Germany’s best employers

These are the top companies in the current employer rankings.

Deutschlands beste Arbeitgeber

Which companies do people in Germany most like to work for? There are various employer rankings based on different methods. For example, some use evaluations that employees make on the Internet. Among others, the factors considered include work atmosphere, management culture, training and career opportunities. The most important question is whether employees would recommend their employer.

Kununu Ranking 2018

These are Germany’s ten top companies in 2018 according to the ranking compiled by Kununu, the employer evaluation platform linked with the Xing business network. Kununu analysed 127,000 employer appraisals to produce its league table:

  1. Adidas
  2. Google Germany
  3. Bayer
  4. BMW
  5. Daimler
  6. SAP
  7. Puma
  8. Munich Airport
  9. Audi
  10. Diringer & Scheidel


Glassdoor Award 2018

The ranking produced by US competitor Glassdoor lists the following companies as Germany’s ten best employers:

  1. Bain & Company
  2. MHP – A Porsche Company
  3. SAP
  4. Infineon Technologies
  5. Puma
  6. Porsche
  7. Daimler
  8. BMW
  9. Adidas
  10. Mömax

Glassdoor only evaluates companies with over 1,000 employees for which at least 20 appraisals were available on eight criteria.

Germany’s Best Employer

Every year, the Great Place to Work consulting network organises a competition to find Germany’s Best Employer. This ranking only assesses companies that apply for the title. Its evaluation is based on an anonymous employee survey and a management audit on corporate culture. A total of 740 companies from all sectors took part in 2018. Roughly 310,000 employees rated various criteria: among other things, fairness in cooperation, leadership quality, appreciation, development opportunities, training and work-life balance.

This year, Miele, the household appliances manufacturer, is the winner in the category for large companies with over 5,000 employees. The five best placed businesses with between 2,001 and 5,000 employees are Daimler Financial Services, the food manufacturer Mars, the Hilti Deutschland construction firm, the ING-Diba bank and Philips, the electronics company.

Car companies are popular employers

Student engineers and economists ranked the three large car companies BMW, Daimler and Audi as their first employers of choice. These firms were followed by Adidas, Porsche, Google, Bosch and Airbus. Consulting firm Tendence presented 27,000 students at 125 German higher education institutions with a list of 120 companies to choose from to produce Graduate Barometer 2018.