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Working for a Swiss Company

Hey folks
I am wondering about your opinion working for a Swiss Company.
Are you precisely briefed, adequate supported and reliable checked for what you are doing at your work place if you compare it with your work place outside from Switzerland?
Do they help you for reaching your deadlines?
Do you miss Continuing Professional Development (internally or externally) and if you get some, are you satisfied by its service and its transferred knowledge?
Thanks in advance for answering.
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Old 11.12.2007, 22:24
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Re: Working for a Swiss Company

The problem with this type of question is that you would get a different answer from every person. Personally I have worked for 7 Swiss firms & my experience is different for each of them but overall working here has been a very good experience.
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I agree way too vague and too many factors (eg training) that have less to do with being Swiss and more to do with corporate culture. Plus you dont say if you are thinking french or german swiss, or even italian? That alone will make a difference.

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Re: Working for a Swiss Company

For me it makes not a big difference in which part you are working, German- French- Italian or "romantsch" Swiss. I am wondering if it made a difference coming to a Swiss company from abroad.
For your background, I am working for an Irish Company in Ireland and that is quite differently to an American Company here or the company I worked for in Switzerland.
I am not all the time happy how things are organised but I like the way they help me if I need it.
Some different impressions from my work here:
Meetings are postponed most of the time by the managers because of unknown reasons.
There are lots of talks during Tee breaks but not at meetings.
Nobody tells you what is required for the next meeting.
No deadlines and so on.
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For me it makes not a big difference in which part you are working, German- French- Italian or "romantsch" Swiss.


Oooh, but it makes a world of a difference...
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[COLOR=black]For me it makes not a big difference in which part you are working, German- French- Italian or "romantsch" Swiss

There are lots of talks during Tee breaks but not at meetings.

Nobody tells you what is required for the next meeting.
No deadlines and so on.
Having worked in both French and German Swiss companies I can tell you it absolutely makes a massive difference.

To be sure, the Irish are probably a bit more laid back than the english, but it does sound like you're not in a place with the best management in the world. Of course if you find lack of agenda and deadlines frustrating, you are unlikely to be shot if you take the initiative and propose (or at least ask for) them yourself.

Also, it sounds like you need to take lots of tea and coffee breaks then to fit into the culture.

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Re: Working for a Swiss Company

Ah... I see from a detour via his profile that Roman is actually Swiss German, and he is actually seeking validation that Switzerland really is "the greatest place on earth."

Dont get me wrong, it ranks up there on many counts, but perfect it is not. If economic growth is correlated to management style then maybe the swiss should drink more tea!

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Re: Working for a Swiss Company

Hey Danny
I would never say that Swiss Companies are the best in the world because the last time when I worked for a Swiss Company was in 98, so already 9 years ago. And anyway that is not the point.
What I want to figure out is what foreign employees are thinking about working for a Swiss company.
There are so many complaints in that forum but only a few about the work that most day time includes.

On the other hand I really started to love drinking tea at all occasions.
Only the tea with the milk is something that I will try in my next stage here.
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