Cummins Reviews

Updated October 1, 2014
Updated October 1, 2014
551 Reviews
3.7
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Pros
  • The fact that it is HQ'ed in Indiana gives a very nice work-life balance (in 58 reviews)

  • There are a lot of opportunities if you can build your network and it's a great place to build a career (in 24 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance could be an issue but that is everywhere in today's economy (in 25 reviews)

  • Over played Six Sigma requirement for all employees defeats the original intent of (in 24 reviews)

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  1.  

    Everything you learned about being a good worker, dedicated, etc. just do the opposite and you will make it.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nashville, TN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nashville, TN

    I have been working at Cummins (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good Company benefits decent pay.

    Cons

    Working at Cummins if you are inexperienced, shut your mouth, obedient and could care less about your job or customers then you will make it big time here! Management will not hire you if you are experienced, knowledgeable, dedicated, and care about your customers/job. I have been told by my management not to apply for jobs that they will pick the job for me and come to me when it is time. If you disobey and go ahead and apply you will not get the job (hint)! Also, they tell you to apply for jobs and then get mad at you and turn around and tell you not to apply. (Very wishy washy) I would file an ethics complaint but does not good if the person you are complaining about has family on the board that handles the ethics complaints. Another thing if you are a woman working in this male dominated environment good luck. Women are treated like underdogs and some of the women just accept it. Then there is the case where you have older workers with great experience and they never get promoted. Cummins preaches diversity just not at our location apparently. Very sad to the company has decent pay and benefits but managements inexperience is what is bringing this company down. Like previously stated if you don’t show your experience and keep quiet then you may have a fighting chance here. Good luck!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper Management needs to keep a better eye on there management teams. Start hiring seasoned honest people! Don't be hiring the most popular people they have no dedication but only to themselves.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Beware of HR practices

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cummins full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Strong culture of respecting employees, a truly global company. Have worked for Cummins for more than 10 years and have enjoyed increasing responsibility roles .

    Cons

    On treatment of other investigations; the assumption is that the employees is guilty. There is very little opportunity to defend your position . If another employee has something against you; he can elaborate a case against you freely with no objective validation by HR. Also after a decision is made; the employee is treated like a criminal and career ruined for a long period of time

    US Locations are also not very appealing

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 4 people found this helpful  

    I couldn't leave fast enough

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, IN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, IN

    I worked at Cummins full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Traveling and Columbus, IN. Learning was done through submersion in the engine industry.

    Cons

    Diversity is taken as a checkbox and I became one of those statistics. My role was based purely on gender and not on qualifications. We had ongoing harassment issues on my team and despite repeated attempts to address it nothing was done. Internal movement inside of the company is a joke. Upwards movement is solely based on time in a team and completion of Six Sigma. Ethics were lost on the project I was working on when push came to shove with deadlines. Safety was not considered and there was a very "out of sight, out of mind" attitude with non-US work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Horrible! I've never seen such a disaster. Who cares about people just get the product out the door

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cummins

    Pros

    None that I can think of. The higher the management, the more clueless they are. But if your looking for a place where you can get a daily update by the water cooler, then this is it.

    Cons

    This is the epitome of disorganization. The peons that you keep walking all over are the same peons doing all the work for you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get some people skills

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Project Manager

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Columbus, IN
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Columbus, IN

    I have been working at Cummins full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The only pro is being grateful to be employed during the time of limited US economic growth

    Cons

    The company is tightly coupled to a left of center political position and aligns many HR policies and PR releases to support a socialist type political party agenda. Cummins advocates diversity and equality - as long as it is their version of same. You must leave your religious convictions and morals at home as differing views are not allowed. The company is built on over educated (under experienced) minors who's biggest accomplishment is a diploma. Salary for experienced professionals is poor with respect to the industry peers. Six Sigma is used primarily for public relations "perception marketing". Externally trained 6Sigma Green/ Black Belts will find the company's 6Sigma training and educational materials very dated (from the 80's) with limited relevance to today's business climate and operational concerns. 6Sigma is over emphasized, while ITIL and PMP are not recognized as business essential. This is reflected in the dusty technology / applications, and IT operations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your HR policies favor political correctness at the expense of the traditional family. Your company no longer displays the small town Indiana, mid-western values that once made it a highly respectable company. The company now displays the same radical socio-political traits of the UN, the democrat party, or social oriented NGO.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Dysfunction to the core

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cummins full-time

    Pros

    I was close to my home

    Cons

    I worked at Rocky Mountain in Broomfield. Just a joke, look around at management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need to look seriously at the people you call leaders.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Sourcing

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    Current Employee - Sourcing Manager
    Current Employee - Sourcing Manager

    I have been working at Cummins full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good pay and many opportunities for advancement.

    Cons

    Healthcare and benefit poor compares to other companies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work to better direct resources so employees can improve work/life balance.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    All show, no go

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cummins full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    - The pay is reasonable, but not great

    - Midwestern tax rates and housing prices makes for a fairly low cost of living

    - There are currently few serious competitors in their core business

    Cons

    - Management always seems to be a work in progress. Lots of greenhorns and newbies that come and go like the seasons.

    - I don't remember seeing anyone in HR that appeared to be over 30, yet they stand as gatekeepers as to who gets hired or fired, and they claim to be able to arbitrate disputes among people with twice their age and experience, with predictable results.

    - Corporate sloganeering, bureaucracy and micromanagement is as bad as it gets. There is a new global poobah of diversity every other week, and there is an affinity group for every special interest under the sun. Your inbox will fill up with this pabulum in very short order if you don't constantly delete it. After a 10 hour work day and never really being free of the place, employees are expected to perform "community service," sort of like a teenager on probation for a petty crime.

    - Upper management haunts the place like Jacob Marley's ghost. They seldom come to our plane of existence, but it's just as well, because we never know what on earth they are talking about anyway.

    - Columbus, Indiana is purgatory. The town PR effort tries to portray it as vibrant and interesting, but in reality it is a backwards industrial town that is dull at best, and half of it is quite gritty and depressing. The courtesy of drivers and service workers is often appalling. If you ever walk or bicycle anywhere, you will be shocked to find that Columbus natives truly believe that the bigger vehicle always has the right of way. Check out the crime rates--the statistics aren't pretty.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Move management, engineering and professional services to Indianapolis. 80% of them are transplants anyway. The minority who are Columbus natives already like spending all their free time in their cars, so they would probably enjoy the drive.

    - Fire yourself. Such epic incompetence as the purchase order system and other mindless bureaucracies can only come from the top.

    - Micromanagement is so overbearing that most employees spend their days in meetings and chasing the latest corporate edict. They spend their life at Cummins farming paychecks because they aren't empowered to do anything else.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Cummins, are you sure you want to work there?

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Columbus, IN
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Columbus, IN

    I worked at Cummins as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    I very honestly did not see any. Company appears to be financially healthy but they are very cheap in many ways and very slothful (fiscally) in other areas.

    Cons

    Very political, lots of dead weight, constantly folks looking for someone to blame. My experience in the Financial side of the business was projects were given dates for delivery and then a completely unrealistic scope was mandated. PM's were not able to manage as they should/typically manage projects. To many managers, people were the same as the replaceable parts on their Cummins engines. Everyone I encountered had the "keep your head low" mentality. They drive their employees hard and expect weekends and nights regularly. It is expected.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none. It would take 15 layers of bureaucracy to get through to get to them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Did everything they asked plus took training and extra projects, then they promoted from outside.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cummins full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Health benefits are hard to beat

    Cons

    The department I'm in will not promote from within. Period.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ever wonder why so many employees move? The don't have any opportunity to advance in their department

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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