Our business success is largely attributable to the knowledge, skills and passion of our employees. It is their ability to innovate and their willingness to embrace continuous professional and self-development that drive our position as a world-class innovation company. This is clearly reflected in our employer brand “Passion to innovate | Power to change,” which shows what the Bayer group expects from its employees and new hires but also what it can offer them. It translates Bayer’s mission statement “Science For A Better Life” into the world of work.
As a modern international employer, we offer our employees attractive conditions and wide-ranging individual development opportunities. A key aim of our personnel development strategy is to create an environment where all employees have the opportunity to develop their full potential. In the spirit of “lifelong learning”, we help employees in all fields broaden their knowledge and skills and keep up with the latest changes throughout their working lives. Support ranges from knowledge sharing and peer learning to programs that take up new trends and perspectives.
Thanks to our wide-ranging business activities, we offer employees throughout the Group great opportunities for global development. International assignments are also an important element in employee development.
A diverse employee structure is vital for our company’s competitiveness. By embracing diversity we improve our understanding of changing markets and consumer groups, gain access to a broader pool of talented people and benefit from the enhanced innovative and problem-solving abilities that are demonstrably associated with high cultural diversity. Mutual understanding and a gender and cultural balance, especially at management level, are important success factors. We have an inclusive approach: diversity is integrated into all relevant human resources processes and driven forward by the management.
On December 31, 2018, Bayer employed 116,998 (2017: 99,820) people worldwide. In Germany we had 32,140 (2017: 31,620) employees, which was 27.5% of the total Bayer Group workforce (2017: 31.7%).
Relative breakdown of employees by segment as of December 31, 2018
But let's forget the numbers and facts for a while. Meet some of our employees and get a taste of what it is really like to work here.
Working with Bayer since 2007.
Medical Director, Neurology & Ophthalmology, Pharmaceuticals Division
I work as one of a great team with different skills and perspectives. Bayer has the people, the power and the flexibility to make good things happen.
Patients have to be able to afford the medicines they need. It took seven years to ensure UK funding for a multiple sclerosis medicine.
Medical Director, Neurology & Ophthalmology, Pharmaceuticals Division Newbury
Medical Director, Neurology Bayer Schering Pharma
Medical Director, Specialized Therapeutics
Schering Health Care Ltd.
One of the first five doctors in the UK to become a fully accredited specialist in Pharmaceutical Medicine
Clinical research management at Schering Health Care Ltd.
Education highlights: Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery, Diploma in Pharmaceutical Medicine; Fellow of the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine and Member of the Royal College of Physicians
I have been asked by seriously ill patients: “Can you help me?” I want to make a difference. I want us to be able to answer: “Yes.”
Beyond the obvious – my family and my job – I love playing piano and I enjoy exploring the countryside on my mountain bike.
My children will tell you I am annoying because I insist they do their schoolwork and I am embarrassing because I dance to music playing on the radio.
Right now? Getting my son and daughter through their exams and still have them talking to me afterwards.
“When Bayer acquired Schering in 2007, the new head office was suddenly a two hour drive away. But I did not want to uproot my family and move.”
“In mergers and acquisitions, you usually have a choice: move with the job, or move on and find a new one.”
“But Bayer wanted to keep me. So I became field-based – which basically means an office at home and lots of travelling to customers.”
“Back then, home working was quite unusual – but Bayer showed surprising flexibility and impressive employee focus.”
“Innovation isn`t just for the lab - at Bayer, solving problems is what we do. It let me continue in a job I really love - that`s Bayer for me.”