SAS places #4 among most popular employers in Germany
SAS, one of the world's largest software makers, is also one of the most popular employers in Germany. In this year’s competition "Germany's Best Employers 2014" from the Great Place to Work® Institute, the company moved up to 4th place in the category of companies up to 500 employees. SAS placed 5th in 2014.
The Great Place to Work Institute anonymously surveyed employees on topics such as leadership, quality of cooperation, development opportunities, salary and other categories to establish the ranking.
SAS regularly ranks among top workplaces worldwide. The company recently landed at #2 on the U.S. Fortune 100 list of "Best Companies to Work For" and on the German ranking "Best Employer in the ICT 2014." For years, SAS has successfully pursued a strategy of providing maximum support for staff in their professional and private lives alike. Among the services SAS provides are child care, legal advice, health promotion, flexible working models and initiatives for education and training. Programs includes targeted promotion of sports and culture in the region, such as the Heidelberg half-marathon or the widely known "Enjoy Jazz" festival.
"At SAS, we always strive to maintain an open dialogue with our employees. This not only promotes a positive work environment and constructive cooperation in a dynamic team, it is also the foundation of our company’s success," says Wolf Lichtenstein, VP DACH region at SAS and SAS Country Manager for Germany. "Long-term employment and low staff turnover such as we have at SAS affect all areas of the company, from corporate culture to customer relationships and, not least, the quality of our work."
"The rankings are a fantastic endorsement of SAS as an employer. Performance management is very important to us, as we encourage each individual to work in ways that best suit his abilities. This benefits both employee and employer, enabling employees to use their talents and at the same time increasing productivity. The corporate culture of openness, fairness and freedom is something we all have internalized. It is imparted to new trainees by management. It forms the foundation for long-term and productive relationships between employees and the company," says Dorothea Schwalbach, Director of Human Resources at SAS Germany.
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