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Cummins Reviews

Updated Jul 26, 2014
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3.6 492 reviews

85% Approve of the CEO

Cummins Chairman and CEO Tom Linebarger

Tom Linebarger

(220 ratings)

75% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • The fact that it is HQ'ed in Indiana gives a very nice work-life balance (in 47 reviews)

  • Working there has given me the opportunity to learn marketable skills I can use in other businesses (in 14 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance could be an issue but that is everywhere in today's economy (in 22 reviews)

  • Over played Six Sigma requirement for all employees defeats the original intent of (in 21 reviews)

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    Good, best Starter Company

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsIt is a good company to start off your career. Quite a bit of functions to chose from & pretty easy to get in, as long as you can get through the behavioral interview.

    ConsCareer Stagnates pretty quick, if you are in the non essential functions, like purchasing, supply chain and manufacturing. There is quite a bit of office politics and things are quite a bit slow.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWell, take some risks and responsiblity

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    ok

    Material Handler (Current Employee) Rocky Mount, NC

    ProsTo start off you career

    ConsLow paying rates for techs

    Advice to Senior ManagementNone

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Cummins from Engineering point of view.

    Controls Engineer (Current Employee) Whitakers, NC

    ProsBig company with dissent benefits.
    Easy to keep job.
    Professional advantage doesn't require to have any accomplishment.

    ConsCompany not interested in improvement & training.
    Very high level of bureaucracy & demagogy.
    Most company principals exist only in the book.
    Very high level of retaliation for any attempt to change.
    No transparency whatsoever in managerial decisions.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great Company!

    Materials Planner (Current Employee) Memphis, TN

    ProsThe benefits are great. The variable comp is awesome. It provides a great work life balance.

    ConsIts difficult to move up unless you network continuously. Most jobs listed in the internal center are already filled before they are posted.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Underpaid and overworked

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThe annual bonus is the only plus

    ConsMy experience has been that middle management styles are not compliant to what the company's upper management attempts to cultivate throughout the company.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPlease enhance the time-off policies, benefits, and work-life balance

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great company, tough personalities

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsOverall, Cummins is a great company with terrific performance both in the past and in the future trajectory. It's serious about sustainability and manufacturing engines and other products with reduced emissions levels. Employees are given paid time off for community service, and the wellness programs are extensive and leading edge.

    ConsThe culture can be tough, depending on where you work. My immediate team was terrific but beyond that I found the personalities tough and sometimes difficult to work with. SIx Sigma is king and, at times, projects are done for the sake of doing projects rather than because there is a need to improve the process.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRevise your approach to Six Sigma by refining the training content to apply beyond engineering. If all professional employees have to take it, make it meaningful to them.

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

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    This is a good place to work

    Rapid-serve Engineer (Current Employee) Columbus, IN

    ProsGood advancement opportunities and they are very concerned about the local communities they are a part of.

    ConsSometimes you can get lost in the shuffle

    Advice to Senior ManagementNone at this point

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    College Hire Resume Builder - Two Years and Out

    Sourcing Specialist (Current Employee) Columbus, IN

    Pros- Plentiful professional development training opportunities (6S, Project Management, CPSM, CPIM, Etc.). Cummins does invest the time and financial resources required to quickly develop their College Hire employees.
    - New Challenges (Leading Projects) will be given to those who are ambitious at a young age
    - Typically an easy going work environment, flexible time schedule, occasional work from home, opportunities to work internationally, cross functional involvement
    - Many terrific "working level" employees who will more than lend a hand to those willing to learn
    - Technically sophisticated products with few competitors
    - Strong historical financial performance along with a leading brand image in the marketplace
    - Compensation packages are fair and equitable for a College Hire in the Midwest (roughly industry average)

    Cons- Senior Management is non-existent (like ghosts who haunt the halls), top down hierarchy organization.
    - Work life balance is hit or miss. Certain employees will be given more work than they can handle, with no promotion in sight, and burnout, while others will work no more than 40 hours/week.
    - Performance reviews are based on the antiquated FORCED RANKING system (1,2,3) which ultimately is conducted by management whom most working level employees have slim to no interaction with. From my experience regardless of if you perform exceptionally or skate by, your performance and merit raise is no more than a political coin toss.
    - Promotions are very tenure and politically based (wait your turn approach). Ambitious college hires will be worked well beyond their pay grade with no promotion to follow for well over a year.
    - Bureaucracy at it's finest (Direct Purchasing), 4-6 month 6S projects are forced onto both new and seasoned employees which could be more effectively accomplished in a one hour meeting. Insurmountable levels of "red tape" make the simplest task take weeks.
    - ERP/MRP/Mainframe Systems are in disarray beyond repair. The convoluted mess Cummins has created over the years has made the simplest task within their MRP systems a nightmare (that is on the off chance they decide to function properly).
    - Middle Management is marginal at best, too many people supporting too many projects on the periphery, not many employees have a concrete understanding of the scoping of their roles.
    - Zero synergy between business units (ex- two business units may be sourcing an identical product from a supplier and have no knowledge of it's happening)
    - Columbus, Indiana is a small industrial focused town, in the greater geographic area there are very few "white collar" opportunities outside of Cummins. This gives Cummins a "de facto" monopoly on the professional job market, which HR does use to their advantage. From an entertainment or night life perspective there is none, your only option would be to hike 50+ miles to Indianapolis/Louisville.

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to your everyday employees.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good for starters

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Proscorporate core values
    salaries & benefits
    career opportunities for starters

    ConsGrowing too fast
    mediocre investment in people management

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    You learn a lot. Great place to start your engineering career

    Senior Engineer (Former Employee) Columbus, IN

    ProsIncredibly intelligent people to work with. Very intense projects, great opportunity for learning. Relatively easy to move within technical functions, especially if you're a mechanical engineer. Great work/life balance, depending on the function you're in.

    ConsPay is not competitive. Lay-offs are becoming too common place. Competitive to the point of back-stabbing in some groups, not all groups.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPerformance evaluation should not be so subjective. To retain talented engineers, you should strive to pay above the median salary

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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