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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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Field Service Engineer

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Field Service Engineer in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Field Service Engineer in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Siemens Energy & Automation full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Nice working environment. Great people. OK Salary and good benefits. You can learn a lot if you want to.

    Cons

    Not really organized. Managers aren't really technical and doesn't really know what the engineers are doing.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    SAP Systems Architect

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - SAP Systems Architect in North Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - SAP Systems Architect in North Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    1) great benefits (100% match on 401k up to 6%)
    2) great work&life balance (able to telecommute 2 days a week)
    3) typical 9-5 IT support job with minor overtime required
    4) annual performance bonus
    5) I had a great manager, probably best one I had in my entire IT career (12+ years) but again, it depends a lot on where you end up

    Cons

    1) no defined career paths
    2) everything is based on seniority and who you know- most of people have been here for 10+ years; will not leave unless laid off or retired
    3) no training whatsoever. my last product specific training class was 4 years
    4) salary increases limited to 2-3% annual increases; you will never be paid market rate if you already with low salary. Two of my managers recommended leaving and doing consulting for couple years and then coming back at 15-20% higher salary
    5) Given that Siemens is a manufacturing company, IT is always viewed as expense by business community, not someone delivering value to company
    6) As a result of point 5, constant budget cutbacks even when overall economy and Siemens are doing well

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    make an effort to keep your best talented employee by rewarding them accordingly rather than sticking to seniority model. Eventually the older generation will retire and there is no young talent behind them. Most of the younger folks leave to do consulting in their 20's or 30's

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Big Company, Big Inertia

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Regional Sales Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Regional Sales Manager in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits. Follow company procedures and policies and gain job security.

    Cons

    Does not reward individual excellence. Does not reward creativity or thinking "outside-the-box."

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Stable Company to work for..ok benefits

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Norcross, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Norcross, GA

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

    Pros

    Siemens is a stable company to work for due to its shear size. For the most part you can rest at ease that your job is stable in the changing economic environment.

    Cons

    Very German, controlling, and rigid. Little to no advancement opportuntiy or direction for advancement. Advancement is based on politics rather than skills based. As a result operational preformance continues to decline in the U.S. Employees are working 110%, Co. refuses to hire needed people, invest in new tech., and is not open to suggestions therefore even good management will not take risks at the risk of politcal demise. In Finance they will only promote new 4yr level college grads quickly and refuse to acknowledge anyone with experience that was not hired through the FMT program, African Americans and working mothers are not qualified for the FMT program. Siemens will not acknowledge CPA as an advanced certification for promotion in the ATL officies. Female managers are often widely disrespected and are convenient casualties in politics, in contrast men in the same situations are promoted to new "roles" that are "better suited for them." No pension program,benefits are just fair in comparison.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need more American based management here in the U.S. rather than foreigners that have no interest in advancing careers of U.S. citizens. Need actual experienced finance management from outside of the company to improve quality of finance data. The Germans value ultimate control in directly managing within the U.S. rather than allowing qualfied U.S. management to grow the business units.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Great Job with good peer

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Arlington, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Arlington, TX

    I worked at Siemens Energy & Automation full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great work environment and time off

    Cons

    Got laid off due to lack of work

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Siemens Customer Service Dept

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Field Service Technician in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Field Service Technician in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    I work under my own direction.

    Cons

    There is not enough management support

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good American Manufacturer

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Marketing Specialist in Alpharetta, GA
    Current Employee - Senior Marketing Specialist in Alpharetta, GA

    I have been working at Siemens Energy & Automation

    Pros

    Company values their employees, has learning and development programs for each employee, and is dedicated to advancing those that work.

    Cons

    VERY large company, with lots of red tape and politics. Occasionally, these get in the way of making the best choices for the business.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider giving ALL employees incentives to keep the company's best interests in mind (i.e. profit sharing, annual bonus, etc.)

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Stable, but cheap company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Downers Grove, IL
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Downers Grove, IL

    I worked at Siemens Energy & Automation

    Pros

    If you are 40 y.o. +, than this place is just fine. Job is easy and responsibilities are limited.

    Cons

    I wanted more challenges from my job and more money. Siemens is a huge company where things move slowly, you find yourself to be a tiny fish in the ocean. What frustrates most is decisions made on the very top that affect the whole departments and nothing you can do about it. For example, company wants to save on office space and relocates everyone one day without asking employees opinion. Also company did a poor HR job, software engineers were hired just to fill positions ASAP. If you travel on business, you will get a cap on spending, no alcohol expense and mid-to-low end hotel, like La Quinta. These factors add to the general feel of cheapness of the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Money saving steps, are necessary, but employees should be compensated somehow when the company saved a lot and posts great profits. Also, it would be great to make changes in the management to add community feel to the department. Health lifestyle initiatives: my friend at Chase told me he gets some bonus points for exercising at the gym. If the office location away from the public transit, at least to bring up the topic of picking up employees from to/from work. Yearly reviews are pointless: no matter how you perform, your increase is limited by the allocated budget and company guidelines.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Good place, but Germany rules

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Business Manager in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Siemens Energy & Automation

    Pros

    Learning & development processes, general care for people

    Cons

    If there is a German who needs development / opportunity, they are ahead of you in the line

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When will Siemens get an American on its board?

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    You are just a number, if you do not get results, you will be replaced.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Quality Engineer in Elgin, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Quality Engineer in Elgin, IL

    I have been working at Siemens Energy & Automation

    Pros

    money, benefits, and the backstabbing

    Cons

    Poor Work Life Balance, All important decisions are made in Headquarters not in the US

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop treating everyone like a number.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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