Real estate. Projects. Expertise. Passion.
We provide technical expertise, solve problems, oﬀer general advice and assistance, act as the project manager, oversee our construction sites, generate reports and ideas, all in line with the clients’ specifc needs. We employ some 190 people at 4 locations in Switzerland, who are assigned one of three core tasks: project management, engineering or consulting. They collaborate and communicate in teams, across disciplines and geographical boundaries – to deliver complete answers to our clients’ imperatives. What role would you most like to play?
cups of coffee are consumed by the average employee every day.
new items on average are posted on our internal news system each day.
offices were represented at our worldwide staff meeting - the Office Seminar – in 2016.
Employee development at Drees & Sommer follows the guiding principle Keep on learning.
This includes the Drees & Sommer Academy, which operates on the by us, for us principle, that is, it is predominantly run by employees for employees. Internal and external instructors run Basic, Professional, and Special courses to teach specific Drees & Sommer approaches, methods and tools, as well as key soft skills. The entire Academy uses a modern blended learning approach, combining classroom sessions and e-learning.
Basic: basic information about the company, and specific training on topics such as discussion techniques and consulting skills.
Professional: e-learning platform with content for more in-depth self-study
Special courses: expert topics such as Lean Construction Management or the internationally recognized Project Management Professional (PMP©) certificate.
There are also numerous courses tailored to emerging market requirements. As part of our management development program, we also have specific courses for employees taking on management roles, systematically preparing them for their new responsibilities.
We want new employees to feel integrated from the word go. That is why we provide a range of support for new employees, tailored to their personal experience.
When you join us, in addition to your line manager you will have a personal mentor assigned to support you. They are there to help you with any questions you may have. We also offer an onboarding consultation to professionals with more than four years’ experience. Professionals can also reflect and develop strategies with a neutral party during their first weeks. Then, after 100 days, they discuss their impressions with their line manager and are provided with initial feedback. At the end of the probationary period, the manager and the new employee discuss experiences so far and define goals for their work together in the future.
Would you like to broaden your horizons and gain experience working abroad? The Drees & Sommer Group offers many opportunities to do this. Our roots are in Germany, but we have also maintained a presence in key international markets for many years. Think global – act local. This principle describes the approach we take. We either have our own international offices on site, or we accompany clients abroad for their projects.
‘We assist our clients with international initiatives, at the same time winning new clients who we then support from Switzerland. Who could be better qualified for this task than an employee who has spent two or three years abroad? They are familiar with the culture and mentality of international clients and can continue to support them on a technical and cultural level.’
Personal lives and professional commitments
Work is important to you, but there’s more to life, right? That is exactly the way we see it, too. We support our employees in striking the right balance between their personal lives and their professional commitments. We have a range of offerings to suit different phases of life and individual aspirations. Career and family, flexible working, remuneration and fringe benefits, as well as sports and health, play a special role for our employees. We offer parental and family care time as well as individual and flexible part-time models. Working hours are based on trust rather than rigid compulsory hours. If the activity permits, we allow employees – with the agreement of their line manager – to do some of their work from home.
In addition to enjoying a market-rate salary, employees receive a variable bonus and – depending on their position – attractive benefits such as a company car that can also be used privately, and enhanced accident insurance cover. Most Drees & Sommer employees spend a lot of time at their desk, in meetings, or traveling. To ensure that exercise and healthy nutrition are naturally integrated into everyday work, mineral water and fruit are available free of charge, with employees encouraged to help themselves. And those who wish can join a Drees & Sommer team for a company run, or make use of any of the other sports and leisure activities and facilities available at each location. Coworkers who exercise regularly—at a sports club or a local pool, for example—also receive a contribution toward the annual cost.