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Rockwell Collins Reviews

Updated 10 December 2014
Updated 10 December 2014
668 Reviews
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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. 2 people found this helpful  

    Updated Status

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

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

    Pros

    Communication appears to be getting better, I admit we were in a bit of a slump.

    Cons

    2% pay raises don't seem to be very excting

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you are going to reward people for work beyond that which they normally do, then by all means reward them. There is still an issue with Friends hiring Friends and family. Not sure where this mentality comes from. Keep doing the same old thing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Intern - it was pleasant

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Intern in Cedar Rapids, IA (US)
    Former Employee - Software Intern in Cedar Rapids, IA (US)

    I worked at Rockwell Collins

    Pros

    Everyone was always willing to help. I got exposure to some of the highest people in the company.

    Cons

    It was hard to explain to a non-software manager why something he wanted done wasn't possible.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Set goals and stretch goals. If the stretch goals aren't met, that's OK.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great Company -- People work hard and work together to solve problems. Strong Customer focus

    • 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

    Strong future, strong values, good leadership

    Cons

    Matrix management can make things move slower sometimes

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    RC is a large avionics company that is a great place to work if you like Iowa and the Midwest.

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

    I worked at Rockwell Collins full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    - RC is a great place to work with lots of opportunities to grow and move around to find your niche, assuming that you have an idea of where you'd like that niche to be.
    - RC is great at addressing tangible employee concerns like salary, benefits, recognition, rewards, titles, banding structures, promotions, and movement within the company.
    - My team and immediate co-workers were great and I not only could work with them, I enjoyed it. This included my boss, who I felt was the best boss in our department, and maybe the larger portion of the company. Great management is everything!
    - I felt I was fairly compensated at RC.
    - My manager often recognized and rewarded me for my efforts.
    - There is lots of opportunity to grow at RC, including continuing education, as long as you know where you want to grow to.
    - RC's benefits are still the best I've seen. 3 weeks vacation starting, a week of plant shut-down over Christmas, a sick day policy of "stay home, don't get us sick" that doesn't dip into your PTO, reasonable healthcare and dental, and 401k with matching and full vesting after 3 years.
    - No restrictions on lateral movement w/i the company.

    Cons

    - Management does not seem to be able to address non-tangible employee concerns and desires, such as workplace environment, engagement, challenges, and customized development.
    - May not be windows in your work area. Certain work areas are pretty drab and not overly pleasant to work in.
    - Bathrooms are not desirable.
    - Excluding the last "all hands" company meeting that I attended (which surprised me as being different), every time I heard upper management speak about our competitors, it was in a negative light vs a respectful light. RC is way too confident in their legacy. This was disappointing to me as I have/had significant previous experience with some of our competitors products, and enjoyed those products. I respected our competitors and looked at the prospect of building something better as a worthy challenge and an opportunity to improve the industry and aviation as a whole (not as an opportunity to secure a section of the market for higher profit margins).
    - When RC wants to compete with a competitor in an arena that is outside of their comfort zone and "bread and butter" experience, they don't necessarily change their approach and thought process to the product and issues that arise in development.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Manage your customer and create true product lines that support the RC brand. Customization is a reality of avionics, especially the air transport industry, but too much and constant customization and changes make staying on budget and on schedule a difficult reality to meet. Extreme customization also doesn't necessarily support recognition of RC products.
    - Reduce the layers of management and upper management. There are so many managers and so many re-orgs that it becomes meaningless to the engineers doing the work. If re-orgs are meaningless to the engineers, they don't feel connected to the overall mission of their program or the company.
    - Hire outside industry professionals and leaders into upper management that aren't obviously part of the "good 'ol boys" club. Engineers and pilots want to look up to their management in terms of not only their engineering/aviation education and tenure with RC, but also their hands-on and in-the-field engineering and flight experience. Commercial and corporate pilots with aeronautical, electrical, mechanical, etc. engineering experience outside of the inner RC circle would be ideal and bring fresh ideas into the pot to challenge the legacy status quo.
    - Find a way to address and focus on the non-tangible desires of employees, that being workplace environment, engagement, challenge, development and overall happiness. Requiring mandatory "career development" meetings with a direct supervisor, but no plan of what those meetings are supposed to accomplish is not career development.
    - Create a career development assistance group within HR that has vast knowledge of RC, their products, customers, and groups/organizations within the company. The purpose of this group would be to focus on and help individual employees with their career development. Some employees know that they want to get an MBA and become a project manager. In this case, all they need is education assistance, and support from the management to work their way up. But some employees have less traditional or more general interests, and need someone to help them brainstorm of where they might best fit in, in the long run. I made several attempts during my time at RC to seek out leaders in groups that I was interested in, but received little support in terms of letting me know what potential roles might be available, but more importantly, possible. Also, it would be nice if an employee has interest in a specific group, but the group has no current open recs, that their interest in that group could be captured and monitored, so they could be alerted to potential openings vs constantly scouring the career sight for any open positions, bugging busy managers, or avoiding their own work in hopes of finding their desired position.
    - Renovate bathrooms and work areas and add windows, even if only skylights. Certain work areas look pretty drab and can get depressing with old grey cubicle walls, low ceilings, florescent lights, and no windows. The bathrooms are just not pleasant.

