Cummins Reviews

Updated October 30, 2014
Updated October 30, 2014
553 Reviews
3.7
553 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The fact that it is HQ'ed in Indiana gives a very nice work-life balance (in 58 reviews)

  • There are a lot of opportunities if you can build your network and it's a great place to build a career (in 24 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance could be an issue but that is everywhere in today's economy (in 25 reviews)

  • Over played Six Sigma requirement for all employees defeats the original intent of (in 24 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Good company to work for, still a lot to improve

    • 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 full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good starting salary for a fresh graduate. Good benefits including 401k match, pension plan, stock purchase plan, etc. Willing to sponsor international employees H1-B visa, although requires minimum 3 years of service before starting the green-card application.
    Work-life balance is OK. Good people in the company. Managers are generally easy to work with.
    There are a lot of young engineers recruited in the recent 3 years, which has made the corporate culture more vibrant than a typical manufacturing company.

    Cons

    There is an unbalanced work load distribution within the engineering teams--some people get too much on their plates while others often don't get enough work to do. Data management is poor and disorganized. Global growth strategy does not appear to be optimal.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More focus on employee career advancement and well-being rather than too concentrated on stakeholder return. Improve the transparency in mid-level and senior management.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great Opportunity to work where you can learn a lot

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

    I have been working at Cummins as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Nice Work Environment and Friendly senior management

    Cons

    Little slow in interview process may be because of large number of applicants

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    Wonderful

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

    I have been working at Cummins full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Fortune 500 company, Great company culture, nice town, compensation is great and workload is manageable.

    Cons

    No real room for growth, work you out an then send you out.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Tons of opportunities

    • 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 full-time

    Pros

    Its part of the company culture to change jobs every 2-3 years. Also employees have the opportunity to apply for any position given they have the ability to learn and a proven track record for delivering positive results. Ex- engineers working in marketing

    Cons

    Work life balance. There is none! Expected to work over time with no added benefit (PTO, bonus,..etc)
    No real management training regarding do's and dont's
    Information share - many employees find out about corporate changes via media

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Employees love the idea of simply being able to expand their breadth of knowledge in many different areas. This is an awesome idea, please keep this mindset.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Good company

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

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

    Pros

    Great work environment, great peers

    Cons

    less tasks....less guidance.....could have done better with a good leadership...show the direction to the employees....

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Mediocre Fortune 500 Company

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

    I have been working at Cummins full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    International Fortune 500 company [ie, large]. A lot of internal move opportunities to different areas of the world. If you're interested in playing office politics, you'll do well. DFSS is the bible. Depending on your division/manager, can be VERY flexible on work/life balance. (Cummins Engine Business Unit is NOT the same as Cummins Filtration is not the same as Turbo Technologies etc. Completely different cultures.) Concerned about health and well-being of employees. Community involvement is fantastic.

    Cons

    International Fortune 500 company [ie, large]. Practically zero accountability. Substantial amount of 'fat' could be trimmed to really make the organization work better. Additionally, processes are atrocious, which also creates inefficiencies. DFSS is the bible; ex. even though the outcome of a project is completely counter-intuitive / doesn't work for the functional group it supports (typically because that group's voice isn't heard), projects are approved. Salary is NOT competitive, no matter what HR/leadership says and they use "salary grades" as smoke and mirrors. If you do your job well and meet/exceed expectations, unless you're spending time on their internal "career connections" website looking for the next position, you will not move throughout the company. Concerned about health and well-being of employees as long as it doesn't cost money. EXTREMELY conservative.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Independent of the comments above, there is a HUGE disjoint between upper management and the way that "the workers" use systems and processes to get work done. Typically zero interest exists by said management to understand the trails/tribulations/roadblocks of mid-management and the workers. If understanding were to occur, Cummins Inc could be at the TOP of the Fortune 500 list, instead of 168th.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Promotional Opportunities are VERY LIMITED

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Materials Planner
    Current Employee - Materials Planner

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

    Pros

    Cummins is a great company to learn and grow within Supply Chain. You'll work hard with very little training which forces you to embrace change and adapt to a truly global environment.

    Cons

    Promotional opportunities are tough! If you're looking to do a great job and be able to change roles, this isn't the company for you. The only way to truly be promoted is through favoritism.

    Also, you'll be grossly underpaid compared to industry standards. Lastly, healthcare sucks. You will pay for everything out of pocket.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great Company to work for.

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

    I worked at Cummins full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    People that work there are highly professional, honest, and highly skilled people.

    Cons

    Constant people change so difficult to maintain historical data.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Carrer planning to the same dapartment in order to built experienced professional in each department.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Systems Analyst

    Former Employee - Business Systems Analyst in Columbus, IN
    Former Employee - Business Systems Analyst in Columbus, IN

    I worked at Cummins full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Big company, treats employees well

    Cons

    Hard to move around within company

  11.  

    Great company

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

    I worked at Cummins as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great culture
    Big company and very systematic

    Cons

    long work hour and you may need to OT

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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