One thing is clear. Our business strategy can only be implemented when the right employees are working in the right positions. But even a renowned company like Infineon can’t simply rely on the right candidates to apply for open positions. The job market is highly competitive. We have to adapt to trends such as digitization and demographic change, and do so in a time of rapid technical progress.
We cannot rely on traditional recruiting strategies. If we aim to continue to attract the best talent for Infineon successfully, we have to remain bold, put our target groups at the center of our actions and constantly try new methods. Only by being creative and questioning the status quo we can make recruiting decisions that lead our company to long-term success. For me, our Sales & Marketing inspired Talent Attraction strategy is the way forward.
That is why we are active at all our locations around the world in finding and attracting the right candidates. We are constantly working on our name recognition and on employer branding, in other words, on our image as a popular and innovative employer. To foster this, we cooperate with universities, schools and state institutions, attend trade fairs and organize special events. We search all the channels, use movies andmake the job search and application on our career site easy. At the same time, our Talent Attraction Management Team (TAM) actively approaches suitable candidates.
For external candidates, there are countless opportunities to join Infineon. High school graduates can complete an internship, an apprenticeship or a dual degree course, and students can work for us as interns, working students or graduates. Another way of starting out at our Company is via a doctoral post.
No matter at what age or into what position a member of staff comes to Infineon, everyone gets responsible tasks right from the start and an interesting insight into a dynamic professional life.
In the past year 6,403 new employees took up positions in one of our locations.
To transform the successful candidate journey into an even better employee journey, onboarding is extremely important. Here, the direct managers and their teams are the main drivers. But HR also takes on an important task: Both in direct contact with the new employee and indirectly through the new superior.
Onboarding has already established itself in many locations. In order to ensure a consistent and minimum quality, but also to share good ideas and support smaller locations, HR created a worldwide Onboarding Guideline in the fiscal year 2017/2018. It consists of many elements, such as a globally sent welcome email, welcome pages in the Intranet, a template for a familiarization plan and a checklist to help supervisors undertake all necessary preparations. Welcome and information events for the new employees should take place at all locations, where they can establish an initial network. In addition, the policy recommends a "buddy system," which is explained in a flyer.
Are you still studying or nearing the end of your studies? Are you ready for a new adventure? Whether you’re interested in a classical apprenticeship or a dual study program, at Infineon, high school graduates can choose from a broad spectrum of technical and corporate apprenticeships and dual courses of study.
At the locations in Munich, Regensburg and Warstein the commercial apprentices have a very special opportunity. They can spend four weeks of their training in foreign European countries as part of the EU Erasmus+ Funding Program.
At Infineon, promoting young talent doesn’t start when we train our skilled employees, but much sooner. We know that people who want to be experts start practicing early. To encourage this, we want to get the youngest members of our society excited about technology. This means explaining our complex products and technology in an understandable way, while making it fun. Kids thus learn early on how microelectronics and responsible management of natural resources can contribute to making our future sustainable and worth living.
Again, this year’s round of students participating in Chips@School provided an encouraging display of motivation, creativity and resolve in engaging with future technologies to tackle real world problems. It is always a pleasure to be part of the competition to witness what kind of things the next generation of young minds is imagining.
In addition, Infineon Germany offers A-level graduates and former apprentices a dual study program. No other degree program contains such a high proportion of practical experience, because the theoretical and practical phases alternate. Depending on the study model, the dual study lasts three, three and a half or four years; it ends with a Bachelor’s degree. Successful Bachelor graduates can then expand their knowledge with a dual Master’s degree program.
A dual degree course is the ideal way to study with a monthly salary and to learn about the company’s different tasks at the same time. Afterwards, the graduates have an excellent idea of what area they would like to get started in.
Close cooperation with universities is very important for many different reasons. Of course, first and foremost is to attract successful graduates as career starters. And we offer a variety of dual degree courses as part of that effort. But the exchange of knowledge and joint innovation projects are also being advanced in order to stay up-to-date with the latest technology.
For instance, many Infineon engineers have given guest lectures at recognized universities in Germany and abroad to maintain close contact with the respective locations. We support universities with endowed professorships or research laboratories. We support doctoral students and candidates, visit university recruitment fairs, give presentations at conferences and invite students to visit our company.
For students and university graduates, Infineon offers attractive opportunities in all areas to become part of the team. We offer internships, working student jobs, or the advisement of your Bachelor’s or Master’s thesis. One thing is clear. All new hires can look forward to room for creativity and practical experience with the newest technology and get their careers off to a successful start.
Every year, Trendence, an independent market research and consulting firm, identifies the most attractive employers in 28 countries. Infineon Germany is repeatedly voted one of the top 100 employers by engineering students.
Over 5,000 interns evaluated Infineon in a survey conducted by the CLEVIS group regarding employers’ working conditions. The study categorized companies in four areas: Stars, Pretenders, Hidden Champions, and Challengers. Infineon’s categorization as a “Star” is a tribute to its quality as an employer as well as its brand image. Interns at these companies are very satisfied with their employer and their internship.
Our world is changing – and at a fast rate. Infineon wants to meet the change with a broad-based initiative. At the heart of its activities is the International Graduate Program (IGP), whose goal is to attract highly qualified graduates. It has a global approach, which means that the 47 talents we currently have on the program can build their networks across both divisional and country borders. At least one station is located abroad. The participants exchange ideas and experiences in regular telephone and online conferences and also have face-to-face meetings at workshops every six months.
Information about the International Graduate Program (IGP):
I am on the International Graduate Program (IGP), based in Warstein and supporting the Equipment Purchasing teams. From September to December 2018 I will spend four months in Wuxi (China) and then two months in Cegled (Hungary) to support the local purchasing activities. Afterwards, I will return to Warstein to continue my journey in strategic purchasing. Infineon is a global player for people to grow personally and advance their career. The close network within the company creates a great atmosphere for the employees and people can meet other bright minds across different sites over the world.
For years, we have been helping young people prepare for the job market.