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

    My time with Rockwell Collins was informative, and helped improve my professional image

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

    I have been working at Rockwell Collins as an intern (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Large variety of work
    Lots of work with other people

    Cons

    Internal communication from management to employees is lacking
    Benefits and compensation is sub-par
    Focus is not on the individual

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Benefits need to be upgraded
    Turnover is only going to get worse with time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Changing Workplace

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Engineering Manager in West Melbourne, FL (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Engineering Manager in West Melbourne, FL (US)

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

    Pros

    Engineering is the new focus of the CEO. After years of salary suppression they are rewarding those that have been high performers and allowing them to make a difference.

    Cons

    Outdated policies and procedures that limit creativity and success.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Adopt industry standards for development. Eliminate matrix management. Cross functional teams are proven to be way for successful.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great team.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Principal Systems Engineer in San Jose, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Principal Systems Engineer in San Jose, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    The group I worked in (Aircraft Tactical Displays) had a nurturing and supportive culture while encouraging excellence. Many of the employees were long term, some were 2nd generation in that group. Trust between employees was high, backstabbing was rare and discouraged.

    Cons

    Top down reorgs were disruptive, at least one mid level manager with short time in the company had unrealistic ambitions which lead to poor execution. This was the exception rather than the rule.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Beware niche applications and market timing of same!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great company to work for overall

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

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

    Pros

    Large company with lots of room to grow for advancement in different career fields. Great place to gain experience at all career levels.

    Cons

    Company seems to be overly managed in many areas. Manager to employee ratio is higher than what is typically seen at other companies, which at times they seem not to be on the same page in providing direction or goals that are consistent.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great Company to work for

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

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

    Pros

    Opportunity to advance career in any role, great Values, tenured employees (Lifers) to learn from, Best Aviation Company

    Cons

    Benefits are up to standard, but Compensation lags, Better get it through negotiations before you start, the Formal Mentoring tools are unused and needs to be scrapped; if you need good mentoring, do so by seeking individuals out and requesting directly, Great Senior Leadership team, but most of the Entry and Mid Level Leadership have no Leadership skills when it comes to mentoring and empowering team

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on empowering individual contributors by accountability metrics for Entry-Level and Mid-Level Managers. The Company has great potentials to unleash energy, but the Mid and entry Level Leadership needs serious reform, otherwise you loose the talents you so seek to develop

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great company

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

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

    Pros

    -Relaxed, easy going
    -Cool programs
    -Great community
    -Understanding management

    Cons

    -Rockwell has a lot of different programs, some are better then others. I worked on a huge program (100+ engineers, huuge govn't contract) and it was poorly manage. I've worked on several programs since, all have been much better
    -Management not very good at career development.
    -Medical/Dental coverage has become more costly and not as good in the past 5 years

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to work closer with engineers to determine career paths and basically how to make more money / figure out where you want to be in 10 years. I've always worked on the government side, so it seems like management is mostly concerned with meeting deadlines (i.e. the short term picture).

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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