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

Rockwell Collins Reviews

Updated Apr 12, 2014
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3.0 564 reviews

                             

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Kelly Ortberg

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52% of employees 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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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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Good OCM practice

Organizational Change (Former Employee)
Cedar Rapids, IA (US)

I worked at Rockwell Collins as a contractor for less than a year

ProsThe OCM group has some solid methodologies in place. This is a great place for someone who wants to work within a certain methodology and apply their own professional capabilities.

ConsNot all of the people in their roles are qualified to be there. Need to ensure that well qualified people with high EI are recruited into the organization.

Advice to Senior ManagementI had great managers that allowed me to excel.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Good company

Senior Systems Engineer (Current Employee)
Cedar Rapids, IA (US)

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

ProsGood people, good place to learn things, many opportunities

Consyoung management (lack of experience), location is less than desirable

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

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Overall Good experience, however depends on the manager you get.

Senior Electrical Engineer (Current Employee)
Cedar Rapids, IA (US)

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

ProsThe people who work here seem to be some of the best and brightest in the industry. While there are the people who seem to now know how to tie their own shoes they are easy enough to avoid. I have really enjoyed being able to learn from some very brilliant minds.

ConsThe defense industry is a difficult industry at this time specifically working on government contracts. Rockwell has taken alot of measures to counteract this however the situation has injected alot of unknowns into the work place.

Advice to Senior ManagementSpend more time fighting for your engineering staff and working towards growing them. There will soon be a knowledge and skill gap that some very talented engineers can grow to fill with the right mentoring.

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

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Great place to work and grow

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

I have been working at Rockwell Collins full-time for more than 8 years

ProsI love what I do and the people I work with everyday. Great work/life balance and excellent leadership support

ConsCompensation tends to drag behind the competitive average and promotions are slow unless you fight HR every step.

Advice to Senior ManagementOver-communicate your view of the future of the company. Many engineers struggle with the direction of the company and their place in that future.

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

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Pretty good company to work for

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

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

ProsGood challenging work and generally good people to work with.
Collaborative in some areas and that's what makes the company effective.
Some good leaders that help move the dial in the company.
Looking to become more modern and attractive to new employees or younger talent that is the future of the business.

ConsLack of organizational agility to adapt to rapid need for change.
Poor talent retention, but mainly driven by location of most jobs being in Cedar Rapids, IA and a cold climate.
Outdated buildings and workplaces in most buildings.
Medical benefits, retirement savings plan, etc. are getting worse with no signs of improving.

Advice to Senior ManagementCreate a culture that allows the company to move quickly and adapt to the ongoing change of business demands.

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

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Lots of project opportunities, but you may quickly feel caught in a rut.

Senior Systems Engineer (Current Employee)
Cedar Rapids, IA (US)

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

ProsLots of good people to work with (at least in my group).
Challenging technically, but not fast-paced engaging environment.

ConsDO-processes hinder creativity. Easy to feel underutilized.

Advice to Senior ManagementStreamline engineering processes. IT needs to be more flexible in meeting project needs.

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

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