Siemens - Too many processes! I need to use the washroom, but I'm unsure I properly filled the IPNU form. | Glassdoor
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"Too many processes! I need to use the washroom, but I'm unsure I properly filled the IPNU form."

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

I worked at Siemens (Less than a year)

Pros

Enjoyed working with the members of the team I was a part of as they enjoyed a laugh and weren't uptight. Very knowledgable and helpful (mostly) co-workers. Excellent technical expertise. A lot of long-time employees. Very fair benefits. There is some great talent that is to be found amongst the ranks. Truly a global company. Even with its faults, the business will continue.

Cons

Did I mention anything about excessive processes? Lack of understanding from European leadership on North American market needs. Work area is quite sterile (cattle arrangement) and days are monotonous. Hate the fact that some in customer service will hide behind a process to justify a delay in a customer delivery. What's with the spirograph chart during product development reviews? I wonder if that pucture has any true measure of the potental viability of a new product. I am pretty sure that if you dont include that scribble chart in your presentation, you will be reprimended by failing your M3,009,675 review. That being said, I believe the Square Tire would be allowed to be launched as long as the accompanying pretty charts per the process are incuded in the gate. If you rock the boat, you will stand out.

Advice to Management

Hard to debate the results of a $100B company, but why not go for $150B with more customer and sales friendliness? Need to balance controlling costs with necessity to spend money to grow and market your business. Take into consideration that European market needs don't always transfer into the needs of North America. Rather than dictate from Europe, gather and implement US requirements into initial product designs. Siemens is still a very strong name, but don't get caught up thinking you're the only game in town. Some of the little guys out there have just as capable products without the beaurocratic overhead that comes with Siemens.

Other Employee Reviews for Siemens

  1. Helpful (1)

    "Pleasant work environment, great engineering firm"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The tools and projects are like no others. Your co workers are smart people so it never seems as though one person is carrying two people. The customers are vital to our national and city infrastructure so you know your work is important. Excellent amount of family time given. A genuine multicultural and diverse place with real work being done by talented people.

    Cons

    lack of communication. a heirarchy of management exists but you never know who is in charge of you. Some of the people they lay off are very talented compared to the ones they keep. One project laid off a guy everyone liked working with and was a person the customer trusted. The guy they kept was talented but immature, smelled bad and was always late. After this we lost a minor project with a long standing customer. Another person was let go after almost ten years. A past customer asked why he was not placed on a current project to hold onto him so they could work with him again if Siemens won another bid with them. they were right.

    Advice to Management

    communicate. make sure you have your heirarchy known to everyone. decide who needs to be laid off after knowing what the customers think of them. we are more likely to win contracts that way.


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

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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!

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