Siemens Reviews

Updated July 29, 2015
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Pros
  • 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. Sr. Manufacturing Engineer

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in West Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in West Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Siemens

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people, nice place to work, good work/life balance

    Cons

    Poor Management, not a lot of room to grow


  2. Helpful (1)

    Leadership Merry-go-round

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Elgin, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Elgin, IL

    I worked at Siemens full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good global brand and name recognition helps sell above average products and services

    Cons

    Leadership is on a 2 year merry-go-round. You will find yourself reporting to a new boss every 2-3 years, trying to implement the same failed strategies over and over again to no avail because the new director comes in and doesn't know the business. That director then moves on to the next position/location just before the results of his/her strategy prove to be a no-gain proposition. When I was there the company invested some $50MM+ on new plant equipment and hired hundreds of new employees only to turn around and sell / lay-off 2 years later.

    Advice to Management

    Sr. Management needs to take a vested interest in the business instead of just doing what looks good on the surface to further their own careers.


  3. Marketing Manager

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Siemens full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great group of people. Safe and friendly culture. Dependent on manager, but mostly allow for work life balance.

    Cons

    Too many priorities and not enough resources to be successful. Not enough opportunities to move up.

    Advice to Management

    Need to focus. Leadership needs to become "editors" and need to look at investing in enablers to be more strategic.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Big company

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    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Chicago, IL

    I worked 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

    stable, large company if you do want a easy life.

    Cons

    Hard to make a self improvement, hard to communicate with HR, which are all located remotely in Florida


  6. Very good people and excellent training but corporate was out of touch.

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    Former Employee - RSM in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - RSM in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Siemens full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Great training, great people. The people in WT were Very knowledgeable and professional.

    Cons

    Siemens doesn't understand the water business and makes many managerial mistakes because of this. Manufacturing runs the business not sales, so lacks customer focus and not production cost conscious.

    Advice to Management

    Let a U.S. water person with sales experience run this company fairly autonomously.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Outdated management but good benefits

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    Current Employee - Technical Support in Buffalo Grove, IL
    Current Employee - Technical Support in Buffalo Grove, IL

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

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

    Pros

    The benefits are good, the vacation time is standard (2 weeks). There are 6 paid company holidays. The company is well recognized but with the amount of products Siemens makes it is hard to explain the divisions you work for.

    Cons

    The work environment is stuffy and outdated. Old office furniture, old computers, and a old mentality. The management typically promotes the people they like most, not the better candidates. They have slimmed down on management, however the managers that are left often forget about their people. It is difficult to be recognized for the work you do, and even harder to be promoted. If you are looking for a steady paycheck and a solid workflow, work here. If you are trying to advance and work your way up the company, look elsewhere.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on the existing employees. Listen to the ideas. Bring in some younger people and allow them a chance in managerial roles. Talk to the managers and make sure they do their job and do it well. Most importantly create aptitude tests for incoming employees, far to many people pretend to know things.


  8. Marketing Manager

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    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Buffalo Grove, IL
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Buffalo Grove, IL

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Great employee benefits. Tons of opportunities to learn new things.

    Cons

    Very complicated processes. Low flexibility on work/life balance

    Advice to Management

    Listen more to your employees in order to reduce cost and eliminate waste


  9. good to work as start point of your career

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    Current Employee - Staff Scientist in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Staff Scientist in Chicago, IL

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    the business is quite stable, and they give relatively decent pay, standard process

    Cons

    less dynamic compared to those fast growing companies, the space of promotion is limited


  10. Solid place to work

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Purchasing Agent in Buffalo Grove, IL
    Former Employee - Purchasing Agent in Buffalo Grove, IL

    I worked at Siemens full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits package, lots of opportunity

    Cons

    Constant restructuring, lack of concern for employees as individuals

    Advice to Management

    Develop your people to help them succeed on a career path within the company


  11. One of the best company to work for:-0) Diversity in real sense…

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    Current Employee - Senior Mfg Engineer in West Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Mfg Engineer in West Chicago, IL

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I joined Siemens few days ago but I can tell you with past 24 plus years of working only in companies across the globe that, this is the company from where I am going to retire. They have the best technology at work does not matter in which division you work they have best technology at work. People are very friendly and share knowledge with each other… the Team work in real sense. Management are very friendly and open for ideas all the time. I just love working for the Siemens.

    Cons

    Getting familiar to the Hi Tech working environment.Just Kidding ...I am pro technology.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing already.



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