Rockwell Collins Reviews

Updated 21 April 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Great product, great potential, poor corporate culture

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Rockwell Collins full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Company with amazing history and great products. Successful in both commercial and government work. Room to grow, especially for engineers. New CEO has potential to bring a lot of good change to the company.

    Cons

    Midwest prejudice and exclusion attitude hold it back from being a truly international company. Bullying behavior such as yelling, berating, and backstabbing is tolerated. Salaries for technical but non-engineering positions are not competitive. Engineers treated like rockstars, everyone else not so much. Performance review system creates competition and bitterness among employees rather than fostering teamwork and loyalty to company.

    Advice to Management

    The corporate culture of Iowa is better than everyone else has to improve. It's great to be proud of your state and country, but not great to berate all other sites for not being in Iowa. If you want to be a global company, EVERYONE needs to start thinking globally not just those at international sites. Resistance to hiring at remote sites needs to stop.

  2. Friendly, Competitive salary, little behind the technology curve

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - International Trip Coordinator in Houston, TX (US)
    Current Employee - International Trip Coordinator in Houston, TX (US)

    I have been working at Rockwell Collins full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Friendly, helpful employees that will show you everything you need to learn. Atmosphere is quiet and laid back. Salary is better than most and its a publicly traded company,so stock options are available as well as medical dental...etc

    Cons

    The software the company uses needs to be UPDATED.,little behind the times. Since the company was bought out it needs some uniformity within all offices and management needs to learn to speak with the employees...not just supervisors.

    Advice to Management

    YOU NEED MORE PEOPLE! START HIRING!!

  3. Great Company - Sleepy Location

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Mechanical Design Engineer in Cedar Rapids, IA (US)
    Current Employee - Mechanical Design Engineer in Cedar Rapids, IA (US)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Amazing engineering infrastructure. Very high quality employees in general, in engineering. Very strong product portfolio - lots of work to do. Very interesting technologies to work with as well. All the best engineering tools are available.

    Cons

    Huge company. Definitely over-procedured. I've been here 5 years and I still don't have my arms around all the processes and procedures. Ambiguous chain of command. Lots of very young managers managing much older engineering population with mixed results. Support groups don't.

    Advice to Management

    Add a process (I know, another one) to vet management candidates and then train them adequately once they are promoted to the position. Eliminate Component Engineering and just let the engineers do the function. We do it now anyway, most of the time.

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  5. systems engineer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Rockwell Collins full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Great people, interesting work, good benefits

    Cons

    Low salary, slow to promote

    Advice to Management

    Position employees to match their skill set better

  6. Helpful (1)

    Great company to work for but location leaves a lot to be desired.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Collateral Sustaining Engineer in Cedar Rapids, IA (US)
    Former Employee - Collateral Sustaining Engineer in Cedar Rapids, IA (US)

    I worked at Rockwell Collins full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great experience, friendly and helpful colleagues. You will have many opportunities for hands on experience which will be very valuable.

    Cons

    Depending on your manager, it could take you a while to get to the next engineering level (i.e. Eng I to Eng II or Eng II to Eng III). My manager thought it took 4-5 years to go from an Eng I to an Eng II. Also, annual evaluations are typical if you are a new employee. You can already expect to get hit with: "Needs more experience and needs to know (insert product line or job here) better."

    Advice to Management

    The evaluation process seems a bit rigged. Feels like the old: "Well everyone can't get an A in the class" excuse. If a team is full of great engineers, no one should have to take low marks just because "somebody needs to be the goat".

  7. Very small footprint in the intelligence community

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Principal Domain Engineer in Chantilly, VA (US)
    Former Employee - Principal Domain Engineer in Chantilly, VA (US)

    I worked at Rockwell Collins full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Paid at 102% when compared to some one else with similar education and experience, up to 13% annual bonus based on companies performance.

    Cons

    Annual pay raise was a joke, but the annual bonus made up for it. Health care went from OK to bottom of the bucket. No longer active in the IC.

  8. Electrical Engineer

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Good company
    - Diversity and inclusion are two of the core values in Rockwell so it really feels like you are home and welcome.
    - The technologies is not the top or the most up-to-date technology because of the nature of avionics. Avionics industry do not change between programs that much to minimize impact on aircraft certification.The process is really great, there is a solid reason behind each step in the process.
    - Huge company with a lot of opportunities to move from department/group to another
    - good management in general

    Cons

    -The pay is less than national median
    -The cedar rapids is kind of small without much of activities, but in 4 hours (drive) you could be anywhere you want (chicago, kansas, st. luis, omaha, Madison/Milwaukee, Minneapolis) so it could go both ways good or bad.

    Advice to Management

    - management should focus more on the career development plan for engineers. that way the engineers would feel more appreciated and they would become better engineers on the long run.
    - management should take the evaluation process more seriously where they should survey the opinions of projects leads to assess engineers level more accurately.

  9. Good company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Hyderābād (India)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Hyderābād (India)

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Laid back work life with less pressure

    Cons

    Improvements in management are needed

  10. good company to work at

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Rockwell Collins

    Pros

    stability , good pay, and very nice quiet city to live in in Cedar Rapids

    Cons

    small town feel if you do not like it. company structure is a little rigid, since there are many government contract

  11. Finance and Accounting Internship

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Rockwell Collins

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity for networking and seeing mid-level management
    Compensation and benefits are good
    Strong effort to integrate interns into Rockwell culture

    Cons

    Both of my tasks had little face time with my directing managers
    My advisors were swamped with their own work and had little time for direction
    My project managers had little definition to what they would like me to do

    Advice to Management

    Increase the on-boarding opportunities for non-rotate and interns into Rockwell
    Organize whole teams after "optimizations' others-wise known as reorganizations
    Put cost account formulas and spread sheets the same accross you business units

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