Working at ZEISS

Taking Cyber Security Seriously

In our digital world, data is regarded as the new gold. But is it something anyone would actually protect in a tank? After all, when hackers manage to bring entire nuclear power plants to a standstill, a company needs more than just guards at its doors. A company needs people who can guarantee digital security. Who can put up shields that make them invincible in the face of criminal attacks. People who consider cyber security when creating new products. People like Romeo. 


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Fostering Trust through Consultation

They say the customer is king. But surely we’ve all realized that this statement should be taken with a grain of salt. Lisa disagrees. She believes the customer really is king, every time. But this promise is not so easy to keep. That’s because Lisa’s customers come from both Germany and abroad, and they do not purchase any mass-produced machines. They come to her with special requirements that only custom-made measuring machines can meet. But these challenges are something Lisa loves about her work.


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A Focus on Bringing Ideas to Life

Machines are humming and the scent of metal hangs in the air. It’s a nice day. Not too hot and not too cold. Over here is a workbench, over there a large machine. While it may look like it was all thrown together, there is in fact a good reason for it: it means employees can easily locate their workstations. They work quietly and are very focused. And Waldemar is no exception.


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“The pressure’s on, but I just love a challenge!”

Being the customer’s lawyer. Exceeding their expectations and meeting deadlines. Looking at a problem from many different angles, offering alternatives, anticipating any hurdles and resolving conflicts. Leading projects worth millions. Forming teams across multiple departments and countries. In a race against time, where you push the limits of what is technically feasible.


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Into the digital world wearing sneakers and a cap

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.”


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Cultural Diversity – a Competitive Advantage

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.


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Redefining Storytelling in Employer Branding

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.


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Artificial Intelligence: Changing the World for the Better

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.


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Optical Designers – or Inventors?

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.


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“By writing my thesis, I can leave my mark on ZEISS.”

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.


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