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not bad place to work

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Current Employee - Technical Specialist in Columbus, IN
Current Employee - Technical Specialist in Columbus, IN

I have been working at Cummins

Pros

good place for internationals; well diversified

Cons

relatively low compensation; too relaxed

Advice to ManagementAdvice

be competitive

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    A good company to work for but they need better communication with employees.

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    Former Employee - Human Resources Manager in Columbus, IN
    Former Employee - Human Resources Manager in Columbus, IN

    I worked at Cummins

    Pros

    You have opportunities to move to a new job/area within the company if you'd like a change. Management is generallly supportive of this type of move, however, some see it as a lack of loyalty when you make a lateral move within the company. The company is a big player in a small town so you get the benefits of working for a multinational company without having to live in a big city. The work atmosphere is generally casual . Their benefits are good and seem to be fairly administered. Their pay scale is higher than any other company in Columbus.

    Cons

    Their annual forced ranking of employees where10% are outstanding (level 1), 80% are doing a good job as expected (Level 2), and 10% are considered substandard and therefore subject to termination (level 3.) The problem is that 10% of the employees in the department are "forced" into the bottom tier and will probably be fired. Being in the bottom tier does NOT make you a bad employee, it just means that in your supervisors opinion you aren't as good as the others. I've seen some excellent employees terminated in the annual RIF (reduction in force). Morale and productivity both take quite a plunge in the 4th quarter because people are worrying about whether they are going to be fired.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate, communicate, communicate!!! Frequently employees will hear major company news on TV or read it in the paper because, apparently management doesn't feel it's necessary to let us know what is going on.

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  2.  

    A great place to work, especially if you have a family, with the only big miss being long-term career guidance.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Engineer in Columbus, IN
    Current Employee - Engineer in Columbus, IN

    I have been working at Cummins

    Pros

    Columbus, IN is a great place to raise a family. All fellow employees treat you with fairness and respect and are very willing to share knowledge and help each other. Cummins is very open to employees moving between organizations and job responsibilities.

    Cons

    There is no clear career development path for employees. There is no clear identification of high potential employees across the company and there is no assistance in helping someone determine a career path that is advantageous to them and to the company.

    There is forced ranking of all employees using the 20% high, 70% average, 10% low rule. Employees in the lowest bracket know that they are in that category and if they are in that category 2 years in a row, they are terminated. If you are in the middle or upper groups, you may not know which you fall into. And there is very rarely clear direction about what an employee needs to improve to be ranked in the highest category. There needs to be more transparency in the process.

    The IT infrastructure is a mess. There are hundreds of disconnected and conflicting systems with which non-IT employees must deal. This means many menial, manual procedures that are work-arounds for the poor systems. A non-trivial portion of most employees work day is spent compensating for these deficiencies, whether you are in engineering, a manufacturing, logistics, or an admin assistant.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If the company is to grow into a $30 billion company over the next decade, the enterprise IT systems infrastructure needs to be improved so that there is a single, unified approach used across the entire corporation. Allowing each business unit and plant site to use unique systems that do not tie into one another creates a huge amount of inefficiency that can only be overcome by adding more employees as the business grows. Manual processes that are reinvented each time a new employees enters a job role are not an efficient way to run (or scale) an enterprise.

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