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Cummins Columbus Reviews

Updated May 25, 2017
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  • The work-life balance can often tip to the work side more (in 67 reviews)

  • Small town, nearest airport is about an hour away (in 69 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "committed"

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    Current Employee - SENIORCOMMUNIC AT IONSSPECIALIST in Columbus, IN
    Current Employee - SENIORCOMMUNIC AT IONSSPECIALIST in Columbus, IN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    passionate employees
    freedom of work
    high responsibility

    Cons

    industrial locations
    inconsistent ideals and norms across different sites

    Advice to Management

    Great company to work for, remain flexible and passionate employees will surprise you - don't get stuck in the past


  2. "Great workplace"

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    Current Intern - IT Business Analyst in Columbus, IN
    Current Intern - IT Business Analyst in Columbus, IN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    - Moving between teams, learning new things & growth are highly encouraged
    - Strong push towards giving back to community
    - Depends on team and manager, but mostly relaxed work load
    - Great work-life balance, rarely work to take home

    Cons

    - For those starting careers, they could probably take on more load (but you get as much work as you ask for)


  3. "Cummins Intenship"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Columbus, IN
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Columbus, IN

    I worked at Cummins as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Positive office environment
    Easygoing colleagues

    Cons

    Attending numerous meetings may distract you

    Advice to Management

    Internship was short so no helpful advice can be stated


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  5. Helpful (3)

    "Disappointing"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, IN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cummins full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    If you work at headquarters, then you live in Pawnee, IN....

    The work life balance at Cummins is decent (if you aren't in a plant). If you are still at work at 5pm, then you are one of the last people in the office to leave.

    Bonuses are based on performance reviews, and it is surprisingly easy to be above average.

    They have demoted the role of Six Sigma in the business. To someone that is a huge proponent of process improvement that shouldn't be a pro, but the Six Sigma program that Cummins had in place was laughable. It encouraged faulty analysis and meaningless projects that reported huge savings with no noticeable financial impact. In the past it was merely a hoop to jump through to enable promotion.

    Cons

    Innovation is purposefully painful at Cummins. If you are interested in your career accomplishing something, then I wouldn't recommend working here. I realize that this sounds like an angry former employee, but looking back it was insane how difficult meaningless things were to change. This is evident by the amount of workarounds that exist at the company. There is a joke that Cummins is run by Excel, and that is because critical systems and analysis is done in excel, because none of the corporate systems are capable. Cummins is incentivized by its stock holders to keep doing what they are doing. They are risk-adverse and show it in every decision.

    A few common sayings at Cummins that make me laugh:

    Cummins is a supplier of diesel engines to companies that make diesel engines. 9 out of the top 10 customers make their own diesel engines. Translation - Cummins is in a horrible competitive environment. This, along with macro-economic trends, make layoffs and down-sizing a common occurrence (basically every 4-5 years).

    Cummins new engines are environmentally friendly. They are so clean that in some places in the U.S. (usually the claim is L.A.) the air coming out of the engine is cleaner than the area going in. They clean the air. Translation - In every other place in the U.S. the air coming out of the engines is dirtier than the air going in... Being better than the past is not itself an accomplishment worthy of praise.

    At Cummins most people move positions about every 2 years, so you can try out a bunch of different positions to find what you like. Translation - Most people don't like what they are doing, and are constantly looking for something that they will enjoy at the company. These moves are mostly lateral.

    Advice to Management

    1. Promote leadership - Managers who match the risk-adverse culture of Cummins are promoted. Make promotion a result of actually proving leadership instead of just job duration. It seems if anyone stayed at the job longer than 3 years, then they were promoted, because everyone else moved positions.

    2. Understand diversity - Management seems to have a perverse idea of the meaning of diversity. The homogeneity of ideas and behavior at Cummins is a product of a diversity initiative that is focused on encouraging diversity, but then upon hire, stifling any heterogeneity with standards and procedures.

    3. Invest in IT - It was painful to see critical systems in text-based operating systems. The lack of investment in IT infrastructure was difficult to understand.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Not for long term"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineering Team Lead in Columbus, IN
    Former Employee - Software Engineering Team Lead in Columbus, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Columbus is a smaller town but is geographically close to many larger areas (Indianapolis and Louisville). Decent cost of living except in housing and an outstanding school system for employees with school aged children. Pay is decent for the area and coworkers are friendly and easy with which to work.

