Talents – Working abroad with Infineon

Many people dream about the chance to work in a different country. Just another good reason to work for Infineon! The company offers plenty of opportunities to work at a different location for a certain period of time.

Infineon offers three types of international assignments:

  • Long-term assignments lasting from 13 to 36 months
  • Short-term assignments lasting from three to twelve months
  • On-the-job training for up to twelve months (for example as part of the International Graduate Program (IGP), which is explained in more detail in the section on “Talents – We want the right people”)

It goes without saying that moving to another country and temporarily immersing yourself in what can be a totally different culture also comes with its own challenges. That’s why HR provides all international assignees and their managers with support before, during and after a stay abroad. The HR Employee Mobility Team handles a lot of organizational tasks related to the move, sometimes in collaboration with local specialist partners. This allows employees to focus on getting used to their new work environment and the local culture.

It’s really important that employees working abroad can quickly integrate into new cultures and feel at home in their new location. So I really appreciate the huge efforts our HR department puts into supporting employees on foreign placements and helping them to settle into their new surroundings. The help I received in finding an apartment and understanding the local culture in particular helped me and my family to transition smoothly to a completely new environment.

Inka Tews Regional Head of HR Americas

In the fiscal year 2019, 324 employees were placed on a total of 336 international assignments in 20 countries. Germany, Malaysia, Singapore, Austria and the US are the five most important destination countries here.

Participants in the International Graduate Program (IGP) have to complete a broad range of assignments or stations at Infineon. Alexander Güllüoglu, for example, spent three months in Shanghai. During his stay, he got to know the culture, people and mentality of the city – and appreciate the public transport that runs like clockwork every two minutes. “There are so many things that I liked. Paying without cash, for example, was really easy and quick. The Maglev (magnetic levitation) trains take just eight minutes to get from the airport to the city. Travelling on these at speeds of up to 431 kilometers an hour was a great experience! And, of course, I really loved the fact that people in Shanghai are so friendly and helpful.” Working as an application engineer in the Automotive Division in China allowed Alexander to broaden his specialist expertise and share experiences with colleagues, giving him valuable insights into how things are done in China, especially with regard to Asian customers. “I was able to build up a large network, both professionally and in my private life. I experienced a whole new world and culture in Shanghai – it’s been really inspiring for me.” He also learnt how to write his new nickname, The Shanghai Kid, in Chinese: 上海小子.
Participants in the International Graduate Program (IGP) have to complete a broad range of assignments or stations at Infineon. Alexander Güllüoglu, for example, spent three months in Shanghai. During his stay, he got to know the culture, people and mentality of the city – and appreciate the public transport that runs like clockwork every two minutes. “There are so many things that I liked. Paying without cash, for example, was really easy and quick. The Maglev (magnetic levitation) trains take just eight minutes to get from the airport to the city. Travelling on these at speeds of up to 431 kilometers an hour was a great experience! And, of course, I really loved the fact that people in Shanghai are so friendly and helpful.” Working as an application engineer in the Automotive Division in China allowed Alexander to broaden his specialist expertise and share experiences with colleagues, giving him valuable insights into how things are done in China, especially with regard to Asian customers. “I was able to build up a large network, both professionally and in my private life. I experienced a whole new world and culture in Shanghai – it’s been really inspiring for me.” He also learnt how to write his new nickname, The Shanghai Kid, in Chinese: 上海小子.
From Porto to Munich: Andreia Figueiredo has been sent to Neubiberg on a short-term assignment. For the duration of her stay, she has taken on a management role in the Talent Attraction Team based at Campeon in Munich alongside her role for the team in Porto. “This was perfect time in my career for me to step outside my comfort zone and take on new challenges in my job. I love the city and people of Munich, and of course the Campeon site – everyday there’s something new that impresses and inspires me. It’s so easy to network with colleagues and build relationships. I can get to know other colleagues from different areas over coffee or at lunch and find out more about what they’re doing. This exchange gives me valuable insight into the way things are done at Infineon's headquarters. Networking opportunities create a fantastic platform for dialog between all great thinkers at our different sites. For me, Munich is a location that brings together people from all regions. It proves beyond doubt that Infineon is a great place to work, regardless of where you are based in the company.”