30 July 2002
Dr. Stefan E. Ortmann, Karl Sempf
Our corporate culture
At Carmeq, we are not only proud of our focus on the exciting concepts surrounding the future of mobility, but also our outstanding expert teams. If you ask our employees why they like working for us, they’ll probably tell you: “the great atmosphere”. Our unique philosophy combines our experiences from our first 15 years in business with our passion and openness to the future. Which also includes team spirit and genuine enjoyment of the job. Ours is a relationship that extends beyond the 9-5. Everyone comes together at our summer and Christmas parties, the band plays all year long, and sport is a big part of our culture. We also have regular campaigns to encourage our staff to work on social projects.
At Carmeq, you’re amongst friends. We involve our employees in many of our decisions. Because we believe that everyone should have the opportunity to shape their workplace. We treat each other with respect and trust. No-one ever has to feel alone here. Whether you’re working on a creative or technical process, you’ll find someone to bounce ideas off in your own team or just down the corridor. So the good ones always have somewhere to land. Our management team’s doors are always open and close by. We are very proud to offer a lively working culture where everyone is treated as an equal.
We think ahead
One place this is particularly clear to see is at our biennial innovation competition. All of our employees can make up their own minds, what they consider to be exciting ideas for the future or what they would like to work on. After a two-month submission period, all of the ideas are posted on the intranet. Interdisciplinary teams quickly start to form around them, and we have a forum to foster discussion. An expert panel of experienced personnel/assessors/professionals then employ a transparent assessment process to choose the six finalists. The criteria: the idea should be innovative, sellable, relatively simple to implement and promising for us as a business. The teams then have two months to get their suggestions ready to present at the InnoSlam.
A space for creative minds: the InnoRaum
Here at Carmeq, we recently opened up a new comfort zone for creativity: the “InnoRaum”. If it’s projectors and technology you’re looking for, you’re in the wrong place. Instead, we have whiteboards and flipcharts for you to scribble on, note down ideas and play around with things by hand, however the mood takes you. The bright, fresh wood-effect seating invites you to settle in and get comfortable while you work. Divided into separate seating areas, and of course with wireless LAN access, there’s plenty of room to bounce ideas off of one another. The flexible furniture can be adapted to the size of your team and your needs at the time. Why work in a cold, sterile meeting room when you can design the future while looking out over the Spree?
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