SMA Solar Technology AG recognized as Germany's best employer

SMA Solar Technology AG (SMA) came off as winner in the German Great Place to Work competition in the category for big companies with more than 5,000 employees. SMA was already among the best employers in the contest in the years before, on a German as well as on a European level. This time, the company reached first place, followed by Techniker Krankenkasse, Dow Germany and Telefónica 02.

“The first place is a great success for SMA. It documents the strong identification of our employees with the company and that our corporate culture of team spirit, transparency and co-operation not only supports the company’s success, but is also highly recognized by our employees,” explains Jürgen Dolle, Chief Human Resources Officer of SMA. “The award goes to all SMA employees. After the distinction, we will not stand still, but continue to work on the topics where we still see room for improvement.”

The German Great Place to Work Institute identifies Germany’s best employers on a yearly basis. The award stands for credibility and fairness of management, employees’ identification with the company and team spirit. In addition to an evaluation of the work carried out by human resources departments within the companies, 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 ceremony was held in Berlin on February 23, 2011. There, Dr. Ralf Brauksiepe, Parliamentary State Secretary in the Federal Ministry for Labor and Social Affairs, recognized the winners of the competition and emphasized: “Only good companies will win excellent trained personnel in the future.”

290 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, 1,000 of which were employed by SMA.

About the Great Place to Work® Institute
The Great Place to Work® Institute, founded in 1991, is an international research-and-consulting institute headquartered in the U.S. and with independent partner offices in more than 40 countries globally. Aside from its individual research and consulting activities, the institute identifies outstanding employers regularly within the framework of annual benchmark surveys and presents them to the public. Since 2003, the German Great Place to Work® Institute has organized the renowned "Germany's best employer" competition annually.

About SMA
The SMA Group generated sales of EUR 934 million in 2009 and is the worldwide market leader for photovoltaic inverters, a key component of all solar power plants. It is headquartered in Niestetal, near Kassel, Germany, and is represented on four continents by 15 foreign subsidiaries. The Group employs a staff of over 5,000 (incl. temporary workers). SMA’s product portfolio includes the most comprehensive range of inverters on the market, offering a compatible inverter for every type of photovoltaic module and for all plant sizes. The product range covers both inverters for photovoltaic plants connected to the grid as well as inverters for off-grid systems. 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 its excellence as an employer.

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