Cummins Reviews

Updated October 16, 2014
Updated October 16, 2014
546 Reviews
3.7
546 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 57 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 24 reviews)

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

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    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

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

    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.  

    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

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

    Pros

    great work/life balance, base pay

    Cons

    no cons from what I can remember

  3.  

    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

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

    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
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  5.  

    Great company

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cummins

    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

    I worked at Cummins as a contractor (more than 10 years)

    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

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

    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 company

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

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

    Pros

    Work-life balance is manageable. There are a lot of opportunities to grow and develop here. Many employees stay for most of their career.

    Cons

    Not many cons to speak of working at Cummins. Some of the plant locations can be harder to travel to depending on where you live. Hours may vary depending on time of year, production/non production.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Help everyone see the value of the decisions being made.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Knowledge driven and challenging

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Engineer
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Engineer

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

    Pros

    Great team, a competitive yet helpful team. The office culture is quite laid-back, with plenty of opportunities to rise to the top. The fact that it is HQ'ed in Indiana gives a very nice work-life balance.

    Cons

    I found a lot of engineers and technicians spend time in discussing personal details of life. While some think it builds camaraderie, I personally felt that I had to sit through their stories to get a simple and quick answer.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    I couldn't leave fast enough

    • 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

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

    Pros

    Traveling and Columbus, IN. Learning was done through submersion in the engine industry.

    Cons

    Diversity is taken as a checkbox and I became one of those statistics. My role was based purely on gender and not on qualifications. We had ongoing harassment issues on my team and despite repeated attempts to address it nothing was done. Internal movement inside of the company is a joke. Upwards movement is solely based on time in a team and completion of Six Sigma. Ethics were lost on the project I was working on when push came to shove with deadlines. Safety was not considered and there was a very "out of sight, out of mind" attitude with non-US work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people 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

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

    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

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