Rockwell Collins Reviews

Updated 21 April 2015
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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. A very good employer that looks after its employees

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    Current Employee - Senior Technical in Melbourne
    Current Employee - Senior Technical in Melbourne

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

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

    Pros

    Large employer
    International locations
    solid markets with prospects to grow
    Services a growing market of commercial and military aircraft

    Cons

    Makes financial decisions on business ventures and closes operations that don't continue to perform. Can have a USA view of the world in the way it operates

  2. Helpful (1)

    Great product, great potential, poor corporate culture

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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.

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

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    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!!

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  5. 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.

  6. Mechanical Engineer

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR (US)

    I have been working at Rockwell Collins full-time

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

    Pros

    Vacation, Friday's off, Christmas shutdown, you wear a lot of hats = you get a lot of experience in the different areas of product design.

    Cons

    There are a lot of random processes, unconnected software programs which we use. The way we release part numbers and get them certified to an industry standard is not always the best.

    Advice to Management

    The immediate management here is really great, they're open to new idea and they accept criticism. As for the CEO, keep pushing us into the 21st century and please do not stop making changes. All of the recent changes you have made to salary structure and promotions, have made a difference.

  7. 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

  8. Sr. Project Manager

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    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Cedar Rapids, IA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Cedar Rapids, IA (US)

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

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

    Pros

    Culture is changing for the good. Cost of living in Cedar Rapids is relatively low. Great neighborhoods and schools, great place to raise a family. Pay and incentives are improving.

    Cons

    Still need to work on career development.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to career development.

  9. IDC, Hyderabad, not good. Don't join in CS Displays

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Decent starting salary.
    Laid back environment.
    Good for senior positions, when and where you don't want to work hard or learn.

    Cons

    No development tasks.
    Only verification/testing, that too full of process related stuff.
    No learning
    No future
    No career growth
    Most of the Tech leads are not upto the mark, they are being tech leads because of the no. of years of work, but no technical experience.
    Performance review system is bad. Seniors tend to get more hikes even without doing much work.
    Managers are not good at managing work. They have no management skills, most of them do not even have very basic management skills and knowledge.

    Advice to Management

    Think about employees.
    Think about career growth and new learning experiences for freshers.
    Don't spoil career of freshers who have big hopes, by backstabbing them with clerical work.

  10. Helpful (2)

    Terrible at acquisitions and integration

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Warrenton, VA (US)
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Warrenton, VA (US)

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

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

    Pros

    - well respected
    - good product portfolio

    Cons

    - terrible at acquiring small companies
    - VP/GM and Directors of Programs -- specifically in their Airborne Solutions portfolio -- are terrible leaders, can be very full of themselves, and perpetuate a good ole boy network and mentality (especially towards employees at remote sites). They don't take sage advice and they stand idly -- and in some cases actively -- by while programs hemorrhage money.

    Advice to Management

    Let go of your egos and get over your positions/rank in the company. Make the hard decisions to get programs on the right track. Hold the right people and functions accountable.

  11. Helpful (1)

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

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    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".

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