Siemens Reviews

Updated October 20, 2014
Updated October 20, 2014
819 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Healthy respect for work life balance, good benefits, excellent place to learn (in 73 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.  

    I worked with Siemens for 6 years

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Siemens full-time

    Pros

    Good work life balance and Great place to work

    Cons

    bad politics in some departments

    Recommends
  2.  

    Biochemist

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Siemens

    Pros

    Good company with good benefit, opportunity to move up

    Cons

    you have to work hard to be promoted

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    help younger employee

  3.  

    Loved the co-workers, but the engineers were horrible.

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    Former Employee - Drive Technician in Alpharetta, GA
    Former Employee - Drive Technician in Alpharetta, GA

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

    Pros

    The Co-workers were great and the benefits were good.

    Cons

    The pay was horrible for a Drive Technician. Engineers were located at a different location, so we could not always communicate when things didn't fit or work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay the people better and give them engineers that are there locally.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Siemens Internship Program

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    Current Employee - Intern in Iselin, NJ
    Current Employee - Intern in Iselin, NJ

    I have been working at Siemens as an intern

    Pros

    Flexible and supportive of my career goals

    Cons

    Not enough opportunities to move up in the company

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Internship was okay... - your experience could vary depending upon many variables

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    Former Employee - Procurement Intern
    Former Employee - Procurement Intern

    I worked at Siemens as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    -Good pay for an internship
    -Looks great on a resume
    -Mostly awesome coworkers who were knowledgeable, fun to work with, and mostly willing to help
    -A very interesting company that has many business units around the world
    -Global mobility opportunities
    -Fairly good work/life balance
    -Cool from the outside looking in

    Cons

    -Too many business units and locations ( You never know where you'll be placed as an intern )
    -Poor development of interns at sites that aren't headquarters or large offices
    -Typical large company problems (poor communication between departments, offices, too many layers of mgmt, etc.)
    -Lack of work from time to time (and yes this is a problem, esp for interns trying to learn by doing)
    -Outdated management practices
    -Top down approach to everything
    -Not so cool from the inside looking out

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get better at managing people. You're a world-class engineering and manufacturing company, however you need a better talent pipeline and development of those who are non-engineers for interns and employees of all levels. Competitors are better at this.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Laid back internship, wasn't given enough work for most days. Projects ended up mostly being busy work

    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Alpharetta, GA
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Alpharetta, GA

    I worked at Siemens full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Laid back atmosphere, decent money.

    Cons

    Possibly the most dry corporate culture you can imagine. You don't get to work with teams that often, usually just sent off to do your own assignment.

  8.  

    Positive, crystal clear, customer oriented

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Siemens

    Pros

    Keeping as close to the customer as possible, thinking of and investing into own employees more than others

    Cons

    Too much bureaucracy in order to stay on a high level

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Rock solid company, but move at snail pace and have low risk tolerance

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    Current Employee - Executive in Asia (Colombia)
    Current Employee - Executive in Asia (Colombia)

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

    Pros

    -Strong quality reputation
    -Fortune 50 scale and have brights spots in several areas around the globe
    -Often make the right decisions in guiding pressure on mid- to upper-level management to drive performance
    -Willing and able to invest great training in people
    -Strong in business that take advantage of automated manufacturing, precision engineering and capital-intensive requirements

    Cons

    - Political. Decisions to advance or push out managers depend on one's relationships with the right people, not one's performance
    - Slow. Most important decisions are made in Germany, if at all. Often times, tough calls are kicked down the road. Or, HQ would ask you for quantum-level detailed forecasts and market information that nobody would be willing/able to give to discourage the request altogether.
    - No balls. Risk tolerance is surprisingly low. Underlying causes is probably unbalanced risk and rewards. If you take risk and proven right, you receive little rewards; if you take risks and proven wrong, you are severely punished
    - Provincial. For a company that has operations around the globe for over 100 years, Siemens is surprisingly Munich (not even German). Take a look at the MBM and Supervisory Board composition and you'd find next to no no-German. Similar (almost) exclusively German composition lower in the corporate ladder, from Sector CEOs, to Divisions CEOs, to BU CEOs downwards.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Promote non-Germans to real positions of power to make Siemens a truly global company
    - Empower regional managers to make decisions
    - Decision making process to be made more transparent
    - Move the powerful executives that can make decisions to important region or stop them from doing "back-seat driving" from Munich
    - Improve risk/reward profile to be on par with the technology industry in which Siemens play

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Diploma Electrical engineer, Project, Manager

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    Current Employee - Diploma Electrical Engineer in Surat (India)
    Current Employee - Diploma Electrical Engineer in Surat (India)

    I have been working at Siemens full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    I am interested in Gujarat States

    Cons

    I works as Site Supervisor, Project Manager, Purchase Manager, Maintenance Engineer in electrical field.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    no

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    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

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