doing technical work and writing code and 80% of your time preparing artifacts and dealing with audits and processes. you will not be working on cutting edge technology. Often you will be maintaining code written 10-20 years ago.

    - Rockwell Collins does not value its employees. They keep hiring good people but they keep losing them after a few years because they do not take care of their employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look what other successful companies are doing to retain talent, and start from there.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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