Siemens PLM Software

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Siemens PLM Software Reviews

Updated Jul 22, 2014
All Employees Current Employees Only

3.3 175 reviews

74% Approve of the CEO

Siemens PLM Software President & CEO Chuck Grindstaff

Chuck Grindstaff

(42 ratings)

69% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • When it comes to work/life balance Siemens is extremely understanding(in 15 reviews)

  • Good work culture and healthy work environment(in 18 reviews)


Cons
  • Most of the pros are found at most companies now a days, no career growth due to low turn over(in 8 reviews)

  • No career path for technical field support personnel like myself who don't want to enter management(in 13 reviews)

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    A Different Company Back Then

    (Current Employee)

    ProsSiemens have a wide range of software from product life cycle, manufacturing, engineering and analysis tools that you can learn on everyday real-world applications.

    ConsToo many software portfolio that makes it hard for even the best application engineer to stay up-to-date on, let alone how these software truly integrate with one another. If you pick a software product and dive deep, you become specialized in that area with no opportunity to expand across other portfolio. Career advancement is seldom rewarded or often denied.

    Advice to Senior ManagementInvest in your employees by providing real training (on-site, not web-based), place them on job assignments regardless if they have all the qualifications needed. A week attending an in-class training is far more effective than a month worth of self-paced web-based training. Have them shadow the team to learn first-hands on how the experts provide solutions to customers. Have some faith in employees by giving them opportunity to shine through. Holding back a seasoned employee because he/she doesn't have that one specific skill set you need for a specific assignment is no-win situation for both. Promote from within company to provide opportunity to those who have wealth of knowledge to share (i.e. Jack of all trade). Stop with the internal job interviews for employees who are being interviewed for a specific project assignment within the company. We are already employed by you, have our resume and skill set profile updated, and the resource managers should be able to say I have XYZ person available, and now go utilize this person for that project assignment. The competitiveness within our own organization is counter-productive for everyone.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Bad place to work

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsFlexible work hours. Nothing else

    ConsHard to move up the ladder. Very lateral.
    Managers are very incompetent. Only interested in asking for status from subordinates. They appear to spend a lot of time working, but actually contribute very little. They are only interested in their advancement even at the expense of subordinates. All projects are very badly managed they have a process but don't follow it.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNothing that they would care to consider.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

     

    Great people to work with

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Pros-Great teamwork
    -Always willing to help
    -You learn a lot
    -Nice, calm working environment

    ConsI have no complaints about this company.

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    Great work environment

    Software Product Consultant III (Current Employee) Livonia, MI

    ProsCan work from home, flexible work hours, smart consultants around, great customer feedback on the services provided

    ConsVery lateral organization structure, getting a promotion is not feasible at all.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMoney is one part of keeping a employee happy, but they need career path and hope more effort is put into it.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

     

    Great place to work depending upon the group and manager.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsNice people to work with. Lots of challenging assignments and a great learning environment.

    ConsSalary raise marginal. Newbies might earn more than people who were around for few years.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTrim the dead wood, pay employees above market

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    PLM lacks leadership and direction

    Senior Analyst (Current Employee) Malvern, PA

    ProsI've been with Siemens for 8 years and have worked in a variety of roles from consulting to software development. When it comes to work/life balance Siemens is extremely understanding. People are generally nice and most people work hard.

    ConsLack of good leadership is extremely apparent. PLM management knows what needs to be done from a market perspective but has no idea how to get there. Many team leaders should not be in those positions and it causes products to have to be continually reworked to accommodate customer needs and wants. Too many decisions are made based on a single customer versus on the market standards. KLAS ratings continue to drop month after month while competing companies who had lower prior ratings pass us by.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFocus on the reality of the situation and produce a product that meets industry standards before adding features that have little ROI. Get rid of the lead people who have not performed and continue to bring a product down with their unrealistic expectations and lack of understanding of how to accomplish their vision. Start looking at those who are actually doing the work instead of those who are trying to get recognized and produce only poor results. The loudest employee should not always be to most recognized and those who lack opinions that go against the norm probably have no originality and have been in PLM too long creating more red tape then needed. Having employees in meetings 60% of their day being non-productive will contribute to a poorly developed product. Lastly, it is offense to employees to work excessive hours and get little to no compensation and then to hold raises for 6 months without back pay is almost criminal.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Project/Program-based engineering and manufacturing software and system development

    Services Software Product Consultant III (Current Employee) Detroit, MI

    ProsGreat, solid company to work for. Major focus on high quality deliverables, accountability, and integrity.

    ConsPath to advancement is limited or completely undefined in most cases; if you're billable, you'll stay where you are for a long time instead of advancing along a defined career path.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Relaxing Job

    Software Engineer Advanced (Current Employee) Shoreview, MN

    ProsExcellent work and life balance

    ConsVery less growth opportunity an constant pay

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Siemens AG is great, but Siemens PLM is still UGS.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsOver the last 15 years I've worked with UGS, Siemens AG and PLM. UGS was acquired by Siemens a few years back.
    Stable job - work here forever, international colleagues, exposures to multiple industries, flexible work and multiple locations globally. Lots of new companies being acquired. Great healthcare coverage (at a cost).

    ConsSiemens is a great international company, but PLM is still run by the same guys that ran UGS. If you weren't in UGS management then, you're not in the management team now (Siemens' German executives excluded). Everyone here in management has been here forever. Merit has no role in advancement. Bonuses for employees normally don't make it pass the favored ones, but you can work here forever with 1-2% merit raises. That means after the yearly benefits costs increases you're only a couple of percent down. Promotion is nonexistent, and with all the acquisitions, there's even less room to move. You won't get your manager's job, because he's not going anywhere; yes, the glass ceiling is pretty thick here too. Don't get sick (as other reviews have said) there is no sick pay, just PTO. I'm sure that will be cut too when the ObamaCare takes off.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake some lessons from German management is regards to your employees. Treat them as the assets they are.

    – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Stable work environment in terms of job security, salary, and position

    Senior Software Engineer (Current Employee) Cincinnati, OH

    ProsStable work environment in the US in terms of job security. There is never a shortage of work. Following several reductions in force over many years and various acquisitions of the company, the people that are left are, on average, very senior people with little chance that they will be let go.

    ConsMost product development job growth is still overseas (where labor is cheaper), despite some, very limited, local hiring in the US. Raises have been lackluster due to current economic conditions. Key senior developers are given quite good bonuses while developers who do not exceed their goals for the year are given small to zero bonus. Raises are similar. HR rarely updates salary bands and generally seems disinterested in the employees it is supposed to view as valuable resources. Employees are forbidden from openly talking about salaries and bonuses, but given their spending behavior, and the timing of yearly bonuses, it is clear that the chosen few are highly rewarded while the many are largely ignored. Even cars in the company parking lot range from the most expensive cars imaginable to the cheapest economy cars imaginable.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThere needs to be clear communication about salaries, bonuses, and career paths. There needs to be very visible connections between evaluations, bonuses, and salary increments.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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