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 2008.
Global Product Portfolio Manager, Bayer Crop Science
The idea of cooperating with the goal of building a better future is most important for me. I believe in our mission, "Science for a Better Life" and I see it being embraced from the Research to the Marketing function. I worked in product marketing in the United States for a while and experienced first-hand how colleagues in the field work with farmers to find solutions to solve their problems regarding plant protection. The global team, too, works closely together across functions. This makes Bayer unique for me.
During my time in the USA I had to promote some of our products in front of a large group of distributors from the Midwest and was quite nervous before that presentation. In the end, everything went smoothly. I was impressed by the "can-do attitude" of the Americans. But I also had to develop an understanding of the culture and the resulting peculiarities, and learn to react without prejudice. I have learned that there is not only one right way, but that it makes sense to see things from another perspective, and to listen and learn from others.
Global Product Portfolio Manager, Bayer Crop Science
Product Manager & Customer Strategist. Bayer Crop Science
International MBA student, Instituto de Empresa
Trainee in Marketing & International Business Studies
Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration
Full-time voluntary social work in an orphanage
La Maison Heureuse
When I get up in the morning I am already looking forward to my colleagues. The team spirit at Bayer is unique. I really appreciate the interest in each other and the joint effort to achieve success. We work with and not against each other. I strongly believe in our goal to improve the life of humans, animals and plants at Bayer.
My passion is climbing: most of all in the open countryside. I started this during my time in the US. Climbing is about physical as well as mental strength and you have to be able to understand and apply the right technique. You will often encounter situations in which you think you cannot do it but if you overcome your fear, you usually go further and find a way to surmount it. This aspect can also be perfectly applied to real life, I think.
I am a very well-adjusted person, which also helps me while climbing. I usually stay calm and won’t let stress control me. Usually I face it with a positive attitude.
My main goal is a fulfilled life in which I can give something back to other people, help them develop and make them a little happier. I firmly believe: the more you give the more you get. A short-term goal for me would be to realize my dream of climbing in the Chilean Andes.
“My Dream is it to climb in the Chilean Andes.”
“At Bayer you have the possibility to work with farmers on solutions to solve their problems in the field.”
“Climbing is my passion.”