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adesso named Germany’s Best Employer 2023 across all industries

For the second time since 2020, adesso has been named Germany’s Best Employer 2023 in a cross-industry competition organised by the Great Place to Work® Institute. The honour comes in addition to the title of Germany’s Best Employer in the ITC sector, which it received on 9 March, and is a sensational win for adesso. The IT company was presented with the 1st place award in the size category over 5,000 employees at a ceremony in Cologne yesterday evening. The repeat of 2020’s double victory underscores adesso’s efforts to maintain a strong and attractive employer brand.

Winning in two categories again, as Germany’s Best Employer in both the ICT sector and across all industries, makes a clear statement: adesso scores across the board as an attractive and popular employer. In its 26th year of existence, the company has propelled itself into the champion’s league of employers in Germany with this top ranking. adesso even achieved better approval ratings in the Great Place to Work® employee survey than when it last took part in 2020.

Record number of applicants in 2022

Word of adesso’s popularity among employees and job-seekers has got around. Last year alone, its parent company, adesso SE, received some 43,000 applications – an increase of 25 %. More than 3,000 new staff were hired throughout the adesso Group, including all subsidiaries, in 2022.

Dirk Pothen, member of the adesso SE Executive Board and responsible for Human Resources, says: “Our recruitment engine is firing on all cylinders. We are still hiring on a grand scale across the Group due to continued growth in orders. For us, this year’s award from Great Place to Work® is proof that our appeal as an employer can keep pace with our constant expansion as a company. Job satisfaction and expansion are two things we manage to combine successfully at adesso.”

Dirk Pothen, Member of the Management Board of adesso SE and responsible for Human Resources: "We are incredibly proud of our two top rankings in Great Place to Work 2023 and feel once again confirmed as an attractive employer." (Copyright: adesso)

adesso already took first place in 2016, 2018 and 2020 as Germany’s Best Employer in ITC in the large company category. Pothen describes the cross-industry award for Germany’s Best Employer 2023 in the new size category for over 5,000 employees as “a sensational win that exceeded our boldest expectations”, adding: “We are incredibly proud of our two prizes this year and see them as proof of our attractiveness as an employer. Our corporate culture is consistently oriented towards the interests of our employees. Our values such as respect and appreciation, credibility and trust, and fairness and a vibrant team spirit clearly make a sustainable contribution to a very positive working environment.”

Kristina Gerwert, Head of Human Resources at adesso, it is above all "the interaction of the manifold individual measures that result from the employee-oriented mindset and make adesso an attractive employer". These include a comprehensive training and education programme for both professional and personal development, with the chance for employees to gain certification, as well as family-friendly programmes, various measures to boost diversity and numerous events to foster a shared adesso culture. Gerwert: “The approval ratings from our employees have improved beyond the high scores of 2020. This is perhaps one of the biggest surprises to come out of this year’s competition for us, in light of the company’s rapid growth.”

As a digitalisation partner for business and administration, adesso has been on a dynamic growth trajectory for years, in terms of workforce, locations and sales. Since last receiving the award as Germany’s Best Employer in ITC and across all industries three years ago, in March 2020, the adesso Group has doubled its number of employees (from around 4,000 employees (in FTE) in 2020 to more than 8,000 (in FTE) throughout Europe today).

Six new adesso offices have been added in Germany in the last 15 months alone (in Saarbrücken, Dresden, Münster, Siegen, Kiel and Ulm), taking the total number of locations in the country to 33. The Group also continued expanding internationally in northern and southern Europe during the same period, with subsidiaries in Sweden, Denmark and Romania, taking the total of international sites to 60.

This year, 931 companies of all sizes and from all sectors took part in the prestigious employer competition. The best 100 companies were honored. The Great Place to Work® ratings are based on in-depth anonymous employee surveys on workplace issues such as trust in management, quality of collaboration, appreciation, identification, professional development opportunities, remuneration and work-life balance. The management is also always surveyed on the HR initiatives and offerings at the company.

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