To borrow a phrase from American author and Pulitzer Prize-winner Annie Dillard, how we spend our days is how we spend our lives. And given how many days we devote to work and to our careers, finding a job that supports you on more than just a financial level is crucial.
That’s why we were so interested to hear from women about all the ways they feel nourished and challenged by their work at Siemens. As a top-10 global software and industrial manufacturing company, Siemens is dedicated to ensuring that women who work here are empowered to take full advantage of its robust resources.
But for as many professional development tools as the company is able to offer, employees are also able to devote ample time and attention to personal pursuits, too. U.S. CEO Barbara Humpton has spoken about the “work-life blend” that employees are encouraged to access, and women consistently testify to the company’s flexible culture in their employee reviews on Fairygodboss.
Using qualities like these as a framework, here are five things that should be non-negotiable on your list when pursuing your next career opportunity, as told by the women of Siemens.
1. Look for a company that’s chasing an impact — not just a bottom line.
That’s what Sandra F., a technical writer, feels she’s found in her role at Siemens.
“Although the company has been around for over a hundred years, they are focused on making the future a better place for everyone,” she said. “I enjoy learning about all the innovative projects they are pursuing around the world in many sectors such as Energy, Mobility, Building Infrastructure, Corporate Technology and Medical Technology.”
2. Look for a culture where growth is prioritized over perfection.
Gail N., U.S. Lead of Industry Learning Services, says that in the 20 years she’s been at Siemens, she’s been struck by the number of ways she’s been encouraged to grow.
“Siemens' engineering culture is such that you are encouraged to try different things, to stretch and grow, and failure is a part of the process,” she said. “You can't achieve the next level without trying new ideas, processes, and products. I have seen change constantly, and I relish the majority of them — it never gets boring!”
3. Look for a work community where people actually care about each other.
Kristyn H., a University Recruiter for Siemens, doesn’t have a hard time identifying her favorite aspect of her job: her colleagues.
“I love working for Siemens because of the people,” she said. “It’s an inviting and open workspace, which makes it a very easy and fun place to expand your career. Being a part of a company that cares for the people, both employees and their community, makes it a great place to work.”
4. Look at a company’s turnover rate — and choose a workplace people want to stay at.
In the 18 years she’s spent at Siemens, Linette C., a Key Account Manager, says her colleagues have become a “second family.”
“I work with some incredible professionals who are genuinely interested in making the world a better place and working together as a team to do so,” she said. “It's not at all uncommon to celebrate service anniversaries of 20, 30, 40 and even 50+ years… I've grown up in my career here with my Siemens family and I can't imagine working anywhere else.”
5. Look for work that genuinely challenges and stimulates you.
Anne J. has found fulfillment in how forward-thinking the culture is at Siemens, saying she’s “excited about how we’re always looking to the future and how we can tackle tomorrow's challenges. The professional, innovative and passionate individuals we work with daily makes every day feel new and different."
Linette echoed this. Although things may be constantly moving and advancing — as they are in any tech-driven workplace — the amount of support she gets from Siemens makes these challenges feel energizing instead of daunting.
“I am challenged to learn new things and keep up with technology,” she added, “but I am also supported with opportunities for training, growth and development and access to employee resource groups.”
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