Talents – We want the right people

One thing is clear. We can only execute our business strategy if we have the right talents – in the right positions. But even a renowned company like Infineon can’t simply rely on the right candidates applying for vacant positions. The job market is highly competitive. We have to adapt to trends such as digitalization and demographic change while technology continues to evolve at lightning speed.

Only companies that adapt early to changes in the job market will be able to fill open positions successfully in the long term.

Recruiting: Targeted search for talent

Infineon adopts a proactive approach to identifying and attracting the right candidates at all its locations around the world. We are constantly working to raise awareness around our name and reinforce our image as a popular and innovative employer through employer branding. Our strategy involves cooperating with universities, schools and state institutions, attending trade fairs and organizing special events. We seek out talent via all the usual channels, post videos online, and make it easy to search for jobs and submit applications on our careers website. At the same time, our Talent Attraction Management (TAM) team proactively approaches suitable candidates.

At the German Opportunities Day 2018, potential employees were able to explore the many job, internship and dual study/apprenticeship opportunities available at Infineon. The chance to experience the fully automated production facilities in Villach in Austria through virtual reality headsets always proves to be a real highlight among visitors to campus events in both Singapore and Germany. Chee Seong Chua, President and Managing Director of Infineon Asia-Pacific, also tested a virtual reality headset.
Singapore, as an example, is always looking to establish strategic partnerships with universities. At the last Infineon Day held at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in the fall of 2018, Infineon representatives and student ambassadors networked with around 200 NTU students from a number of faculties. The NTU Infineon Day is a must-attend event for students looking for cutting-edge insights into the technology industry. Our engagement with the higher education sector reaches beyond presence-building activities to embrace partnerships focused on the joint exploration of new paths – hence the hosting of additional collaboration avenues in Singapore. Examples include tours of the 3D printing laboratory at Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) as part of the Industry Night event, or a tour of the research lab of the School of Materials Science & Engineering at NTU. Such events build connections with the university network and provide opportunities to identify potential talent at an early stage. In November 2018, Infineon Singapore signed a general cooperation agreement with Singapore Polytechnic (SP) with a focus on the IoT and robotics. Innovations are expected to emerge rapidly in these dynamic sectors in the near future. At the end of the day, everyone benefits from cooperative alliances such as these – Infineon, the universities and their students.
On October 31, 2018, Infineon Porto (IFSSC) opened its doors to around 40 guests. The purpose of this first event of its kind was to give a small group of talented job-seekers the opportunity to learn more about Infineon as an employer before applying for a position. This open-door concept quickly turned into a dynamic afternoon of interaction between the visitors and IFSSC colleagues. Every IFSSC department had its own promotional stand at the recruitment event, and each group of four to five participants listened to a twelve-minute presentation on the speakers’ personal experiences at Infineon. The event proved to be a successful format for sharing and acquiring knowledge and insights – vacant positions were offered and candidates were able to get a solid idea of what their job would potentially entail.
At the start of January, twenty students from the TUMfast program were invited to the first fireside chat with Infineon’s former Chief Financial Officer Dominik Asam in the recently opened “Look Out” in building 15 at Campeon. The TUM School of Management’s TUMfast program promotes outstanding students who have been identified as “finance and accounting selected talents” (fast). They specialize in Finance & Accounting in the Management & Technology program (TUM BWL), and are ranked in the top ten percent of students for performance. Infineon is supporting the program as corporate partner. “Academic talent programs like TUMfast are an important pillar in our university alliance program, supporting efforts to attract the most talented students to come and work for Infineon,” says Rainer Schmidt-Rudloff, HR University Relations Manager.

Welcome on board!

