Cummins
3.6 of 5 482 reviews
www.cummins.com Columbus, IN 5000+ Employees

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Updated Jun 1, 2014
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3.6 481 reviews

                             

85% Approve of the CEO

Cummins Chairman and CEO Tom Linebarger

Tom Linebarger

(214 ratings)

75% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Profitable at the expense of employees

    Applications Engineer (Former Employee)
    Columbus, IN

    ProsCummins has maintained profitability, or at least near-profitability, when many other automotive suppliers are failing. They have driven at least one competitor out of business. Although their engineering tools and processes are largely insular and proprietary, they have a large amount of knowledge and are highly scientific in their product development. They claim to embrace diversity and not tolerate discrimination of any kind, and in the heavy truck industry, offered domestic partner benefits while risking their reputation. Of course, the world did not end.

    ConsCummins is able to get around its own diversity policies through use of contract employees who work for employers without full protection in place. It may not be common, but in my short tenure, there were several cases of managers starting their own businesses on company time with company resources. Those businesses then received preference during the bidding process (if there even was one). They use the Rating and Ranking System developed by Jack Welch of GE, which GE had abandoned years ago. The poorest performers are fired every few years. While this sounds somewhat reasonable, the system is weakened by the political process where managers' favorites are saved at the expense of sometimes talented individuals. This also creates considerable fear within the workforce, as well as a lack of cooperation and collaboration between employees. There are many people right out of college, but most of the 30- and 40- somethings are either gone, in stagnant protected positions, or are management. All in all, this company creates great financial results, but it would seem at the expense of its people.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIt is time for a close look at the way people are treated at this company. Even though fair treatment can be detrimental to the bottom line in the short run, long-term, you will create loyalty and pride within the workforce. This is something I have seen at many other companies that was absent at Cummins. Looking at the rampant conflicts of interest within the company is also necessary. Lastly, a diversity policy is meaningless if it can be skirted by simply hiring a contract employee whose employer lacks any of the policies of the client company.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Too bad the emphasis isn't on actual performance and quality.

    Senior Engineer (Current Employee)
    Columbus, IN

    ProsLots of different opportunities in a variety of facets- engine size, application, etc.

    ConsYearly ranking that is based more on who you know and how much you suck up rather than how good of a job you actually do.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe ranking system is flawed, and actual performance is not recognized at the lower levels. There is so much push for people to 'look good' that when an issue is found no one wants to bring it up. From all of my managers the lesson has been the same 'My way or the highway'.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Pressure tactice to go in Rocket speed

    Service Supervisor (Current Employee)
    Delhi (India)

    ProsGood company to have experiance of human machines & Systems.

    ConsEthics are shown great value but things are done through consultant/ Lawyers as fee to them.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHuman values are missing which were very high about 10 year back.
    People makes the differance & Great place to work should be seen rather than a statement.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Conservative, bureaucratic and insecure place

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Pune (India)

    ProsEmphasis on ethics
    5 working days

    ConsThough it prides itself on diversity this doesn't apply to offices in India
    Very very bureaucratic processes
    Very slow decision making due to lack of empowerment
    Highly insecure environment- you can get fired any moment citing arbitrary reasons
    Low pay & hikes

    Advice to Senior ManagementEmpower employees to make decisions. Hire people after identifying the right profiles rather assigning random profiles after hiring which is a disservice to the employee as well as the company.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Not a good place to work for professional hires

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsYou will receive allot of opportunity to work on projects and they give you move than enough work to handle. If you want a project they will give it to you no matter what. Cummins give you a chance to develop different processes to make a positive impact. Great company for college hires.

    ConsColumbus, IN is not a desirable city. The only locations as of now are: Memphis, TN; Columbus, Nashville, TN and SC. If you are a professional hire, I would suggest you don't work at Cummins. If you have a job stay where you are. The buildings are very poor and dirty, their IT support is not the best; you would think an American company would have IT support in the US but it's offshore. Management is shady. It’s very difficult to get things done. Poor training and development of employees. Hard to get the tools you need to get your job done. Everyone is over worked and I mean over worked. There is allot of turn over due to treatment of others, locale, management style and poor working environment. Hard to trust management. I recommend to other potential canadites, weigh all opts before moving to IN.....

    Advice to Senior ManagementNeed to model after a company with excellent working environment for their employees, revamp the IT support, work on upgrading buildings with nice amedities to increase moral and decrease turn over. Review the 401K benfits and health beneifts.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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