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Former Employee - Graphic Artist  in  Princeton, NJ
Former Employee - Graphic Artist in Princeton, NJ

I worked at Siemens

Pros

The time off policy was decent and work from home arrangements are negotiable. The benefits has a great support structure and the ability to travel around the world was interesting and fun.

Cons

It's big. There are a lot of issues that arise in America because of the German work culture and the differences between the two. There are little opportunities for promotions unless you are a white German male. There were very few women managers and the one that I did see was German. The politics within the company are complex and suffocating.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Start to understand more of what your middle management is doing and stop focusing so much on the revenue.

Doesn't Recommend

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    Good Company, Great products, way too much entrenched Managment

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    Former Employee - Project Manager  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Project Manager in New York, NY

    I worked at Siemens

    Pros

    Good benefits, Decent salary if you negotiate it coming in, but forget about getting a decent annual raise. the top performers get less than the inflation rate. You are treated as an adult when it comes to your schedule, very flexible.

    Cons

    -Cult of personality culture.
    -Performance metrics are based on completely arbitrary factors, to the point where people worry more about the metrics, and less about whether or not they are actually doing a good job.
    -Sales force rules the roost. Internal politics always manages to derail needed changes.
    -Management completely out of touch with what occurs in the field.
    -Work lots of weekends and nights with no compensation.
    -From a project management standpoint it is known as a "weak matrix" organization, all power resides with funtional managers.
    -New York City is only fully "Unionized " area for the company, union employees operate with complete impunity.
    -No consideration for geography in salary bands, except San Francisco, they get a cost of living bump NYC does not.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a hard look at the Middle management, especially those that have been there forever, they are not doing you any favors. Also, stop coming up with new slogans every year and actually live by them. The last big push was about becoming a "customer-centric" organization. It was a lot of touchy feely talk and seminars with no action to back it up. Customers still a distant second to profit margin.

    Stop looking at spread sheets all day and get out in the field!

    Doesn't Recommend
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    It's an OK job in a bad market

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    Former Employee - Senior Technical Lead  in  Morristown, NJ
    Former Employee - Senior Technical Lead in Morristown, NJ

    I worked at Siemens

    Pros

    Micro Managment at it's best. They will be involved in every aspect of you day to day. There will never not be an reason not to be busy. Great for people who love to work. The salary is within acceptable ranges and Most management is pleasent enough to deal with.

    Cons

    Micro Managment at it's best. They will be involved in every aspect of you day to day. The have rules laid out for how you should do your job. There is no real room for error or slow days in their minds. If they pay you for 40 hrs and work only comes to 30hrs, they will eventually find 4 people in the same boat and remove one to spread the work around. This makes for a somewhat tense desire to find work by the more "go getting" employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not everything worker do can be arrange in such a way to have standards that don't change. You can't just expect every job to go as planned

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