A variety of measures are used to fast-track the social and professional integration of new company employees. Taking Infineon Greater China as an example, the Greater China New Hire Orientation concept was adapted this year and a few onboarding activities were added to the previous process and tool training program. In June 2019, Su Hua, President of Infineon Greater China, welcomed fifty new employees who had joined the locations in Shanghai, Beijing, Shenzen, Wuxi, Taiwan and Hong Kong. This onboarding event for multiple locations gives newbies an early opportunity to network and engage with each other so they can learn more about Infineon’s culture, vision and mission. The participants also gained valuable insights into day-to-day business through the expert product and application presentations from the divisions, and they also heard personal career stories from longer-serving employees. This successful one-day event provided a good platform for the participants to springboard their career at Infineon.

For external candidates, there are countless ways to join Infineon. High school graduates can complete an internship, an apprenticeship or a dual degree course. Students on the other hand can opt for an internship or work placement, or a position that enables them to complete their Bachelor’s or Master’s thesis. Other great paths into Infineon include a doctoral post or the International Graduate Program (IGP).

Regardless of age and position, all new hires at Infineon are given tasks that involve responsibility right from the start, as well as an interesting insight into a dynamic work environment.

In the fiscal year 2019, 4,698 new employees took up positions at one of our locations worldwide. The onboarding process needs to be well managed to ensure that new colleagues adapt quickly to their working environment and feel happy with their decision to join Infineon. This is primarily the individual department’s responsibility, but HR also plays an important role, whether in direct contact with the new employees or indirectly via their line managers.

Onboarding has already become established in many locations. In order to ensure a consistent minimum level of quality but also to share good ideas and support smaller locations, HR issued a worldwide Onboarding Guideline in the fiscal year 2018. Deliverables include a global welcome email, welcome pages on the intranet, a blueprint for an orientation plan, and a checklist to help line managers undertake all necessary preparations. In addition, the guideline outlines the “buddy system,” which is explained in more detail in a flyer.

All locations are expected to host welcome and information events for new employees. Designed to build motivation and support networking, they also facilitate information and knowledge sharing.

Training and dual study program

MINT is the German abbreviation for Mathematics, Informatics, Natural Sciences and Technology (also referred to in English as the STEM subjects). Demand has never been higher for graduates in these fields. This is why Human Resources started the MINT Minis project in the fall of 2017. The new homepage on the Intranet features age-appropriate material and slide decks suitable for kids on technical topics in general and semiconductor technologies in particular. To promote interest among young people, cleanroom suits in various children’s sizes and experiment kits can be borrowed at all Infineon training sites in Germany. MINT Minis aims to motivate Infineon colleagues around the world to go to kindergartens and schools and to share enthusiasm for the MINT subjects among children aged three through ten. The first projects have already taken place in Europe, the US and Asia.

High-school pupils who are approaching graduation and looking for a new adventure may find exactly what they are looking for at Infineon. Graduates can choose from a wide spectrum of conventional technical and commercial apprenticeships programs or opt for dedicated dual courses of study. A total of 394 apprentices and students on work-study courses were employed by Infineon during the fiscal year 2019.

The commercial apprentices at our Munich, Regensburg and Warstein sites can avail of a very special opportunity; namely the chance to spend four weeks of their training in another European country as part of the EU Erasmus+ funding program. In 2019, a total of seven apprentices traveled to Porto to brush up their language skills and work on the accounting strand of their commercial training.

Rebecca Wisbacher (center) was one of the apprentices who availed of the chance to travel to Porto. The to-be industrial business manager welcomed the invaluable opportunity to engage with a different culture, experience an international working environment and improve her language skills. “Not all employers give you an opportunity like that,” explains Rebecca. “I am so glad that Infineon gave me this chance to experience Porto. Spending time abroad has greatly improved my self-confidence, and I find things like switching to different departments much easier now.”
Girls’ Day 2019 at Campeon in Munich was a special day out for a total of thirty girls aged between 13 and 17 with an interest in technology. Through a discovery tour across the campus, the schoolgirls were able to gain initial impressions of Infineon’s structures before testing their skills in a variety of technical workshops and interesting experiments. The objective of Girls’ Day is to help the participants choose their future profession and encourage them to take up careers or courses in MINT disciplines.

