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Siemens Reviews

Updated December 21, 2014
Updated December 21, 2014
972 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Healthy respect for work life balance, good benefits, excellent place to learn (in 77 reviews)

  • The work environment is also very nice and inviting (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.  

    Rewarding, structured, great people!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Coordinator in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Project Coordinator in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    What I love about working at Siemens is that they are very flexible with the work/life balance. If you have kids, they are very understanding to your commitments to your family. They also are great at promoting within and creating a career path for you.

    Cons

    In some departments they are spread too thin and try to do a lot with less.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Terrible

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  3.  

    Disappointing.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    It's a job in today's economy.

    Cons

    Employees are treated as expendable. Communications from management are poor. People are encouraged to work hard to support the business but no one supports the people. Leaving is the best way to get a promotion or raise. Too much politics.

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  5.  

    Intelligent employees but lack of energy and growth

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - IT Manager in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    Diligent, hard-working employees pulling alot of hours to complete tasks

    Cons

    Lack of organizational unity, complex processes, lack of significant promotions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide more team building activities and great incentives for employees, greater transparency in communications.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Outdated management but good benefits

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Support in Buffalo Grove, IL
    Current Employee - Technical Support in Buffalo Grove, IL

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

    Pros

    The benefits are good, the vacation time is standard (2 weeks). There are 6 paid company holidays. The company is well recognized but with the amount of products Siemens makes it is hard to explain the divisions you work for.

    Cons

    The work environment is stuffy and outdated. Old office furniture, old computers, and a old mentality. The management typically promotes the people they like most, not the better candidates. They have slimmed down on management, however the managers that are left often forget about their people. It is difficult to be recognized for the work you do, and even harder to be promoted. If you are looking for a steady paycheck and a solid workflow, work here. If you are trying to advance and work your way up the company, look elsewhere.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on the existing employees. Listen to the ideas. Bring in some younger people and allow them a chance in managerial roles. Talk to the managers and make sure they do their job and do it well. Most importantly create aptitude tests for incoming employees, far to many people pretend to know things.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Excellent company to work for

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Redmond, WA

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

    Pros

    No micro management. Lets the customer decided direction. good affordable insurance, generous time off policy. The management works with you to help further your career and is generally available.

    Cons

    when moving to another position, pay does not increase according to what others are being paid. standardized hardware across company does not work for all positions. some require higher powered, larger systems.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay. Pay. Pay.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Excellent

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager Sales Support in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Manager Sales Support in Phoenix, AZ

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

    Pros

    Great company to work for. They offer great pay, great benefits and the company is stable as you can get.

    Cons

    limited sales office with support staff. They cut that out when the recession hit back in 2001.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    did a great job. You had to work hard, very hard, but they rewarded the person very well.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9.  

    Great Company, Horrible Union

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Siemens

    Pros

    Excellent pay, Benefits and opportunities for advancement as long as you are young and willing to travel

    Cons

    The Union is fractured into several clicks, Most of the older guys are just putting in there time till retirement. Many of the newer employees were not vetted properly and are lacking the skills and maturity needed to thrive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire older mature shop management who have experience with Union employees. Hire a real Labor relations manager who can deal with the constant time wasting distractions from the Union (Greivances). Let Shop management and supervision concentrate on production instead of Union nonsense.

    Recommends
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Stable workplace, no benefit to taking career risk.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Charlotte, NC

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

    Pros

    - Solid benefits
    - Stable (I've never head of a layoff, even from people that have been there for decades)
    - Good work-life balance, no one will breathe down your neck to make you work, that must come from within you.
    - Perfect job for someone in their early 40s with family responsibilities and impending college costs.

    Cons

    It is a Very big company, which means:
    - Difficult to know if you are really having an impact.
    - Difficult to stand out and move up. You won't win friends with innovative methods, there is already a triple-reviewed standard workflow that must be followed.
    - If you are young, hungry, and motivated, this is not the best place for you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Design decisions should come from the bottom-level people directly, not the mid-level managers.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Marketing management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great culture, high performance is rewarded. Adequate resources are provided, goals are challenging but reasonable. The business is in a sustainable environment with a good future outlook. Salary is decent, and bonus is achievable. They invest a lot in R&D to keep a good portfolio going into the future. Morale seems to be universally good across differing SBU's and the europeans (especially from Germany) have a good opinion of the US teams.

    Cons

    often times there is little opportunity for advancement - not too many people want to leave so that makes for a lot of competition on open roles. They are an engineering company at heart so in order to really advance, it is easier if you are an engineer by degree. Sometimes you must take lateral positions in order to get the background of experience they want for more senior roles.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put more emphasis on the importance of the marketing function. Sometimes it feels like the executive management team feels like marketing is a necessary evil rather than a value add.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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