We at Tippie were pleased to welcome Adam Palmer and Scott Pfeiler from Rockwell Collins as guest speakers in our continuing lecture series. Both Mr. Palmer and Mr. Pfeiler are graduates of the Tippie School of Business and shared with us how their personal experiences here helped them in their career at Rockwell Collins.
Whether you are an engineer or interested in Public Relations, getting your foot in the door is the first step at Rockwell Collins. With a nearly even split between Government and Commercial contract work, Rockwell Collins is extremely diversified and ready to lead Business School graduates to a promising career. That diversity is what allowed the company to not only survive the financial crises of 2008 and 2009, but come out a leaner, more competitive company. Rockwell strives to have a 50/50 balance between Military and Commercial work, but is very flexible with those percentages in times of financial distress. Having visionary leaders who are willing to consistently adapt their business model is the blueprint for the future with increased competition and innovation.
Both Mr. Palmer and Mr. Pfeiler relayed the flexible opportunities. Scott took a more product management path and Adam stayed on a pure corporate finance trajectory. Knowing the different aspects of your company is extremely important for career advancement.
They also stressed the importance of teamwork several times. Working with other managers to achieve common goals allowed them the resources to timely and efficiently get jobs done that would have taken far longer on their own.
Tippie thanks Mr. Palmer and Mr. Pfeiler for donating their time and sharing their insights on creating your own career path at Rockwell.