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"Great opportunity but very conservative and stereotypical"

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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

Pros

Young workforce means that high performing new hires into the company can move up quickly if they manage their opportunities properly. Starting pay is generally competitive. There are a ton of training opportunities and opportunities to move laterally to improve breadth of experience.

Cons

Salary compression is fierce. Leadership is sketchy in some departments with top heavy structures. Cyclical businesses lead to periodic layoffs. Performance appraisal process is flawed and leads to poor morale.

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  1. Helpful (13)

    "Disappointing"

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    Former Employee - Engineering Manager in Columbus, IN
    Former Employee - Engineering Manager in Columbus, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Most people don't seem to work more than forty hours a week and Columbus is a nice small town. If a pay check and a good place to raise kids is what you're after, this works fairly well.

    Cons

    The maturity of the company in general was disappointing. Processes were often redundant, poorly thought out and inconsistently applied. Six sigma was the fall back process for everything and many projects were hammered into a green belt format whether it was appropriate or not. Three green belt projects were required before mid level managers could be promoted. I found it insulting that my six sigma credentials from previous employers were discounted.

    Less tangible but more troubling was an element of fear that seemed to pervade the mind set of the work force. Everyone from the new grad to the executive director would acknowledge that there were some fairly distasteful aspects to working for Cummins. The ranking and rating system, the hiring binges followed by layoffs, and the six sigma policies were fairly unpopular but most people would only complain in private. A significant percentage of the engineers I met weren't quite sure what they were supposed to be doing but were reluctant to admit it. The nail that stuck up got pounded down (or pulled out). Inertia is a powerful thing in large corporations but at least suggestions for change were welcomed, if not acted upon, at my other employers (GE, Ford). At Cummins, I got the sense that upper management felt like they knew what they were doing and didn't need any help from the masses and certainly not from someone outside the organization.

    I had high hopes when I started at Cummins. By the time I left I felt like I was waking up from a bad dream. It just isn't a place for an ambitious experienced professional to work.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Good if you love Indiana"

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    Current Employee - Applications Engineer in Columbus, IN
    Current Employee - Applications Engineer in Columbus, IN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good training material (6S, engine, etc.). Lot's of opportunities to advance currently. Work/life balance is pretty good.

    Cons

    Indiana is one of the most depressing states to live in. Cummins is the only thing in Columbus. And even living up near Indianapolis is boring.

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