Cummins Reviews

Updated March 30, 2015
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  1. Claim to be ethical but management has high tolerance for poor treatment of others as long as people deliver results

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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

    good work-life balance, growing business, interesting projects

    Cons

    low salaries, raises were basically eliminated for lateral and almost eliminated vertical promotions. many high performers are getting no raises under the claim that they make too much money. not much people development and no leadership development

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    one must care to make any use of an advice, so no advice here

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. Great company if you start with a good team

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    Current Employee - Systems Integration Engineer in Columbus, IN
    Current Employee - Systems Integration Engineer in Columbus, IN

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

    Pros

    Casual and friendly work environment
    Lots of volunteer opportunities
    Lots of mobility and room to move up

    Cons

    Consistently underpay
    Poor insurance
    My offer was 37% lower than what most sites claim it should be, and 30+% lower than my less qualified peers doing the same role

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep HR in check and fight to keep your employees. Retention is terrible, and for good reason.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. Customer Care Facility Nightmare

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nashville, TN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nashville, TN

    I worked at Cummins full-time

    Pros

    You have the opportunity to meet good people scattered among the bunch with the desire to do a good job. Good experience gained in customer service and distributorship, as well as multitasking. They use over 10 systems daily.

    Cons

    Poor management. Leadership team is not help accountable for their piece of the work. Poor performers are given way too many chances, and good employees are given all the extra work others are not doing without additional compensation. Call center environment is pushed, but the work is more of an account manager. There is a lot of research required for each transaction... these are not first call resolutions type of calls. Culture and values are just hanging on the walls, not carried by the HR or leadership group.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start from scratch. Find a way to keep employees at the job for over a year or two, concentrate on the quality of the work and not so much the quantity and train the people that are currently in leadership roles now or hire true leaders.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  5. Depends on your location

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cummins

    Pros

    Lot to learn and some very nice people

    Cons

    lack of communication, some bad location and discriminating people, lack diversity

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. All PR and hype, no substance, no integrity, and no professionalism

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    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
  7. 1 person found this helpful

    I didn't like it

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    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
  8. Great, simply great.

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    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
  9. 2 people found this helpful

    Talks a good game but follow through is not there

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    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
  10. Information Technology department

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    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
  11. 3 people found this helpful

    Mediocre Fortune 500 Company

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    • 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

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