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Siemens Reviews

Updated 25 February, 2015
Updated 25 February, 2015
1,049 Reviews
3.6
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Healthy respect for work life balance, good benefits, excellent place to learn (in 77 reviews)

  • The work environment is also very nice and inviting (in 53 reviews)


Cons
  • Upper management tried to prompt younger guys for better control (in 21 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    Great learning opportunity

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    - Good name for the resume.
    - Company name make the sales task easier
    - Great place to learn and self improvement. continuous learning courses arranged by by HR and paid by business unit
    - Strong management and clear reporting line.
    - Excellent marketing material and presentations.

    Cons

    - Limited authorities for employees and mid management. Quotations higher than 100,000 Euro should get approval from Germany and 100 questions will be asked before approval.
    - Low pay comparing to peers in US companies.
    - Difficult to move between business units or between countries for mid management level and managed employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend more time to listen to employees and learn from them how to keep them. Online surveys doesn't tell the full story. Otherwise, SIEMENS will become a training center and source of trained people to their competitors.
    Money is very important for employees.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    This is a solid company with solid values.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Work-life balance. Very respectful of employees.

    Cons

    Limited opportunities in certain areas.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    Siemens

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Western Regional Manager, Power Div, in Calgary, AB
    Former Employee - Western Regional Manager, Power Div, in Calgary, AB

    I worked at Siemens

    Pros

    Great products that can do pretty much anything if one is taught how to use it.

    Cons

    All decisions made in Germany, employees are not empowered but carry all the responsibilities. Complex network of management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good company, but big multinational means you can get lost easily

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Siemens

    Pros

    Great benefits, large company means lots of opportunity to move up and around

    Cons

    Large company means lots of bureaucracy, hard to move into upper positions if you're not German

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    Excellent Employer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Development Manager
    Current Employee - Business Development Manager

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

    Pros

    My experience with Siemens was quite good overall. Compensation and challenges were great, leadership was pretty good, however pressures from HQ would sometime create issues for country business. Training was available to an extent, but most of it relied on your own initiative to request it, collaborate with others, or learn it on your own. The Managers and other staff were fantastic - experts in their own fields and quite professional across the board.

    Cons

    Company is in a constant state of restructuring resulting in thousands of people being laid off at a time. If a business segment doesn't perform, or has a poor potential it will likely be sold off, or closed down. HQ and a matrix management structure can create confusion, conflict and a significant layer of bureaucracy to navigate. Depending on financial performance, priorities may change very quickly

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care of your staff and fight for them. Would like to see more emphasis in sustainability offerings.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Excellent intership

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Technology Marketing Specialist in Oakville, ON
    Former Intern - Technology Marketing Specialist in Oakville, ON

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

    Pros

    Incredible work environment, friendly and helpful people all around the company, interesting job, and a lot of room for improvement.
    Very nice infrastructure, with cafeteria, clean and bright environment, open concept.
    No defined offices or seats, anybody can seat wherever they want.

    Cons

    Work can get a bit monotonous. It is always the same thing everyday

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't be afraid to use interns for more complicated tasks. Sometimes I felt I was bored with the job I was put to do.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Incompetent team, Worse management ever

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fredericton, NB
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fredericton, NB

    I worked at Siemens

    Pros

    If you are desperate for a job could be a possibility

    Cons

    - Multi Million Program being crashed
    - Competent people that dissent are fired
    - remaining employees living in fear
    - Customer interests are ignored
    - Island mindset within the company: fights between Business units

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - learn the basics of management
    -

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    From great to bad to good

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  10.  

    Digital system administrator

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Siemens

    Pros

    Great peers, friendly environment, and the management will acknowledge your contributions if you do something extra or exceptional. Pay raise possible.

    Cons

    Dull works place, repetitive tasks, not challenging, sometimes I felt that the tasks I was given were simply unrelated to the duties of the job I initially applied for.

  11.  

    Good company with a strong corporate culture

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer
    Former Employee - Engineer

    I worked at Siemens full-time

    Pros

    Good company in general, good team, i.e. if you are in a technical department, opportunities to go on conferences, but not always.

    Cons

    Promotions happen quite low, salaries are competitive, but not very high.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More team-building events would unite a collective much better.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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