SMA Solar Technology AG again recognized as Germany's best employer

For the second year in a row, the Great Place to Work® Institute has recognized SMA Solar Technology AG (SMA) as “Germany’s Best Workplace.” As in 2011, SMA won first place in the category for large companies with more than 5,000 employees. SMA also received the special prize for “Lifelong Learning” for outstanding achievement in advanced training and skill enhancement of its employees. SMA was awarded this prize for the fourth time.

“I am even more excited about the award than in 2011. In light of the German government’s plan to make disproportionately steep cuts in solar subsidies, SMA and the whole solar industry are facing big challenges. With this in mind, we appreciate the trust, openness and respect of our employees,” explained Jürgen Dolle, Chief Human Resources Officer of SMA Solar Technology AG. “Our corporate culture is in many respects unique in Germany. It has developed and grown for 30 years since the founding of SMA. I am firmly convinced that this will particularly pay off in difficult times.”

The German Great Place to Work® Institute identifies Germany’s best employers on a yearly basis. In addition to an evaluation of the work carried out by human resources departments within the companies by means of a so-called culture audit, a comprehensive, anonymous employee survey judges cooperative work, leadership, the options for further professional development, salaries, and workplace satisfaction, among other facets. The success in the competition was based to two thirds on the results of the employee interviews.

“The award represents a corporate culture that is marked in particular by trust, pride and team spirit,” emphasized Frank Hauser, head of the Great Place to Work® Institute Germany, at the award ceremony held in Berlin on March 8. “Trustful relationships at the workplace and attractive working conditions are the central key for the motivation and commitment of qualified employees as well as for the economic success and sustainability of companies.”

For hundred companies applied for inclusion in the current best workplaces list of the German Great Place to Work Institute. The institute independently evaluated the corporate culture of all participants. Around 100,000 randomly chosen employees were interviewed anonymously for the evaluation, 1,800 of which were employed by SMA.

About SMA
The SMA Group generated sales of €1.9 billion in 2010 and is the global market leader for solar inverters, a key component of all PV plants. It is headquartered in Niestetal, near Kassel, Germany, and is represented in 19 countries on four continents. The Group employs more than 5,500 people worldwide, plus a number of temporary employees that varies on a seasonal basis. SMA’s broad product portfolio includes a compatible inverter for every type of module on the market and for all plant sizes. The product range includes both inverters for photovoltaic plants connected to the grid as well as inverters for off-grid systems. SMA is therefore able to provide ideal technical inverter solutions for all plant sizes and types. Since 2008, the Group’s parent company, SMA Solar Technology AG, has been listed on the Prime Standard of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (S92) and also in the TecDAX index. In recent years, SMA has received numerous awards for excellence as an employer and most recently achieved first place in the nationwide Great Place to Work® competition.

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