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Siemens Energy & Automation Reviews

Updated November 10, 2014
Updated November 10, 2014
154 Reviews
3.4
154 Reviews
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Siemens Energy & Automation President and CEO Dennis Sadlowski
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Diversity, very technical, white collar, good benefits, training (in 12 reviews)

  • Large employer with great benefits (in 11 reviews)


Cons
  • Work/life balance may at times be difficult to manage (in 3 reviews)

  • Very little/ No communication between upper management and Engineers (in 4 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    best opportunity and job ever

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assembler in Bartlesville, OK
    Former Employee - Assembler in Bartlesville, OK

    I worked at Siemens Energy & Automation full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    there was always plenty of work

    Cons

    no cons to report at this time

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    please hire james brown back.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Awesome place to grow and learn until they moved to Mexico

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Supervisor in El Paso, TX
    Former Employee - Supervisor in El Paso, TX

    I worked at Siemens Energy & Automation full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Benefits such as 401(k), health, EAP
    Promotion from within
    Getting hired permanent from temp
    Career learning
    Safety Program
    Six Sigma
    Good pay for hourly staff

    Cons

    Low pay for supervisors
    Office workers are segregated in culture from production staff
    No work life if on the 2nd or 3rd shift

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put an injection molding facility back in El Paso; there is plenty of talent in El Paso which are in fields they are not striving in
    Quit hiring people to run a facility from Monterrey. These so called engineers have no clue how to run a business

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Overly Automated in the Accounting/Finance H.Q

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Accountant III
    Former Employee - Accountant III

    I worked at Siemens Energy & Automation as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Very high Tech. You will stay up to date with the best in accounting Technology. Plenty of opportunities to learn by doing.

    Cons

    So automated employees forget Critical Reasoning skills, from lack of use. Management is out of touch with what their staff needs. No leadership. I witnessed a lot of favoritism. Its not what you do that matters, it is who you know.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get in touch with your staff, and find out what the relevant issues are.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very large company with typical politics and behaviors

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Market Development Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Market Development Manager in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Siemens Energy & Automation full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Job security, many different divisions and possible roles, generally good managers, flexible work hours, pretty good insurance and benefits, and a friendly culture.

    Cons

    Consistently incompetent HR, which has outsourced everything in the name of cost savings to the point when managing simple things like benefits, hiring, and firing are nearly impossible to so smoothly. Despite trying to drive for a "high performing culture" (in their words), their actions never quite make it and there is considerable mediocrity from employees that simply won't ever be fired. Salaries are considerably below industry average. It wasn't uncommon to receive offers for 25-30% more for the same job from other companies. Culture and politics driven from German HQ, which makes any meaningful change EXTREMELY difficult and slow. As a result, the company can't react to market and customer changes in a timely manner.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    In short, Siemens needs to figure out if they are going to be a German company that operates globally or a truly global company that just happens to be headquartered in Germany. HQ needs to allow each region to have more autonomy, so they can change their businesses faster to meet market needs without fear of political fallout in Germany. Change takes way, way too long to be beneficial. Look at O&G growth in the US, and Siemens terribly slow response to it. While things are better now, being competitive with major players (like GE) required the purchase of Dresser Rand at a very high price and considerable post-merger integration! TMR salary ranges for good employees need to be elevated 20-30% to be competitive in the market. HR needs to take a more active role in finding development roles for top talent. My President and most of his staff spent over a year trying to find or make a new role for me to move into. While employees should drive their own career development, there simply were no opportunities. In a time of such growth in the US market, this is simply not acceptable for aggressive, forward-minded managers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Top down German Oriented

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Automation in Elgin, IL
    Former Employee - Automation in Elgin, IL

    I worked at Siemens Energy & Automation full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Large company.
    Good group of fellow employees.

    Cons

    Very German oriented with strong good old boys club.
    Boom & bust cycle management.
    Companies bought to kill competition.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Very top down one way management.
     Listen & respond to people doing the work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Micro-managed.

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    Former Employee - Procurement Specialist in Elgin, IL
    Former Employee - Procurement Specialist in Elgin, IL

    I worked at Siemens Energy & Automation full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Professional. Metrics driven. Good benefits.

    Cons

    Culture of fear. Strictly observed hierarchy. Too many highly paid professionals who just add to the overhead. Lots of layoffs. Favoritism is rampant. You better have someone higher up watching your back.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    People used to care about that company. It's sad that you mistreat the ones that brought it through the early years when there was such crazy booming growth. You let the newcomers chase out the old guard. You brought in too many data heads, try getting your current group to rise to an occasion of 150% growth year after year, after year. You've lost market share and the regard of the customer base. Coincidence, I think not.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Better than some, worse than others.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer II in Grand Rapids, MI
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer II in Grand Rapids, MI

    I worked at Siemens Energy & Automation full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Average to slightly above average pay, good company 401k match, and good health care package.

    Cons

    Company business always comes first. Better be part of the good old boys network if you want to advance. Very poor IT support making it difficult to get work done. Siemens is basically a holding comany that buys profitable companies, disrupts the culture and sucessful nature of the business, then wrings out a couple good years of high profits before selling them off.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    contract

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Siemens Energy & Automation as a contractor (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    great guys to work with and managers are great aswell.

    Cons

    no real cons to complain about.

  10.  

    system engineer

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    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at Siemens Energy & Automation as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Diversity, very technical, white collar, good benefits, training

    Cons

    hours, mgmt, atmosphere, parking, weather

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good "starter company"

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineering in Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Engineering in Cincinnati, OH

    I have been working at Siemens Energy & Automation full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    This organization of Siemens AG, Siemens Industry Inc., is a good place to work especially when beginning a career. Resources and benefits available to employees are among the best; their size gives them tremendous negotiating potential. Siemens is a diversified German conglomerate that can allow you to move to various industry sectors while staying within the same corporate structure. There is a fair amount of opportunity if you are looking for leadership positions, training and persona growth.

    Cons

    The reason we all work - compensation: I think they are competitive, but are not among leading companies in this regard. While benefits offered are very strong and salaries are competitive, once you are working at the company, there is little one can do to boost this. Their corporate structure inherently limits progress based on merit. I believe it has to do with the German/European business culture.
    Culture: One may be very satisfied with compensation, but when it comes to culture, it could give some pause. It is an assorted group of silo's. As a result, overlapping efforts and work duplication is pervasive. It's overly structured and fosters an environment of "helplessness" to the average employee.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I believe bureaucracy reigns, which should be a focus for improvement - at least in the Americas. When this is the case, employees get the strong message - from polices and procedures - that one should not rock the boat, but rather accept the status quo. Unfortunately, this discourages new ideas, innovation and fresh thinking, which I believe are crucial to any company that wants to thrive in this new century.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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