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Why AOE was voted Germany's most family-friendly employer

October 08, 2019
Sarah HeimSarah HeimContent & Marketing Communications

Compatibility of family and career – this is more than just an empty phrase for us at AOE. The kununu ranking proves this once again: with 4.71 out of 5 points, we ranked first among the most family-friendly Internet companies in 2019. These figures speak for themselves. What makes us this family-friendly though?

For the fourth time, Europe’s largest employer rating platform kununu and the magazine Freundin evaluated companies for their family friendliness this year. The ranking is based on more than two million evaluations of 175,000 companies in Germany. With 4.71 out of 5 points, AOE received the best rating average in the Internet industry. Across all industries, only three German companies received a better rating than AOE.

The most family-friendly employers by industry

It has always been important to us at AOE that our employees can easily combine job and family: In 2015, we came second in the kununu ranking of employers with the best work-life balance. In 2016, we were rated first in the kununu employer ranking in the Internet and multimedia industry.

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Holidays and other absences are arranged directly with the team. In this way, there’s no annoying need to wait for permission from a supervisor. There’s no problem if you have to leave early, come in late or make an appointment in between.

Six examples of family friendliness at AOE

Satisfying our employees is important to us. We rank first among the most family-friendly companies because we act accordingly and create a suitable working environment with a pleasant working atmosphere. Our daily work enables us to master the challenges of private life at all times.

Here are six reasons why our employees chose us as the most family-friendly company:

  1. Flexible working hours
    Bringing children to kindergarten, appointments with artisans or doctor’s appointments – due to our employee-friendly flextime arrangement and our home office option, such appointments can be integrated into the everyday working routine easily and without stress.
  2. Uncomplicated processes: Organizing absences
    Office absences such as vacation, home office or working hours deviating from core time are agreed upon directly in the team – and can therefore be implemented quickly and easily without obstacles.
  3. No overtime & time off compensation
    Our project planning ensures workloads appropriate for regular working hours. Overtime is always compensated – and only necessary in special emergencies.
  4. Pleasant atmosphere
    Working productively thanks to a pleasant working environment: From technical equipment and stand-up desk to drinks and snacks to a billiard table for a break from work, everything at AOE is designed with the employees’ well-being in mind.
  5. Self-organized teams
    Our small, self-organized teams without hierarchies enable short decision paths, independence and personal responsibility, as well as plenty of freedom to organize one’s work.
  6. Agile Corporate Culture
    At AOE, individuals can have their say on equal terms, contribute ideas and actively participate in shaping the future at both the project and the company level, for example as part of our semiannual Open Fridays or in one of our Communities of Interest.

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Overtime is the absolute exception. There is an understanding that family and career need to be compatible (not just lip service).

Benefits for employees

In addition to a pleasant working atmosphere, AOE offers many other benefits to make everyday work easier for our employees, such as a job ticket and parking spaces for cars and bikes, regular team events such as skiing holidays and summer parties, a fixed training budget, regular massages, yoga and freshly cooked meals from our chefs.