Tag Archives: Trainee

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.


“ZEISS doesn’t just prepare people for their future career, but also for life!”

“Fun” was not a word people typically associated with apprenticeships. The prevailing sentiment was “We all have to start somewhere,” and professional training was seen as a means to toughen up apprentices in preparation for their professional career. Yet Udo Schlickenrieder is convinced that it doesn’t have to be this way!


“Taking part in the trainee program helped me identify with the company in a big way”

In 2011, Jochen Weinisch joined ZEISS as a trainee, and this proved to be the first step towards an impressive career. Today, seven years on, he is Senior Director for Nordics at the Industrial Metrology business group; as a manager, he is responsible for 45 employees across four countries. He spoke to us about his current role and about the benefits of his time as a trainee.


Passions that Shape the Future

Judith has always deemed it vital to focus on something that suits her personality and her interests. What better proof of her success: she joined ZEISS in January 2015 as a trainee in the Global Graduate Program run by the Medical Technology business group. This marked the beginning of 15 exciting months spent in different departments of the global player.