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Cummins Indianapolis Reviews

Updated June 26, 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 70 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Material Operations Coop"

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    • Senior Management
    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

    Very Dynamic role, Lots interaction with people

    Cons

    Petty factory politics delays work


  2. "Benefits Doirector"

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    Current Employee - Benefits Director in Columbus, IN
    Current Employee - Benefits Director in Columbus, IN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cummins full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    High salaries, great benefits and excellent time off policies

    Cons

    Most departments are too lean

    Advice to Management

    Hire more staff


  3. "Working Right"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Human Resources Intern in Columbus, IN
    Current Intern - Human Resources Intern in Columbus, IN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    This company really stands by its slogan. The ethics of the workforce is very strong, and the hours and workload is very manageable. There are plenty of opportunities to learn new things and meet new people. Lots of mobility, both laterally and vertically.

    Cons

    As an HR Intern, I have not been very challenged. I have not received good support for the project that is supposed to take up 50% of my time.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Ok - but nasty below the surface"

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    Former Employee - Associate Director in Columbus, IN
    Former Employee - Associate Director in Columbus, IN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cummins full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Easy to work there, low expectations, anyone who is moderately good is a "star performer".

    Flexible schedule - management doesn't keep track. Most people work 9 to 4:30.

    No travel - except for in specific very high level roles, but this is damaging to some customer facing and product management roles.

    Cons

    You can't get in front of your customers. Product managers are expected to do all of their work from the office, and therefore are unable to really see what their customers need or how they use the product.

    A lot of lazy people work at Cummins - because it is nearly impossible to get fired for mediocre performance. So - you have a few "A" players, very very few, and a lot of people who want a job for life and do hardly anything at all. It's a frustrating environment for "top talent" which is why they leave in droves every single year.
    Cummins also prides itself on paying just below median - which also attracts middle level talent. I mean, who stays somewhere, when you are practically guaranteed a higher salary somewhere else. As a manager you are expected to "work with" people who are not performing - which leads you, as a manager, to convince other managers to higher them, thus continuing the cycle.

    Very high turnover, due to high performers and low performers both, means that there is no continuity in jobs or management. I had a new boss every 6 months, along with their expectation for my role.

    HR runs the company - employees are existing in an environment where they are terrified to say anything to anyone. It's like a stasi state you are encouraged to "report others anonymously" for "coaching".

    Also, the hiring of employees on visas is an intentional tactic to keep wages very low. People are hired on visas, when there ARE qualified Americans, I was told to "ignore that fact" and just process people through the system in order to increase diversity numbers. When choosing between 2 candidates you are supposed to hire the "diverse" candidate even if they are substituting for an American worker.

     Indian tech workers are sequestered in a windowless building in Columbus - but there are hundreds of them from outsourcing companies.


  5. "Control Engineer - Specialist"

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    Current Employee - Control Engineer - Specialist in Columbus, IN
    Current Employee - Control Engineer - Specialist in Columbus, IN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    very diversified company, work life balance

    Cons

    conservative, sometimes slow, political, inflexible, too many managers


  6. "IT Business Analyst Intern"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - IT Business Analyst in Columbus, IN
    Current Intern - IT Business Analyst in Columbus, IN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    1) Good work life balance
    2) Family-based culture
    3) Experienced Managers
    4) Multiple affinity groups
    5) Work is given at steady pace according to employee's ability
    6) Equally respectful of all employee's
    7) Excellent Onboarding process

    Cons

    1) The community in Columbus can be one of the Cons, it's a small town with limited activities.
    However, this depends if you like fishing, river sports, recreational sports and good restaurants then you may like it. But if you like cities like Chicago, NYC then Columbus may not be the location for you

    Advice to Management

    None at the moment


  7. "Cummins"

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    Current Employee - Crossfunctional Associate in Columbus, IN
    Current Employee - Crossfunctional Associate in Columbus, IN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good Benefits, Pay, and very stress free. Attitude is pretty high here. Current role is very stress free.

    Cons

    Large Company. Cafeteria is too expensive, no tool account.

    Advice to Management

    Restore a tool account for R&D employees.


  8. "Tableau Developer"

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    Current Employee - Senior Tableau Developer in Columbus, IN
    Current Employee - Senior Tableau Developer in Columbus, IN

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

    Pros

    very easy to apply and search. Can see many opportunities that suit the profile. Flexible Filters.

    Cons

    It's not that comfortable to contract positions that to register for every company. So, It would be better if we can apply directly without registering.


  9. 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


  10. "Great workplace"

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    • Senior Management
    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)


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