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"The division you work in is critically important to your job satisfaction at this company."

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

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

Pros

Most of the people you work with are good to work with. The union is easier to get along with than most.

Cons

Forced ranking is how raises are given and how layoffs are determined. If you have a "guardian angel" higher in management you can basically do nothing all day and get good reviews. Everyone else needs to keep detailed notes of what they do throughout the year to stay competitve when yearly rankings are completed. Outside of these rankings there is no cost of living increase to your salary so if you get a bad ranking one year that is essentially a permanent pay cut due to inflation.

The forced ranking system is somewhat of a popularity contest. It is not truly performance based because performance is determined by perception not hard facts.
The company also preaches that diversity will improve results. Unfortunately they only want diversity in skin color and lifestyle choices. There is nothing in the system to take advantage of the diverse talents that each employee brings with them. If their talents do not fit the Cummins "mold" the company has no idea how to help you perform better or to leverage your skills if they fall outside of their narrow definition of a "good" employee.

There is no employee development other than what you can figure out on your own.

Advice to Management

Your systems cut good people loose all of the time and do not do a good enough job of flushing the low performers with connections. Also you preach putting people in a position to succeed with their unique talents but it is just talk and no action.

Other Employee Reviews for Cummins

  1. Helpful (9)

    "Mechanical Engineer"

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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 a year)

    Pros

    Ability to explore other career opportunities within the company mostly if you know senior folks that like you

    Cons

    -Cummins really don't have any career culture for young engineers, your growth depends on who you know not how hard you perform.
    -The older white males still have a small town mentality(if you're a colored person, you definitely know what i mean)
    -Minorities and foreign employees get kick out first despite performance... Just so you know, these happens every 2yrs.
    -Columbus is still 10yrs behind civilization despite the diverse population
    -Over all, you should never work for cummins for more than two-five yrs unless you're WHITE with a small town mentality.

    Advice to Management

    -Let those old retirees go, give young engineers a chance. Stop hiring minorities in numbers just so you can let them go at every wimp. Finally your rating and ranking system sucks.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Very educational internship with little issues."

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    Current Intern - Engineering Intern in Columbus, IN
    Current Intern - Engineering Intern in Columbus, IN
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    As an intern, I got to work on some major projects and develop connections to various coworkers and team leaders. Learning about other groups/departments is encouraged to help find the right group for each person.

    Cons

    There were not many social activities for the interns to interact with each other. Sometimes communication to interns was lacking.

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