At Infineon, the process of fostering next-generation talent begins way before we start training our skilled employees. We know that if you want to be good at something, it’s never too early to start. Which is why we want to get the youngest members of our society excited about technology. This means explaining our complex products and technology in an understandable yet fun way. Kids thus learn early on how microelectronics can contribute to a better future and more sustainable management of natural resources.

 

Infineon launched the Chips@School competition in 2012 in Germany. Now it has grown and is held worldwide, including in countries such as Singapore and Ireland. Pupils from the 8th grade onwards are called on to develop new solutions and applications based around chip technology. The aim is to answer a series of interesting questions like: What should the chips of the future be able to do? What will the future be like?

In 2019, pupils from Lappersdorf Gymnasium in Bavaria won the top prize of EUR 500 in this competition open to high schools all over Germany. Their winning idea was a “Safety Bus” system that causes the window-pane of a bus to be released and ejected automatically if the bus is involved in an accident. The same high school in Lappersdorf won the second prize worth EUR 300. They came up with the idea of a “Holo-Watch” – a smart watch with a special film on the display which inflates during a holographic call and shows the caller as a hologram between the display and curved film. Third place went to Goethe-Gymnasium in Regensburg for their idea of a device that explores the deep sea with a camera and positioning chip but is also able to collect (plastic) rubbish along the way.
One of this year’s successful graduates was Anna Birnthaler. She is a combined degree student at Infineon, which means that she is completing a dual degree course with integrated training as an electronics engineer for industrial engineering. She passed the final exam of the German Chamber of Industry and Commerce in the summer 2019, achieving 97 out of 100 points, and followed this up with a period abroad in Malaysia sponsored by Infineon. “My main motivation for undertaking a dual degree course was the opportunity to complement theory with the practical skills and knowledge that an electronics engineer needs and to apply those directly in the training workshop. The optional period abroad gives you many more avenues to put what you have learned into practice. Another positive is that you can always turn to HR for support whenever you have questions or issues,” says Anna.

Infineon Germany also offers high school graduates and former apprentices who completed their training the chance to undertake a dual study program. No other degree program contains such an extensive practical experience component as the students alternate between theoretical and practical training. Depending on the study model, the dual study program lasts three, three and a half or four years, ending with a Bachelor’s degree. Successful Bachelor graduates can then expand their knowledge with a dual Master’s degree program.

A dual degree course provides an ideal opportunity to earn a monthly income while studying and learning about some of the company’s activities at the same time. Afterwards, the graduates have an excellent idea about their preferred starting point on the career ladder.

 

At this year’s graduation ceremony held in September 2019, a total of eight apprentices and four students celebrated the completion of their programs at Infineon. The best IHK graduate is Anna Birnthaler. As part of her dual study program, she combined a course in microsystems technology with integrated training as an electronics engineer at Infineon.

Cooperation with universities

The future of our company lies in the hands of the talented young people we are training today. This makes it all the more important to support continued learning among ambitious graduates through attractive initiatives and collaborative options, while giving them the opportunity to establish a social network across the company. As an innovative global technology leader, we attach great importance to a recruitment process that reaches out to talent of all nationalities; and to supporting the onboarding process with a wide range of integration measures.

Sabine Herlitschka CEO and Technology Director Infineon Technologies Austria AG

Close cooperation with universities is very important for many different reasons. First and foremost, to attract successful graduates looking to get their careers off to a successful start. We offer a variety of dual degree courses to increase our appeal as an employer. Equally important, however, is the exchange of knowledge and joint innovation projects to ensure we stay at the cutting edge.

Many Infineon engineers have taken guest lecturing positions at renowned universities in Germany and abroad to foster good communication and close ties at local level. We support universities with endowed professorships or research laboratories. In addition, we visit university recruitment fairs, give presentations at conferences and invite students to take tours of our company.

