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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

I have been working at Rockwell Collins

Pros

Great people to work with

Cons

Old boy network needs to go.

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Recognize new talent

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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    Good starting company, uncertain future

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer II  in  Cedar Rapids, IA (US)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer II in Cedar Rapids, IA (US)

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

    Pros

    - Good starting company for many engineers straight out of college.
    - Software engineers may find challenging work depending what department they are in.
    - Government systems is run by contracts and demand from both domestic and foreign national governments.
    - Most Government IR&D comes from domestic funding, but plenty of other foreign nationals sponsor new tech.
    - Higher management responds well to market and knows what they are doing; you may hear other engineers complain about long hours or no direction but this is a lack of insight on their part.
    - Most TPMs and PMs that have been around know how to work the system
    - Engineer Managers have been a pleasure to work with.
    - Cedar Rapids is a small city with a good housing market and little crime. Nice place for families.
    - Career opportunities are abundant with small and large re-orgs every 2-5 years. Allows those with talent to move up and be rewarded.
    - Plenty of smart engineers and managers that know what they are doing.

    Cons

    - If you have your sights on being in a break through industry or company this may not be the company for you. Long term growth sometimes seems out of sight.
    - Software engineers can find work repetitive in both the long term and short term. Lots of new contracts want to reuse old work, which means very little change.
    - New contracts seem to be dwindling in Government Systems with the uncertainty both domestically and abroad.
    - Government IR&D is slowing down
    - Higher level management also seems to be out of touch with employees; roll back on benefits, bonuses, salaries, and over time make the company more unfriendly towards engineers.
    - TPMs and PMs that have been around also know how to over work the system; there were cases of TPMs losing sight of what their role was but that was soon corrected.
    - Few engineering managers know how to actually manage. I've had the pleasure of working with the few that I believe knew how to be good managers and turn into great ones
    - Cedar Rapids is not a city for singles in their 20's. Small city partly destroyed by a flood 5 years ago has left little to do in a place surrounded by farm land. Very difficult to travel outside of Cedar Rapids given it's location (by car or plane). Literally in the middle of nowhere.
    - Career opportunities are vanishing. Many engineers being promoted to Senior level or manager titles when they don't show the aptitude for such positions. HR is very stringent on meeting a certain number of years of experience before being promoted; this hurts if you consider your title to be important within a company. Pay is also lower than many other companies in the industry for SW engineers, and very low for SW engineers in general.
    - Plenty of bad engineers and managers who are retained because RC has nowhere else to turn. A lot of work just requires "bodies", and they'll grab the first cheap one in Cedar Rapids to do the job. Engineers are retained even with bad performance reviews. Brain drain in the next couple of years as a good portion of the older workforce retires and the younger workforce is leaving for better jobs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A few good and smart engineers easily replaces hundreds of "bodies". If you want to save money and keep your workforce then start hiring smarter. Having gone through interviews at Amazon, Google, Microsoft, and Qualcomm I can see why so many subpar engineers are hired.
    More satellite offices. HQ may be in CR, but if you want to attract top talent you'll need to look outside in more livable and younger areas.
    Ensure those people in managerial positions know what their roles and responsibilities are before they take them.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Easy company to get your foot in the door

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    Current Employee - Systems Engineer II  in  Cedar Rapids, IA (US)
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer II in Cedar Rapids, IA (US)

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

    Pros

    - Jobs available in commercial or government applications, balance the company when either sector is down
    - If you have a family, the education system in the area is boosted by donations.
    - Opportunities to be a "hero", working long hours to make a deadline or finding a way to do something better on your own.

    Cons

    - Engineers are hired without proper screening to fill positions, and ensure customers are billed hours. Poor employees take years to be removed, if ever.
    - Employees benefits suffer, while earnings per share increase.
    - Work is largely redundant. Very few people will do anything cutting edge.
    - Communication and teamwork is largely extinct.
    - If you're young and single, you'll find the town lacking variety. Major cities are within driving distance for weekends.
    - Product cycle times are being scheduled shorter, but effort was not placed into making it possible with the same amount of man power first.
    - Many good engineers go into non-technical roles because it's their best place for advancement and pay increase. Draining knowledge and experience from the remaining pool.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Improve the hiring process to bring in quality engineers. Ensure poor performers find their way out.
    - Follow through on ideas. Back them till success or scrap them for something better.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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