    Cons

    Cummins forced ranking system feeds a layoff cycle every 3-4 years that has gutted many employees over the years that were dedicated to the company and truly cared about the product. Job performance is only a small part of the rating system and even a high performing employee can be escorted out if not in the right clique at the right time. This has caused a revolving door of new employees replacing those with subject matter expertise and previous solutions having to be revisited over and over because the depth of knowledge has been lost.

    Advice to Management

    Kill forced ranking and retain those workers that are dedicated to the long term success of the company.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Everyone has the leader title but almost no one is a leader"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, IN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Cummins full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - low cost of living
    - diversity among employees
    - sponsor visa for international employees
    - close community

    Cons

    - since it is in middle of nowhere in Indiana, people are somewhat ignorant
    - everyone has a leader title that doesn't mean much, whenever someone wants to get a promotion but are not good enough to go to the next level, they will get a leader at the end of their title
    - low increments - used to be 5% increase for lateral move and 7% increase if you change your title unless you are above Salary grade 9 - between a senior mgr or director level, heard they removed the 5% increment for lateral move
    - terrible benefits
    - bad managers get away with terrible treatments to their staff since there are no opportunities else where

    Advice to Management

    - remove the "leader" title, leaders are earned not given


  8. "IT School to Work"

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    Former Employee - IT School to Work in Columbus, IN
    Former Employee - IT School to Work in Columbus, IN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fun and relaxed environment that makes it easy to get work done and work well with others.

    Cons

    Not clear job hierarchy at least with our group.

    Advice to Management

    Add process to transition from school to work to full time employment, since currently school to work employees are counted as external applicants.


  9. "Field Test Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Senior Field Test Engineer in Columbus, IN
    Current Employee - Senior Field Test Engineer in Columbus, IN
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It is a great environment to work in and the company has strong values which they stick to.

    Cons

    The only way to move up in the company is to be here for a set number of years or leave and get hired back.

    Advice to Management

    Eliminated the disconnect between upper management and middle management, and middle management to the folks that are doing the detail work and know what is going on.


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Good Entry-Level Career Builder for worker bees"

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

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

    Pros

    1) Early career opportunity for resume.
    2) Small town environment if at headquarters in Columbus
    3) Significant growth if you have a Masters in BS

    Cons

    1) "Doing the right thing" is promoted...but in reality this is all show for new employees.
    2) Those wishing to transition to middle management will find no development to place into a new role by the company. You are on your own even with historical high performing and high potential "ratings" to get a role whereas in the past the company would ensure it's upcoming talent to middle management was placed into key areas.
    3) "Diversity" is promoted which is indeed important, but the company abuses it to drive work to lower pay & salaries while actively choosing certain candidates to reach a %demographic rather than choose the best employee. At the same time, age/career experience is utilized almost to a discriminatory level still rather than the capabilities of some employees. Company needs to learn that high performers are above "typical" levels.
    4) "Restructuring" has attempted to solve some inefficiencies but in reality it has just attempted to move responsibilities to lower pay grades in the company that are not capable. Cummins no longer values an "expert" that will keep Cummins reliability at the forefront while still innovating. Rather, they will place an army of new hires that make the same mistakes the company has made for years and wonder why there are so many fires. Your processes are not air-tight that anyone can do anything. Wake up and value those that actually make a difference and influence key decisions because they have passion.
    5) Layoffs - Leadership has constantly miscalculated and reacts to the market leading to layoffs. Great talent is walked out for being in the wrong spot at the wrong time rather than looking to the bigger picture. Enter new employees upon recovery for cheaper and ambitious support...unfortunately enter previously fixed mistakes and pissed of customers.
    6) "Collaborative" Workspace - in other words you get a small locker and no assigned desk. Detrimental to developing consistent relationships and horrible if in the engineering environment.

    Advice to Management

    1) Invest in future products in the spirit of Clessie rather than JV's with products that are not innovated by Cummins or supported by Cummins employees. Waiting till the market is mature in a technology is not how Cummins made its name.
    2) Promote managers in the company that are ambassadors for their employees.
    3) Treat employees as extended family members rather than cattle...sorry that's too nice...rather than "Numbers".


  11. "PMO Leader"

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    Current Employee - PMO Lead in Columbus, IN
    Current Employee - PMO Lead in Columbus, IN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Tons of opportunities, decent pay,

    Cons

    Location is a very small town

    Advice to Management

    None


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