Working at Bayer: Excellent Perspectives
Our business success is based to a large extent on the knowledge, skills, commitment and satisfaction of our employees. As a modern international employer, we offer our employees attractive conditions and wide-ranging individual development opportunities.
The key to this is our highly effective system of vocational and ongoing training, which we are continuously extending. Alongside professional training, we focus on conveying our corporate values (LIFE) and establishing a dialogue-oriented corporate culture based on trust, respect for diversity and equality of opportunity.
On December 31, 2019, we employed 103,824 people (2018: 107,894) worldwide. In Germany we had 24,953 (2018: 25,602) employees, which was 24.0% of the total Group workforce (2018: 23.7%).
Global headcount fell by 3.8% in 2019 owing in particular to the restructuring measures launched at the beginning of the year and the divestments in our Consumer Health division.
In 2019, the Bayer Group hired 12,547 new employees (accounting for 11.8% of our workforce). On the reporting date, our employees had worked for the Bayer Group for an average of 10.2 years (2018: 9.8). Our workforce includes only a small number of employees on temporary contracts (4.9%).
Number of Bayer Employees by Segment, Dec. 31, 2019
High Level of Vocational Training
To meet the need for skilled employees, Bayer provides vocational training in Germany in more than 25 different occupations and offers more vocational training places than required to meet its own needs. In total, we have around 1,400 trainees. Bayer also offers trainee programs in various areas for those embarking on a career and internships for students around the world.
Our compensation system combines a basic salary reflecting performance and responsibility with elements based on the company’s success, plus extensive additional benefits. Adjustments based on continuous benchmarking make our compensation internationally competitive.
We attach great importance to equal pay for men and women, providing fair and competitive compensation and informing our employees transparently about the overall structure of their compensation.
Alongside attractive compensation for their work, Bayer contributes to the financial security of its present and former employees after their retirement.
We believe regular feedback is necessary for the continuous development of our employees and our organization and that it helps us adapt to changing requirements. Alongside our performance management system, we use 360° feedback. This insight from colleagues and business associates is designed to foster the performance and leadership behavior of our employees and support their professional development.
Our most important feedback tool at the corporate level is our Group-wide employee survey. Every two years, this gives us competent feedback from our employees on our strategy, culture and working conditions. Since the last survey, we have launched a variety of initiatives and improvements worldwide to overcome the shortcomings identified in specific areas.
Respecting Employee and Human Rights
As a socially responsible company, Bayer has long been committed to upholding and supporting human rights at various levels. The Bayer Human Rights Position is rooted in a binding Group-wide directive. We respect the United Nations’ Declaration of Human Rights and are a founding member of the UN Global Compact. Our mission, life values and Corporate Compliance Policy commit all employees around the world to fair and lawful conduct toward staff, colleagues, business partners and customers.