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Updated January 18, 2015
Updated January 18, 2015
597 Reviews
3.6
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The fact that it is HQ'ed in Indiana gives a very nice work-life balance (in 59 reviews)

  • Good work environment and strict enforcement of treatment of each other policy (in 26 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 25 reviews)

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  1.  

    I didn't like it

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Controls Engineer in Columbus, IN
    Former Employee - Controls Engineer in Columbus, IN

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

    Pros

    Good place to learn something new

    Cons

    Seem to be a culture of backstabbing among the different functions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Address the role volatility

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    All PR and hype, no substance, no integrity, and no professionalism

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, IN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, IN

    I have been working at Cummins full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Decent pay compared to cost of living

    Maybe if you are from Indiana this may seem like a good company, but anyone from the real world (the west coast or the north east) will quickly realize otherwise.

    Cons

    Disconnected and lazy management who are either circling the drain waiting for retirement or don't care enough about their professional responsibilities to take their management responsibilities seriously. Fundamental processes and policies being ignored due to laziness and lack of proper accountability. Extremely top heavy department leaving not enough staff to actually do the work. The list goes on and on. No wonder Cummins has to resort to financial blackmail, requiring employees to repay all or a portion of their relo, signing bonus, etc, if an employee leaves the company before two years. That is the only way anyone with integrity and self respect would stay at Cummins for two years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a hard look at some of the dead weight at the director and manager level and focus on the competent, highly motivated employees. Also spend less time on the PR and more time on running the business. It is not a mystery why Cummins was unprofitable for so many years.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Great, simply great.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cummins

    Pros

    Cummins inc is a great company to work for. Care about employees and their health. Team orientated and an overall great atmosphere.

    Cons

    You must part take in team goals. If you fail the team fails, you do well the team succeeds. Some processes are outdated and need to be upgraded and more efficient.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Talks a good game but follow through is not there

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT
    Current Employee - IT

    I have been working at Cummins

    Pros

    Encourages employees to move to different jobs every 18-24 months but Managers can stop you from applying to new positions within the company if they desire it.
    Opportunity to gain lots of experience in different parts of a business.

    Cons

    In my area of the company people come in late, leave early, and take off for long periods of time, There are days, weeks and months where individuals do nothing but play on the internet. It is encourage that you do not ask your supervisor or you department manager for work.
    Many managers are promoted beyond their ability and become toxic managers.
    There is no oversite on employees or managers to prevent toxic work environments.
    Too many projects are started but are cancelled at the corporate level because departments do not want to work with one another and due to power games.
    To many project teams have I employees that talk about team effort but freezes out and talks down to other team members while preening in front of high executives.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    High Level Managers you might want to check out what is going on in the departments under you. Do your own "Boss undercover" . You might find out that your managers cannot manage, that workers are doing nothing day in and day out because managers do not know what they are doing.

    Reduce the time between job positions because projects are cancel in one area where the employee ends up reading yahoo news all day while other areas in the company are desperate for those employee skills but cannot find anyone.

    I was looking for a company that I could work for 10 years more and retire from but after my experience, I am keeping my resume up to date and active because I do not trust my management, my department, or the HR . Cummins talks a good game and has done a lot of good in the community\y. I also believe that the top management believes in their core values but it does not mean others in the organization believes the same. I am keeping an eye out for other jobs outside the company and my head down until I have my 6 months in this position and then I am out of here.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Information Technology department

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT Director in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - IT Director in Indianapolis, IN

    I worked at Cummins full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Flexible environment as long as your boss is okay

    Cons

    Flexibility comes with the travel cost. If your boss is staying late night, you cannot go home even if it is needed

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Mediocre Fortune 500 Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Project Engineer
    Current Employee - Senior Project Engineer

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

    Pros

    International Fortune 500 company [ie, large]. A lot of internal move opportunities to different areas of the world. If you're interested in playing office politics, you'll do well. DFSS is the bible. Depending on your division/manager, can be VERY flexible on work/life balance. (Cummins Engine Business Unit is NOT the same as Cummins Filtration is not the same as Turbo Technologies etc. Completely different cultures.) Concerned about health and well-being of employees. Community involvement is fantastic.

