Overall Reviews at Collins Aerospace
Software Engineer | Cedar Rapids, IA | Mar 16, 2020
Flexible hours but talent and skill have almost all left.
The flexible hours are nice, and management is supportive within their budget constraints. But that's about it for the good sides.
Most projects do not have realistic schedules for the amounts bid. Also, the majority of experienced engineers who started most projects have almost all retired or left.
Focus recently has been on delivery times even with the unrealistic bids; however, there is very little career training on fundamentals to make those goals even remotely realistic. Things like embedded systems programming issues, tracing requirements, architecture, design, coding standards and review are mostly just an afterthought now that the people who laid the foundation have nearly all left.
Goals are more or less to hack the current code base and ship it as quickly as possible. Those who go along with that get promoted; those who find design issues or bring up other issues during reviews become outcasts quickly, finding themselves pawned off on other work nobody wants to do that is the result of previous hacks and lack of design. Thus the career death spiral is hard to avoid if you can't turn a blind eye to issues.
Software process and tools are about 25 years behind the industry. The only thing saving most products is that the hardware design and testing equipment are unique/advanced enough to outperform the competition.
They've been trying out "Scaled Agile", but it's been largely used as an excuse to make scrum masters do managements job without the title....more
Operations Supervisor | Foley, AL | Nov 23, 2019
Some upper management needs schooling. A lot of friends and family type issues.• Provided day to day working leadership within a production facility by ensuring that safe-working procedures, good housekeeping practices and all company policies are adhered to at all times.
• Plan and organize the efficient and effective use of manpower, equipment and material resources.
• Scheduled, distributed and control work assignments to provide smooth flow of both priority and routine tasks to ensure efficient utilization of personnel and production requirements were met in a timely basis.
• Provided support and direction to employees on all questioned challenges.
• Worked with my team to drive continuous improvement through driver measures, open team dialogue and actively participating in Driver/ACE board meetings.
• Participated and supported all ACE related activities and drive ACE initiatives.
• Interfaced with appropriate support personnel (Manufacturing, Engineering, Production Control, and Inspection, in the investigation of production problems encountered in meeting schedule requirements and/or quality standards.
• Acted proactively to ensure a safe work environment and promote safe work habits through formal audits and continuous contact with the shop floor.
• Acted as a coach and mentor to improve employee performance and engagement.
• Resolved employee concerns by listening, analyzing and taking action.
• Conducted performance reviews, lead coaching discussions and p...more
Production Worker | Spokane, WA | Nov 27, 2018
Competitive pay and benefits, High & often unrealistic expectations
I worked at UTC for 5+years. UTC had 14 schedule changes during my time, to the current work load of 4on/4off 12 hour days, with a high frequency of calls early am on your days off to come in for OT. They have no problems paying OT you work. Work loads are visually tracked and expectations are often unrealistic. Support and management are often unavailable when you need them. The Spokane plant has a very high turn over due to management, schedule changes and ever increasing production expectations. There are never enough people to meet production demands and every day you have to explain why your department failed to meet them. This leads to conflict within the teams. There always has to be someone to blame. Managers in general are inexperienced and overloaded, and don't always handle things the best ways. Communication severely lacks at this facility. Promotions are given to the most popular employees over those who are most qualified. This facility expects a lot from all of it's employees and doesn't care if you have a life outside of work. Before it was bought out by UTC, the atmosphere was "family" oriented. Now it is strictly "corporate" oriented. HR is no assistance to it's employees for any matters. Plant manager allows managers, engineers and admin to run the facility. Often times people spend more time micro-managing other people than actually contributing to successful production.
Bottom line is, its a rough, stressful and frustrating job to go to day in and day ...more
ProsGood benefits, Competitive pay
ConsManagement, Corporate ideologies, Work Schedule, Micromanagement, Unrealistic expectations, Promotions
Contract Manager | Sterling, VA | Mar 12, 2020
Good Company with Great Potential
Once you get familiar with the material management and accounting system, Collins offers very challenging work assignments in a business casual workplace. It is like a family here and something about the culture and inclusiveness drives you to get involved. The culture is team-driven and customer-focused. Achievement of goals is paramount to job security. You are expected to perform your duties well and help others to achieve theirs and with an attitude of graciousness.
