Cummins Careers Culture Series - Volume 3

Cummins sponsors over 100 Employee Resource Groups that help create the right environment for success at Cummins by promoting diversity, inclusion, and lending their unique perspectives to identify opportunities that can enhance our business success.

These groups are open to all employees and are organized around dimensions of diversity such as race, ethnicity, country of birth, gender, sexual orientation, as well as broader themes such as individuals with disabilities, veterans, and new employees. The groups also focus on providing important cultural and business environment information to ensure Cummins’ success.

This interview is part of a series of one-on-ones with members of our Women’s Resource Group, located in Southern Indiana. Chrysta is a VPI Program Leader based out of Cummins' Corporate Headquarters in Columbus, Indiana (US).

Chrysta Readle
Chrysta Readle
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Q:          How did you discover Cummins and ultimately begin your career here?
A:          I have always been told I have a thought process & interest in different aspects of life that would make me a great engineer. Around my freshmen year of college, I did a tour of Ball Aerospace, and I think that sealed my fate. I found everything about designing, manufacturing, and deploying something like a space satellite so fascinating. When in line at a career fair to talk to Ball, Cummins caught my eye. I went to talk to the recruiter and immediately felt like it would be the right environment for me. It was more than the technology that captured my interest; as I listened to the recruiter, I could tell how Cummins valued not only technology & innovation but its employees as well. My first internship within Cummins Fuel Systems further solidified this. Cummins invested so much time and energy in me as an intern with training, events, and networking. It really spoke volumes to me. The longer I worked here, the more I found that their values, goals, and environment were a good fit for me.
 

Q:          Elaborate on how Cummins has affected your career.
A:           In one word: tremendously. As I mentioned before, I was always told I would be a great engineer. I always aspired to be a great one, but my career opportunities multiplied when I listened to the mentors and managers in my life. They saw potential in me to be something more, which is how I ended up in a program leader role. One of the best things about Cummins is mobility – regardless of past roles or experience, you have opportunities. Where you came from before doesn’t define your career here. Diversity in all areas is what is important at Cummins. No career path is “right.” You can come here as an engineer and retire as an engineer, or you can come as an engineer and retire as an HR manager, finance guru, or Business Segment director. My mentors really helped me see that I could use my engineering problem-solving skills to expand my horizons and develop my full potential.


"One of the best things about Cummins is mobility - regardless of past roles or experience, you have opportunities."
 

Q:          How do Cummins’ values align with your own? How are you given the opportunity to live your values at work?
A:          As I mentioned above, one of the primary reasons I chose Cummins was (and still is) its core values. Diversity & Inclusion are important to me both in searching for a company to work for as well as in my day to day life. Not only am I a woman in a male-dominated field, but I also strongly value different backgrounds, perspectives, and ways of thinking. I think it’s important to learn about your teammates and what makes them who they are in order to work better as a team. This is something you see every day at Cummins. Different people from all walks of life, all over the globe, all with a different story to tell working together, learning from one another, and respecting one another.

Caring and Integrity were also major values of Cummins that aligned with my own values. I have always wanted to execute anything I do with integrity and caring intent. Cummins’ Every Employee Every Community program is a prime example of how Cummins lives those values. I love the chance to give back to my community driven by the company I work for.

 

Q:          Are you involved with any Employee Resource Groups? How have those groups empowered you at Cummins?

A:           I am a member of the Women’s Employee Resource Group. One of my core values is giving back to my community and the Women’s Employee Resource Group has allowed me to plug into STEM, an area I am passionate about because of my engineering background. Through the committee I’m a member of, we have been able to plan and provide offsite activities for student ages 5-14 to engage in STEM. I have been able to assist branding with insight into new recruiting materials and work with women in our community who are trying to re-enter the workforce. It’s a fulfilling and empowering feeling to make that difference and see the change one group can make.
 

Q:          What makes you proud to work at Cummins?
A:          I was beyond proud when the new Parental Leave policy was announced last year. Not only is this such a great policy for new parents, but it’s so inclusive of men, women, and even covers adoption. It truly highlights how Cummins is willing to support its employees in every circumstance and do what is right. Who wouldn’t be proud to work for a company willing to make strides like this towards inclusion?
 

Q:          How has Cummins allowed you to live your values at work?

A:           The core values of the company (Integrity, Diversity & Inclusion, Caring, Excellence and Teamwork) resonate heavily with me and the way I approach my career.  These are core values that allow us to become an industry leader and develop the best solutions for our customers. These values are reinforced each day in every interaction with coworkers, team members, stakeholders, suppliers, and customers.  
 

Q:          How do you balance your personal life and professional life at Cummins? 
A:          Caring. Cummins cares and that means we care about you and what is going on in your life. Do you have to show up and do your job? Yes absolutely! But, because of the caring mentality, I can balance my outside obligations much more easily. When I need to leave early because of my dog’s vet appointment, my manager is understanding the same as when my co-worker must leave because her son is in the regional finals for wrestling. When managers instill trust in their employees and allow them to do their work, while still allowing them the flexibility to be there for the people and things in their life that matter the most, that truly exemplifies the meaning of caring.
 

