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Siemens Reviews

Updated 31 January 2015
Updated 31 January 2015
1,026 Reviews
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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 company but can be tainted by poor management

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Engineer in Adelaide
    Current Employee - Sales Engineer in Adelaide

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

    Pros

    Massive multi national with a very diverse product range. The name Siemens opens many doors in many industries. The products are known to be good quality (like your Mercedes Benz type product).
    Very top management (Germany) appears to be strong. Local top management is also strong however when you drop down literally a level or two competency of management can be appalling.

    The culture depends on your division - Like any large company there are many people who bring positives and negatives to the organisation. My division has almost always been positive.There are people around that do want to go the extra mile. The trick is to find them so that you can do your job.

    Starting salary was really good, this stayed relatively flat after that.

    Training opportunities are there for the taking.
    Travel both local and international is an absolute possibility if 1) wanted and 2) you are in a position that facilitates this.

    All in all I love Siemens, and feel privileged to work here.

    Cons

    Not always too easy to progress - There is a boys club mentality and often people get promoted without any job advertising taking place.
    Negotiate hard on your starting salary - you cannot rely on your increases.
    Commission structures literally change on an almost annual basis - therefore goal posts keep shifting.
    There is a chance to find yourself under a bad manager. In my teams case, the organisation has been much too slow to react to bad middle management. I cannot emphasise enough how a poor manager has tainted my view of the organisation, and most of all that not much has been done by senior levels to alleviate this.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Create a forum where employees can report poor management. From CEO/exec management level you may think it is there but it isnt. HR are fairly useless in that regard other than to fill in a bit of paper work. Ideally we can speak to VP levels or CEO about our concerns.
    -Employees want more of a voice - that said some of us are scared to voice our concerns. This is a concern on its own!
    -the career plans should be living documents. They are sometimes completed and even less often actioned despite employees pushing them
    - Forget the arrogance. We can be a lot better. If we were so good (in Aus) why are our competitors often (product dependent) in a much stronger position?!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great learning environment and opportunities for personal growth

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Field Service Engineer in Melbourne
    Current Employee - Field Service Engineer in Melbourne

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

    Pros

    Switched on and knowledgeable teams, understanding and supporting middle management with a focus on continual development and training of staff. Good ethnic and gender diversity within the teams.

    Cons

    Appears to be quite politically driven, can affect decisions in business that would otherwise be quite simple. Little to no cohesion with the upper management at times can make it feel like they are like faceless men.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More interaction and bonding with lower level teams would be good to promote cohesion, to work better towards the bigger picture.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Poor mangement- poor salary

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technician
    Former Employee - Technician

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

    Pros

    Big company benefits, bonus etc brand name, very good products

    Cons

    Poor management, too much red tape, poor ordering lead times, customer does NOT come first shareholders do, only yes men get promotions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the people in the front line, instead of bully tactics use persuasion & pay people correctly get rid of elitist management - it's outdated!

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  5.  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  6.  

    Large, stable company to work for.

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    • 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 5 years)

    Pros

    Technology leader, established support structure for career development, ability to relocate internationally. Depth of knowledge very good in most countries. Good training opportunities exist.

    Cons

    Company politics can be counterproductive at times, very process driven, not very nimble. Frequent global restructuring tends to create a significant amount of inward focus.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Exceptional company who cares about its employees and has an exciting vision for the future in technology

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

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

    Pros

    High performance culture
    Best employer rewards structure

    Cons

    No cons for me - any con I can think of any large multi-national org will have

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the team work towards Vision 2020 and beyond

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great company with excellent products

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Melbourne
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Melbourne

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

    Pros

    Great at marketing the very reliable products it has.

    Cons

    Very little focus on people efficiency.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look after your people

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Frustrating , overbearing systems and processes, very inefficient for such an INNOVATIVE? co.

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

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

    Pros

    Great facilities, on site cafe, parking etc.- offices not so great.

    Cons

    IT is laughable- XP in 2014?
    Siemens systems not intuitive, lead to frustration before an inevitable change to a much worse system and so the cycle continues.
    Pay is average at best, payrises are an insult. If having a decent wage is important, look elsewhere. Managers lack leadership/accountability. Turnover is very high, like 20% p.a. min, in some areas like sales 50%+.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get serious about leadership, be more willing to share. Conduct work surveys for culture in an annonimous way to get a real picture not a fake one driven by mistrust and fear of reprisals.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Short term position involved in sales

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales in Sydney
    Former Employee - Sales in Sydney

    I worked at Siemens as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Engineer driven company, good equipment, highly technical

    Cons

    Out of touch with customer and staff alike

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve market knowledge - listen to customers

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Siemens Australia

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Proposal Engineer in Sydney
    Current Employee - Proposal Engineer in Sydney

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

    Pros

    MNC with diversified portfolio of technology and customer

    Cons

    Low pay - Poor Management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire some educated Managers

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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