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Cummins Minneapolis Reviews

Updated April 14, 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. "SC Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good talent, decent pay and benefits

    Cons

    Too slow to make changes. Not sure what future holds and do not see any signs of something strong.

    Advice to Management

    Make decisions and move faster


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Technical Specialist"

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    Former Employee - Technical Specialist in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Technical Specialist in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Growth opportunities, there are some good people to work with. Work-life balance.

    Cons

    Lot of hiring and layoffs every year. Poor management


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Unreasonable work loads"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at Cummins full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Very nice and knowledgeable managers and coworkers, willing to help each other. The newer office building, cafeteria and gym are great.

    Cons

    Too much work for the number of remaining employees. Some open positions have been absorbed by current employees who already have full time jobs. Several employees have left for companies where the workload is reasonable and the salary is more. Conversely, positions have been added at the executive level.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to add more work to employees plates and the work will suffer, employees will keep leaving and it will become more difficult to hire good employees.


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  5. "Director"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Open to new ideas and focus on six sigma processes

    Cons

    Large company working in silos

    Advice to Management

    More interaction among the different business units


  6. Helpful (4)

    "HR inefficient in Cummins"

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    Former Employee - Supply Chain Analyst in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Supply Chain Analyst in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Very low work load, friendly people

    Cons

    The business is going down, no future in the company


  7. Helpful (8)

    "Leadership made it worse"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Engineer in Minneapolis, MN
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pros: Good work-life balance. For professional positions, option to work from home at times. Benefits kick in first day of employment. Global company (interact with suppliers and customers around the world.) For technical: hands-on work. High levels of diversity. Willing to hire those needing a visa.

    It's a good place for a new college grad to spend about 3 years gaining experience and look for something else. The Cummins brand still has some value.

    Cons

    Cons: Two layoffs in the past year. First was company-wide. Second was due to restructuring within Power Gen. Before new-hires were off limits. That's no longer true. Leadership keeps saying markets are down and rather than reduce leadership positions, they shift those around and layoff regular employees.

    Cummins focuses too much on diversity, they rather spend more money hiring H1-B than hire diversity within the country. Pay compensation is below market. For professionals, it's expected to answer email communication during off-hours and vacation because they give you a laptop during orientation.

    Most engineers there don't know what's needed for the electrical portion of generators. It got worse after the restructuring where most new management positions went to engineers with no generator experience. They focus too much on the engine side and manufacturing.

    Moving up into leadership positions on the technical side is difficult. The best way is to jump into the business side, like MBA or project management and somehow make it back into technical. Corruption exists. Make the right friends and a lot of the best opportunities open up to you.

    Morale the past year has been low. Leaders let anticipation build up for too long before layoffs. Many good employees have left the company, thus retention is low. They end up hiring recent college grads and don't train them well enough to make an impact early on.

    Advice to Management

    Own up to your failures. Don't be afraid to get rid of bad managers.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Good company to work for"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cummins full-time

    Pros

    Teams are great. Good work environment. People are fun to work with. Extremely intellectually stimulating work. And very satisfying. Plenty of opportunities to move within the company

    Cons

    Constant lay offs. But, that is part of working for corporate america


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Mainly a great place except one large downside..."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Truly diverse teams in terms of backgrounds, experiences and ideas
    - Great people to work with in general
    - Good work/life balance, flexible hours

    Cons

    - unfortunately the last few years had been difficult in terms of market conditions, negatively reflecting on employee morale and future prospects of Cummins

    Advice to Management

    Try to drive more change... we change people, titles, but follow the same old processes...


  10. "Summer Internship"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Supply Chain Analyst in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Supply Chain Analyst in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great place to work. Allows you to move around cross-functionally to get experience in other departments. All the employees are helpful and kind. They have a great internship program.

    Cons

    Did not let the interns choose the department they want to work in.

    Advice to Management

    Can try to give interns a choice to choose between departments to start with.


  11. "Power Generation Intern"

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    Current Intern - Mechanical Engineering Intern in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Intern - Mechanical Engineering Intern in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Cummins has a great intern program and invests a lot of time and energy. Managers are suppose to have a vested interest in the interns and the work assignments they are given. This isn't always the case but they do a nice job overall. Pretty great pay (salaried interns). Fun events outside of work. Positive culture overall.

    Cons

    They just did a major reorganization and laid off even more people just as the interns started this summer. Morale was at an all time low, people didn't know whether they would have jobs at the end of my first week. This effected the way I was managed and the way the team interacted with me. Things are a bit better now that the company has settled out some... but their are still some lingering disgruntled workers.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure interns are engaged with the work and the team they are apart of. Half the reason interns want to come back is so they can work with a fun team on interesting projects.


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