    Cons

    International Fortune 500 company [ie, large]. Practically zero accountability. Substantial amount of 'fat' could be trimmed to really make the organization work better. Additionally, processes are atrocious, which also creates inefficiencies. DFSS is the bible; ex. even though the outcome of a project is completely counter-intuitive / doesn't work for the functional group it supports (typically because that group's voice isn't heard), projects are approved. Salary is NOT competitive, no matter what HR/leadership says and they use "salary grades" as smoke and mirrors. If you do your job well and meet/exceed expectations, unless you're spending time on their internal "career connections" website looking for the next position, you will not move throughout the company. Concerned about health and well-being of employees as long as it doesn't cost money. EXTREMELY conservative.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Independent of the comments above, there is a HUGE disjoint between upper management and the way that "the workers" use systems and processes to get work done. Typically zero interest exists by said management to understand the trails/tribulations/roadblocks of mid-management and the workers. If understanding were to occur, Cummins Inc could be at the TOP of the Fortune 500 list, instead of 168th.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Promotional Opportunities are VERY LIMITED

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Materials Planner
    Current Employee - Materials Planner

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

    Pros

    Cummins is a great company to learn and grow within Supply Chain. You'll work hard with very little training which forces you to embrace change and adapt to a truly global environment.

    Cons

    Promotional opportunities are tough! If you're looking to do a great job and be able to change roles, this isn't the company for you. The only way to truly be promoted is through favoritism.

    Also, you'll be grossly underpaid compared to industry standards. Lastly, healthcare sucks. You will pay for everything out of pocket.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Senior Mechanical Engineer

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Mechanical Engineer in Columbus, IN
    Former Employee - Senior Mechanical Engineer in Columbus, IN

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

    Pros

    Good pay.
    Fast advancement.
    Interesting product.
    A few good people to work with.
    Good bonuses, when available.

    Cons

    High demand for unpaid overtime.
    Company is overly interested in being politically correct.
    Many lame duck older employees who no longer care about product/deliverables.
    Being a union facility makes it difficult to get work done.
    Unstable work environment, due to semi-frequent lay-offs.
    Claimed flex-time is over-exaggerated.
    Forced ranking system.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve employees' work life balance and/or compensate for required overtime.
    Make informed hiring decisions, to escape the cycle of hire/fire.
    Accept responsibility for personal failure; don't play the blame game.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Alienated Intern

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Columbus, IN
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Columbus, IN

    I worked at Cummins as an intern (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great stability. High quality work you can be proud of.

    Cons

    For a company that preaches diversity and tries hard to promote tolerance, the atmosphere still reflects a predominantly old-white-man mentality. While racist and homophobic talk is not tolerated, groups still talk (excessively) about religious views and political ideologies. While working there, I witnessed misogynist behavior and I was treated with hostility and alienated for my own views, which I did not share openly. My views slipped out gradually due to excessive talk on the matter (multiple times daily). Only made it as long as I did because I was allowed to wear headphones to discourage others from talking to me.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would discourage religious and political discussions at work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very different company, watch your back. Keep quiet about anything personal as long as possible.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer in Columbus, IN
    Current Employee - Engineer in Columbus, IN

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

    Pros

    Big company with product required to meet government emissions requirements. Competitors have to buy Cummins after treatment to comply with gov regulations.
    They are always hiring (big clue here).
    Solid company.

    Cons

    Passive aggressive HR.
    Union workers can not be managed, they run the place.
    Exempt employees are easy to replace, poor performance by union employees will result in nothing happening to the union guys and the boss getting fired.
    2 year rotation. After 2 years, one is on borrowed time. They require people to find a new position to rotate to. And for a really technical job, 2 years is not really long enough to learn everything. So about the time you get comfy, time to go.
    Cummins has a political agenda, you better be on board.
    Very political environment. They say they make decisions based on data...not true. Better make friends with the bosses.
    Six sigma projects are required at some levels, so they do many unnecessary phony baloney projects.
    Ok for a first job, experienced people will be shocked.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good luck with everything.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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