Cummins

  www.cummins.com
Work in HR? Unlock Free Profile

Cummins Reviews

Updated August 20, 2014
Updated August 20, 2014
503 Reviews

3.7
503 Reviews
Rating Trends

Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
Cummins Chairman and CEO Tom Linebarger
Tom Linebarger
225 Ratings

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)

More Highlights

Employee Reviews

Sort: Popular Rating Date
  1.  

    Lots of potential, but execution often lacking

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Process Improvement Leader  in  Columbus, IN
    Current Employee - Process Improvement Leader in Columbus, IN

    Pros

    Focus on community service, accessible leadership, internal movement capabilities, international opportunities.
    If you are a self-starter and "fit the profile", you will do well here. If you are more reserved but a hard worker, it's difficult to get noticed. There are a lot of opportunities if you can build your network and it's a great place to build a career.

    Cons

    Must be individually driven, diversity is lacking, "old boys club" definitely present
    Though highly ranked in the diversity rankings, all you have to do is look at senior leadership to see that Cummins is not all that diverse, especially when it comes to management opportunities. In the past few years, there seems to be major turnover when it comes to diversity candidates who are just fed up with the glass ceiling and lack of access to higher level opportunities. It's very sad because this is a great company in many ways.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Truly listen to employees and make change. Town hall sessions with little action begin to be demotivating. Look at the trends, especially when it comes to attrition and diversity, and address it head on. Everyone is talking about it, but no one is addressing it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Endless Opportunities

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

    Pros

    Endless opportunities for career advancement, training, and personal development. A lot of long time employees have "started at the bottom" working as an intern, assembly line worker, or technician and over the years worked their way up to high level engineering positions. Cummins provides the opportunities to make this possible by being flexible with changing jobs and providing endless opportunities for training.

    Cons

    In some areas there seems to be a culture that you must work as much as possible, even to the point of skipping off-site group events to make your boss happy and look better than your co-workers during evaluations. This same culture seems to bleed into taking vacation time as well as people are too worried to fall behind and look bad.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great Experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Finance Analyst  in  Columbus, IN
    Current Employee - Finance Analyst in Columbus, IN

    Pros

    great work/life balance, base pay

    Cons

    no cons from what I can remember

  4. We want your feedback – Are these company reviews helpful to you?  Yes | No
  5.  

    Great company

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    diversity, personal growth, flexibility, strong value.

    Cons

    not available, training. I don't have 5 words..

  6.  

    Solid company with competitive salaries but with challenges

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Control Systems Engineer  in  Columbus, IN
    Former Employee - Control Systems Engineer in Columbus, IN

    Pros

    Good people, has been a solid supporter of local economy. Improved short term leadership.

    Cons

    Direction in going global may diffuse core strengths that makes it an icon in it's industry. Long term leadership.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There's a fear that playing catch up on going global has missed the shift to a balanced local strength. Current leading companies seem to recognize they have to keep their US strengths while competing globally. Being strong locally and the culture established in doing that is what made the brand what it is. Not having the systems to support global while at the same time losing local talent through attrition (due to shift of emphasis to global) is resulting in losing the "formula for product excellence".

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Cummins is a leader not only in diesel engines, emissions, and supply chain, but also corporate responsibility & ethics.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Competitive Intelligence Intern  in  Columbus, IN
    Current Employee - Competitive Intelligence Intern in Columbus, IN

    Pros

    The work-life balance is unmatched. One receives complete flexibility in their time and work style. The company rewards the truly ambitious and opens up the pathway to executive positions.

    Cons

    With a company of its size, there are many obstacles in communication and sharing of information. Cummins is currently trying to combat that with information sharing (and doing a good job).

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8.  

    Great diversity and work space environment; however, work/life balance is very poor within some functional groups

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Columbus, IN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, IN

    Pros

    Many high quality employees and co-workers. Great "collaborative work space" environment. Great work force diversity and community involvement/responsibility efforts.

    Cons

    Work life balance, stressful work conditions, and high level of office politics

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to work on work/life balance to protect employees from job burn out. Also need to carefully examine & address those pockets of "treatment of others" issues that still exist within Cummins.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Has good work-life balance. Cummins has strong ethical values and puts good emphasis on training employees the right way

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sourcing Manager  in  Columbus, IN
    Current Employee - Sourcing Manager in Columbus, IN

    Pros

    -Work life balance
    -Good Ethics
    -Flexibility depending on the role
    -Good growth prospects
    -Diversity

    Cons

    -Red tapism
    -Old school mentality of running the company where growth is seen as number of years put into service rather than actual merit
    -Favoritism
    -Salary growth is stagnant especially if you are an international

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Please look into merit raises for your employees or in-grade promotions more often as location of the company is not the best and talent after not realising any quick growth decides to leave the company and go to a higher paying job.
    -Please start sponsoring internationals sooner than 3 years because for certain nationalities it takes a long time to get permanent resident status and since they cannot leave Cummins during this period it causes frustration and anguish and produces de-motivated employees who produce minimum results

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Know who you are before going to work for Cummins

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

    Pros

    As a first job or early career choice Cummins offers security and a chance to learn a few good business tools which will be helpful over your career. The organizations goal is to keep compensation mid-market, maintaining a competitive market. There is a good amount of structure so as to understand your role and what is required of your performance. Opportunities for growth are posted globally but depending on the posting may require a mentor’s support.

    Cons

    An entrepreneur spirit or change mindset would over time be worn-out to the point the employee would become unhappy with work life. New ideas to improve the organization or process are greatly welcomed as long as they are in line with upper management desires. Top salary for incredible skills is frowned upon and extremely rare. Relocation packages are light and the reason for some employment offers being rejected by the prospective candidate. Cummins is not the organization you want to work at if you desire to be a part of making something great.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be careful of losing the entrepreneur brain drain. An employee base which agrees with everything you say will be harmful to long term growth of Cummins.

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

    Alienated Intern

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  Columbus, IN
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Columbus, IN

    Pros

    Great stability. High quality work you can be proud of.

    Cons

    For a company that preaches diversity and tries hard to promote tolerance, the atmosphere still reflects a predominantly old-white-man mentality. While racist and homophobic talk is not tolerated, groups still talk (excessively) about religious views and political ideologies. While working there, I witnessed misogynist behavior and I was treated with hostility and alienated for my own views, which I did not share openly. My views slipped out gradually due to excessive talk on the matter (multiple times daily). Only made it as long as I did because I was allowed to wear headphones to discourage others from talking to me.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would discourage religious and political discussions at work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

Worked for Cummins? Contribute to the Community!

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.