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Siemens Chicago Reviews

Updated October 24, 2016
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  • Work/Life balance is touted but never followed (in 45 reviews)

  • Senior management can be very clicky (in 45 reviews)

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  1. "Account Manager"

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    Current Employee - Account Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Compensation and flexibility within the work space.

    Cons

    Siemens doesn't seem to invest as much resources into this portion of their business.


  2. "Usually OK, but very uneasy place."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Barrington, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Barrington, IL

    I have been working at Siemens full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Very skilled people working on very interesting problems. A good deal of fun and games is present but there is a great deal of stress everywhere.

    Cons

    On several occasions in different groups I have seen and been near extremely loud, public and rude shouting matches between engineers. These were nearly actionable in intensity and character and made me think of "Hostile Work Environment." Later others would ignore these events and act as if they were normal or did not happen.
    Others are used to modifying specifications of goals or ignoring agreements which make meetings or even setting goals a waste of time. I am used to being unable to get them to add changes to specification in time or stick to them if they do.

    Advice to Management

    Use some discipline on rude employees before HR does.


  3. "Company too big for its britches"

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    Current Employee - Sales Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Sales Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The company has Great benefits (401k match, good vacation time, great healthcare benefits), flexible schedule, and decent pay. The commission incentives can be quite good.

    Cons

    The company has Extremely inefficient processes, poor shipping reliability, and average at best management personnel. The company is too large to implement effective changes.

    Advice to Management

    Learn about your employees and how to best engage and motivate them.


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  5. "Very Political!!!"

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    Former Employee - Finance in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Finance in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Siemens (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I thought it was a large profitable solid company that provided job security to good employees. That did not turn out to be the case.

    Cons

    The company is very political and values loyalty before competence. As a result there are many upper level managers that do not have the expertise required to make decisions. This results in many lost opportunities and efficiency improvements. The company is so large the businesses are competing against each other rather than looking for opportunities outside the organization.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in people who have experience in other companies and industries. Most companies require their employees to operate in lean and flexible manner. They value real results for the whole company.


  6. "Good overall company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Elk Grove Village, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Elk Grove Village, IL

    Pros

    Siemens has very good benefits
    Siemens has a very competitive salary

    Cons

    Siemens has large company silos similar to what you may expect at a large company.
    Siemens has some politics as what you might expect in a large company.

    Advice to Management

    breakdown the silos


  7. "Great atmosphere"

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    Current Employee - Intern - Hourly in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Intern - Hourly in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Siemens full-time

    Pros

    Great pay, independence, actually feel useful and valued. This isn't a go get me coffee type of internship. I feel like a real part of the company.

    Cons

    People are spread out across the country which makes lots of travel, so the office isn't always filled with people and isn't very lively

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Dysfunctional Engineering Senior Management"

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    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Buffalo Grove, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Buffalo Grove, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    International Travel may be required.
    Good, dedicated people.

    Cons

    Engineering Senior Management is heavily into playing CYA at the expense of employees
    A global company that has layoffs at the whim of the European owners regardless of how well the US division is doing.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Dysfunctional management destroys team dynamics"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Hoffman Estates, IL
    Current Employee - Manager in Hoffman Estates, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay, great people on teams who are committed to delivering quality

    Cons

    limited growth, dysfunctional management, lack of interest in management to give employees rotations

    Advice to Management

    Listen to staff, dont push for sake of pushing, believe the best in your people and help to grow them


  10. "you have to know someone"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Buffalo Grove, IL
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Buffalo Grove, IL

    I worked at Siemens as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    great company if you are already in the company.

    Cons

    they will temp you forever they will never hire you. apply through company.


  11. "Electrical Assembler"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in West Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in West Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Provides a great experience in electrical assembly and panel wiring.

    Cons

    Usually contract work with little chance to become full time



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