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Updated July 1, 2015
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Siemens Energy & Automation President and CEO Dennis Sadlowski
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Pros
  • Diversity, very technical, white collar, good benefits, training (in 12 reviews)

  • Large employer with great benefits (in 11 reviews)

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

  • Senior management more concerned about next rung in the career progression and not enough about growth (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Quality Control

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Q C Quality in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Q C Quality in Denver, CO

    I worked at Siemens Energy & Automation full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    company can;t get contracts VERY UNSTABLE

    Cons

    NOT much less Money Hard to get raise

    Advice to Management

    get a education in learning to manage money better


  2. Project Manager

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in New Kensington, PA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in New Kensington, PA

    I have been working at Siemens Energy & Automation full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great Product line led by Robicon Water Cooled Drives

    Cons

    German Management Team and their lack of people skills & lack of compassion to employees

    Advice to Management

    Adopt USA Human Resources process, procedures and practices...


  3. Overly Automated in the Accounting/Finance H.Q

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Accountant III
    Former Contractor - Accountant III

    I worked at Siemens Energy & Automation as a contractor (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Very high Tech. You will stay up to date with the best in accounting Technology. Plenty of opportunities to learn by doing.

    Cons

    So automated employees forget Critical Reasoning skills, from lack of use. Management is out of touch with what their staff needs. No leadership. I witnessed a lot of favoritism. Its not what you do that matters, it is who you know.

    Advice to Management

    Get in touch with your staff, and find out what the relevant issues are.


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  5. Top down German Oriented

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Automation in Elgin, IL
    Former Employee - Automation in Elgin, IL

    I worked at Siemens Energy & Automation full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Large company.
    Good group of fellow employees.

    Cons

    Very German oriented with strong good old boys club.
    Boom & bust cycle management.
    Companies bought to kill competition.

    Advice to Management

    Very top down one way management.
     Listen & respond to people doing the work.


  6. Micro-managed.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Procurement Specialist in Elgin, IL
    Former Employee - Procurement Specialist in Elgin, IL

    I worked at Siemens Energy & Automation full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  7. Helpful (2)

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer
    Former Employee - Software Engineer

    I worked at Siemens Energy & Automation full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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.


  8. Dying business, panicking employees, a very political environment.

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

    I worked at Siemens Energy & Automation full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  9. Helpful (1)

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Quality Engineer in Elgin, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Quality Engineer in Elgin, IL

    I have been working at Siemens Energy & Automation

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    money, benefits, and the backstabbing

    Cons

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

    Advice to Management

    Stop treating everyone like a number.


  10. Helpful (3)

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in DFW, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in DFW, TX

    I have been working at Siemens Energy & Automation

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Stuck at the starting line

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alpharetta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alpharetta, GA

    I have been working at Siemens Energy & Automation

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    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.



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