Siemens
3.4 of 5 743 reviews
www.siemens.com Munich, Germany 5000+ Employees

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Updated Jul 10, 2014
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Joe Kaeser

(71 ratings)

71% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Management needs to be managed better

    ITO and PMO Office (Current Employee)
    Malvern, PA

    ProsEducational opportunities are good, if you get a good manager

    Kaeser promotes and encourages diversity.

    ConsIt's a crap shoot on getting a good manager. Management and solid direction is lacking. Constantly pulling the rug out from underneath its employees. And they promise much more than they can deliver.

    Mid to upper management do not follow Kaeser's example

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet a grip on some of your managers. Most all of them keep a "fall guy" on hand. And its usually the ones that have been around for a long time. Far too long in some cases.

    Kaeser would be ashamed if he knew what was going on in the PMO and ITO divisions. But utimately this is his responsibilty to know and correct the actions of these managers. But then again, there is that "fall guy" that they have ready to throw under the bus.

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

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    A rewarding experience at first but times have changed

    Product Manager (Current Employee)
    Malvern, PA

    ProsWork-life balance flexibility
    Motivated and bright colleagues
    Free parking

    ConsNo clear direction
    Constant requirement changes
    Commitments made to customers that have low probability of being delivered with quality or on time
    Quantity seems to be more important than quality

    Advice to Senior ManagementQuality should be a priority!!!!

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

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    International company that do not care for IT US employees

    IT Analyst (Former Employee)
    Mason, OH

    ProsNone there is nothing that comes to mind

    Conswatered down process that any person with no IT skills could be hired to perform which they moved offshore and letting go 1700 employees with no care in the world because they are headquartered in Germany so easy come easy go

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    This was the worst job experience

    Product Engineer (Former Employee)
    Atlanta, GA

    ProsCompensation is competitive, good balance between work and off time, decent benefits package

    ConsThere wasn't enough to do in my particular department and many days I'd find myself bored looking for the end of the internet

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet rid of or modify their leadership programs, 6-month rotations are not long enough for people to learn much about their job.

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

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    Good firm turned bad

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThe benefits were very good for a long time, Close to home, rewarding product lines and overall a enjoyable place to be for eight hours a day.

    ConsLeadership- every two years a nex group is brought in, changes everything, often changing things to the way they were before the last management team came in.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHave a plan, stick to it for more than six months.

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

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    Engineer (Current Employee)
    Pittsburgh, PA

    ProsGood office Environment. Little Work Expected.

    ConsVery Clickish. Advancement by Kissing Up to Management

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet a Career Path Going!

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

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    Good and bad, you got both!

    Staff Scientist (Former Employee)

    Pros1, We do challenging projects on solving real world problems which trained ourselves very well.
    2, nice collaborating colleagues (most of time), but some annoying shark style colleague ready to make trouble for you (sometimes)

    Cons1, At my time of joining Siemens (Siemens Corporate Research), it was the 2nd best industrial research lab (next to Microsoft Research), and No. 1 in medical imaging industry. (Yes we are more comprehensive or more academia reputable than Philips and GE). We still did more scientific style research which has real big impact on the product development for years to come. Not anymore, management are more short sighted, on the way becoming another GE! More engineering or re-engineering oriented type of development which is not good for the true type of scientist.

    2, More importantly, this company simply runs on almost no principles of modern management. Some more senior managers with respectful good leadership can be removed over the night, which makes people see their future. Upper management tried to prompt younger guys for better control. Too much politics!

    3, The space of rewarding for everyone is quite tight which makes a lot of unnecessary fights among different groups. You have to be a "wolf in the wall street" to survive, without wall street pay.

    4, If you do good and achieve well, normally nothing will happen. Your manager can be praised instead of you due to their proper leading efforts. But if you screwed up once out of 10 times (if you are always dealing with challenging problems), you will be screwed and blamed, not your manager.

    5, This company is not equal-opportunity. You have to be a German to potentially have a career path. My former group had >50% turn-over rate within a year.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThis company became less and less attractive to the top level of talents. If nothing will change, Siemens will settle with 2nd or 3rd level working force! Trying to squeeze them more with more rewarding does not work in any modern western society.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Smart and talented people at all levels, good compensation and an opportunity to meet and work with many cultures.

    Quality Manager (Current Employee)
    DFW, TX

    ProsTremendous resources, Siemens is an incredible force when focused. Technically they have great depth and breadth.

    ConsInconsistent direction, reorganizations and management changes are the norm in some groups. The focus is on today and this quarter. Finances a critically important but too many decisions are based on this month and this quarter which are contrary to a long term growth strategy. There needs to be a guiding principle and all decisions need to be measured against how they support it this month, next year, and the next five years.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDevelop a process for keeping good management at sites longer and discourage turnover of Sr. Staff every two years. Encourage consistent leadership and direction. A three year plan is of limited use when management is assured to change every two years.

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

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    They do not take care of their employeea

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Prosgood medical and vacation benefits

    Consthey do not take care of their employees

    Advice to Senior Managementlisten to your employees

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

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    Great Company Poor Management

    Signal Engineer (Current Employee)
    Jacksonville, FL

    ProsPotential to get a head and grow

    ConsPoor Management, they do not care about employees a lot of favoritism and stress, bullying, employees are constantly looking for new positions at other company's

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe corporation needs to clean house they need a new office manager and NS manager in a lot of employees opinions they are both bad hires.

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

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