Infineon Austria and the University of Innsbruck established the Innsbruck Power Electronics Lab (i-PEL) this year and are now jointly getting ready for the future. Under the direction of Prof. Dr. Petar Grbović, the lab will provide expert training for young talent interested in a career in the semiconductor industry. This win-win collaboration between Infineon and the University of Innsbruck connects the worlds of industry and research. Research activities will help to unlock totally new opportunities but also to quickly transition new products and applications in power electronics that reflect Infineon’s requirements and global technology trends from the lab to the real work. They also create a competitive edge for Infineon. “For me, the biggest benefit to come out of this collaboration is talent recruitment. Students gain an early impression of Infineon as a leading and innovative semiconductor manufacturer and as an exciting place to work,” according to Petar Grbović. This cooperation should bring huge benefits to both sides.
The Infineon Korea office was packed full of guest students for two weeks in January. The visit was prompted by a government-funded automotive semiconductor training course that was jointly organized by Infineon Korea and the Korean Semiconductor Industry Association (KSIA). Held this year for the fourth time, this two-week event saw experts from the automotive industry share their expertise and knowledge with the visiting students, give practical insights into the semiconductor industry and underscore Infineon’s role as a key player in this space.

Interns und working students

Internships with Infineon Singapore (IFAP) are highly prized among high school students. The three lunch workshops organized by the Singapore location every year provide an early networking opportunity for interns and a platform for sharing information about their experiences with Infineon. In the first half of the year, around 50 interns took part in the lunch talk at Infineon Singapore. In a joint career planning session, a psychometric assessment helped to give participants an understanding of the basic personality profiles and work environments so they could reflect on the path to which they are best suited.

Across the entire company, students and university graduates have a number of attractive openings to become part of the Infineon team. We offer internships, working student jobs and supervision of Bachelor’s or Master’s theses. Whatever option they choose, all newbies can look forward to a creative space offering practical experience with the latest technologies and an opportunity to get their careers off to a successful start.

Every year, Trendence, an independent market research and consulting firm specializing in employer branding, identifies the most attractive employers. Infineon Germany is repeatedly voted one of the top 100 employers by engineering students. Over 50,000 participants in the study evaluated Infineon this year based on the criteria of attractiveness, market awareness and the reasons prompting them to apply for a job at Infineon (https://www.arbeitgeber-ranking.de/rankings).  

Over 7,500 interns took part in a survey conducted by the CLEVIS Group on the working conditions in a number of companies. The study categorizes 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. Infineon continuously improves the quality of its internships to enhance its attractiveness as an employer for the up-and-coming generation of talent. The Student Attraction Managers use various channels such as trade fairs and workshops to identify the best talent in schools and universities.

Trade fairs remain an attractive platform in the search for talent and an effective vehicle to spread the word about career opportunities at Infineon. At the electronica 2018 trade fair in Munich, the stand concept was a magnet not only for trade visitors but also for potential candidates. A shuttle bus service was also laid on to bring fifty selected students to the event. Three guided tours gave these visitors an opportunity to discover the different exhibits around the world’s leading electronics trade fair and at the Infineon stand in particular. Michael Schinke, Senior Director Marketing Communications, communicates with the humanoid robot Roboy, which is featuring sensors from the Infineon’s XENSIV™ portfolio.

Talent programs

Our world is changing at an increasingly rapid pace. Infineon has developed a broad range of initiatives to successfully position itself for the changes that are also shaping the job market. At the heart of these activities is the International Graduate Program (IGP), which is designed to attract highly qualified graduates. The program is global in reach, which means that the participants can build their networks across both divisional and national borders. At least one of the program’s three to four assignments is completed abroad. The IGP participants exchange ideas and experiences in regular conference calls and virtual meetings. They also have face-to-face meetings at global conferences every six months.

