18 June 2007 00:00 [Source: ICB Americas]
DRUGMAKER BOEHRINGER Ingelheim continues to be rated as the top employer among German chemical industry managers.
In the sixth annual survey carried out by Germany's professional association, VAA, managers were asked to rate corporate strategy, culture, working conditions and personal feelings about their job.
Unsurprisingly, Boehringer once again came out on top -marking its sixth consecutive year as the best employer.
Companies that have been involved in restructuring, staff reductions, or a change of ownership, such as Clariant, Celanese or Altana Pharma (now Nycomed), continued to rank near the bottom of the list.
Wacker Chemie moved up from eighth to second place, while Henkel slipped from fourth to ninth position. VAA does not explain why, but the better mood at Wacker may be linked to the company's successful stock market launch late last year.
Other climbers include Schott, which made a hefty leap upwards of 14 places to take seventh place.
The organization surveyed Germany's 22 largest chemical-related firms that had at least 250,000 employees.
The highest number of responses - 34% altogether -came from employees of firms near the bottom of the list. Most of the managers directed their criticism at staff development.
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