Siemens Reviews

Updated August 27, 2015
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Siemens President & CEO Joe Kaeser
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  • Good work-life balance with flexi time (in 77 reviews)

  • Stable and relaxed work environment (in 53 reviews)

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  • Upper management tried to prompt younger guys for better control (in 21 reviews)

  • Hard to manage a good work/life balance (in 10 reviews)

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  1. People and work life balance are great. Financial troubles are hurting the company

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    Current Employee - Systems Analyst IV in Malvern, PA
    Current Employee - Systems Analyst IV in Malvern, PA
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people to work with. There are a lot of senior and experienced people working at Siemens. The work and life balance are also great.

    Cons

    Not a lot of room for upward movement. Some product lines are cutting positions. The raises are an average of 3.5%. It doesn't matter if your a top performer and average, you're going to get the same raise.

    Advice to Management

    Give raises based on performance.


  2. Cutting Edge Healthcare Technology at a Large Corporation

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    Current Employee - Product Analyst in Malvern, PA
    Current Employee - Product Analyst in Malvern, PA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    A global market and technology leader. If you want to work on cutting edge products that are being used all over the world, then this is a good place to be. Very innovative, very open towards new technologies and processes (e.g. Agile). The location is very decent, with the great outdoors and several big cities within a 2hr drive.

    Cons

    Lots of projects are being pursued, and this stretches resources thin sometimes. This is a huge corporation, with all the associated overheads, long-winded decision making processes, and variety of opinions that need to be aligned.

    Advice to Management

    Do it right or don't do it! Don't let projects flounder along, but either fund them properly or shut them down. Set targets for slimming of processes, e.g. make process owners cut the number of their required process steps by 30%.


  3. Great opportunity for advancement but without the related pay

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager, Finance in Malvern, PA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager, Finance in Malvern, PA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Siemens provides high performing employees with opportunities to not only move up in the defined career paths but between them as well. For US employees in Siemens Medical, there is a strong sense that all employees will be heard by Sr. Management and we have the ability to make OUR company stronger internally and in the marketplace. While work-life balance still seems to be lip service in the general manager population, there are many specific managers who take this topic to be important for employee morale and success of the company.

    Cons

    While questioning and challenging the status quo is acceptable within US groups, this is not the norm for our German counterparts. US employees can easily get a bad reputation for following US social norms when dealing with our German Collegues, For many US employees, it is expected to work more than 10-12 hours a day. Siemens Medical in Malvern is known in the Philadelphia area as a "low payer."

    Advice to Management

    Mandate classes on culteral awareness for ALL not just the US. If Work-Life balance is truely what we strive for then drive the point with programs; otherwise it is just the thought of the day or only applies to the most Sr Managers.


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  5. Bottomline is the top priority

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    Current Employee - Systems Specialist in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Systems Specialist in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Company vehicle and gas card. Decent salary.

    Cons

    Not alot of feedback regarding performance. Review system doesn't truly reward employees.

    Advice to Management

    Management always seems to be looking at the bottom line and squezing more and more from employees, pushing harder and harder to make profits.


  6. Siemens has some antiquated HR policies as well as lackluster pay increases, but is a great place to start a career.

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    Current Employee - Customer Support Tech II in Malvern, PA
    Current Employee - Customer Support Tech II in Malvern, PA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Siemens has fantastic growth oppurtunities. This is due mostly to the size of the company footprint here in the Malvern offices.

    Cons

    Due mostly do the size of the company, the communication is very limited. Also the yearly review system is an overtly convoluted and involves a raise determined by a peer review board of impartial 'judges' who have never met you. If you lack that ability to CLEARLY explain your accomplishments and why you deserve a raise, you won't see what you deserve.

    Advice to Management

    Siemens has a rule that prevents candidates from moving into a new posistion if they have been with in their current posistion less than a year. Exceptions need to be written into the HR policy regarding this rule to prevent the loss of talented personal. I watched a very experienced and hardworking team lead leave the company as he was blocked from moving to corprate because he was only a lead seven months. Now we lost a valuable employee to an industry competitor because the management here on our helpdesk didn't want to lose this employee to another department within the company quoting this rule. Also, I myself was a temp for seven months before being brought on full time. I too will probably be blocked and forced to leave the company to advance my career to the next level or be forced to wait out the extra seven months here on the helpdesk as the seven months spent temp-ing don't count towards my one year tenure. Also, other alternatives for yearly educational requirements need to be considered. I frequently read technical manuels (I'm working on my MCSE) and these texts


  7. Needs some dusting to shine again

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    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Gives opportunites to balance life and work Many locations wordwide to chose from if willing to relocate Leadership encourage feedback and open discussion Benefits are outstanding

    Cons

    Internal politics and bureaucratic, limited career opportunities partly driven by SG&A reduction

    Advice to Management

    Focus on the internal issues/procedures, instead of focusing on the competition


  8. Big company with a great work culture!

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    Former Employee - Software Development Project Manager in Malvern, PA
    Former Employee - Software Development Project Manager in Malvern, PA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great work/life balance. Managers very flexible about working remotely, time off, etc. Smart, friendly group of people to work with. Very process-oriented organization. Lots of opportunities to build transferable skills. Organization very committed to building a great product. Company invests considerably in employee development (training, certifications, etc.).

    Cons

    Some projects are initially presented as business critical, but then underfunded and in some cases under managed. Advancement opportunities are based as much on who you know as they are on your performance. Company has many of the "large company" challenges. Some team members not high performers, sometimes unclear direction, can be easy to get "lost" in the headcount, etc.

    Advice to Management

    Align funding with business priorities.


  9. Possible to be happy

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    Former Employee - Account Executive Senior in Albuquerque, NM
    Former Employee - Account Executive Senior in Albuquerque, NM
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Leading technology provider and worldwide company. Compensation and benefits among the best.

    Cons

    Significant changes in different time periods over the last ten years.

    Advice to Management

    Trust more in the employees that make up the global network of this company.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Good work/life balance and lots of career opportunities; going through tough times right now.

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    Current Employee - Software Architect V in Malvern, PA
    Current Employee - Software Architect V in Malvern, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Siemens Medical in Malvern is a big company with a variety of career opportunities. It is usually easy to move around to different groups, applications and technologies. The working condtions are flexible; you can work from home as necessary and your daily work hours can fluctuate to blend with your personal life. The salary and benefits are generally competitive or better than industry averages.

    Cons

    Things usually move slow but that's fairly normal for large companies. Siemens is going through tough times right now (like the rest of the country) so new development is few and far between. That means that the technology is stagnant; there are few opportunities to bring in and incorporate new technologies. Almost all effort right now is in stabilizing existing product lines to provide a solid foundation for moving forward sometime in 2009.

    Advice to Management

    Continue being transparent and honest with the state and direction of the company. The majority of employees will support the direction as long as we can know the direction and are given the opportunity to understand why that direction/strategy has been chosen.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Great place to work in although you can feel lost in the crowd.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Malvern, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Malvern, PA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    High potential for movements horizontally. I joined Siemens primarily to be able to get experience across other industries. Although after 4 yrs it has not happened, I have seen many others and I feel the right time will come. Given its continuing success, I'm also quite proud to be part of the organisation.

    Cons

    Get lost in the noise. It is such a large organisation, it is easy to feel lost now and then. That is to say, you feel like your impact on the organisation is so small.

    Advice to Management

    Too many cooks in the kitchen. Decision at BU level needs to trump.



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