Our employees

Daily challenges – long-term perspectives

We offer a safe, stimulating and innovative working environment and strive to be the employer of choice in the industry and in all the countries in which we operate.

Our success depends on our people

More than any other factors, it is the skill, expertise and professionalism of our employees that ultimately determine Schindler’s success in the marketplace. We treat all our employees with respect and offer them a stimulating working environment in which they can thrive. To help achieve these goals, Schindler introduced a global people strategy that provides managers and HR professionals with clear guidance on areas such as employee safety and health, people development, employment and motivation, work-life balance and remuneration.

Schindler Germany receives Top Employer Award

Recognized as top employer

In Europe, two Schindler companies won top employer awards for their employee engagement initiatives. In Germany, Schindler received the Top Employer Award in 2016 for the seventh time since 2008, while Spain won the award for the ninth consecutive year.


Schindler has over 1,000 branch offices worldwide and employs people from many different nationalities and ethnic backgrounds. By creating an inclusive culture in which our employees are respected and valued for their diverse skills and ideas, we can better serve our customers and achieve our goals. We ensure a working environment that is free from discrimination of any kind.

In 2016, we established a Diversity Council within Corporate Human Resources that meets regularly to evaluate our progress in promoting an inclusive culture.

Continuous education & training

We offer development opportunities across all areas of our business in order to continuously enhance our employees’ skills and strengthen their motivation. Schindler’s Management Resource Planning Program is designed to provide suitable development opportunities for people within our company.

A Group-wide certification program for installation and service technicians provides our people in the field with regular training. The average number of technical training days provided per employee in 2016 was 7.7 days. This compares to our target of five days of training for installation and service technicians provided by our certification program.

In addition, our Schindler Career Development Program is designed to ensure that we have a pipeline of talented employees with the potential to assume a leadership role within the company. In 2016 a Talent Management and Organizational Development department was established. It identifies talents, makes them visible to senior management, and ensures that their future development is carefully planned.