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Updated March 28, 2017
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  • Work/Life balance is touted but never followed (in 47 reviews)

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

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Siemens branches lack leadership and a diverse work place that encourage educational, intellectual advancement"

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    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Pine Brook, NJ
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Pine Brook, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    I initially thought the reputation of the company and with that, I thought the company will be a better place to work for, but after couple of months on the job. I discovered that it was a wrong chess move.

    Cons

    Lack of Leadership on the part of the supervisor and senior management
    Leadership do not know how to inspire greatness in their subordinates
    Limited chance for advancement in terms of advance to a better opportunity
    Siemens promotes a feudal society, a society where sales associates are kings and the engineers and technicians that does the actually job are consider as servant
    Senior management do not promote educational advancement.
    Work places lack an air of professionalism, employees gossip, backbbite, crack stupid jokes

    Advice to Management

    Promote an professionally stimulated work place
    Inspire employee to be do great and those great should be rewards.
    Promote an environment of diversity and discourage ganging up of old timers against new employee
    Salary should commensurate with what it is generally paid to Engineers in a similar industry.
    Place emphasis on employee instead of the profit and sales


  2. "Bad Management"

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    Former Employee - Technician I in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Technician I in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    To get work experience in the field you want.

    Cons

    Scarce opportunity to grow.
    Trying to get to an understanding with your manager when work related problems arise will get only worse since managers won't listen to what you have to say.

    Advice to Management

    Educate yourself and listen to your employees.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Don't work there"

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    Former Employee - Graphic Artist in Princeton, NJ
    Former Employee - Graphic Artist in Princeton, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    The time off policy was decent and work from home arrangements are negotiable. The benefits has a great support structure and the ability to travel around the world was interesting and fun.

    Cons

    It's big. There are a lot of issues that arise in America because of the German work culture and the differences between the two. There are little opportunities for promotions unless you are a white German male. There were very few women managers and the one that I did see was German. The politics within the company are complex and suffocating.

    Advice to Management

    Start to understand more of what your middle management is doing and stop focusing so much on the revenue.


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  5. "Good place to work, but little opportunity for advancement"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Camaraderie and enjoyment of working with peers

    Cons

    Little support or recognition from management, opportunities for training and career growth

    Advice to Management

    mid level workers should not be penalized for management failure


  6. Helpful (1)

    "No love for their employees!"

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    Former Employee - Data Maintenance Specialist in Irving, TX
    Former Employee - Data Maintenance Specialist in Irving, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay. Good people to work with. Excellent benefits. Unique work environment and an opportunity to learn how alarm systems work.

    Cons

    The management does not listen to their employees. They automatically assume the worst. Too much bad blood between departments, resulting in unnecessary conflict.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees. Don't automatically assume that they are wrong. Take the time to listen to their issues and if there is something that you caught wrong with the employees, don't automatically think it's their fault regardless if they were the ones working on an account.


  7. "While working at Siemens W.T. I quickly realized this company would only be a brief stop in my career path."

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    Former Employee - Technician in East Rutherford, NJ
    Former Employee - Technician in East Rutherford, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The other service employees (the techs, reps a couple of the engineers) are decent, hardworking people who look out for each other. Once out of the shop and on the road you can manage your own day to some extent, although expect regular interference from the service managers. Some of the company fleet is relatively new.

    Cons

    The on-call responsibilities here are unreasonable. You are expected to be available for whatever, whenever, without regard for your own personal life. At this branch they keep a poor inventory of parts. You will always been scrambling, literally searching through boxes of garbage to try and find basic materials like hoses and pipe fittings. The warehouse area was filthy. Although some of the company fleet is new a lot of the trucks are old and in disrepair yet you are expected to use them regardless. During the interview process they claim they promote from within however once hired you quickly learn from the other service personnel that it is practically impossible to move up without agreeing to work on weekends and at odd hours without overtime pay. Even if you do get a promotion you will see only a small increase in pay with a huge increase in responsibility. The office environment in general is very unprofessional. The overall morale of the employees was terrible. There was a definite divide between service and admin. staff. This is a good company to get experience with but definitely not a place to stay long term.

    Advice to Management

    If major changes are not made this branch will continue to struggle financially. Fresh, new management needs to be brough in. Siemens is a huge corporation. Use those resources to get this place in order. The path this place is on will only end in financial disaster and some good people getting laid off.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Disappointing in terms of opportunities for job growth"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Saleries are fair, benefits are good, generous PTO (vacation) program (as long as you don't get sick), nice location close to Google campus.

    Cons

    Soon to be five CEOs in five years. Market share is half what is was eight years ago. Management is delusional regarding what it would take to make it back to where we were.

    Many of the VPs who got us into this mess remain. Needless to say, most employees can't understand why they are still here.

    Company is quite understaffed after years of lay-offs (even after expanding a bit during the last year), so everyone is overworked and cooperation suffers.

    People stay on because they love Ultrasound and the economy is bad.

    Advice to Management

    Ger rid of the under-achieving VPs and middle managers.

    Admit that additional investment will be needed to execute on current plans and grow faster than competition.

    Promote from within. There are still a lot of good people left in the organization.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Hostile work environment and internal "mob" structure"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Issaquah, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Issaquah, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    the company has "good" benefits

    Cons

    you can guarantee that you will be underappreciated
    overworked
    micromanaged
    job security is low
     internal "mob" structure based on internal favoritism that makes the people who are "out of network" to leave
    For every 1 person that actualy works there are at least 5-6 managers

    Advice to Management

    Open up your minds and simplify the processes


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Siemens Trenton is Jurassic Park awaiting extinction"

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    Former Employee - Finance in Trenton, NJ
    Former Employee - Finance in Trenton, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Siemens is a large well known global company. This is a well recognized brand on the resume.
    Salary is ok and benefits are health ins. and 401(k).

    Cons

    The Trenton site was only site not consolidated into the new North Carolina facility because of legacy asbestos law suits. They are isolating this site until can be shuttered.

    The products are old and no new products are coming out of this site.
    Most of the site property has been divided up and sold as lots. The location is in a very bad area of Trenton.

    Management is combative with its Union workforce which makes for a uneasy situation.

    This site is the armpit of the company and many affiliates do not even want to do business with it.

    If you want to work for Siemens, This is a bad entry spot for this global firm.

    Advice to Management

    The employees know each day is closer to the end. The current Senior team is hatchet group.
    Just managing until the end and collecting oversize bonus amounts.


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Sales are down. Morale is low. Everyone is trying to be useful and look as busy as possible."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Malvern, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Malvern, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Siemens full-time

    Pros

    Medical benefits (why else would you put up with this garbage?)

    Cons

    Micro-managing managers. Top heavy upper management. No vision. Too many seasoned employees who've outgrown their usefulness.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your direct reports - they're in the trenches all day and know what's going on. Think outside of the box!! Be flexible with your direct reports....nobody wants to work for an a-hole.



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