Cummins Reviews

Updated August 27, 2015
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Pros
  • Work-life balance is manageable (in 59 reviews)

  • Great work environment, great peers (in 26 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance is hit or miss (in 25 reviews)

  • Over played Six Sigma requirement for all employees defeats the original intent of (in 25 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (4)

    Too bad the emphasis isn't on actual performance and quality.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Columbus, IN
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Columbus, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of different opportunities in a variety of facets- engine size, application, etc.

    Cons

    Yearly ranking that is based more on who you know and how much you suck up rather than how good of a job you actually do.

    Advice to Management

    The ranking system is flawed, and actual performance is not recognized at the lower levels. There is so much push for people to 'look good' that when an issue is found no one wants to bring it up. From all of my managers the lesson has been the same 'My way or the highway'.


  2. Helpful (2)

    Profitable at the expense of employees

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Applications Engineer in Columbus, IN
    Former Employee - Applications Engineer in Columbus, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Cummins has maintained profitability, or at least near-profitability, when many other automotive suppliers are failing. They have driven at least one competitor out of business. Although their engineering tools and processes are largely insular and proprietary, they have a large amount of knowledge and are highly scientific in their product development. They claim to embrace diversity and not tolerate discrimination of any kind, and in the heavy truck industry, offered domestic partner benefits while risking their reputation. Of course, the world did not end.

    Cons

    Cummins is able to get around its own diversity policies through use of contract employees who work for employers without full protection in place. It may not be common, but in my short tenure, there were several cases of managers starting their own businesses on company time with company resources. Those businesses then received preference during the bidding process (if there even was one). They use the Rating and Ranking System developed by Jack Welch of GE, which GE had abandoned years ago. The poorest performers are fired every few years. While this sounds somewhat reasonable, the system is weakened by the political process where managers' favorites are saved at the expense of sometimes talented individuals. This also creates considerable fear within the workforce, as well as a lack of cooperation and collaboration between employees. There are many people right out of college, but most of the 30- and 40- somethings are either gone, in stagnant protected positions, or are management. All in all, this company creates great financial results, but it would seem at the expense of its people.

    Advice to Management

    It is time for a close look at the way people are treated at this company. Even though fair treatment can be detrimental to the bottom line in the short run, long-term, you will create loyalty and pride within the workforce. This is something I have seen at many other companies that was absent at Cummins. Looking at the rampant conflicts of interest within the company is also necessary. Lastly, a diversity policy is meaningless if it can be skirted by simply hiring a contract employee whose employer lacks any of the policies of the client company.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Cummins, "We put our employees first"...untill time for layoffs

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    Former Employee - Design Engineer in Columbus, IN
    Former Employee - Design Engineer in Columbus, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great place if you like to sit and philosophize in meetings all day instead of actuaully doing work. Cummins boasts of there great salaries in comparison with the area. This is a great way to attract talent from secure jobs. Had a record year in sales 2008 and 2007 although took full advantage of the economy situation to do what they are notorious for....layoffs in large numbers.

    Cons

    Like many others, I had a very secure job in design for 18 years when at the beginning of 08 Cummins bragged about there massive hiring frenzy. I, like many others were attracted to an increase in pay. Less than 10 months later, layoffs in mass quantities..using the economy as an excuse....(Did I mention they had record sales in 2008 and 2009 ?) If you are the type of employee that loves to attend meetings, improve your security by inflated Six Sigma attributes, and basically philosophize rather than hands on development, Cummins is your place. Oh yes, forced ranking, Cummins refuses to accept that the old school philosophy of scare them to death on a daily basis does not motivate employees. One other comment, Cummins likes to shine in the community papers as always helping the community, employees walking old ladies across the streets. Could this possibly be because the employees are actually graded on this in there forced ranking process ? I ask is Cummins really a leader in community evolvement and "Putting there employees first" when if you look at there history, they have no problem with massive layoffs to get there bottom line numbers.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what your doing


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Great Place for the "Good Ole Boys" to work

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, IN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    International travel allowed for development of management skills with non-english speakers. If you are local to Columbus and you have contact with upper management then you have a job for life.

    Cons

    The company works similar to herding cattle, they bring you in from out of town and work you to death until you no longer provide a benefit to them and then you are out the door.

    Advice to Management

    An employee does not need to work from the factory up into the general office inorder to prove them selves. I have known many intelligent individuals let go from Cummins to prove successful within other companies working the same level of position. Sometimes someone that has not worked "30 years" in the comany has relevant inforamtion to further develop the company into a higher ranking of the fourtune 500.


  6. ok

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, IN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Latest equipment and software to work on. Easy to become a lead engineer with a couple of years of experience. Not much work load, so not much work load pressure.

