Rockwell Collins
3.0 of 5 564 reviews
www.rockwellcollins.com Cedar Rapids, IA 5000+ Employees

Rockwell Collins Reviews

Updated Apr 15, 2014
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3.0 564 reviews

                             

86% Approve of the CEO

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Kelly Ortberg

(77 ratings)

52% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Pros:
  • "A non-trivial number projects in maintenance that provide good work-life balance"
    in 42 reviews
  • "the cost of living in cedar rapids in iowa is very less so its a advantage"
    in 34 reviews
Cons:
  • "Cedar Rapids centric, even when the technology is being developed at a satellite location"
    in 62 reviews
  • "No Work Life balance, HR doesn't have the minimum idea of employees needs"
    in 16 reviews
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Satisfactory, well-paying co-op position.

Junior Software Engineer (Former Employee)

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

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

ConsGovernment bureaucracy is sometimes felt.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Very good company to work for

Principal Systems Engineer (Former Employee)
Montreal, QC

I worked at Rockwell Collins full-time

ProsA 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.

ConsAerospace 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 Senior ManagementManagement 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.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Excellent experience

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Ottawa, ON

I worked at Rockwell Collins

ProsVery, fun place to work, flexible hours, understanding people.

ConsSmaller company, may limit opportunities for advancement.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Good place to start and develop; benefits reasonable

Software Engineer II (Current Employee)
Cedar Rapids, IA (US)

I have been working at Rockwell Collins full-time for more than 3 years

ProsIf you get a chance to work in a small team, then you will have the best experience. The experienced engineers are very nice and like to share their knowledge.
Work-life balance is good I would say; once you learn about your job the workload is reasonable unless you are close to some deadlines then you might have to work extra hours.
Leaves and vacation benefits are great compared to other companies I have heard about; but those are now changing.
Education assistance is great !! you get to spend 10 to 15K on your higher education which is awesome if you want to do Masters or MBA.
Being close to Iowa City it is a great place to work and do MBA from one of the best business colleges at University of Iowa.

ConsConservative in their processes and not very open to change or new way of doing things. Tried an tested is always preferred
Promotions in certain dept. especially in your first 5-7 years can be hard to get
Within a certain job, once you become good at something you will always get the same type of work or on the same product; for this you might have to move somewhere else within the company.

Advice to Senior ManagementMake moving within the company more easy and anonymous
Improve the work environment please... we spend almost half of our day here so having a good environment or office areas is important if you want your employees to spend more time at work and enjoy their jobs.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great company to work for

Director (Former Employee)
Cedar Rapids, IA (US)

I worked at Rockwell Collins full-time

Prossolid leadership, strategic focus, laid back culture

Consexcessive governance and frequent job rotation

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Good Company

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

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

ProsTreats you well. People care about doing the right thing.

ConsI just started somewhat recently, can't think of any.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Rockwell Collins is a good place to work

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

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

ProsFlexible hours, reasonable management team, good recognition of hard work

Conssomewhat difficult to attract the best talent due to the location,

Advice to Senior ManagementCreate more opportunities for senior level engineer and managers to advance their careers. Stagnation is a problem. Do not pigeon hole people.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great Company to Work for.

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Rockwell Collins full-time for more than 10 years

ProsThe projects are cutting edge. The employees (workers & managers) are all friendly and helpful. The site I was at products Heads Up Displays for commercial & Military aircrafts and Helmet Mounted Displays for Military.

ConsThe only con I can thing of is that the Management can be slow to disseminate info from upper management.

Advice to Senior ManagementA steadier flow of info down the ranks.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Rockwell Collins

ProsThe company has some good technically consistent processes which helps align projects and programs. The company places a lot of emphasis on doing the best to ensure commitments are met.

ConsIf you want to actually build something go somewhere else. Rockwell Collins engineers can talk a good talk but actually building things that ship to real customers is something that is severely lacking. This is the anti-Agile establishment. For every engineer actually doing something there is another one watching over his should doing Cost Account Management (CAM)!!

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Trying to Improve

Current Employee (Current Employee)
Cedar Rapids, IA (US)

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

ProsTalented engineers, interesting technology, overall a company with rich history.
Good amount of paid time off.
Salaries OK.
New COO, Kelly Ortberg is engaging his leadership to make a difference.
Move to Google will help many of our IT, and sharing issues.

ConsWork force is held to percentages, even though the company claims not to, being the sole drivers of the business model that creates the percentages, leaving the employees with no opportunity to make a change for the better.

Whether or not you are successful at Rockwell will depend entirely on your direct manager, and their common sense, or lack of. Some lack the courage to oppose bad ideas handed down from our Directors and VPs. Far too many Directors are willing to back their colleagues bad ideas, and overlook the opportunity to make a real difference and improvements

How seriously your ideas for improvement are taken depends totally on your job title, which is very frustrating. You will be asked for your input in Lean events, meetings, process improvement plans, and nothing will be acted on. After a while you shut down and decide not to contribute because your ideas are not valuable.

Daily office politics are exhausting. If you can sound like you know what's going on, your fine, no one is held accountable for a good job, or bad. I have worked with many dishonest people, willing to blame others for their miss takes, and it works!

Advice to Senior ManagementRockwell Collins needs to find a balance for the ebb and flow in todays economy and technology. Instead of the knee jerk swings we have been experiencing due to the fluctuation of stock prices.

Eliminate green spaces and permit parking, there nothing that makes you feel more segregated than driving by many open green parking spots to park in the back lots next to the tennis courts. It forces employees without the green space privileges to create their own parking tags, or drive family members cars and park in Transit all day undetected. Or at the very lest, please add one covered walk way from each back parking lot. I have fallen on the ice, as I know many others have. We live in Iowa, with more bad weather days than good. It's not the walk that bothers me it's the inclement weather.

Rockwell Collins charge back business model leaves it's internal departments starved and fighting for useful current marketing assets and materials. With each department budget tightening, all visible costs are under scrutiny. A charge back department can not share assets with another department without charging to do so. This practice ensures valuable assets will be unusable, creating self serving metrics proving other departments don't want or need these assets and materials. This couldn't be further from the truth. We have great products, legacy products, talented engineers, cut these assets loose and let the world know what we Have! Sale it!

Do you realize how many people don't know Collins brought GPS to the world? The company's heritage is a marketing plus, and should be focused on. Many of our historical assets have not been taken care of, or thoughtlessly thrown out in 5s events. Whole data bases to pull assets from archives and warehouses, have been boxed up and sent to a warehouse, leaving these historical pieces unsearchable.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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