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Cummins-Allison Reviews

Updated October 9, 2014
Updated October 9, 2014
19 Reviews
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19 Reviews
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  1.  

    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 an year)

    Pros

    benefits ok,own car, great work environment.

    Cons

    none, as of now i cant think of any cons

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    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 an year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    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)

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    '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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    The Kings of Currency handling

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    Former Employee - Branch Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Branch Manager in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Great fellow employees. They believe in training,

    Cons

    Their pay structure. Especially in management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would still be there if they would have been more understanding of salary situations in major metropolitan areas. Probably the best job I ever had. Very sad I am no longer with them.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Overall a great place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Very accommodating to employees. Decent benefits and general culture is very friendly. I really enjoy working with my peers.

    Cons

    The management culture is very task orientated focusing on the day to day versus having a vision. for the future. Upper management for the most part lacks the overall strategic thinking that would be beneficial to a US manufacturer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have strategy meetings with all functional groups to develop a vision. Embrace employee empowerment and eliminate micro management. Establish some additional metrics to determine what works and what doesn't and to identify areas for improvment for all functional groups.

  9.  

    R&D group is great... Home office is horrible.

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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)

    Pros

    R&D group was incredibly advanced, leading edge technology. Small group environment. Great people.

    Cons

    No chance of career advancement. Incredibly bad compensation caused high turnover. Very old school. Middle management useless, only interested in CYA, zero accountability.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get out of the stone age. Create some sort of accountability for product lines.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Field service engineer

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    Current Employee - Field Service Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Field Service Engineer in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Company perks, company car, gas, and cell phone, not in the same place all day! No bosses hounding over your shoulder

    Cons

    Because of all the perks the pay is extremely low and not paid fairly to the cost of living, all techs here are at least 10k a year underpaid, there are also favorites who are friends with the boss outside of work and are allowed benefits no one else is

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Some advise is to treat all employees fairly, have quarterly reviews and help employees progress in their position and have competitive pay!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    very warming,professional atmosphere with room to advance

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

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

    Pros

    employees,environment,working conditions,very good company to work for,mid-management gets you involved in the daily process and respects your input

    Cons

    upper management and ownership kept employees in the dark prior to downsizing,then chose to eliminate lower hourly employees while keeping higher paid ineffective managers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    make every employee aware of where they stand.instead of keeping them in the dark(a.k.a bill jones)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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