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Siemens Reviews

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. "Logistics management"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Purchasing Agent in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Purchasing Agent in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    good benifits. good college help -good workers-401k and pensions

    Cons

    in southeast certain ethnic[diversity] groups get more attention -foreigners for advancement in careers.

    Advice to Management

    be weary of diversity programs -inbalanced issues


  2. "Good, Solid Company."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Finance in Norcross, GA
    Current Employee - Finance in Norcross, GA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Siemens is a global powerhouse so there is a lot of stability in the company. You will learn a lot and be challenged in your role. There are new things constantly going on and if you want to, you can get involved with a multitude of different activities to sharpen your skills. The management team are full of smart, very approachable people who are more than willing to share knowledge with you in order to help you be successful in your role. People are also a pleasure to work with which has a favorable impact on the work environment.

    Cons

    Salary is behind most other companies unfortunately. Overly complicated org structure, processes and non value added analysis keeps the BU in a constant state of paralysis. Every bit of information is sliced 8 different ways and reviewed by 8 different people all to come to a conclusion that could have been reached in the initial analysis. A company the size of Siemens you would think the opportunities for advancement would be there however Siemens is making a conscious effort to flatten the organization which is limiting opportunities for advancement. Mobility is preached however even if you are mobile, opportunities to advance are not plentiful.

    Advice to Management

    Put your people first and get rid of the redundancy of reporting and the overly complicated processes.


  3. "Great company, but some serious issues"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Siemens (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Large, solid company. Good benefits. Plenty of freedom to approach work as you think proper.

    Cons

    Actions don't line up with stated vision. Attempting to "do more with less," thus damaging ability to respond to customer needs. Performance rating system is rigged to drive game-playing with numbers. I think leadership has good intentions, but they don't understand how to make things truly happen. Everything is about financial numbers, nothing else.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your people and the customers, then actually change how you do things based on that. Otherwise, you will find yourself being left behind by your competition.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Great company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Big company . Lots of opportunity to experience various industries. Well known company and very respected internationally. Plenty of opportunity to travel internationally.

    Cons

    Some of the downsides of working for Siemens includes the size and getting past the cultural differences between German and American cultural norms. These cons can also be looked at as pros because the size enables growth in various area and the cultural variations can make an employee gain a more global understanding.

    Advice to Management

    My advice to management would be to seek out and encourage diversity within the management team. I believe all members are inelligent, hardworking, sound employees who carry the Siemens values and mission, but it's lack of ethnic and gender diversity stifles international success and growth


  6. "Good pay,"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Siemens as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Freedom to create your own schedule
    Friendly and enthusiastic work environment

    Cons

    Worked in cubical
    Managers overworked
    Sometime not much work to be done

    Advice to Management

    Create a better intern system


  7. "Field Service Tech"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Field Service Tech in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Field Service Tech in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Siemens full-time

    Pros

    Pay and incentives and extras.

    Cons

    Being out of town a lot of time.

    Advice to Management

    Provide more on the job training.


  8. "Director"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Strong global brand recognition and 160-year history of introducing innovative products.
    Top-down commitment to becoming recognized as one of the largest US employers.
    Genuine dedication to sustainability and ethical business practices.
    Opportunity to develop a career.

    Cons

    Highly siloed organization. Frequently recognized at the top, however, there has been no ability to transform the company to become more dynamic.
    Tremendous level of pressure to deliver unrealistic performance levels, which has created a culture of anxiety.
    German management style often misaligned with US workplace expectations. Not necessarily a place to consider for highly marketable knowledge workers.

    Advice to Management

    Don’t merely talk about being a pioneer and innovator – implement genuine cultural transformation.
    Encourage your managers to spend more time in front of the customer. Measure your leaders on the overall satisfaction of their team members. Implement a true mentorship program for talented team members on all levels of the organization, not only the few that you’d like to promote to work in Germany.


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

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great company if you are from EMEA"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Siemens full-time

    Pros

    World class IT organization that stay on the cutting edge of technology. They routinely recruit young talent and promote innovation.

    Cons

    Euro-centric oversight. NAM is usually treated like the "red head step child". US management can be passed over in favor of younger and less experienced EMEA resources

    Advice to Management

    Be more sensitive to NAM culture and markets. Not all off-site and team event need to be in Germany


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Everyday Employee"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Benefits and money not much else

    Cons

    Lack of training and advancement

    Advice to Management

    Quit pigeon holing your employees. They are to the point where each position is so detailed that it is nearly impossible to move to a new role. Either that or once a position opens up they already have an internal candidate in mind so it is not worth applying. Most departments are so screwed up by upper management they do not know if the should sxxx or go blind. Many departments need overhauls from Germany all the way to the stateside staff. The only reason to stay is the money and benefits. Which is why I did for as long as I did.



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