Siemens Reviews

Updated September 1, 2015
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Siemens President & CEO Joe Kaeser
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Pros
  • Good work-life balance with flexi time (in 77 reviews)

  • Stable and relaxed work environment (in 53 reviews)

Cons
  • 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. Helpful (1)

    Siemens branches lack leadership and a diverse work place that encourage educational, intellectual advancement

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    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Pine Brook, NJ
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Pine Brook, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    I initially thought the reputation of the company and with that, I thought the company will be a better place to work for, but after couple of months on the job. I discovered that it was a wrong chess move.

    Cons

    Lack of Leadership on the part of the supervisor and senior management Leadership do not know how to inspire greatness in their subordinates Limited chance for advancement in terms of advance to a better opportunity Siemens promotes a feudal society, a society where sales associates are kings and the engineers and technicians that does the actually job are consider as servant Senior management do not promote educational advancement. Work places lack an air of professionalism, employees gossip, backbbite, crack stupid jokes

    Advice to Management

    Promote an professionally stimulated work place Inspire employee to be do great and those great should be rewards. Promote an environment of diversity and discourage ganging up of old timers against new employee Salary should commensurate with what it is generally paid to Engineers in a similar industry. Place emphasis on employee instead of the profit and sales


  2. Helpful (1)

    Don't work there

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    Former Employee - Graphic Artist in Princeton, NJ
    Former Employee - Graphic Artist in Princeton, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend

    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 Management

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


  3. Good place to work, but little opportunity for advancement

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Camaraderie and enjoyment of working with peers

    Cons

    Little support or recognition from management, opportunities for training and career growth

    Advice to Management

    mid level workers should not be penalized for management failure


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  5. Helpful (1)

    No love for their employees!

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    Former Employee - Data Maintenance Specialist in Irving, TX
    Former Employee - Data Maintenance Specialist in Irving, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay. Good people to work with. Excellent benefits. Unique work environment and an opportunity to learn how alarm systems work.

    Cons

    The management does not listen to their employees. They automatically assume the worst. Too much bad blood between departments, resulting in unnecessary conflict.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees. Don't automatically assume that they are wrong. Take the time to listen to their issues and if there is something that you caught wrong with the employees, don't automatically think it's their fault regardless if they were the ones working on an account.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Disappointing in terms of opportunities for job growth

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Saleries are fair, benefits are good, generous PTO (vacation) program (as long as you don't get sick), nice location close to Google campus.

    Cons

    Soon to be five CEOs in five years. Market share is half what is was eight years ago. Management is delusional regarding what it would take to make it back to where we were. Many of the VPs who got us into this mess remain. Needless to say, most employees can't understand why they are still here. Company is quite understaffed after years of lay-offs (even after expanding a bit during the last year), so everyone is overworked and cooperation suffers. People stay on because they love Ultrasound and the economy is bad.

    Advice to Management

    Ger rid of the under-achieving VPs and middle managers. Admit that additional investment will be needed to execute on current plans and grow faster than competition. Promote from within. There are still a lot of good people left in the organization.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Hostile work environment and internal "mob" structure

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Issaquah, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Issaquah, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    the company has "good" benefits

    Cons

    you can guarantee that you will be underappreciated overworked micromanaged job security is low internal "mob" structure based on internal favoritism that makes the people who are "out of network" to leave For every 1 person that actualy works there are at least 5-6 managers

    Advice to Management

    Open up your minds and simplify the processes


  8. Helpful (2)

    Siemens Trenton is Jurassic Park awaiting extinction

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    Former Employee - Finance in Trenton, NJ
    Former Employee - Finance in Trenton, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Siemens full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Siemens is a large well known global company. This is a well recognized brand on the resume. Salary is ok and benefits are health ins. and 401(k).

    Cons

    The Trenton site was only site not consolidated into the new North Carolina facility because of legacy asbestos law suits. They are isolating this site until can be shuttered. The products are old and no new products are coming out of this site. Most of the site property has been divided up and sold as lots. The location is in a very bad area of Trenton. Management is combative with its Union workforce which makes for a uneasy situation. This site is the armpit of the company and many affiliates do not even want to do business with it. If you want to work for Siemens, This is a bad entry spot for this global firm.

    Advice to Management

    The employees know each day is closer to the end. The current Senior team is hatchet group. Just managing until the end and collecting oversize bonus amounts.


  9. Helpful (2)

    Sales are down. Morale is low. Everyone is trying to be useful and look as busy as possible.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Malvern, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Malvern, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Siemens full-time

    Pros

    Medical benefits (why else would you put up with this garbage?)

    Cons

    Micro-managing managers. Top heavy upper management. No vision. Too many seasoned employees who've outgrown their usefulness.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your direct reports - they're in the trenches all day and know what's going on. Think outside of the box!! Be flexible with your direct reports....nobody wants to work for an a-hole.


  10. Not the type of company I want to be a part of

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    Former Employee - Leadership Development Participant
    Former Employee - Leadership Development Participant
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Siemens full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Decent Pay and Benefits Value Knowledge Work with a lot of smart engineers

    Cons

    What came across to me most was a "if you can't make it, fake it" culture. You were given numbers you were expected to hit and even management would tell you that if the team couldn't hit the numbers (because they were often a bad standard made by people who didn't understand the process) then you needed to find a way to make it look like you did. In my opinion they also came across has having 0 loyalty. I was in a program for up and coming leaders that they spent quite a bit of money on. I left because after going on unnecessary company trips and outings we would go back to facilities and watch people get laid off. I knew that if that was what they were teaching upcoming management was ok in their company - I wanted nothing to do with it.

    Advice to Management

    Stop micromanaging the individual contributors by making decisions on their numbers from a different country - or if you do, listen to reason when they tell you its not possible. You are only hurting yourself but creating a culture where it is better that they lie to you about the numbers. Can't figure out why your savings never seem to match the numbers your teams are reporting? That's why!


  11. Helpful (1)

    Stay away from this place

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    Current Employee - Finance in Trenton, NJ
    Current Employee - Finance in Trenton, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Quite good bedefits and pay

    Cons

    Lots of forms of discrimination taking place, resulting from multiple lawsuits. Shop environment not healthy. Head of finance is a sico, thus the entire finance/accounting dept. are a hostile environment. Using old computers and operating systems. No growth opportunities. HR is no help in solving hostile environment issues. Rumors of this place closing dowb have been around for years. I hope it will happen. Do not waste your time looking into working there. You will regret.

    Advice to Management

    Get a life and mental help.



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