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Updated Jul 6, 2014
Cummins Power Generation – Fridley – “Line 15”

Cummins Power Generation – Fridley – “Line 15”
All Employees Current Employees Only

3.1 74 reviews

85% Approve of the CEO

Cummins Power Generation President Tony Satterthwaite

Tony Satterthwaite

(48 ratings)

52% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great work life balance, career development opportunities including travel and mentoring (in 6 reviews)

  • As an intern, exposed to a lot of situations, so large opportunity for growth (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • Incompetence of senior management (in 4 reviews)

  • Very low increase in salary, 2-3% for average performers (ranked 2) and 5% for top performers (ranked 1) (in 3 reviews)

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    Decent place to start, not a place for high performers

    Six Sigma Black Belt (Former Employee) Minneapolis, MN

    ProsGood place to start
    Average starting salary
    Good opportunity for responsibility (this does NOT mean an elevation in rank though!)
    Good opportunity to move jobs within the same location
    Good opportunity to move jobs within the company or its subsidiaries

    ConsLow pay
    Very low increase in salary, 2-3% for average performers (ranked 2) and 5% for top performers (ranked 1).
    HR rules the roots and most managers do not have the stones to deal with HR
    Cummins in general has the tendency to be extremely conservative. They prefer having a VP do a Director's job, or a Director do a manager's job.
    This is NOT the place for quick promotions!
    Cummins is DEFINITELY not a meritocracy.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet rid of the forced ranking system

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

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    Cummins is OK place to work - not great

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThis company makes high quality products, but the pace is slow.
    Good opporutinities to move into different functional areas
    Low stress work environment

    ConsRecent layoffs and attrition makes it difficult to get work done
    Leadership is marginal
    Pay is at the low end for the area

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe more proactive rather than reactive and get connected to the employees

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Political Culture - know it to thrive in it.

    Marketing Manager (Current Employee) Minneapolis, MN

    ProsMBAs from Top 10 Business Schools are highly valued and are paid more than graduates from lower-tier schools. This is a pro if you graduated from a top tier school!
    Self-starters and intrapreneurs will go further than those who wait to be told what to do.
    Light workload - great work-life balance
    Flexible schedules
    Ability to change functions

    ConsNeed sponsorship to get ahead here. Without it, you will shuffle from one mid-level position to another.
    Adherance to and promotion of company culture might be more important as the work you do.
    Sales and Engineering oriented culture leaves a lot of room for improvement in Marketing - which is undervalued and under resourced.
    the first one to HR Wins! They spend 1/2 of their time on internal investigations of people being rude to each other
    Culture is too sensitive
    Difficult to get rid of dead-weight
    Lack of accountability in departments for excellence - lack of consequences for mediocre work.
    Many many people lanquish in mid-level positions and never figure out why! It is lack of sponsorship and visibility.
    many unqualified engineers moving into business and marketing positions.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Lead engineer for product line

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGlobal company with product sold around the world. Nice people to work with. Pension, bonus potential, freedom to work remotely when required.

    ConsEngineering office environment dismal. Assembly space is strained. Understaffed operations, pressure to build product at pace trumps quality at times. Difficulit to find those with authority to make decisions. Too much focus on quantity of 6 sigma products vs. quality of project. Requirement that all engineers become certified.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Cummins is a great place to gain experience, a stepping stone to advancement when you leave.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Fridley, MN

    ProsVery proactive about community and the environment. Good transparency from senior management's of the current conditions influencing the companies actions and in sharing the vision for the future of the company.

    ConsLittle to no support from company for development and growth in non professional positions. No effective process for training at hire and beyond. There is a noticeable divide in how non professional roles are treated and the opportunities offered compared to other similar professional roles. Very demanding expectations for project deadlines. Old facility is need of repair.

    Advice to Senior ManagementUpper management and middle management need to work together to better align resources, schedules and deliverables. Create and communicate a process for non professional employees to develop and advance their careers.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Missing the Mark on Execution

    Director (Current Employee) Shoreview, MN

    ProsSmart, talented, and interesting people
    International Experience

    ConsLack of execution timed consistantly with market changes. If employees leave, replacements are from emerging markets only (India or China) without needed experience. Excessive politics without results. Unequal pay - dependant on your political clout or ?

    Advice to Senior ManagementSolid values, but unactuated or unequally applied in the organization. Excessive politics are hindering execution of strategies or programs as per intent. Discussion of strategies are necessary to flush the full strategy out, however ability to execute is disappointing. Current programs are understaffed. Staff is excessively over worked.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Overall,good company to work for

    Quality (Current Employee) Minneapolis, MN

    ProsGreat people but not aligned

    ConsToo political at times and limits results in a reasonable time

    Advice to Senior ManagementDevelop middle management

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

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    Old guys club with really poor management

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGood benefit package with pension, Average salary in the market, Good start company for new graduate

    Cons1. Bad management. So many politics in almost every department. Projects and new ideas not based on the business/marketing requirements instead of who is the person stand back with you.
    2. Many old guys are doing nothing but waiting for retirement. They play cards after lunch in the cafetiere. You will see managers or engineers near 80 years old but still working in the company.
    3. Layoff good people just because those guys speak too much or tell the truth in the meeting.
    4. Very bad project management. No one will be responsible for the project delay so almost all projects have delays. Some project delays just because people need job security.
    5. Many stupid 6S projects. People fools each other with those stupid projects. They save tons of paper money from these 6S projects.
    6. Buildings and manufacture facility is really old like 80s.

    Advice to Senior Management1. Get those old guys out and make the company more efficient.
    2. No politics allowed in the project management.
    3. Get less MBAs. They really do less than experienced engineers.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good learning experience

    Engineer (Current Employee) Minneapolis, MN

    ProsGreat people to work with

    ConsTribal sentiments among decision makers

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

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    Marketing Communications

    Marketing Communications (Current Employee) Minneapolis, MN

    ProsA wide variety of projects to work on including traditional to digital.

    ConsThe company prefers MBAs from the Kelly School of Business which means you need to live in the Columbus/Indianapolis area for at least 18 month.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMany mid managers are on a 18 month to 36 month rotation so there is not a lot of relationship building.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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