Rockwell Collins

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Rockwell Collins Reviews

Updated 26 February, 2015
Updated 26 February, 2015
700 Reviews
3.3
700 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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    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)

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

    I worked at Rockwell Collins as an intern (less than a 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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    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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Excellent experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON

    I worked at Rockwell Collins

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Smaller company, may limit opportunities for advancement.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    except for the excess focus on diversity, this is a really stable, organized and forward looking company

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

    I worked at Rockwell Collins

    Pros

    good cross matrix organizational, COEs and program management
    They do their own manufacturing, not all 3rd party like many others

    Cons

    Continuous focus on finding someone who is different, when you hire, they tell you what color or gender you have to hire. Over and over. Gets really really frustrating. Can't we just the best qualified candidate regardless of race/sex/gender/bias/ whatever agenda of the day?

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Good employer if you can stay with them

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Rockwell Collins

    Pros

    Good pay and consistencey with policys

    Cons

    Being part of a large company you get lost in the crowd

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Good Company.

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

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

    Pros

    Education reimbursement for continuing education.

    Cons

    Most new engineering grads hired left within 5 years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Overall a great company.

  9.  

    It is a good company

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    Former Employee - Senior Electronics Technician in Cedar Rapids, IA (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Electronics Technician in Cedar Rapids, IA (US)

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

    Pros

    I enjoyed the challenges and the ability to move from department to different departments. Cutting edge GPS groups were great to work for.

    Cons

    Too many middle managers. The company relies on SAP and LEAN too much. Another misstep that I saw when I worked there was the integration of the company's outsourced materials that were too vital for the product that we were forced to use. It seemed that nobody ever wanted to admit when they made a mistake. Finally, the nurses station group has too much influence on employees' job status. They should stick to making sure people are healthy and stay out of human resources.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to employees and not to the status quo. And make sure that the final product's quality is more important than putting out a poor product on time so the stockholders get an extra two cents per share of stock.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    Great People and Exciting Changes

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    Current Employee - IT Services in Cedar Rapids, IA (US)
    Current Employee - IT Services in Cedar Rapids, IA (US)

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

    Pros

    Rockwell is transforming its global IT infrastructure. After years of criticism the company has recently taken an innovative approach in its shared IT services. People are very nice and want to contribute to the overall success.

    Cons

    Middle managers operate with a mindset of managing people vs managing talent. Managers tend to be political and approach projects with the intention of covering themselves vs operating in the world of possibilities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Flatten the organizational structure. Many middle managers and directors are not needed and often get in the way.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Conflicted About Review

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

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with. Great midwest work ethic. Front line workers doing their best. Some great technology being developed, where visionaries are allowed to work freely.

    Cons

    Lack of vision to improve engineering development environment. Still using antiquated tools. Leadership is not in synch with one another. Each leader kinda does what they think is best, with little harmony across the enterprise. The division between Government and Commercial Systems Engineering creates an unnessarily hostile work environment between business units. Tech development tends to continually lag the competition, always following the leaders.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Solicit and cast a vision. Allow your visionaries to become champions. Reward those who deliver substantial improvements.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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