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"Downsizing costs more than it saved"

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Former Employee - Computer Support Technician in De Pere, WI
Former Employee - Computer Support Technician in De Pere, WI
Recommends

Pros

The vast majority of the employees are very skilled and dedicated to their jobs. A real pleasure to work with.

Cons

Management at the corporate office is not in touch with branch office needs. On the customer side of things this used to be very customer oriented operation, now it's a cold, uncaring service provider. On the employee side they have cut a lot of positions only to hire people back on contract without benefits.

Advice to Management

Cummins NPower management needs to realize that what works in Minneapolis isn't necessarily the best thing in De Pere, WI. Their "Big City" attitude doesn't play well in small town Wisconsin.
Learn who your customers are and quit micro-managing your local branch managers. Full time employees with benefits are far more productive and loyal than temps and contractors

Other Employee Reviews for Cummins

  1. "good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Memphis, TN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Memphis, TN
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible working hours / kind and smart upper management / lots of opportunities to learn and have experienced and so on

    Cons

    Not big global company. not high tech and global standard process not many smart co workers and a few stupid people

    Advice to Management

    in order to increase the size of company from 5 billion to 50 billion, need to hire better people who worked for bigger companies not hire stupid people from small companies it is a good to hire very talented people!!


  2. Helpful (9)

    "Profitable at the expense of employees"

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    Former Employee - Applications Engineer in Columbus, IN
    Former Employee - Applications Engineer in Columbus, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Cummins has maintained profitability, or at least near-profitability, when many other automotive suppliers are failing. They have driven at least one competitor out of business. Although their engineering tools and processes are largely insular and proprietary, they have a large amount of knowledge and are highly scientific in their product development. They claim to embrace diversity and not tolerate discrimination of any kind, and in the heavy truck industry, offered domestic partner benefits while risking their reputation. Of course, the world did not end.

    Cons

    Cummins is able to get around its own diversity policies through use of contract employees who work for employers without full protection in place. It may not be common, but in my short tenure, there were several cases of managers starting their own businesses on company time with company resources. Those businesses then received preference during the bidding process (if there even was one). They use the Rating and Ranking System developed by Jack Welch of GE, which GE had abandoned years ago. The poorest performers are fired every few years. While this sounds somewhat reasonable, the system is weakened by the political process where managers' favorites are saved at the expense of sometimes talented individuals. This also creates considerable fear within the workforce, as well as a lack of cooperation and collaboration between employees. There are many people right out of college, but most of the 30- and 40- somethings are either gone, in stagnant protected positions, or are management. All in all, this company creates great financial results, but it would seem at the expense of its people.

    Advice to Management

    It is time for a close look at the way people are treated at this company. Even though fair treatment can be detrimental to the bottom line in the short run, long-term, you will create loyalty and pride within the workforce. This is something I have seen at many other companies that was absent at Cummins. Looking at the rampant conflicts of interest within the company is also necessary. Lastly, a diversity policy is meaningless if it can be skirted by simply hiring a contract employee whose employer lacks any of the policies of the client company.

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