 

From 5 through 9 November 2018, 45 of the International Graduate Program (IGP) participants from around the world gathered in Neubiberg for a full-on week of training and networking. CEO Reinhard Ploss kicked off the event with the motto: “Never stop learning”. Reinhard Ploss was joined by CMO Helmut Gassel and PSS Division President Andreas Urschlitz to discuss topics around leadership philosophies and the challenges of digitalization. Intercultural exchange was the main focus of this conference. The diverse group of participants completed two full days of training under the motto “Empower Yourself for Effective Collaboration”. The event gave them an opportunity to fine-tune their interpersonal skills, raise cultural awareness and reflect on their own strengths. The conference was rounded off with an evening event where the graduates had a chance to immerse themselves in German culture and cook some local culinary specialties.

“The opportunity to establish a global network across several different functions, to explore Infineon’s locations around the world first hand and learn from different mentors make these 18 months a truly inspiring experience,” says Christiane Durner, Automotive (ATV) Neubiberg and participant of the International Graduate Program. “I have gained rich insights into the company and the world of semiconductors – the benefits of the International Graduate Program extend far beyond the post I am aiming for.”

International Graduate Program (IGP) – key facts at a glance:

  • Duration: 18 months
  • Candidates: University graduates with Bachelor’s or Master’s degrees
  • Three to four assignments, at least one of which involves a four- to six-month foreign placement
  • Roles and responsibilities spanning different divisions and functions
  • Individual support through buddy and mentoring programs
  • International networking opportunities with regular meetings as well as virtual, regional and international IGP meetings
The talented young participants in the International Graduate Program gathered for a conference in Villach again in March 2019, where the focus was on exchanging information across functions and international networking. The two days of back-to-back training also looked at how to improve project management skills through both traditional and agile methods. A further highlight was the management talk with Infineon Austria CEO Sabine Herlitschka and Infineon Austria CFO Oliver Heinrich. The IGP community seized the opportunity to discuss topics such as work-life balance, visions for the future and challenges along the career path. The session was beneficial to all participants, with the executives sharing many useful tips so Infineon’s up-and-coming experts were able to gather plenty of knowledge and experience at this early stage in their career paths.

Getting ready for the job market with Infineon

For years, we have been helping young people prepare for today’s job market challenges. On 17 June 2019, the province of Carinthia in Austria presented the integration award “Apprenticeships for Asylum Seekers” to Infineon Technologies Austria AG. The award aims to highlight and publicize communities and companies that are actively promoting greater integration in society. Infineon won first place for its “Apprenticeships for Asylum Seekers” project in the “Working.Together” category. The project reflects Infineon’s commitment to integrating young refugees in the job market, developing their potential and – in so doing – tackling the current shortage of skilled workers. The panel of judges was impressed by the sustainability of this initiative. Infineon has been offering young asylum seekers the option of doing a dual apprenticeship (mechatronics/electrical engineering or electrical engineering/metal technology) since 2016. The apprentices receive high-quality, in-depth technical training, flanked by coaching to develop personal, professional and social skills. After initial interviews with potential candidates, those who were selected went on to complete one to two weeks of practical training at the St. Andrä Technical Academy. After this, they had to pass an admission test. Support is provided if there are any communication problems, but otherwise the test is the same for everyone. The ultimate decision to offer an apprenticeship placement is based on a final interview with the qualified candidates. This year, eight young men from Afghanistan, Iran and Syria are in the apprenticeship program. They are sharing accommodation with their Austrian counterparts in the town of St. Andrä.

Already in its fifth year, the Physics Summer Camp at the University of Paderborn gives future high school graduates insights into what it’s like to study or work in physics. The topics discussed this fiscal year 2019 included applied physics, scientific papers and career prospects. A highlight of the camp was a visit to the research labs of Infineon in Warstein, where the Talent Attraction Management team gave a presentation on Infineon including information on available career options and prospects. The thirty school-goers also attended an interesting lecture on solid-state physics, followed by a “speed interview” lineup enabling them to chat briefly with physicist at Infineon Warstein. This highly productive event gave high school students with an interest in science a realistic picture of what physics studies entail and what it takes to succeed in the job market.