Q:          What about your role at Cummins sparks passion for you?

A:           My current role as a program leader is very customer driven. How I am delivering to our customers has an impact on how they see Cummins as a whole. I must deliver on time and with integrity. This drives me to be a better employee and person as I strive for that level of excellence. It’s also pushed me to pursue other ways I can better myself such as enhancing my leadership and coaching skills, as well as learning more about parts of the company I wouldn’t have been interested in before as an engineer, such as purchasing or finance.
 

Q:          How has Cummins made you more passionate about technology and innovation?
A:          I was originally drawn to the technology & innovation of Cummins. I think I always saw the potential I could have at Cummins because of the level of innovation they strive for. The biggest difference for me is how my passion for technology has shifted because of my experience here at Cummins. Initially, I would have told you as an engineer impact innovation every day by coming up with new ways to test and measure our new components within Fuel Systems. Now that I'm in a role that is less technical than my previous roles, I can see how we all drive innovation and technology at Cummins. 

"You don't have to be an engineer to make a difference in what we're delivering to our customers. It takes a team of all kinds to deliver the technology we do every day."

 

Learn more about how our employees make a difference and how you could make an impact at Cummins by visiting careers.cummins.com, and follow us on FacebookTwitterLinkedIn, and Instagram.

Lauren Cole

Lauren is the Senior Digital Communications Specialist for Cummins Inc, where she focuses on social media, employer branding, and digital media. Lauren joined the company in early 2017 and has a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Indiana University. She currently resides in Maine with her family.

Samantha Trissler finds her fit in IT

As a kid, Samantha always wanted to be a detective. While pursuing a liberal arts degree, Samantha didn't see a career in IT on her horizon. This quickly changed when she decided to take a software development class during her senior year at Purdue University. From that moment on, Samantha knew she had discovered her passion and decided to pursue a career in STEM. With a new path and new ideas, she found herself enjoying creating applications and programs from scratch.


Women in STEM

Samantha discloses that as a woman in a largely male field, she has experienced occasional comments about her gender or doubts about her abilities. Despite those doubts, she uses these experiences as motivators to exceed expectations. She remembers when her manager brought her a network switch and told her to just play around with the device. Her manager knew she was completely capable of understanding the device and wanted Samantha to challenge her skills. Samantha doesn't let these new challenges intimidate her - she welcomes them.

Curiosity and confidence are key. Showing passion and drive opened doors to opportunities for me.


Women's History Month

Since starting a career in IT at Cummins, Samantha enjoys sharing her story and knowledge - especially with girls and young women. She believes her passion for IT and the exciting possibilities careers in STEM can offer will interest young girls and get them excited about the future. Samantha mentions reading stories from impactful women during Women's History Month always motivates her and reminds her she's not alone. There is still work to be done, and she's excited to continue moving forward as a society. Samantha strongly encourages young women interested in STEM to give it a try, because taking a chance could pave a path for more women in STEM.

Samantha shares that the Cummins booth at her school's career fair was the final booth she decided to investigate. After a long wait and an enthusiastic chat with a recruiter, Samantha accepted an internship in Information Technology at Cummins. Samantha flourished in this internship and worked on high-impact projects, exposing her to a large network of people. Soon after her internship, she received her official offer letter and didn't hesitate to accept. 

"My internship experience was inclusive, diverse, and emphasized teamwork. I thrived in that environment."


Modeling the way to success

Samantha reflects on her journey into IT and says she had no shortage of role models along the way. She fondly remembers the support she received from a college professor as the reason she enjoys outreach programs and has a passion for educating others about IT. This is just one example of the motivation and support Samantha has received to help her succeed within the cybersecurity world. Each day, Samantha is grateful for the moments to teach and share wisdom amongst her team.

"To me, role models are everywhere. There are always new things to learn and anyone that helps me learn something can be a new role model."


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Lauren Cole

Lauren is the Senior Digital Communications Specialist for Cummins Inc, where she focuses on social media, employer branding, and digital media. Lauren joined the company in early 2017 and has a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Indiana University. She currently resides in Maine with her family.

Shalini shares what International Women's Day means to her

Shalini - International Women's Day - Cummins Inc.

For Cummins engineer Shalini, International Women's Day is about celebrating the women in her family that inspire her every day. 

Early in her life, Shalini was encouraged to pursue engineering. During an internship with a mechanical company in India, she realized mechanical engineering was the career for her. Shalini pursued engineering at Wichita State University (U.S.) where she received a master’s degree in mechanical engineering. 

Finding Her Way to Cummins 

Shalini had worked at multiple companies before Cummins, where she has found a supportive work culture she describes as unique; and appreciates how much Cummins has helped her grow and cares about her individual career development. She continually expresses how enthusiastic she is to come to work everyday and never turns down a new challenge at work.

“With an encouraging work environment, women can excel in any field.” 

Empowering Girls in STEM

Shalini appreciates the Employee Resource Groups within Cummins encouraging women in STEM, and has enjoyed her experience as an active member in the company’s women empowerment programs. Shalini says being surrounded by so many influential women at work motivates her to learn something new every day and reinforces her belief that young women interested in STEM need to go for their dreams. Shalini wants to see more young women in STEM fields and to know they should never restrict themselves based on their gender. 

