Siemens Reviews

Updated 29 October, 2014
Updated 29 October, 2014
825 Reviews
3.5
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Healthy respect for work life balance, good benefits, excellent place to learn (in 74 reviews)

  • The work environment is also very nice and inviting (in 52 reviews)


Cons
  • Upper management tried to prompt younger guys for better control (in 20 reviews)

  • Hard to manage a good work/life balance (in 10 reviews)

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  1.  

    From great to bad to good

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Siemens full-time

    Pros

    Modern, and top of the line technology, good pay and benefits

    Cons

    At the time, too many changes were happening, including gross downsizing, causing morale to be very low. At the same time changes in management happened, which is the majority of the reason for my title of great to bad to good. It had been transformed from a Canadian company owned by Germans to a German company owned by Nazis, and now a German company owned by the entire world; as they have streamlined every aspect of business to one global standard. Good for the shareholders, not so much for the employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More communication with your key employees. Employees are what makes a company great.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    It was challenging

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    Former Employee - Healthcare Sales in Toronto, ON
    Former Employee - Healthcare Sales in Toronto, ON

    I worked at Siemens

    Pros

    Benefits were very good - vacation

    Cons

    Management, paperwork, compliance was very difficult, bad atmosphere

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    need some strong management that have a back bone

    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Great perks, but not much career growth

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - HVAC Service Technician in Vancouver, BC
    Current Employee - HVAC Service Technician in Vancouver, BC

    I have been working at Siemens

    Pros

    Great benefits, easygoing work culture.
    Very healthy office environment

    Cons

    Feedback from Management was nonexistent
    Severe lack of training until several months in
    No room to move internally, though this may be partially caused by recession
    Completely disconnected from other parts of Siemens

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please provide training to your employees earlier, especially on using proprietary software.

    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    It was a hell of an experience to see how the wrong leadership turned a great team into zombies!!

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    Former Employee - Finance, Management
    Former Employee - Finance, Management

    I worked at Siemens

    Pros

    Great pay and great people!
    The business structure was interesting and challenging.

    Cons

    Too much red tape!
    Remember, there is only one way to run this business and it is the Siemens way!! In other words, if you are looking to make a mark for change, forget about it!
    The Executive management team cared less about their employees and didn't bother to take the time to pool some great ideas that would have made a world of difference in many of the sectors.
    To sum it, they're a bunch of bullies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    X

    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    a good place for beginners

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    Current Employee - Sales Engineer
    Current Employee - Sales Engineer

    I have been working at Siemens

    Pros

    job security, average market level salary, opportunity for job rotation, training opportunities, good reputation for product quality, widely knows company which is good for your future career advance

    Cons

    a German dominated compnay in terms of culture and senior level positions, less career advance opportunities for people without German culture background

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    localization needs to be implemented and being examed at senior management level, rather than simply looking at the total percentage of locally hired staff

    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Don't rock the boat...and keep your head down

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Siemens full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good branding and well known but not for the current portfolio.

    Cons

    Very driven to get results, little acknowledgement the work people put in after hrs...its all expected.
    Hard to change the culture once the virus spreads...driven by bottom line and will do all possible to get the business.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't treat employees as just workers...share the vision and goals and don't assume that people just take for granted what's said. Treat everyone the same way....and acknowledge the efforts that are made.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Loved the co-workers, but the engineers were horrible.

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    Former Employee - Drive Technician in Alpharetta, GA (US)
    Former Employee - Drive Technician in Alpharetta, GA (US)

    I worked at Siemens full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The Co-workers were great and the benefits were good.

    Cons

    The pay was horrible for a Drive Technician. Engineers were located at a different location, so we could not always communicate when things didn't fit or work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay the people better and give them engineers that are there locally.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Internship was okay... - your experience could vary depending upon many variables

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    Former Employee - Procurement Intern
    Former Employee - Procurement Intern

    I worked at Siemens as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    -Good pay for an internship
    -Looks great on a resume
    -Mostly awesome coworkers who were knowledgeable, fun to work with, and mostly willing to help
    -A very interesting company that has many business units around the world
    -Global mobility opportunities
    -Fairly good work/life balance
    -Cool from the outside looking in

    Cons

    -Too many business units and locations ( You never know where you'll be placed as an intern )
    -Poor development of interns at sites that aren't headquarters or large offices
    -Typical large company problems (poor communication between departments, offices, too many layers of mgmt, etc.)
    -Lack of work from time to time (and yes this is a problem, esp for interns trying to learn by doing)
    -Outdated management practices
    -Top down approach to everything
    -Not so cool from the inside looking out

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get better at managing people. You're a world-class engineering and manufacturing company, however you need a better talent pipeline and development of those who are non-engineers for interns and employees of all levels. Competitors are better at this.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Laid back internship, wasn't given enough work for most days. Projects ended up mostly being busy work

    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Alpharetta, GA (US)
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Alpharetta, GA (US)

    I worked at Siemens full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Laid back atmosphere, decent money.

    Cons

    Possibly the most dry corporate culture you can imagine. You don't get to work with teams that often, usually just sent off to do your own assignment.

  11.  

    Rock solid company, but move at snail pace and have low risk tolerance

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Executive in Asia (Colombia)
    Current Employee - Executive in Asia (Colombia)

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

    Pros

    -Strong quality reputation
    -Fortune 50 scale and have brights spots in several areas around the globe
    -Often make the right decisions in guiding pressure on mid- to upper-level management to drive performance
    -Willing and able to invest great training in people
    -Strong in business that take advantage of automated manufacturing, precision engineering and capital-intensive requirements

    Cons

    - Political. Decisions to advance or push out managers depend on one's relationships with the right people, not one's performance
    - Slow. Most important decisions are made in Germany, if at all. Often times, tough calls are kicked down the road. Or, HQ would ask you for quantum-level detailed forecasts and market information that nobody would be willing/able to give to discourage the request altogether.
    - No balls. Risk tolerance is surprisingly low. Underlying causes is probably unbalanced risk and rewards. If you take risk and proven right, you receive little rewards; if you take risks and proven wrong, you are severely punished
    - Provincial. For a company that has operations around the globe for over 100 years, Siemens is surprisingly Munich (not even German). Take a look at the MBM and Supervisory Board composition and you'd find next to no no-German. Similar (almost) exclusively German composition lower in the corporate ladder, from Sector CEOs, to Divisions CEOs, to BU CEOs downwards.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Promote non-Germans to real positions of power to make Siemens a truly global company
    - Empower regional managers to make decisions
    - Decision making process to be made more transparent
    - Move the powerful executives that can make decisions to important region or stop them from doing "back-seat driving" from Munich
    - Improve risk/reward profile to be on par with the technology industry in which Siemens play

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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