    Cons

    Office space is very old and is more like a factory than a company. Much old school type of company , and too much documentation than need. Need to write 3 different documents to record one change

    Advice to Management

    Improve the facilities. Especially cafeteria and restrooms.They feel like factory and not office space. If someone does not like the place that they are working in, they would never like the work on the whole.


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Great Engines, Terrible Company"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Columbus, IN
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Columbus, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Most jobs at Cummins can be enjoyable... you just have to find the one that is right for you. I truly enjoy my job. That said, the Cons outweigh the Pros.

    Cons

    Poor work/life balance - Company claims this is important, but they don't believe it. The Company is always #1... your family can come later. Pathetic compensation package - Both pay and health insurance are terrible VERY Political - It's like being in High School all over again; the popular "kids" will do very well, otherwise don't expect to make it very far in the company Shallow promises - Management will say anything to keep you happy and working hard, but they never come through on their end of the bargin

    Advice to Management

    Respect all of your employees and not just your favorite employees.


  8. Helpful (2)

    Bunch of confused MBA running a technology company

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Fridley, MN
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Fridley, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - H1B/ Green Card sponsor - Diversity

    Cons

    - Does not pay well - Extremely poor Health Insurance - Raiseless promotions are forced upon competent employee - Outsourcing work to India and China without making sure competent resources are hired there.

    Advice to Management

    Improve listening skills


  9. Helpful (3)

    'Not' a Great Place To Work (CES, Stoughton, WI)

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    Former Employee - Senior Project Engineer in Stoughton, WI
    Former Employee - Senior Project Engineer in Stoughton, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Cummins full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Unfortunately, not too many pros to list here. I worked here for about 2 years-I left the company about 4 years ago. I had joined Cummins with great expectations that I was joining a world class company, but unfortunately it was a nightmarish experience.

    Cons

    1) Tons of politics. The employees who are able to schmooze and socialize with the managers/team leads are the only ones who can survive. In fact, even the HR directly tells employees that try to socialize with the management. Why should the employees have to do that. As long as they are doing a good job, shouldn't that be enough? No, it's not, at this place 2) As an extension to point 1, people with no experience, qualification and background were appointed at positions like team leads, managers, etc. It was ridiculous. To give some examples, an engineer who had obtained their bachelor's degree 2 years ago was a team lead. A guy who was working as a bike salesman 3 years ago was now a chief engineer and practically running the place. The result was the place was a total mess and it was a torture to work there. It was like a 'mom and pop shop' that employs hourly teenage workers. It was nowhere close to a multi-billion dollar that Cummins is. 3) One of the "Operating Principles"-as they call it-was 'diversity', but it was not followed at all. I am sorry to say that there was open racism at this place. That clearly explains point 1 and more clearly 'point 2' 4) It was just horrible to work here because of the above reasons. It was 4 years ago though. Things might be a bit different now, but if the same people/amangement are working, don't expect anything different. They had a committee called "Great Place To Work (GPTW)". The purpose of this committee was to make the work environment great for employees. Unfortunately, this committee failed miserably and it couldn't do anything towards their purpose. The HR was pathetic too-they are totally impotent in making things easier for the employees. The whole responsibility of running the place went into the hands of totally wrong people, who were completely mis-using their power to do so.

    Advice to Management

    There is no use in giving any advise, but still I will make an attempt. If possible, follow diversity to its true sense. Don't just pay attention to employees who go out with you after work or for biking or come to your silly poker games.


  10. Helpful (3)

    Mechanical Engineer

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, IN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Ability to explore other career opportunities within the company mostly if you know senior folks that like you

    Cons

    -Cummins really don't have any career culture for young engineers, your growth depends on who you know not how hard you perform. -The older white males still have a small town mentality(if you're a colored person, you definitely know what i mean) -Minorities and foreign employees get kick out first despite performance... Just so you know, these happens every 2yrs. -Columbus is still 10yrs behind civilization despite the diverse population -Over all, you should never work for cummins for more than two-five yrs unless you're WHITE with a small town mentality.

    Advice to Management

    -Let those old retirees go, give young engineers a chance. Stop hiring minorities in numbers just so you can let them go at every wimp. Finally your rating and ranking system sucks.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Lack moral fiber

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Bus Analyst in Columbus, IN
    Current Employee - Bus Analyst in Columbus, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Can't see any pros in catering to special interest for political expedience

    Cons

    Executives playing a game of political correctness catering to a fringe minority. A majority of employees feel insulted by the company's social position which they have enveloped in the term "diversity". The diverse global employee base does not agree with internal GLBT programs which goes against the grain of the majority beliefs.

    Advice to Management

    Having moral character is not discriminatory.



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