Most of the people you work with are brilliant, sharp, hardworking and have a can-do attitude. They enjoy what they do and spend 60-80 hours a week in the pursuit of building the future of Collins here in Sterling. The hardest part of the job is the political and managerial ambiguity. It is a fast-moving technical environment as well.
I would say that the most enjoyable part of the job is creative freedom; to use the available tools and freedom to create new tools to get my job done. My manager is supportive most of the time. I also like to work with supplier partners to build win-win relationships. The programs I work on and the people that staff them are the best in Industry. You could not ask for a better team of people, than Collins Aerospace.
Navigating the political structure well-enough to achieve the Vision that could be realized at Collins takes a person that deals well with workplace ambiguity. For a relatively small presence in Sterling the politics are highly visible. The policies ar...more
ConsDifficult to support programs when Cedar Rapids intercedes.
QE | Phoenix, AZ | Jan 29, 2019
Great pay and benefits
On the surface the company looks le a great place. Once established in the ranks, it's apparent that the only focus is dollars. The constant spiral of continuous improvement is merely for show. Management doesn't support quality initiatives. Metrics are ignored and the only thing they show is a lack of action from leadership/ management. Management will flat out tell you they don't have time to train up employees. Individuals have been let go for fraudulent maintenance encouraged by their leadership who is still present. Absolutely no accountability. People constantly overstep their roles and responsibilities in order to support numbers and will disregard established processes and procedures making it more difficult in those areas where lines have been crossed. This degrades the morale of the employees and creates a constant battle for those who are truly passionate and engaged. Leadership goes so far as to take customer goods and transport them in their personal vehicles, violating too many requirements to count, just for numbers. The manuals/ procedures are ignored even after leadership approval. The current QM has started multiple times that he cannot wait for his 12 months to be up so he isn't required to lay back relocation costs. The previous QM to that created a toxic relationship between Ops and Quality, pulling wool over everyone's eyes until finally let go. It's a shame they don't embrace the excellent employees they do have and merely look to just stay afl...more
ProsBenefits and pay are good, As long as you're not rank and file in operations aork life balance oa good.
ConsManagement will backstab you, Leadership will only support things that push their product out the door regardless of the fallout, Nobody is held accountable for any actions
Staff Engineer | Phoenix, AZ | Feb 28, 2019
You could do much better than the Electronic Systems Center
This review if focused on the Electronic Systems Center located in Phoenix AZ. This site was part of Goodrich before being acquired by UTC Aerospace Systems. It is now part of the newly renamed Collins Aerospace.
I would recommend being very careful when considering working there. Over the last four years leadership has turned over several times and employee attrition has been very high. That doesn’t happen in a well run, successful organization. My experience is that there is a poor overall level of competence at all levels within the organization. This site is responsible for development of high criticality airborne electronics, but when you look closely at managers it becomes obvious that there is almost no real world design experience. The people in these management roles have little to no ability to make reasoned decisions or assess the quality of work or skill of members of their team.
What you end up with is a culture where you spend a majority of your time planning and re-planning projects, creating unnecessary project updates, and trying to work around roadblocks. All this extra work makes 50-60 hour weeks necessary to get the important work done. The competent people in the organization inevitability become frustrated and move on.
Historically, higher level leaders did not communicate a coherent vision for the organization. I would be surprised if that has changed as I believe it comes from being part of the UTC Aerospace Systems. The exec...more
ProsPay and 401k match were good
Senior Software Engineer | Cedar Rapids, IA | Oct 14, 2019
Offers stability but don't expect to have work-life balance
Work-life balance varies heavily on the manager. If you find a manager that is willing and honestly believes in work-life balance rather than balancing life around work then its an enjoyable experience. 50 hours was the normal expectations for the group I worked for. Anything less than that don't expected to be promoted and you will always be just average. Again heavily depends on the manager, but even when you're experiencing real issues in your personal life like getting cancer or having a spouse die the expectations are still the same.
