Our business success is largely attributable to the knowledge, skills and passion of our employees. It is their ability to innovate and their willingness to embrace continuous professional and self-development that drive our position as a world-class innovation company. This is clearly reflected in our employer brand “Passion to innovate | Power to change,” which shows what the Bayer group expects from its employees and new hires but also what it can offer them. It translates Bayer’s mission statement “Science For A Better Life” into the world of work.
As a modern international employer, we offer our employees attractive conditions and wide-ranging individual development opportunities. A key aim of our personnel development strategy is to create an environment where all employees have the opportunity to develop their full potential. In the spirit of “lifelong learning”, we help employees in all fields broaden their knowledge and skills and keep up with the latest changes throughout their working lives. Support ranges from knowledge sharing and peer learning to programs that take up new trends and perspectives.
Thanks to our wide-ranging business activities, we offer employees throughout the Group great opportunities for global development. International assignments are also an important element in employee development.
A diverse employee structure is vital for our company’s competitiveness. By embracing diversity we improve our understanding of changing markets and consumer groups, gain access to a broader pool of talented people and benefit from the enhanced innovative and problem-solving abilities that are demonstrably associated with high cultural diversity. Mutual understanding and a gender and cultural balance, especially at management level, are important success factors. We have an inclusive approach: diversity is integrated into all relevant human resources processes and driven forward by the management.
On December 31, 2018, Bayer employed 116,998 (2017: 99,820) people worldwide. In Germany we had 32,140 (2017: 31,620) employees, which was 27.5% of the total Bayer Group workforce (2017: 31.7%).
Relative breakdown of employees by segment as of December 31, 2018
But let's forget the numbers and facts for a while. Meet some of our employees and get a taste of what it is really like to work here.
Ana Barbas | Carnaxide (Portugal)
Working with Bayer since 2015.
Coordinator of the IBET Bayer Satellite Laboratory
In Portugal, Bayer is focused on marketing and sales. Being the first scientist to join the local organization has opened up fascinating opportunities for me.
I am the interface between the independent Portuguese iBET research center, Bayer Portugal as the partner and our Pharma research centers in Wuppertal and Cologne.
Coordinator of the iBET Bayer Satellite Laboratory
Project Manager at the Instituto de Biologia Experimental e Tecnológica (iBET)
Awarded Terry Fox Grant 2012 and L’Oreal Portugal Award for Women in Science 2011 for Research in Breast Cancer
Teaching several Master classes and PhD courses
PhD and post doctorate studies at the Instituto de Tecnologia Química e Biológica (ITQB)
Scientific work focused on molecular biology, Biotecnol SA
Ana Barbas holds several patents and has frequently published in international peer-reviewed journals.
I am a scientist at heart – I think that says it all.
I love to work with and be there for my team. And I like long walks on the beach listening to music – it’s good for body and soul.
In a review last year, colleagues and peers described me as caring and reliable. I should add that I can get very lively when stress levels rise.
I really like to learn, and I want to grow with Bayer. And I would love to contribute to the development of a new drug.
I joined Bayer in 2015 but worked as a project manager for the Bayer Satellite Lab at the Instituto de Biologia Experimental e Tecnológica (iBET) near Lisbon since 2009. So I have been with Bayer longer in my heart than on paper.
The iBET is a nonprofit organization harnessing molecular biologics to support protein production for medications.
Bayer’s partnership with this research institute is a win-win situation. It has produced valuable results and the Bayer team has grown from four to seven people.
Indeed, after six years of collaboration, Bayer unexpectedly asked me to join the company.
At Bayer, everything comes down to people which the company knows are its greatest asset. Bayer didn’t want me to just work for the company but invited me to join the family. That’s Bayer for me.