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Updated April 25, 2017
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  • The work-life balance can often tip to the work side more (in 65 reviews)

  • Small town, nearest airport is about an hour away (in 67 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Decline of a Good Company"

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

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

    Pros

    Work-life balance is good, first level management is knowledgeable and responsive. Columbus is a great town to raise a family.

    Cons

    Forced ranking that feeds the every 3-4 year layoff cycle. Corporate leadership that is solely focused on stockholders and not employees. Layoffs tend to target older and more experienced employees which is crippling the productivity of the engineering groups. Company values diversity over engineering capability.

    Advice to Management

    Push the focus back on quality and the profits will come.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Mixed bag - Confused leadership, Leadership Team is a club with great ideas but no courage and execution focus"

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

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

    Pros

    Good place to learn in early stages of your career. Process H1 visa very freely. Good for people who like to talk and be in limelight without delivering anything. If you are a 'yes man', you will do well.

    Cons

    Do not value outside company experience. Favoritism. Does not value courage or out of the box thinking..

    Advice to Management

    Management who does not walk the talk will make Cummins directionless and you will not be able to grow. You will only talk about growing without delivering growth.


  3. Helpful (2)

    "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


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  5. Helpful (3)

    "Average at Best"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Columbus, IN
    Current Employee - Manager in Columbus, IN
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It is income. Decent people to work with.

    Cons

    Company controls cost through layoffs rather than elimination of waste or efficiency gains. A severe lack of standardization from plant to plant, business to business. The layoff cycle really hurts continuous improvement and moral. Management has to do 2 - 3 jobs. When this happens, only the biggest fires are attended to and the attention to their employees suffers. Upper management very slowly, if at all, back fills holes. Health insurance is poor for a company of this size.

    Advice to Management

    Save cost through efficiency and improvement and not the easy, brainless method of layoffs. Just like preventative maintenance (PMs) it takes money and time, but pays off in the long run.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Bad choices"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fridley, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fridley, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cummins full-time

    Pros

    Good pay, consistent hours

    Cons

    Bad management. They made such bad choices the plant lost 150 possessions. Instead of layoff they became aggressive and tried to get people fired or force them to quit. Bad

    Advice to Management

    Fire yourself


  7. "Its not the job it was some people"

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    Former Employee - Operator - Team Lead in Memphis, TN
    Former Employee - Operator - Team Lead in Memphis, TN

    I worked at Cummins full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Money was good and some of the coworkers were nice to be around

    Cons

    Managers were terrible they will lie on to get you fired, Alot of relationships and a lot of favoritism

    Advice to Management

    I do not have anything to say since I know longer work for this company


  8. Helpful (4)

    "Demand Manager"

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

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

    Pros

    Flexible work hours
    Collaborative work areas
    Good vacation policy

    Cons

    Questionable leadership decisions
    Lack of clear vision or direction
    Politics decide everything

    Advice to Management

    Treat your workers with respect
    Do not encourage mediocrity
    Think long term


  9. Helpful (3)

    "The sound good in theory"

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    Current Employee - IT Business Analyst in Columbus, IN
    Current Employee - IT Business Analyst in Columbus, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    When teams allow, space is available for collaboration. There is a healthcare facility near the corporate headquarters. The company offers benefits from day one of employment.

    Cons

    People are pushed into managing when they may not be manager material.
    Not all teams allow collaboration, even within the teams.
    Reverse discrimination is everywhere. It's acceptable to hire 10 contractors who work remotely offshore on a team, but the same manager will not allow one employee to work remotely.
    Pay is not competitive for non-engineer roles.

    Advice to Management

    The vision and mission statements seem to only apply to upper management. Upper management - please ensure lower level managers are capable of managing people and can abide by the core values. In many areas, it seems as if they are managing their groups as if they are their own business, not the business of Cummins.


  10. "Marketing Intern - Summer 2016"

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    Former Intern - Marketing Intern in Columbus, IN
    Former Intern - Marketing Intern in Columbus, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Hands-off managers that are still invested in your work and results. Interesting and challenging projects that help you grow your skills

    Cons

    Industry is going downhill. As a marketing employee, Cummins' marketing is run mainly by engineers with a certain mindset. It's difficult to be innovative and creative as a marketing employee when they strictly want to follow processes and best practices. If you're not an engineer your opinion isn't valued. They're culture isn't as great as they claim it to be, people keep to themselves pretty much and there seems to be pretty hight turnover.


  11. 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.


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