You can find work that is challenging and interesting. I was always able to find something that peaked my interest from a technical perspective. I loved working with my peers and the groups I had been involved with always had great people who knew how to make great software.
There are definitely still some racial and gender discrepancies that exist especially as you get higher into the leadership roles. There has definitely been several times that I have heard stories of "you should be in the kitchen" type of comments that weren't addressed properly. I hope this improves more overtime and a more modern viewpoint can be inserted into the company's culture.
The benefits over the years have gone down. It used to be above average for the aerospace/defense industry but now its just barely "on par".
Overall, its an ok company to work for and better if you find the right group/manager. It is so important to know the culture of the gro...more
Material Handler | Sterling, VA | Oct 11, 2019
5 star reviews are from current upper management looking to skew the numbers
overall, this company is poorly ran with management well into a declining state. they are unwilling to evaluate themselves in a honest way and continue to provoke and diminish the value of the newer and current floor employees, especially contractors.do not look to advance, most of the current employees have 10-15+ and are in it for the long haul, any employees that had the skills/opportunity to advance took it with another company.
with so many employees with 10-15 year history the employees have personality issues and clashes that spill over into their work and make the work environment unwelcoming and hostel. there is one female employee in particular that is abrasive, rude, and unwilling to work with others in a constructive manor, making the work day seem tireless.
management above this facility needs to review the overall operations and logistics department and clean house. they have a very standard production operation that is simple and they build, for the most part, the same equipment multiple times. this low level operation should not have this many problems.
Prosholiday shut down
Consno advancement, poor management, culture issues, personal vendettas, high turnover of contractors, no management support. no accountability.
Assmbler | Burnsville, MN | Jun 30, 2019
Great place to work at, poor management
Great place and environment to work at. Good benefits and co-workers are awesome. BUT some of the Management only cares about you and notice you when you reach the daily productivity goals. You can work your hardest but yet certain supervisors won’t care about your unexpected life situations that occurs. HR should be helpful and help you with options but certain HR will tell you that “this is a company, you can choose to come in to work RIGHT NOW or re-assign your position”. Some of the supervisors favor certain employees and give them the options, and it’s not fair to the hard working employees who needs a few days off for a sudden death of a family member, or children with illness, but are told “no” by certain supervisors but some supervisors would do the best the can to help you out with anything you need. But other than that, the company is a great place to work at, just some supervisors needs to be fair and understand employees more especially when they’re going through a rough time in life, some employees lost their job due to the unfairness and they need a job to support their family.
ProsEasy, nice coworkers, good health care, good pay
Conssome supervisors favor certain employees, some supervisors don’t care
| Spokane, WA | Oct 8, 2019
Very hard working people but the corporation emphasizes financials over culture
I worked in the Landing Systems division at a former Goodrich manufacturing facility with a mostly great team from top to bottom. A lot of people work there for 15 to 20 years and love the site, enjoy their co-workers and believe in the product. That said, the culture took a huge downturn with each merger and acquisition and each change in local management to the point that good people were simply running out the clock waiting to retire vs. driving toward a better future. The company pays very well and offers expansive opportunity to advance if you get results no matter how many bridges you burn and are willing to move every 2-3 years. But they run you into the ground with 50-60 hour work weeks for salary positions not that uncommon, largely due to routinely running with departments understaffed (to put it mildly) and an unwillingness to work on retaining key subject matter experts or technical staff.
ProsHuge amount of resources in terms of capitol and equipment, employee benefits, opportunity to travel, lots of corporate swag
ConsNo work/life balance, lack of positive culture, very high healthcare cost, terrible HR support