Advancement of women at Miele
“Filling more management positions with women is one of the priority goals of our personnel policy. We specifically promote talented female employees and encourage them in their career plans. We keep in touch during the family phase and then offer flexible flexi-time and part-time models. A family service provides support in matters of childcare and for relatives in need of care. “
Michael Bruggesser, Head of Human Resources Miele & Cie KG
At Miele, the proportion of women in the recruitment of highly qualified young specialists is at least equal to the proportion of women among graduates in the relevant subjects. And the proportion of women in the promotion of talent is at least equal to the proportion of female employees in the workforce. In the context of the annual employee appraisals, we take advantage of the opportunity to identify skills and potential and promote them through appropriate measures. The programs that prepare prospective or new managers for their tasks include various training courses and participation in a 12-month internal mentoring program.
Miele has for many years been involved with mentees and mentors in the cross-company ‘CrossMentoring OWL’ programme specifically for female managers. In order to achieve the best possible work-life balance, we maintain contact with young mothers and fathers during parental leave. This also includes specifically encouraging talented women to maintain their career plans. Flexible flextime and part-time models help in this after returning home. A specialised service provider, pme Familienservice, provides various advisory and support services for our employees on our behalf. These include individual advice on various childcare options, the arrangement of childcare places and our own range of daycare places. Emergency care and holiday offers are also available. Advice and mediation in the care of older relatives are further components. As a visible commitment to equal opportunities and diversity, Miele has signed the “Charter of Diversity”. We are convinced that the more diverse the workforce of an international company is, the better the future prospects in global competition.
Miele & Cie. KG
Miele is regarded as the world’s leading supplier of premium domestic appliances for cooking, baking, steam-cooking, refrigeration and freezing, coffee-making, dishwashing, laundry and floorcare. This is complemented by dishwashers, washer-extractors and tumble dryers for commercial use, for example in hotels, restaurants or laundries, as well as washer-disinfectors and sterilisers for medical facilities and laboratories (‘Miele Professional’). With around 18,000 employees, sales of EUR 3.5 bn and its own sales and service companies in 47 countries, Miele ranks among the global players in its sector. This also opens up a wide range of international career prospects for young specialists and managers.
Since its foundation in 1899, Miele has been an independent family business with a special commitment to its customers and suppliers, its employees, the environment and society. Long-term and future-oriented thinking and acting, an employee-oriented corporate and management culture as well as consistent further development of products in the interests of our customers are at the forefront of our activities. In 2014, Miele was awarded the German Sustainability Prize, one of the most important awards of its kind in Europe, for this. Our brand promise, which was already formulated by the company founders, sums it up in a nutshell. It is: “Always better”.
Number of employees: 17,741 employees worldwide
Proportion of women in management positions: 19% worldwide
Locations 8 plants in Germany, 4 plants abroad, Miele sales companies in 47 countries