Attractive employer

Vossloh’s corporate culture is founded on the four basic values of “passion,” “striving for excellence,” “trust and respect” and “entrepreneurship.” That these values are practiced on a daily basis is an important argument for Vossloh in terms of both competing for qualified professionals and retaining skilled employees in the long term. At the same time, Vossloh is working on opening the traditional industrial and hierarchical environment up to a project-based and digital culture, with the objective of creating attractive workplaces for young talent and maintaining the Company‘s competitiveness.

Vossloh continuously boosts its appeal as an employer with an array of measures such as:
  • Systematic promotion of talented individuals and junior employees (including the LEAD! Development program)
  • Harmonized HR processes and tools
  • Development of a Vossloh management culture
  • Group-wide succession planning to facilitate international careers within the Group
  • Occupational health management
  • Employees as ambassadors for the Company (through the “Employees Recruiting Employees” program and other initiatives)
  • Joint development by employee representatives and the management of topics relevant to success (e.g. collaboration between Work Safety Committee, the Group Works Council and the European Works Council in the areas of occupational safety, “Career and family”)
  • In Germany: Erstausbildung@Vossloh (various initial training opportunities in industrial/technical and commercial areas and dual training options)

Vossloh Group companies assess employee satisfaction by means of regular surveys regarding various focal issues. The surveys are conducted and evaluated using scientific methods, and the results serve as the basis for improvement measures and changes. For example, 2018 saw Vossloh Fastening Systems continue an employee survey on management quality that started in the previous year; the results fed into the continuous optimization of the cooperation between employees and managers. At Vossloh Rail Services, the employees of the company Vossloh High Speed Grinding GmbH were surveyed for the first time at the end of 2018.

A Group-wide IT employee survey was carried out for the first time at the end of 2018 with the goal of identifying potential for further development in the area of IT as well as identifying “customer perceptions” regarding IT, and received a high level of participation. The survey addressed a wide variety of subject areas. The concrete results are currently still under evaluation, and the identified solutions for further development should be implemented this year.

Vossloh’s flat hierarchies generally promote open dialogue within the workforce and between employees and managers. Annual performance review meetings are held Group-wide to provide an opportunity to give feedback. Since the introduction of the “One Vossloh” principle to the integrated Group, the Executive Board has also been actively pushing for stronger cross-divisional communication. The objectives are primarily a fundamental reorientation of innovation management and establishing a globally standardized image for our customers.