Siemens Reviews

Updated October 16, 2014
Updated October 16, 2014
818 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Healthy respect for work life balance, good benefits, excellent place to learn (in 71 reviews)

  • The work environment is also very nice and inviting (in 52 reviews)


Cons
  • Upper management tried to prompt younger guys for better control (in 20 reviews)

  • Hard to manage a good work/life balance (in 10 reviews)

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  1.  

    Terrible

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    Job security, big company, good benefits.

    Cons

    So large the left hand doesn't know what the right hand is doing.
    Lots of unnecessary paperwork and red tape to get anything done.
    Everything goes through Germany.
    Make friends in high places or you might end up on the layoff short-list.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Praise every improvement.
    Don't criticize your employees, especially in front of an audience.
    Don't micromanage - let people do what you hired them to do.
    Don't point fingers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Incompetent team, Worse management ever

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fredericton, NB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fredericton, NB (Canada)

    I worked at Siemens

    Pros

    If you are desperate for a job could be a possibility

    Cons

    - Multi Million Program being crashed
    - Competent people that dissent are fired
    - remaining employees living in fear
    - Customer interests are ignored
    - Island mindset within the company: fights between Business units

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - learn the basics of management
    -

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Overworked and Underpaid

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Siemens full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The only pro to list is the co-workers at the same level. Amazing people who care and share in the same misery.

    Cons

    There are unwritten expectations to work nights and weekends. Many people focus on how to get promoted instead of doing their current job. Middle management and above are more concerned with delegation than behaving as true leaders. There is little to no accountability outside of those at the bottom of the totem pole. The pay (salary and/or commission) is not equivalent to the amount of hard work that is required. There is little room for promotion or career growth unless you are part of the chosen few. The culture is one from the 1950s; it is either encouraged by those in the ivory tower or they are not aware of it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you truly value the company and the employees who make it a success, get out and down in the trenches. Find out how the middle management is behaving. Listen to little people. They are the first line of success each and every day. Stop cutting salaries and compensation packages.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Siemens Houston Support Center

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Quality Engineer in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Quality Engineer in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity, because of the lack of college trained engineers, there are lots of holes in Engineering and Operations because of the lack of discipline.

    Cons

    Management does not hire black professional male engineers, even though the company is located in the middle of the oldest historic black community in Houston. (check history)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Should hire engineers with college degrees instead of promoting home made engineers from the shop floor

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

    RnD

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Siemens

    Pros

    Work life balance, bonus is ok.

    Cons

    Management making decision slow especially pertaining to project but dead line no change.
    Hard to get promotion, politic, pay increase very slow.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    make decision faster and be open to suggestion.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    Large company that does not promote teamwork between departments locally

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    Former Employee - Sales Engineer
    Former Employee - Sales Engineer

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

    Pros

    Company brand global reputation, benefits, steady pay.I worked in sales in the fire and security group in the southeast USA Georgia Carolinas area. Building automation group has a strong presence in the triangle NC area with many established customers. I only worked for one division of Siemens so this review is not a reflection of the entire company.

    Cons

    Company is not competitive in the local marketplace, micromanagement, nepotism in the workplace, no focus on fire and security business by upper management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    focus on diversifying your business locally and stop working in such a silo. Siemens could accomplish much more if departments worked togethor better.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Finance Controller

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great opportunities to fix any one of the many broken processes.

    Cons

    Don't expect positive change overnight, there is a lot of problems, especially in the healthcare sector. Many changes have come and gone with little overall improvements taking hold.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve the work environment, instead of cutting 10% of the workforce annually to bring in fresh worker bees that you will eventually wear out and toss aside.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Size & Quality of management prevents them from being the technical company they were.

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Engineer in Charlotte, NC

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

    Pros

    Stability. People are rarely fired, even for poor performance. Management is never fired or demoted only shuffled into different positions. If you want a mediocre international career for 40 years and can say "yes" to everything asked of you, this is the place for you.

    Cons

    401K (a match of 6%) and Medical (50% contribution) lags behind their competitors and even smaller companies. Paid vacation is average (start at 15 days a year). Management is horrible! I had five managers I was responsible to for one project. They were not flexible regarding work times even during family medical issues. I received requests from management not to document off-process conditions and procedures as well as "to do whatever necessary" to meet certain deliverable dates including violating Siemens' own procedures.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Time for some serious G&A reductions! The company is no longer a true technical innovator; listen to their advertisements: "40% of our employees have technical jobs" & "PARTNERING" with companies to develop the innovations of tomorrow. Completely remove deadbeat managers and start treating your employees like you care. There are some really intelligent and hardworking people still at the company, but you will lose them all quickly if you don't give them the recognition and development they deserve and continue a culture of cronyism.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Terrible experience! Would not recomend worknig for this company!

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    Former Employee - Accounting in Alpharetta, GA
    Former Employee - Accounting in Alpharetta, GA

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

    Pros

    I have yet to find any good reasons to work at this company. No work life balance, managers make poor decisions, poor leadership, salaries are low, constant change and it is never for the good. No growth potential, unless you are located in the Alpharetta office, then you have a chance for job growth.

    Cons

    This company likes to change every 6 months and never gives current change a chance to develope. They are always looking to out source jobs. People are walking on egg shells all the time not sure if they will be out sourced. The managers in Corporate accounting are terrible! Thought process is old school and they cannot think outside the box. Siemens claims to be a big advocate for breast cancer, too bad the managers do not share that same belife. My manager violated FMLA and the director allowed this to happen. Even worse HR turned a blind eye to what was going on. My advice to any working in accounting, stay away from this company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Retire or move on and let someone experienced take over your position.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Lack of leadership and focus on personnel

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Syracuse, NY
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Syracuse, NY

    I have been working at Siemens full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Salary and compensation are good not great

    Cons

    No work life balence. More concerned with quantity not quality and everyone is noticing, both employees and customers alike.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Concentrate on quality

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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