Collins Aerospace Creates a Close-Knit Community for Workforce

Collins Aerospace takes a human approach to keep employees healthy and happy.

Lindsey Hyde
On Monday, January 4, 2021 - 13:12
iowa edg

Collins Aerospace, a global leader in the aerospace and defense industry, knows its employees are the backbone of its success.

At its Cedar Rapids location, approximately 8,000 people work on technologically advanced solutions for commercial and business aviation and the military.

In return for their hard work, employees are rewarded with a high-quality work environment and the opportunity to grow in their careers. 

Collins Aerospace offers an Employee Scholar Program, which allows eligible employees to enroll in classes that are part of an approved degree/certificate program. 

“The reimbursement we offer folks who want to go back to school is unparalleled,” says Heather Devereux, talent acquisition operations & onboarding at Collins Aerospace, a unit of Raytheon Technologies. “It would benefit employees at every level.”

Not only are the costs associated with tuition, academic fees and books covered, but Collins Aerospace allows participants up to three hours of paid time off per week to study.  

The international company works hard to foster a welcoming, diverse workforce. 

In fact, President of Collins Aerospace Stephen Timm says he and the company’s executive team are committed to global diversity, equity and inclusion. 

“At my core, I believe that a strong, diverse and inclusive culture is foundational to our long-term success,” he says. “And, ultimately, it will enable us to emerge stronger from the current challenges we face.”

When the pandemic became a global crisis in 2020, Collins Aerospace changed its policies to lessen the negative impact on employees. 

“There is no one-size-fits-all solution for families during this unprecedented time,” said Dantaya Williams, chief human resources officer of Raytheon Technologies, in a statement. 

To help meet each employee’s needs, the company added a temporary extension of benefits for those who needed to transition to a part-time schedule and funded backup child and elder care, among other things. 

“The organization, as a whole, has done an amazing job in how we are reacting to and dealing with the pandemic,” Devereux says, “and trying to support employees at all levels as best we can in terms of how everything is changing for everybody.” 

Learn more at Collins Aerospace