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Being 'family-friendly' is a label many companies like to use. However, for us, it's more than just a buzzword; it's an integral part of our company culture. This is also reflected in our latest award as the 'Most Family-Friendly Employer,' of which we are incredibly proud. At AOE, balancing work and family is not an empty promise, but a lived reality.
Family-friendliness is becoming increasingly important in job choice, and not just for parents. According to the "Future Talents Report 2023," this is also a key issue for young people. It also involves support for the care of relatives. In short: A good employer should be attentive to the individual life situations of its employees. And how a company implements this can vary greatly.
For the eighth time in Germany and the fourth year in Austria, kununu, in collaboration with Freundin magazine, has recognized the compatibility of family and work, a good work-life balance, well-being factors, as well as equal career opportunities for employers.
Based on over two million employee reviews for more than 250,000 companies on kununu.com, specific criteria had to be met:
Current and former employees from all work groups, industries, and career levels evaluated, in addition to the work atmosphere, social benefits, work-life balance, salary, and gender equality, primarily family-friendly offerings like flexible working hours, childcare, and company pension schemes.
Flexibility as a Basic Principle: Since the transition to remote work in 2020, AOE has made flexibility the rule. Employees have the option to work both in the office and remotely, even up to 3 months in EU countries, and also have the freedom to adjust their working hours and scope. We know that taking time off is important, which is why we offer 30 vacation days as standard, as well as the option for a sabbatical and unpaid leave. Each year, employees are provided up to €2,000 for professional and personal development.
Furthermore, we make life easier during family challenges, such as by offering paid leave for child sickness days (up to 10 days per year) without requiring a medical certificate. With our comprehensive health package, we support employees in their physical and mental health. OpenUp provides psychological counseling for employees—free of charge and anonymous, whether for work-related or private matters. With a discounted EGYM WELLPASS membership, AOE employees and their partners can engage in unlimited sports activities, including access to yoga studios, gyms, swimming, climbing halls, and more, with access to over 7,500 sports and wellness facilities in Germany and Austria.
This award continues the trend from previous years, as shown by our top ratings in the chip Top IT Employer Study 2022, Top 5 Employers with the Best Work-Life Balance, as well as 1st place in the Best Employer in Hesse ranking.
We just launched our newsletter "AOE Ping". With AOE Ping, you will no longer miss any insights, news, events and job offers from AOE. In addition, each issue focuses on a specific area of agile software development.
Welcome to our blog series "Behind the Screens"! This is where we dive into the real-life at AOE. We regularly give our employees the chance to share their stories, providing you with insights into their work and passions. Whether you're looking to kick-start your own career in the IT industry or simply curious, get ready for some cool stories and exciting insights. Stay tuned! In today's spotlight: Fabian. At AOE, better known as Fabi. As a Backend Developer, he is the engine behind the scenes. The 30-year-old constructs the backend systems that serve as the "brain" behind the overall applications. He has high expectations for AI development and knows that GenZ will significantly influence the technology. Here, you will learn more about the person "behind the screen."
The idea to become a developer came to Klara only after her studies (spoiler: not computer science!). Today she does frontend development at AOE and, after more than a year, is still more than happy in her role and in her team. Here in "AOE Behind the Screens" she tells you about how she managed to realize her dream and what developing software has to do with translating. In this new blog series, various AOE employees will regularly talk about their work, their careers and everything else that keeps them busy. In this way, we want to give you an insight into different roles and tasks and into everyday life at AOE. Frontend developer Klara kicks things off this week. Read more about the person "behind the screens"!