Rockwell Collins

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Rockwell Collins Reviews

Updated 16 October 2014
Updated 16 October 2014
644 Reviews
3.2
644 Reviews
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Kelly Ortberg
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Pros
  • work life balance, upper management focused on improving things for employees (in 51 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 70 reviews)

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

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  1.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  2. 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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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  3.  

    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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  5.  

    Excellent Employee Treatment, Helpful Team

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

    I worked at Rockwell Collins as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    They really do care about their employees. Management takes the time to understand glitches and general problems and works with employees to give them enough time and tools to get the job done right. In IT, we were given full access to the wide array of engineering and desktop devices so there were no roadblocks in fixing anything. Management understood that some jobs would take extra time and they never rushed us. There was no pressure to fill a quota in a day as long as we were open with management about what was going on. Communication was great and team support was excellent.

    Cons

    Asset management was a bit off when it came to tech hardware. In IT, it would be helpful to know where everything is when we have to work on it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be on-site a bit more. Contact was still great but I feel our managers weren't on our site enough to see a typical day.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Learned to give 100% but remember it is just a job. satisfaction is from meeting cost and schedule.

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

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

    Pros

    There are some social events that make the work place fun.
    The work environment is quiet and secure.
    Low level leaders provide status reports to the team once a week. Middle level about once a month.

    Cons

    Finding project information is sometimes difficult. Leaders have mistreated the employees and got away with it for far too long before the leader was fired. I found I had to CC lots of people to get a response. Noticeably political.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Poor leaders should not be given so much rope for so long. It happens many times.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great CO-OP experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    I was very involved in the work. I was treated as if I was a regular employee with full responsibilities, except not all the power points. I was given interesting tasks to complete. My co-workers and manager made me feel like part of the team and were very welcoming.

    Cons

    There are lots of layers of management and it seems to be the reason change is slow. It can seem like higher level managers only care about doing what is impressive to other managers and not always what is best for the customers.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    I've been with the company for over 10 years in a variety of positions across the company.

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

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

    Pros

    * large stable company,
    * ethical company
    * well balanced between commercial and government work
    * can be very accommodating to work life balance needs

    Cons

    * very engineering driven
    * good 'ol boys mentality
    * talks to innovation but too many "mother may I's"
    * asks leaders to do their jobs but then are quite often trumped by higher level leaders, if they are going to be trumped why be asked to do the task to begin with?
    * benefits are below par

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Excellent for motivated employees.

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

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

    Pros

    Will allow your career to go as high as you are qualified.
    Great for smart hard working people.
    Excellent work facilities including a top quality gym.
    Lots of opportunities to grow professionally, formally (tuition and time) and informally (on the job).

    Cons

    Health care becoming a bit intrusive - continually wanting more private info and participation in unnecessary hoop-jumping activities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be sure to continue to let the cream of the crop rise.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    I Liked it working here

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Lansing, MI (US)
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Lansing, MI (US)

    I worked at Rockwell Collins part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    work ethics and culture are the best

    Cons

    pay is very less when compared to other companies

    Recommends
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good company for settling.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Rockwell Collins

    Pros

    You can coast in this company.

    Cons

    Training is sub par and there is no money to do anything cool.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Flatten the company.

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