Cummins Power Generation Reviews

Updated March 24, 2015
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  1. OK

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cummins Power Generation

    Pros

    Diversity, Nice people, Warm Cube

    Cons

    Salary Too low, HR process lame

  2. Helpful (2)

    Decent place to start, not a place for high performers

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Six Sigma Black Belt in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Six Sigma Black Belt in Minneapolis, MN

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

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

    Pros

    Good 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

    Cons

    Low 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 Management

    Get rid of the forced ranking system

  3. Cummins is OK place to work - not great

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cummins Power Generation full-time

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to Management

    Be more proactive rather than reactive and get connected to the employees

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  5. Helpful (3)

    Political Culture - know it to thrive in it.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at Cummins Power Generation full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    MBAs 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

    Cons

    Need 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.

  6. Helpful (2)

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fridley, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fridley, MN

    I have been working at Cummins Power Generation full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Very 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.

    Cons

    Little 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 Management

    Upper 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.

  7. Lead engineer for product line

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cummins Power Generation (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Engineering 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.

  8. Helpful (1)

    Missing the Mark on Execution

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in Shoreview, MN
    Current Employee - Director in Shoreview, MN

    I have been working at Cummins Power Generation full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Smart, talented, and interesting people
    International Experience

    Cons

    Lack 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 Management

    Solid 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.

  9. Overall,good company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Quality in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Quality in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at Cummins Power Generation full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Great people but not aligned

    Cons

    Too political at times and limits results in a reasonable time

    Advice to Management

    Develop middle management

  10. Good learning experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Engineer in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at Cummins Power Generation full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with

    Cons

    Tribal sentiments among decision makers

  11. Helpful (1)

    Old guys club with really poor management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I worked at Cummins Power Generation as a contractor

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

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

    Cons

    1. 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 Management

    1. 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.

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