Siemens Energy & Automation
3.4 of 5 140 reviews
www.sea.siemens.com Alpharetta, GA

Siemens Energy & Automation Reviews

Updated Apr 13, 2014
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3.4 140 reviews

                             

69% Approve of the CEO

Siemens Energy & Automation President and CEO Dennis Sadlowski

Dennis Sadlowski

(48 ratings)

66% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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A launching point for software developers; but don't stay too long...

Software Engineer (Former Employee)

I worked at Siemens Energy & Automation full-time for more than 3 years

ProsI 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

ConsOver 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.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Dying business, panicking employees, a very political environment.

Software Test Engineer (Former Employee)
Arlington, TX

I worked at Siemens Energy & Automation full-time for more than 3 years

ProsGovernment client, which gives a false comfort of stability.

ConsWhile 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 Senior ManagementSome 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.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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

Senior Quality Engineer (Current Employee)
Elgin, IL

I have been working at Siemens Energy & Automation

Prosmoney, benefits, and the backstabbing

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

Advice to Senior ManagementStop treating everyone like a number.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
DFW, TX

I have been working at Siemens Energy & Automation

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

ConsI 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 Senior ManagementAcknowledge 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.

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Stuck at the starting line

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Alpharetta, GA

I have been working at Siemens Energy & Automation

Prosgreat 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.

Consno 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.

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Interesting work, but no room for growth

Senior Software Engineer (Former Employee)
Arlington, TX

I worked at Siemens Energy & Automation

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

ConsBound 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 Senior ManagementTake 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.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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SEA, Poor Management

Senior Sales Engineer (Current Employee)
Iselin, NJ

I have been working at Siemens Energy & Automation

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

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

Advice to Senior ManagementYOu are playing with peoples lives.

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Company culture needs improvement

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Norcross, GA

I have been working at Siemens Energy & Automation

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

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

Advice to Senior ManagementChange the performance measurement process to define objectives and customer first.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Management by intimidation

Technical Writer (Former Employee)
Arlington, TX

I worked at Siemens Energy & Automation

ProsVery good health Benefit package

ConsIf 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 Senior ManagementThe 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.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Typical of corporate America

Software Engineer (Current Employee)
Johnson City, TN

I have been working at Siemens Energy & Automation

ProsYou get to work on innovative products for use at a wide variety of domestic and global companies.

ConsTypical corporate interference in the HR side of things. If you want to rise through the ranks of management there are plenty of opportunities. If you want to be an individual contributor, there is not much of a career path.

Advice to Senior ManagementExhibit the same values you want your employees to live out. Your example will do much more to lead than all the presentations in the world could.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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