Cummins-Allison Reviews

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  1. Worked as an intern in the engineering department.

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    Former Intern - Engineering in Mount Prospect, IL
    Former Intern - Engineering in Mount Prospect, IL

    I worked at Cummins-Allison as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Friendly people, facilities were nice, the work was interesting, and overall it was a worthwhile experience.

    Cons

    Most of the interns would be spending half their time twiddling their thumbs because their managers weren't keeping track of them.

  2. Good company in many respects, but not for everyone

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Bensalem, PA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Bensalem, PA

    I worked at Cummins-Allison full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -Salary and benefits are fairly competitive
    -Executive leadership runs the company intelligently, ethically, and responsibly. The company's products are very competitive and expanding to new markets (although it is, to be fair, a niche product)
    -Some challenging problems, particularly in the realm of image analysis and machine learning
    -Many employees have been around forever, have considerable technical and academic expertise, and in general know what they're talking about
    -Stability and security
    -While odd hours were occasionally required to support products in international markets, engineers are not asked to work overtime, weekends, etc.

    Cons

    -The HR manual must have been last updated in the '80s, including the not-really "flex-time" policy and the largely unnecessary dress code
    -Very much a place where engineers come in, put their heads down and work on their own items, and go home. Not a highly collaborative environment.
    -While some of the guys were fun to work with, this is definitely the kind of atmosphere where many engineers are primarily concerned with their personal job security to the detriment of work with teammates. In other words, a culture of empires, a culture of "I will let you know exactly what I want you to know, and nothing else", a culture where it's sometimes hard to ask questions and work effectively with others
    -Kind of a niche company, which isn't for everybody
    -Limited opportunities for advancement (granted, I was at a satellite office, pretty much all the opportunities are at the Mt. Prospect HQ)

    Advice to Management

    -A little more team-building might be nice
    -Get a better handle on software configuration management across multiple sites

  3. No best practices or product lifecycle, can be sexist, low pay, stable job.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cummins-Allison

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

    Pros

    Stable, many good people (not in management). Good retirement benefits.

    Cons

    Sexist, few growth opportunities, low paying. Very very conservative leadership. Not flexible.

    Advice to Management

    Get a clue.

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  5. Idiots anonymous....

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    Former Employee - Senior Mechanical Engineer in Carlsbad, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Mechanical Engineer in Carlsbad, CA

    I worked at Cummins-Allison full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    You're delusional if there is anything pro....

    Cons

    Spineless 'family owner' cans the majority of the R&D Sensor group. For no good reason. Fantastic dead end company. Notorious for being cheap punks....

  6. Helpful (1)

    If I had known then what I know now

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cummins-Allison

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Eight to five, Monday thru Friday.

    Cons

    Keep hearing how my cost of everything is going up, more expensive premiums, higher deductibles, no eye coverage. That's part of business. Pay raise increases are nowhere close to deductions increases.

    Advice to Management

    Financial impact statements could be better, FAQs aren't uncommon these days. Then there can be no "misunderstandings" or "I didn't say that's." It's important that prospects know that health deductible is going up by 50% next month, for example. It's important that prospects know that they're going to pay you to drive your car to make you money, plus per-mile if they use it for personal.

  7. great company

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    Current Employee - Customer Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Customer Engineer in San Francisco, CA

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

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    benefits ok,own car, great work environment.

    Cons

    none, as of now i cant think of any cons

  8. Great family-owned company with allot of potential and is a leader in their industry.

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Mount Prospect, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Mount Prospect, IL

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very interesting and challenging work. Many opportunities for document image understanding. The company is still not too big that access to upper management is prohibited, in fact, they strive to keep tabs on what is going on in the Engineering ranks.

    Cons

    Some political tension between the main office in Mount Prospect and a satelite location, cooperation could be better.

    Advice to Management

    Get a better handle on software version control across the entrire company.

  9. Helpful (2)

    Hole from their head in the ground

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Mount Prospect, IL
    Former Employee - Engineer in Mount Prospect, IL

    I worked at Cummins-Allison full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The employees are nice and the company picnic.

    Cons

    No true Project Managers. Management has the design engineers who have no PM experience managing projects and new products are poorly managed and poorly designed for manufacturability and spend months trying to fix all the issues once it hits the production floor. Sales runs the company. Too many managers, directors and VP's most who have very little management education. Cost reductions are causing suppliers to cut corners and deliver defective parts. With that, engineers cannot fix the problem because that would add cost back to the part to make it correctly.

    Advice to Management

    Get a clue of what is going on in the company. Get some management classes. You cannot manage. Just because you have been there for 10 years does not mean you should be promoted to a manager. Stop nickel and diming your suppliers to death. When production has all the defects worked out of new products only then should Sales be able to go out and promote the product.

  10. Helpful (2)

    Ok. Could have been better

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Mount Prospect, IL
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Mount Prospect, IL

    I worked at Cummins-Allison (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Nice people working there. Co-workers are generally friendly and sociable. The actual content of the work is actually pretty interesting.

    Cons

    Uncompetitive compensation. Management sometimes thinks that things will be much easier to accomplish than they actually are. Stuck using some very old-fashioned tools. When I left in 2013, they were finally upgrading some people from Windows XP.

  11. Helpful (2)

    'Old School'...nothing more succinct than that. More resistant to change than witches to water.

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    Former Employee - Technical Writer in Mount Prospect, IL
    Former Employee - Technical Writer in Mount Prospect, IL

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

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

    Pros

    Product improvement, although in a sometimes frightening slow life-cycle, does continue. There are always constant revisions and upgrades, new machines, other oem products acquired, etc. That is definitely the saving grace of this place, what keeps folks around.

    Cons

    Old School culture. Perception is highly regarded (i.e.: being on time, not calling in sick). It's nearly impossible to get fired if you show up on time and never call in. They'll never notice lack of productivity, ever. Productivity is not rewarded.

    Advice to Management

    Reward productive employees who contribute, not those who merely show up and sit down.

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