The 10 Best Companies to Work for in Germany

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Does trying to find employers who offer a competitive salary, respectable perks and compelling workloads have to be as hard as searching for a needle in a haystack?

For most people, the answer is a resounding ‘yes’.

However, because today’s businesses want to attract the best and brightest talent around and retain these workers, the private sector is listening to their needs. Many new jobs are more than just staring at a cubicle wall or playing Minesweeper to give the illusion you’re busy.

So, where are these corporate utopias?

Job review platform Glassdoor put together an insightful list that ranked the top companies in Germany, looking at characteristics like work–life balance and salary. We looked through the list and compiled an in-depth look at who these businesses – large and small – are.

Without further ado, here are the 10 best companies to work for in Germany.

10. Continental

Average ranking: 4.3

An automotive company that specialises in brake systems, interior electronics, tires and safety, Continental has become the place to go if you wish to have a career in the automobile industry.

The company is the top destination to gain employment in this sector because it values its employees by offering a versatile working environment, flexible hours and advancement opportunities.

What makes Continental attractive to young jobseekers, meanwhile, is its extensive internship programme. This allows you to learn skills and gain experience that will enable you to grow at either Continental or another firm.

9. MHP – A Porsche Company

Average ranking: 4.4

You don’t need to be a grease monkey to find employment opportunities in the auto industry. Don’t believe it? Look no further than Mieschke Hofmann und Partner (MHP) – A Porsche Company, which specialises in IT and process consulting in the automotive and manufacturing sectors (suppliers, dealers and importers).

Its workforce has been celebrated for diversity, contemporary workplace management and telecommuting. The worst thing you can say about the firm is that it doesn’t have enough internal parking, which is kind of ironic for a business with an 81% stake owned by Porsche.

8. HelloFresh

Average ranking: 4.4

HelloFresh is the world’s No 1 meal-kit company with headquarters in Berlin and operations throughout the US, Canada and Western Europe.

But how does it maintain its supremacy in this niche market? Giving the new generation of employees something they have craved for: routine becoming a foreign word. Your job is new, it never gets boring, and employees – new or old – always have something new going on.

If you want a company culture of the future, then HelloFresh is the place to be.

7. BMW

Average ranking: 4.4

The initials say it all.

The global brand manufactures some of the finest cars and motorcycles on the planet, from the classic 1930s BMW 327 to the 1990s 745 IL to today’s X5 4x4. Of course, the only way BMW has been able to make some of these most iconic vehicles has been due to its workforce.

And the employees are satisfied, championing the first-class working atmosphere, celebrating competent executives and direct involvement in all projects.

When you want to be challenged, BMW delivers.

6. Fraunhofer Society

Average ranking: 4.4

A research organisation that has dozens of institutions throughout Germany, the Fraunhofer Society for the Advancement of Applied Research maintains a workforce of nearly 27,000 employees. These workers are primarily engineers and scientists who are given a $2.9 billion annual budget for research and development services across Europe.

Although the consensus is that its technology needs to be updated, the company does a good job of getting the job done, valuing employees (salary, benefits and vacation) and maintaining a tremendous office environment.

5. Capco

Average ranking: 4.4

Not exactly a household name, Capco is an international management and technology consultancy firm that provides services to the finance and energy industries.

Because the company is growing at a rapid pace, higher labour input is required to sustain its rise to the top as one of the best tech companies. But if you want exciting opportunities and to be part of incredible developments, then the Capco management wants you on the team.

One thing that employees – current and former – say is that executives want to cultivate the talent, and that is how you grow personally and professionally.

4. Daimler

Average ranking: 4.4

This German multinational automotive corporation is renowned for its comprehensive internship and its training compensation programme.

Daimler internships offer a hands-on experience and allow interns to take on a lot of responsibilities. They’re given tremendous insights and provided with a lot of support. Employees who are being trained receive the same type of experience as interns, but they are well paid.

For the present workforce, staff members are extended competitive salaries. But it is the way the office is managed that attracts the best and brightest. Daimler offers flexitime, mobile working and relaxed days.

3. Robert Bosch

Average ranking: 4.4

Robert Bosch is a German multinational engineering and technology company with a workforce topping 410,000. Known for its high retention rate, Robert Bosch makes working for the giant rewarding, thanks to its health insurance coverage, bicycle parking, childcare options and good pay across all hierarchical levels.

It strikes a fine balance between staying competitive and adhering to the needs of the modern-day worker, and perhaps this is why the company remains strong after being founded more than a century ago.

2. Infineon Technologies

Average ranking: 4.5

Infineon Technologies is a highly technical company, specialising in semiconductor products for comfort electronics (air conditioners), safety systems (airbags) and trains (engines).

So, it makes sense that the business wants the very best – and that is what they get.

The workforce is considered one of the most skilled and knowledgeable in Germany, but employees also say that there is a tremendous teamwork atmosphere, even among management.

The worst thing you can say about Infineon is that its lunchroom offerings are a bit on the expensive side. Considering the state of the corporate world, it is worth it!

1. SAP

Average ranking: 4.6

SAP Corporation is a German multinational software corporation that produces enterprise software to manage business operations and customer relations. The 47-year-old business offers the best of both worlds for employees: a competitive compensation package and a great workplace that makes you excited to come into the office on Monday morning.

Employees can expect diverse and highly advanced tasks. Every time they submit their projects, management will be appreciative, which helps foster a good working relationship. Even for those who are immensely qualified, SAP is not afraid to further your career and academic support. Ultimately, it treats every staff member as an entrepreneur, which helps in today’s global economy.

Whether you’re a new graduate, changing careers, relocating from somewhere else or a resident for life, these German companies can provide you with tremendous opportunities that other employers cannot give.

Although the younger generation of professionals might be a job-hopping one, the low turnover and high retainment rates at these firms prove that workers just want the possibility of a long, financially rewarding and interesting career with the same company. These corporations are the places you want to be in for the remainder of your career.

Do you work for either of these companies? Share your experiences with us in the comments section below!


This article is an updated version of an earlier article originally published on 8 October 2014.