How Siemens is competing for top tech talent

How Siemens is competing for top tech talent

By Michael Brown, Vice President Talent Acquisition


I recently had the opportunity to spend the day with Wall Street Journal reporter Lauren Weber as she was researching her article about competing for top tech talent at our Corporate Technology facility in Princeton, New Jersey. I’ve been part of Siemens’ talent acquisition team efforts for nearly a decade. And spending time with Lauren made me really pause to think even deeper about what makes Siemens special compared to other software companies.


Part of what distinguishes us is that we’re also a hardware company. Yes, Siemens has invented itself into one of the world’s top-10 software companies. Yet we also still make real things, from locomotives to transformers and motors. And our passion for working in both the real and virtual worlds provides a unique platform to do what the millennial workforce especially cares about the most: to make a difference and positively impact society.


The opportunities we offer extend beyond designing web pages and consumer apps. Siemens offers those with digital skillsets – data scientists, software engineers, applications researchers and manufacturing leads – the ability to apply their skills to solving the world’s greatest challenges – from building smart cities to decarbonizing the economy, As a recent hire, Karla Kvaternik, said in the article:, “Siemens gave me a purpose. They’re letting me think about democratizing access to energy.”


These digital positions are coming to life in places such as our Mindsphere Application Centers in Austin and Atlanta, where we’ve hired 150 people who are providing digital services for rail, smart buildings and infrastructure. In Chicago, Siemens Building Technologies is investing $13 million annually in a new digital R&D hub, where they have hired 100 positions. In Tampa, Siemens has invested $350M in a high-tech manufacturing facility through a joint venture called Advanced Airfoils which will open later this fall. Hiring will ramp up later this year, including recruitment for approximately 50 people for positions such as advanced manufacturing technicians in areas such as 3D modeling, CAD-based tooling and robotics to support the casting of super-alloy gas turbine components. And the list goes on.

Across the country, Siemens is currently filling nearly 1,500 positions, many of which require these new skillsets. The open positions span from roles such as Digital Twin manufacturing leads, cyber security analysts and network architects to industrial roles such as welders, electrical engineers and machinists, showcasing how our view of digital roles has fundamentally shifted.


Our talent acquisition team uses a number of digital tools in order to recruit the necessary talent to fill these rolls. From video interviews to aggregating viable candidates with other top recruiting companies, our team is moving fast to successfully recruit key candidates. As recruiter Jillian Rozek explained to WSJ, we also coach our hiring managers on the importance of streamlining and engaging during the recruitment process: “They learn the hard way—waiting too long and losing a great candidate.”


As the workforce continues its transformation in this digital landscape, Siemens will lead the way in understanding why real-world challenges and commitment to R&D investment will continue to make it stand out from other organizations competing for top tech talent.


Published On: June 7th, 2018