Siemens Reviews

Updated 15 October 2014
Updated 15 October 2014
819 Reviews
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Pros
  • Healthy respect for work life balance, good benefits, excellent place to learn (in 73 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.  

    Excellent responsibility on the job if there are projects are there to work on.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Excellent responsibility provided to staff for professional growth for people if there are enough projects to work on.

    Cons

    The industry is very cyclic and there can be periods where there is no work. Compensation to staff is fairly low by industry standards and this leads to a fair bit of experienced people leaving for other jobs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Compensation could definitely be improved.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Very good though it last only for 2 months

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Siemens

    Pros

    Good to work, friendly environment

    Cons

    Nothing wrong in the company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing

  3.  

    Decent but unspectacular engineering grad program

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Graduate Product Engineer in Poole, England
    Current Employee - Graduate Product Engineer in Poole, England

    I have been working at Siemens full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Solid management, good technology, and a decent vision for growth given the department served a very developed market.
    Some of the good aspects of working for a large company did come through, e.g. HR processes (e.g. pay) were well structured.
    Good opportunity for career development.
    Tight control of project/time from the top down

    Cons

    Siemens UK feels less like an engineering giant, and more like a collection of medium sized companies. , but there wasn't much synergy/knowledge exchange between business units.
    The large project I happened to be on was troubled, so for me it was a stressful environment, but I don't believe this to be widespread.
    The training provided to graduates varies a lot depending on the character of the job - some people got weeks of training, but as a software developer I didn't rate any.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I felt there was too much competition between business units, which prevented them from sharing resources and technology. I felt that this came from the top down - I suspected directors were rewarded for the performance of their unit compared to others, rather than it's market competitors.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  6.  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  7.  

    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.

  8.  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  9.  

    Automised way of Working

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Working Student in Berlin (Germany)
    Former Employee - Working Student in Berlin (Germany)

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

    Pros

    Training, Guidance, Good Work Environment, Communicative Colleagues

    Cons

    Too many Simultaneous tasks and lack of time management

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great place for recent graduates

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Biochemist in Tarrytown, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Biochemist in Tarrytown, NY (US)

    I have been working at Siemens full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great place to start your career. Not a good choice if you are an established scientist

    Cons

    Promotions are too quick and almost everyone gets them. Seen many individuals promoted when they dont understand the fundamentals of science.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn how to retain your talented scientist

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Very good people and excellent training but corporate was out of touch.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - RSM in Chicago, IL (US)
    Former Employee - RSM in Chicago, IL (US)

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

    Pros

    Great training, great people. The people in WT were Very knowledgeable and professional.

    Cons

    Siemens doesn't understand the water business and makes many managerial mistakes because of this. Manufacturing runs the business not sales, so lacks customer focus and not production cost conscious.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let a U.S. water person with sales experience run this company fairly autonomously.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

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