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Updated May 18, 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. "Cummins Sales and Service"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operational Excellence Manager in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Operational Excellence Manager in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexibility. Open to new opportunities. Work from home acceptable. Travel.

    Cons

    All business division are not synchronized. Some areas are still run by politics and groupies.

    Advice to Management

    Synchronization. Learn your employees. Manage.


  2. "IT School to Work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  3. "PMO Leader"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Good Entry-Level Career Builder for worker bees"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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".


  6. "Current employee"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operations Leader in Columbus, IN
    Current Employee - Operations Leader in Columbus, IN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good compensation and benefits. You will get out of your role whay you put into it

    Cons

    Work life balance on a shop floor is not always the best . Other functions have great W/L balance


  7. "Great Place"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Quality in Nashville, TN
    Former Employee - Quality in Nashville, TN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Christmas Holiday time off, generous vacations, great career opportunity if Flexible

    Cons

    Very political environment, Place is clicky

    Advice to Management

    Evaluate performance based on actual work vs perceived perception


  8. "Easy to work with employees"

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    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Columbus, IN
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Columbus, IN

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

    Pros

    They paid for me to get my masters

    Cons

    The job was definitely harder than i expected


  9. Helpful (2)

    "HSE Associate"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seymour, IN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seymour, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    They have a good 401k program and you have plenty of opportunity to move around to different jobs.

    Cons

    It's an engine company, so most people are pretty old school. The work environment is also extremely negative and upper-management is constantly shuffling and reorganizing.


  10. "Great company, among last of the breed"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Corporate Director in Columbus, IN
    Former Employee - Corporate Director in Columbus, IN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    People, people and people....Great values based company, focused on employee development and growth. I joined the company fairly late in my career but got plenty of opportunities to learn and develop as a leader. Almost religious focus on talent management, which given the location of headquarters is ideal. Great products, installed base and group of talented people to work with.

    Cons

    Mature company with well entrenched senior team, hasn't been handling the demographic shift well with people having to wait a long time in the wings to get to do anything impactful. Good if you just started your career but not if you are already a decade or more into your career.

    Advice to Management

    The diversity game is a bit overdone. If every hiring or team decision is filling the diversity target, then don't hire people who will not fit into the target demographic.


  11. "Cummins is a big company with many great employees with a desire to get involved"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineering in Plymouth, MN
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineering in Plymouth, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people here truly care about helping one another. They care about their employees and emphasize a good work life balance. There is also a large amount of very experienced people around which helps when seeking guidance.

    Cons

    The departments don't all share the same goals or metrics so sometimes one department won't help another because it isn't in their best interest even though it would be in the best interest of the company.

    There is also no formal training for those in engineering roles which may lead to some skill gaps

    Advice to Management

    Invest in some more formal technical training or enforce training guidelines for managers.

    Clarify the rules and guidelines regarding the rating system.


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