“Empowerment of women is a necessity not only for the company, but also for the development of society.”

International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day is a day to reiterate respect and love for women in our lives. Shalini has been inspired by the women in her family and says she has always had good examples of strong courageous women. On International Women’s Day she makes a point to tell all the women in her life how much they inspire her every day. 

“I consider it a day to say thank you to the women around you.”
 

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Cummins is a global power leader that designs, manufactures, sells and services diesel and alternative fuel engines from 2.8 to 95 liters, diesel and alternative-fueled electrical generator sets from 2.5 to 3,500 kW, as well as related components and technology. Cummins serves its customers through its network of 600 company-owned and independent distributor facilities and more than 7,200 dealer locations in over 190 countries and territories.

Cummins female technician leads the way in Morocco

Meryem Hajli

As a young girl, Meryem Hajli loved practicality. She was drawn to machines and gears and knew she wanted to pursue a technical career. But in her home country of Morocco, it can be difficult for women to be accepted as technicians. Now an engine field service technician for Cummins Morocco, she hopes to inspire the next generation of young girls.

After receiving her college degree, Meryem attended a two-year training on diagnostics and automotive electronics. Her road to success was not an easy one. She was the only woman in her class and found that the majority of her classmates treated her differently.

“They didn’t want me to be among them,” she recalled.

“But I remember when I received the highest mark in the class on our first exam and all my classmates and teacher were shocked. It really gave me a boost of energy to move forward and prove to all of them that I could also make it in this field.”

She quickly excelled and completed the training as one of the top three students in the class. This inspired her to continue her studies by applying for and gaining acceptance to the Heavy-Duty Equipment and Commercial Vehicles Academy (AGEVEC). In fact, she finished first out of 200 candidates on the academy’s access test. While there, she learned new technical skills, like hydraulics and transmissions. The training concentrated more on real-life applications and practices, including a two-month internship designed to help students integrate more easily into the workforce.

“After completing my second training, I joined Cummins Morocco, which gave me a big opportunity to prove and improve my competencies,” she said.

“It’s been a wonderful experience so far. I am very lucky to work at Cummins because in this company, I have seen that there is no difference between the genders. Being a female technician is appreciated.”

Meryem wants to motivate other young girls interested in technical fields to pursue their dreams and work hard for gender equality. “I want to tell them that if you really want something, you can do it.”

Cummins signs statement of support for National Guard Reserve members

Cummins has been recognized for its support of its National Guard and Reserve employees and their families
Cummins employees - many of them veterans, reservists and active duty members of the military - gather in Columbus, Indiana as the company was recognized for its support of its National Guard and Reserve employees and their families.

Cummins Inc. (NYSE: CMI) has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) for its support of its National Guard and Reserve employees and their families. Cummins President and Chief Operating Officer Tony Satterthwaite signed a Statement of Support of the DoD program, Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR).

The Statement of Support reinforces Cummins’ commitment to the company’s guardsmen, reservists, veterans and their families. Cummins joins other Fortune 250 companies in pledging to:

  • Recognize, honor and comply with Uniformed Services Employment and Re-employment Rights Act
  • Provide the company’s managers and supervisors with the tools they need to effectively manage employees who serve in the National Guard and Reserve
  • Appreciate the values, leadership and unique skills service members bring to the workforce and will encourage opportunities to hire guardsmen, reservists and veterans
  • Continually recognize and support our country’s service members and their families, in peace, in crisis and in war
Tony Satterthwaite, Cummins Inc., Veterans Support
Tony Satterthwaite, President and Chief Operating Officer of Cummins Inc. (right), signs a Statement of Support of the DoD program, Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve. 

"Diversity and Inclusion is a Cummins core value, and guardsmen, reservists and veterans are  cornerstones of our workforce," said Satterthwaite. "The military cultivates our shared values of integrity, excellence, teamwork, and leadership, and the unique skills and experiences members of the Guard and Reserve bring with them to the workplace are invaluable. Signing this document reinforces our commitment to fostering an inclusive and welcoming environment for all employees and I am honored to do it." 

"More than ever, supportive employers are critical to maintaining the strength and readiness of our National Guard and Reserve units," said Ron Bogle, ESGR National Chair. "Guard and Reserve forces make up nearly half of our military and possess many unique skills and mission capabilities not found in the active component. Employers like Cummins, who support the continued military service of our guardsmen and reservists, are absolutely critical to the success of our national defense strategy."

Cummins Choir
Members of the Cummins Choir perform the National Anthem prior to the ceremony. 

ESGR seeks to foster a culture where all employers support and value the employment and military service of National Guard and Reserve members. ESGR promotes a cooperative culture of employer support for National Guard and reserve service by developing mutually beneficial initiatives, recognizing potential conflicts between employers and their service members and acting as employers’ principal advocate within the DoD.

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James Wide

James Wide is a copywriter and copy editor on the External Communications team at Cummins Inc. He joined the company in 2018. 

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