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Siemens Energy & Automation Reviews

Updated August 10, 2014
Updated August 10, 2014
148 Reviews

3.5
148 Reviews
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Siemens Energy & Automation President and CEO Dennis Sadlowski
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Diversity, very technical, white collar, good benefits, training (in 11 reviews)

  • Large employer with great benefits (in 11 reviews)


Cons
  • Work/life balance may at times be difficult to manage (in 3 reviews)

  • Very little/ No communication between upper management and Engineers (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    Micro-managed.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Procurement Specialist  in  Elgin, IL
    Former Employee - Procurement Specialist in Elgin, IL

    Pros

    Professional. Metrics driven. Good benefits.

    Cons

    Culture of fear. Strictly observed hierarchy. Too many highly paid professionals who just add to the overhead. Lots of layoffs. Favoritism is rampant. You better have someone higher up watching your back.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    People used to care about that company. It's sad that you mistreat the ones that brought it through the early years when there was such crazy booming growth. You let the newcomers chase out the old guard. You brought in too many data heads, try getting your current group to rise to an occasion of 150% growth year after year, after year. You've lost market share and the regard of the customer base. Coincidence, I think not.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    A launching point for software developers; but don't stay too long...

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer
    Former Employee - Software Engineer

    Pros

    I worked for Siemens for just over 4 years. I worked in both the US and in Germany.

    At first I was 'star-struck' that I was working for a large corporation like Siemens. Plenty of travel opportunities and what I thought was 'high-tech' projects. The corporate brain-washing they feed college recruits leads you to believe that you'll be working on 'world changing' projects.

    What's good with Siemens:

    1) Work/Life balance is good (but only Siemens it's filled with aggressive employees)

    2) Benefits are fair (but not the salary)

    3) Chances to live in lost cost of living areas of the country (Tennessee)

    4) Good travel per-diems

    Cons

    Over my 4 years I had the opportunity to meet and work with many other Siemens employees from Tennessee, Georgia, and Germany. Many of the other Siemens employees are middle aged guys who have no plans whatsoever of ever leaving Siemens or changing for the better. They just sit back waiting for retirement and have no energy to change. Their portfolio of technical skills was assembled back in the 90s and early 2000s.

    Over time I started realizing that Siemens suffers from a lot of problems:

    1) Way too much politics between US and Germany. (Spoiler alert - Germany ALWAYS wins!)

    2) Salaries were below average for other software companies.

    3) The technology Siemens uses is at least a decade behind. And when they do 'play' with newer technology, the older employees get first grabs at using it, which in the end leads to disasters because they haven't kept up with things since the 90s. I wish I had recorded some of the technical conversations I had with 'Senior Developers'...some of them have no concept of topics regarding cyber security, modern programming languages and modern practices.

    4) There are way too many older employees that are standing in the way of younger employees. They've been there forever, doing things the same way over and over again.

    Within one year of leaving Siemens, I was making more than 30% more money, working for a 'true' high-tech company, working with modern technology and leading my own team of software developers. NONE of this would have been possible if I had stayed at Siemens.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Dying business, panicking employees, a very political environment.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Test Engineer  in  Arlington, TX
    Former Employee - Software Test Engineer in Arlington, TX

    Pros

    Government client, which gives a false comfort of stability.

    Cons

    While Siemens in general is a great company, this division is really struggling to get business, and has laid off people massively starting in 2008. Because of the repeated layoffs, the employees at the company are very defensive and anxious, and even afraid to share information to ensure job security.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Some of the managers have been promoted from blue collar jobs, so they lack the professionalism for dealing with white collar employees. The senior leadership is rarely seen except at all-hands meetings.Mid management is fierce and uncompromising, with little focus on employee development.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    You are just a number, if you do not get results, you will be replaced.

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    Current Employee - Senior Quality Engineer  in  Elgin, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Quality Engineer in Elgin, IL

    Pros

    money, benefits, and the backstabbing

    Cons

    Poor Work Life Balance, All important decisions are made in Headquarters not in the US

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop treating everyone like a number.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Exciting at first until you realize the company has not changed since the 50's

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  DFW, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in DFW, TX

    Pros

    Good benefits package, many employees with 15+ years with the company, helpful within my own department, charitable contributions, fairly quick hiring process

    Cons

    I could not believe the amount of politics, it is literally nauseating. If you desire ANY type of management position be prepared to brown nose until your lips fall off. 95% of management positions are held by men, regardless if there is a more qualified woman. Also, do not expect to stay in one management position for more than three years. I was so excited to work there until I realized the morals of most management. It is truly disturbing. There is infighting between departments that MUST stop.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Acknowledge the people that work hard to better the company. We should not have to grovel for recognition. Morale is low. We truly want Siemens to succeed so please stop reminding us how poorly the market is and acknowledge the fact that we are the only reason there is still a company at all.

    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Stuck at the starting line

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Alpharetta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alpharetta, GA

    Pros

    great benefits package, 20 days paid time off, good manager, current leadership beyond the middle management level is forward leaning, inventive, creative, and has the appearance that they genuinly care.

    Cons

    no upward or lateral mobility, little to no training, inbreeding is significant, very little knowledge sharing among groups, little interest in moving beyond the status quo. Most issues are middle management issues, not top or bottom issues.

    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Interesting work, but no room for growth

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Arlington, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Arlington, TX

    Pros

    Interesting problems -- dealing with large systems and
    Chance to interact with German workers and customer

    Cons

    Bound by an inefficient process partly dictated by the customer
    Not open to new tools and ideas
    No room for growth
    Punished for success

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take the time to actually work with your employees, flatten the organization so that people who know what the work is are the ones doing reviews, and take a hard look at how long it takes to get work bid before it begins.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    SEA, Poor Management

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Sales Engineer  in  Iselin, NJ
    Current Employee - Senior Sales Engineer in Iselin, NJ

    Pros

    Many people performed despite poor management. Others around me seemed to have good manaagers.

    Cons

    Promotions in SEA were luck. Opportunities to get on big project teams were luck and not ability or need based.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    YOu are playing with peoples lives.

    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Company culture needs improvement

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Norcross, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Norcross, GA

    Pros

    Excellent training opportunities and a good place to start for entry level positions.

    Cons

    Lack of leadership; performance measurement process drives employee first behaviors which results in a poor culture/environment to work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change the performance measurement process to define objectives and customer first.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Management by intimidation

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical Writer  in  Arlington, TX
    Former Employee - Technical Writer in Arlington, TX

    Pros

    Very good health Benefit package

    Cons

    If you don't agree with management in everything they do, then you are not a team player and are pushed to the background and you go no where.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The project I worked on was not properly bid, not enough hours for training on new software prior to start of project. Management totally disregarded any input concerning the problems with the software. Source data was virtually none existent and yet no real adjustment to the delivery date was made. There were at least three standards that were used as guide lines for the writing of the documentation and neither was complete. No input was even recognized by management from any of the people actually doing the work. With regard to the individual performance rating the goals set down by management had very little if anything to do with the job that person was doing. Management asked each person to write their individual goals for the next year and how they would accomplish these goals. After submitting these goals they were returned and the individual was given samples of goals such as “find new business for the company”. Since none of the people in the department were involved in sales this goal seems a bit hard to achieve.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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