Siemens Reviews

Updated April 19, 2015
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  1. Applications Specialist

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    Former Employee - Applications Specialist in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Applications Specialist in Denver, CO

    I worked at Siemens full-time (more than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Good products. Very robust and dependable. Excellent hardware design and ergonomics.

    Cons

    Micromanagement, lots of unnecessary and redundant reports. If you differ with management you are treated as an outsider and life is made very difficult. Products are made by engineers for engineers that makes for a very steep learning curve for the customer. The end users of these products are supposed to be focusing on patient care not interacting with an overly complex user interface.

    Advice to Management

    Let people perform their jobs without the unnecessary reports and paperwork. Simplify the user interface, clinicians don't need so many different options and choices. Most of the options that were purchased were never used. This drives up the cost of healthcare.

  2. cnc programer

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Machinist in Warren, OH
    Former Employee - Machinist in Warren, OH

    I worked at Siemens full-time

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, and not really any pros

    Cons

    If you lazy, and don't feel like working, this company is for you

    Advice to Management

    Stop being so liberal and screwing the people that know how to do there job

  3. Rail services department foundation

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    Current Employee - Field Service Tech in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Field Service Tech in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Siemens

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

    Pros

    lots of overtime for those people who are interested in that sort of job

    Cons

    compensation, training, work/life balance poor scheduling

    Advice to Management

    learn labor laws

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  5. Not for everyone

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    Current Employee - Anonymous in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Siemens full-time (more than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Salary is on par with other companies, but that is the extent of the pros as there is no room for advancement if you are not German.

    Cons

    Management is not concerned about employees or company bottom line.
    Many HR complaints due to harassment and threats.
    Poor selection of hires and vetting of management.
    High turnover in many departments.

    Advice to Management

    Treat employees with respect.

  6. There were good times and bad times

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Siemens full-time (more than a year)

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

    Pros

    There were a lot of very friendly people in my team. We communicated well and made the best out of what we had. I enjoyed my job for the most part and it provided a good learning experience. But that only lasted a short time.

    Cons

    It is all about the bottom line. Do more work for the same or less money. There is a lot of waste which resulted in cutbacks and major outsourcing. It made completing day to day tasks extremely diffcult due to not only time differences between the US and India but the communication barriers and breakdowns. Management wanted more output of work so most people were doing the work of 3 or 4 people.

    Advice to Management

    Start caring about people and the business will improve. When you remove inefficiencies and allow people to work autonomsly toward the same goal (bettering the company) - the quality of work will increase as well as employee morale. And when employees are happy, they stay longer. Training, health benefits, time lost due to sickness, lack of motivation which leads to lack of quality all cost MUCH more money than doing it right.

  7. Terrible

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Siemens 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

    Job security, big company, good benefits.

    Cons

    So large the left hand doesn't know what the right hand is doing.
    Lots of unnecessary paperwork and red tape to get anything done.
    Everything goes through Germany.
    Make friends in high places or you might end up on the layoff short-list.

    Advice to Management

    Praise every improvement.
    Don't criticize your employees, especially in front of an audience.
    Don't micromanage - let people do what you hired them to do.
    Don't point fingers.

  8. Helpful (1)

    Overworked and Underpaid

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Siemens full-time (more than a year)

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

    Pros

    The only pro to list is the co-workers at the same level. Amazing people who care and share in the same misery.

    Cons

    There are unwritten expectations to work nights and weekends. Many people focus on how to get promoted instead of doing their current job. Middle management and above are more concerned with delegation than behaving as true leaders. There is little to no accountability outside of those at the bottom of the totem pole. The pay (salary and/or commission) is not equivalent to the amount of hard work that is required. There is little room for promotion or career growth unless you are part of the chosen few. The culture is one from the 1950s; it is either encouraged by those in the ivory tower or they are not aware of it.

    Advice to Management

    If you truly value the company and the employees who make it a success, get out and down in the trenches. Find out how the middle management is behaving. Listen to little people. They are the first line of success each and every day. Stop cutting salaries and compensation packages.

  9. Siemens Houston Support Center

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Quality Engineer in Houston, TX
    Former Contractor - Quality Engineer in Houston, TX

    I worked at Siemens as a contractor (more than a year)

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

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity, because of the lack of college trained engineers, there are lots of holes in Engineering and Operations because of the lack of discipline.

    Cons

    Management does not hire black professional male engineers, even though the company is located in the middle of the oldest historic black community in Houston. (check history)

    Advice to Management

    Should hire engineers with college degrees instead of promoting home made engineers from the shop floor

  10. Large company that does not promote teamwork between departments locally

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Engineer
    Former Employee - Sales Engineer

    I worked at Siemens full-time (more than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Company brand global reputation, benefits, steady pay.I worked in sales in the fire and security group in the southeast USA Georgia Carolinas area. Building automation group has a strong presence in the triangle NC area with many established customers. I only worked for one division of Siemens so this review is not a reflection of the entire company.

    Cons

    Company is not competitive in the local marketplace, micromanagement, nepotism in the workplace, no focus on fire and security business by upper management

    Advice to Management

    focus on diversifying your business locally and stop working in such a silo. Siemens could accomplish much more if departments worked togethor better.

  11. Once the largest engineering company, today a greedy holdings company

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Siemens full-time (more than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Salary and benefits are slighty over the average. Only pro I can think of.

    Cons

    Siemens has become a buyer/seller of engineering companies, with a strong commitment to unrealistic profit margins and the greed of its shareholders. Employees and customers are not longer seen as valuable assets. If your unit has stopped giving unrealistic 15% profit margins, then Siemens will get rid of it and its employees. Every two years there is a large restructuring, with old divisions being dismantled and new ones taking their place, costing thousands of layoffs. There seems to be no clear direction on where the board wants to go. New names, new divisions, new processes, more layoffs but same results. The moves are completely reactionary with no planning or clear vision and strategy. Werner Siemens would be ashamed on what these guys have turned his company into. If you want to work for an engineering company where you can actually have a career path, consider GE or Emerson. You will have more job stability working for a staffing company than working for Siemens. They clearly don't care about customer satisfaction and employee retention, it is all about the shareholders and profit, and they will take any "necessary bold actions" to hit those numbers and keep investors happy.

    Advice to Management

    None. You guys are not fixable.

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