Siemens Reviews

Updated October 15, 2014
Updated October 15, 2014
818 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Healthy respect for work life balance, good benefits, excellent place to learn (in 71 reviews)

  • The work environment is also very nice and inviting (in 52 reviews)


Cons
  • Upper management tried to prompt younger guys for better control (in 20 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    Helpful

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Testing in Malvern, PA
    Former Employee - Testing in Malvern, PA

    I worked at Siemens as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great work environment
    Opportunities to grow

    Cons

    Too many meetings
    Too many approvals needed

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Going in the right direction

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Company / Great People / Great Products / Mediocre Management

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Hoffman Estates, IL
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Hoffman Estates, IL

    I have been working at Siemens full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    - Siemens MI is probably the best team in the entire industry that pioneered technologies in the past but also continues to push the envelope in the future
    - Long term partnerships to key opinion leaders
    - great benefits and good work / life balance

    Cons

    - current management team lacks vision and leadership experience and is destroying what was build up over the last 10 years
    - lack of decision making and micro management delays projects and drives the best people out the door
    - lost a lot of the customer focus we had back 5 years ago when we were celebrating some of our biggest achievements and successes

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pack your stuff up and move back to Germany!

  3.  

    This is how it's supposed to be

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    Current Employee - Fire and Security Technician in Pensacola, FL
    Current Employee - Fire and Security Technician in Pensacola, FL

    I have been working at Siemens

    Pros

    I guess that the deciding factor that makes Siemens a great place to work probably depends largely on the person running the branch. I used to read these reviews, and would come across one like I am about to write and say to myself, "I hate that guy". But since I have been here ( seven months) I actually look foreward to coming to work again. Here at my branch we have Complete professional freedom when it comes to scheduling your work, and how you perform your work. I mean, who knows about the tasks to be done, and how to coordinate them with the customer better than the person that does it every day? I came from SimplexGrinnell, and after ten years of seing how they did things, I can assure you that running a branch office how this one is being ran is the reason that our customer ratings here are WORLD CLASS. Period. We have a very talented team, and our growth rate here is unbelievable. But here's the catch; you have to be the kind of person that can get things done, and not the type who is not motivated and just lets stuff fall through the cracks.

    Cons

    Very little feedback from management about job performance (good or bad).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up. Keep letting us do what we do without micro-managing us. You get ALOT more productivity out of us this way because we stay happier. And when we are happier, we do a ton more than what is required of us. Common sense, huh? My last employer just could'nt grasp that concept, though. And it rotted the office from the inside out.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great place but on a downwards trend

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Hoffman Estates, IL
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Hoffman Estates, IL

    I worked at Siemens

    Pros

    - great people
    - innovation driven (in the past)
    - good colaborations with customers

    Cons

    - management changes in 2009 and 2010 were disruptive
    - new executive team takes way too long to make decisions
    - way too many German Executives, hire from within!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - don't kill what we all built up over the last 10 years

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Nice company - treats employees well

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Architect V in Piscataway, NJ
    Former Employee - Software Architect V in Piscataway, NJ

    I worked at Siemens

    Pros

    Good pay
    great collagues
    pleasant work atmosphese

    Cons

    cafeteria sucks
    sales are stagnant, so there are not many growth opportunities
    layoffs are frequest since the 2008. Before the crisis there were no lay-offs long tim
    a lot of politics. If you are not "in" the politics, you are automatically out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    not so much politics

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Servic Team Leader

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Service Team Leader in Fresno, CA
    Former Employee - Service Team Leader in Fresno, CA

    I worked at Siemens

    Pros

    Great place to work for someone who is highly motivated and willing to play "the game". The job is wonderful if you can work under pressure and lear to trump up your accomplishments. The benefits packages are great and so is compensation. You really have to learn your craft and their is very little winging it. But once you get your foot in the door, they are wonderful as far as training and helping you when they can.

    Cons

    The executives at the company want so much to portray the "corporate lifestyle." They love the business power lunches, the speakerphone meetings, and the big fancy banquet meetings. You need to learn who to trust and when to trust them. They all talk in the cliche business speak. So learn your lingo.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They need to understand that a company does not go in the direction the captain points to. It goes in the direction the workers steer the boat.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Exceptional place to start or continue your career. Diverse businesses and interesting challenges.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Iselin, NJ
    Current Employee - Manager in Iselin, NJ

    I have been working at Siemens

    Pros

    Siemens is a global organization, with the appropriate challenges and opportunities. If you are adept and building and sustaining relationships, and like working with colleagues globally, you will probably love working here.

    Cons

    Being a global organization with over 400,000 employees means that communication can be challenging at times. It's hard, but not impossible, to stand out when surrounded by so much talent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue creating and sustaining opportunities for cross cluster communication and best practice sharing. Remain dedicated to hiring and keeping the best talent.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Siemens Medical

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Malvern, PA
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Malvern, PA

    I worked at Siemens

    Pros

    Benefits were good and compensation was fair. Training opportunities were ample and furthering education was looked upon favorably.

    Cons

    It definitly felt like you were working for a large company. A good deal of decisions were made by hq which was overseas and not a lot of thought was put into how it would trickle down in the states.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend time in the field to get a sense of how decisions made would affect the sales force.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great

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

    I have been working at Siemens

    Pros

    Great company to work for. Health benefits, treatment, working environment. All of them are great! Also, great with managers and other employees

    Cons

    None that I can think of. But sometimes the work does get hectic but that is with any job. Other than that its a great company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great company to work for. Health benefits, treatment, working environment. All of them are great! Also, great with managers and other employees

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Overall a great place to work!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Orlando, FL

    I have been working at Siemens

    Pros

    Siemens is a huge company and therefore provides almost unlimited opportunities for career development and for promotion / advancement.

    Cons

    While there are huge opportunities for advancement due to the sheer size of the company, obtaining some of the opportunities requires a LOT of effort and willingness to put in huge amounts of hours to get noticed by someone at or above a certain level. While the top and top- middle management, and especially HR, certainly espouse the merit based pay system, continuous feedback, performance process, and high performance culture, the reality is that the day to day line managers aren't getting the message, and often recognize seniority and experience over performance, talent, and potential.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

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