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Updated August 8, 2017
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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Planing Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Planning Engineer in Elgin, IL
    Current Employee - Planning Engineer in Elgin, IL
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Benefits, challenge, people, work-life balance, PTO

    Cons

    Inflexibility, bureaucracy, and advancement opportunities


  2. "Good benefits but you work hard for it"

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    Former Employee - Systems Specialist in Mount Prospect, IL
    Former Employee - Systems Specialist in Mount Prospect, IL
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, health, matching 401k, company vehicle w/ gas card and up to 10% personal use, reimburse tolls and parking. Reimburse you for schooling.
     Company provided phone approved for use as primary personal phone as well. Lots of overtime available. Large degree of autonomy.

    Cons

    Company consistently stays understaffed. Expect around 60+ hrs/wk of work during summer. School reimbursement only approved for degrees applicable in current position/division or location which reduces opportunities expected from such a large and diverse company with locations globally.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more people. Allow them to train more with senior people before booting them out on their own. Need better communication between teams and set more realistic expectations for customers earlier.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Manufacturing Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Elgin, IL
    Former Employee - Engineer in Elgin, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits still not the best

    Cons

    No so much help from management.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Friendly people to work with.Management doesn't always work with the employees and rarely is management fair."

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    Current Employee - Motor Control Assembly in West Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Motor Control Assembly in West Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The benefits are good and vacation time is very good and very flexible.You usually can get time off in a timely manner.The boss is usually understanding when it comes to time off.

    Cons

    Management has a hard time working with its employees, or just being understanding with them.Comunication seems to be a big

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to have more trust in their employees and needs to encourage them and compliment them when doing good.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "There was a time"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Buffalo Grove, IL
    Former Employee - Engineer in Buffalo Grove, IL
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Some great people, there was a good culture (but it has faded)

    Cons

    mandatory training, mechanized review process, layoffs, IS, ...

    Advice to Management

    value those that have been there, get talented new younger people, and make it better


  6. "Steady work and growth opportunities."

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Buffalo Grove, IL
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Buffalo Grove, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people and supportive of growth. I have had many roles over the years, and Siemens provides opportunities to grow into those roles. Don't expect management to promote you because you're a good employee. It's about asking for tasks that will get you qualified. Then it's about a job opening up. They're happy to promote from within.

    Cons

    Losing jobs and influence to European Management/locations on the Products side. Processes are over-structured. Upper management needs to be refreshed.

    Advice to Management

    Star workers do better when they can own the process.


  7. "Sr Credit Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Senior Credit Analyst in Buffalo Grove, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Credit Analyst in Buffalo Grove, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Siemens is a great company to work for and has many opportunities for personal growth.

    Cons

    My only Cons is the Atlanta commute.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Overall poor work environment"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Buffalo Grove, IL
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Buffalo Grove, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The "in the trenches" co-workers were great people. Benefits were decent, though declined each year. Not much else on the upside.

    Cons

    Way too many layers of disconnected management and not enough people to do the real work. Decisions are made many levels above the heads of those who actually understand the problems. Horrible work/life balance and mandated 60+ hour work weeks for salaried employees (while managers work their 40 hours and go home).

    Advice to Management

    Reduce your management overhead. Way too many talking heads and too few real workers.


  9. "Great Company"

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    Former Employee - Credit and Collections Analyst II in Buffalo Grove, IL
    Former Employee - Credit and Collections Analyst II in Buffalo Grove, IL

    I worked at Siemens (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great people on all levels

    Cons

    Long Drive up 400 in Atlanta GA


  10. "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.


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