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"not bad place to work"

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Current Employee - Technical Specialist in Columbus, IN
Current Employee - Technical Specialist in Columbus, IN
Approves of CEO

Pros

good place for internationals; well diversified

Cons

relatively low compensation; too relaxed

Advice to Management

be competitive

Other Employee Reviews for Cummins

  1. Helpful (10)

    "Cummins - A nightmare job for an engineer"

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    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Columbus, IN
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Columbus, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Interesting product, good co-workers, clean environment, nice facilities, shutdown between Christmas and new years, benefits were good (not sure how they are now). Nice architechture in Columbus.

    Cons

    The most nonproductive work environment ever! Union, union, union...they expected engineers (especially those right out of school) to be able to tell technicians (union) how to run equipment which the engineers weren't allowed to touch or ever operate. Engineers were expected to get work finished and had to report to upper management on progress, however certain union people (not all of them) would put off their required work and there was nothing the engineer could do (but look bad). For example, it could easily take a month to get the machine shop to drill a simple hole. It wouldn't be fair to say all union employees are bad (there were some there who could run circles around the engineers), though I feel I worked with some of the worst of them here. This is a bad first engineering job if you are right out of school, and if you are used to a hands-on position, don't come to cummins. Also, cummins is pretty much the only game in town, so when they have their "cleaning house" lay-offs (rumored every 5-6 years), make sure you don't own a house in columbus, especially in today's market. If you're a single guy, Columbus is devoid of any attractive educated single women (I guess most women just don't dig Diesel engines!). You will see many a single lonely old man shopping at the grocery store wearing a cummins uniform.

    Advice to Management

    I require a consulting fee to provide advice to senior management.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "A good company to work for but they need better communication with employees."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Human Resources Manager in Columbus, IN
    Former Employee - Human Resources Manager in Columbus, IN
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    You have opportunities to move to a new job/area within the company if you'd like a change. Management is generallly supportive of this type of move, however, some see it as a lack of loyalty when you make a lateral move within the company. The company is a big player in a small town so you get the benefits of working for a multinational company without having to live in a big city. The work atmosphere is generally casual . Their benefits are good and seem to be fairly administered. Their pay scale is higher than any other company in Columbus.

    Cons

    Their annual forced ranking of employees where10% are outstanding (level 1), 80% are doing a good job as expected (Level 2), and 10% are considered substandard and therefore subject to termination (level 3.) The problem is that 10% of the employees in the department are "forced" into the bottom tier and will probably be fired. Being in the bottom tier does NOT make you a bad employee, it just means that in your supervisors opinion you aren't as good as the others. I've seen some excellent employees terminated in the annual RIF (reduction in force). Morale and productivity both take quite a plunge in the 4th quarter because people are worrying about whether they are going to be fired.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate, communicate, communicate!!! Frequently employees will hear major company news on TV or read it in the paper because, apparently management doesn't feel it's necessary to let us know what is going on.

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