Michael was deep in thought as he embarked on his morning drive to the university where he would attend his first-ever Computer Science lecture. His daily commute took him along the country roads of Ostalb, entering the town of Oberkochen about halfway through. The blue logos adorning the massive factory walls of ZEISS came into his field of vision on the right. But it wasn’t a view that particularly impressed him. “I wouldn’t fit in at such a traditional company,” he thought to himself with certainty. Past its sell-by date. “I’m not one to wear suits.”
How people-oriented management leads to stable growth
Suki has always been interested in how people with different backgrounds, experiences and knowledge exchange their ideas. Later in her working life she asked herself how a diverse and inclusive culture could help employees and employers to mutually benefit in a win-win situation. Seeing many Western companies coming to China, she wondered what challenges exist when trying to implement a global strategy with a local mindset. At ZEISS, all her questions turned into her daily challenges.
What was that guy called again – the one who always cycles to work? I think Lea knows! Oh no – I actually wanted to ask Uwe if we can interview him about his diving. But it’s already getting pretty late. I’ll do it tomorrow! Did the guy from Research get in touch with you? He knows a lady working in Jena who’d be perfect for a story in our current series.
There has been life on Earth for around 3.5 billion years. The first microscopic single-celled organisms resided in the world’s oceans and gradually developed into complex, multicellular organisms, from dinosaurs in the beginning to mammals as we know them today.
First, there was the challenging task at the 24-hour ZEISS Hackathon in Munich, Germany: “Bringing Data Science to the Nano Age.” Now, the winning team has claimed their prize: four of the five winners traveled to San Francisco. There, they visited SEMICON West and other hot spots. Thomas and Rob shared their experiences. One trip, two viewpoints.
Alexander studied IT and earned his PhD at the Friedrich Schiller University (FSU) in Jena. In 2016 he began working in Central Research at ZEISS in Jena, where he focused primarily on artificial intelligence (AI) and worked with his colleagues to find ways of making ZEISS systems even more intelligent.
It’s 8 a.m. on Saturday 9 February 2019 and we’re in Munich. The colorful facade of the Kistlerhof creative hub is hard to miss. This is where ZEISS Digital Innovation Partners is based. It’s still pretty quiet as I step inside the yellow building with its big blue dots and go up to the fourth floor. As the elevator doors open, I am greeted by a lively hubbub – all around me are people chatting away in English and German. The first hackers are signing up for the ZEISS Hackathon 2019: Bringing Data Science to the Nano Age.
Markus is an optical designer at ZEISS Corporate Research and Technology. He gave us some exclusive insights into his exciting line of work at ZEISS Optical Design Days. Want to know why optical design is such an exciting job that constantly makes use of new findings? Read the interview to find out.
Anna-Sophie had always known ZEISS to be an attractive employer in the region. After finishing school, she studied business informatics as part of a dual program with ZEISS and spent two years working full time in the company’s IT department. Then she decided to expand her knowledge of big data by pursuing further studies, before returning to ZEISS to write her master’s thesis on data science and machine learning. She talks to us about why she thinks ZEISS is such a great employer, about the personality types the company is looking for, and reveals what she’s exploring in her master’s thesis.
ZEISS has always been synonymous with innovations. The same is true of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). As befits this connection, the ZEISS Experience Day was held in Oberkochen in cooperation with the Karlsruhe School of Optics & Photonics on 5 December. Both German and international students from KIT had the opportunity to speak at length with employees and managers while also learning what it’s like to work at ZEISS.