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Accord­ing to kununu: Kiwigrid is one of the most pop­u­lar employ­ers in Ger­many

  • 89 per­cent of employ­ees rec­om­mend Kiwigrid as an employ­er to oth­ers
  • Only a small group qual­i­fies for the kununu “Open Com­pa­ny” and “Top Com­pa­ny” seals: Kiwigrid has them both
  • Fur­ther new hires are planned to take place by the end of 2018

Kiwigrid, the Dres­den com­pa­ny for IoT-based ener­gy ser­vices, counts as one of the most pop­u­lar employ­ers in Ger­many. This is shown by the cur­rent fig­ures from kununu, the employ­er eval­u­a­tion plat­form. Over the past 12 months, 71 per­cent of employ­ees said they would rec­om­mend Kiwigrid as an employ­er to friends. Over the past six months, this fig­ure even rose to 89 per­cent. This rec­om­men­da­tion rate puts Kiwigrid GmbH ahead of many well-known employ­ers, both in the region and through­out Ger­many.

While in 2017 employ­ees on aver­age ranked the over­all image of their employ­er at 3.60, the fig­ure rose to 3.99 in Sep­tem­ber 2018. In addi­tion, Kiwigrid qual­i­fies for the two kununu seals: “Top Com­pa­ny” and “Open Com­pa­ny.” Bare­ly 4.2 per­cent or one per­cent of all com­pa­nies eval­u­at­ed on kununu bear these seals.

A pro­nounced feed­back cul­ture with a high degree of per­son­al respon­si­bil­i­ty

To attain the kununu “Open Com­pa­ny” and “Top Com­pa­ny” seals, trans­par­ent coop­er­a­tion (among oth­er things) is required. “Open com­mu­ni­ca­tion com­bined with a pro­nounced feed­back cul­ture helps us to move for­ward in achiev­ing our vision. We cul­ti­vate and pro­mote both of these aspects with inter­nal for­mats such as ‘all-com­pa­ny meet­ings’ or ‘open spaces’ and are pleased that this is reflect­ed on kununu,” says Matthias Her­tel.

Reg­u­lar staff appraisals serve as con­trib­u­tors to a pro­nounced feed­back cul­ture. We chal­lenge and encour­age our employ­ees to assume per­son­al respon­si­bil­i­ty, and our man­agers also take their coach­ing role seri­ous­ly in terms of the per­son­al and pro­fes­sion­al devel­op­ment of their team mem­bers,” says Jana Blaseck, Head of Human Resources. An employ­ee con­firms this approach in how his supe­ri­or behaves. He’s “always eager to push the col­leagues for­ward.” “There’s no end to the amount of learn­ing you can do here. And because the com­pa­ny is grow­ing, there are also oppor­tu­ni­ties to climb up the career lad­der,” states anoth­er employ­ee on kununu.

Core val­ues of “sus­tain­abil­i­ty” and “courage” firm­ly anchored in the com­pa­ny

Kiwigrid aims to help ener­gy sup­pli­ers, vehi­cle man­u­fac­tur­ers, and man­u­fac­tur­ers of decen­tral­ized ener­gy gen­er­a­tion sys­tems mas­ter the ener­gy tran­si­tion. It’s a chal­leng­ing work­ing envi­ron­ment which, accord­ing to Man­ag­ing Direc­tor Matthias Her­tel, requires a lot of courage and pro­vides just as much free­dom to real­ize one’s own ideas. “We believe in a world that is com­plete­ly pow­ered by sus­tain­able ener­gy; a world where every­one can con­sume as much ener­gy as they want with­out hav­ing to think about the envi­ron­men­tal con­se­quences,” says Matthias Her­tel. “It is remark­able that the desire to change the exist­ing ener­gy world, togeth­er with the atti­tude to pur­sue a mean­ing­ful endeav­or, is reflect­ed at all lev­els of the com­pa­ny,” Matthias Her­tel con­tin­ues. At the begin­ning of 2018, the man­age­ment, togeth­er with the employ­ees, defined val­ues for achiev­ing its com­mon vision: Sus­tain­abil­i­ty and courage are among the most impor­tant fac­tors for Kiwigrid employ­ees.

Kiwigrid already had 140 employ­ees in Decem­ber 2016 and cur­rent­ly employs more than 160 peo­ple from 11 nations (e.g. Rus­sia, New Zealand, Brazil and Chi­na) for the Clean­tech com­pa­ny. Soft­ware devel­op­ers and archi­tects in the Cloud, Embed­ded, and Fron­tend Engi­neer­ing devel­op­ment areas account for 40 per­cent of this total. The com­pa­ny plans to recruit fur­ther staff by the end of the year. “We are look­ing for the best appli­cants to tack­le our soft­ware devel­op­ment. We know full well that we can inspire these appli­cants not only with nice jobs, but also with fam­i­ly-friend­ly work­ing con­di­tions and chal­leng­ing cus­tomer projects,” con­tin­ues Jana Blaseck. The goal is to recruit good IT spe­cial­ists in Sax­ony and beyond state bor­ders, and to cre­ate jobs in the region.

About Kiwigrid

Kiwigrid aims to help util­i­ties, vehi­cle man­u­fac­tur­ers, and man­u­fac­tur­ers of dis­trib­uted ener­gy resources mas­ter the ener­gy tran­si­tion. Cus­tomers of the Dres­den com­pa­ny use the ener­gy ser­vice plat­form to open up new mar­kets, diver­si­fy their prod­ucts and ser­vices, and pull ahead of their com­pe­ti­tion. To make this pos­si­ble, Kiwigrid offers them cut­ting edge IoT tech­nol­o­gy and ener­gy ser­vices that help increase ener­gy effi­cien­cy, opti­mize the use of renew­able ener­gies, pave the way for elec­tric vehi­cles, and sta­bi­lize grids. Kiwigrid GmbH was found­ed in 2011 and now employs over 160 staff from var­i­ous parts of the world. Since then, the com­pa­ny has built up a wealth of exper­tise in ener­gy as it relates to the Inter­net of Things and intel­li­gent ener­gy man­age­ment. Kiwigrid is one of the world’s lead­ing tech­nol­o­gy com­pa­nies in these areas and was once again includ­ed on the Glob­al Clean­tech 100 list in Feb­ru­ary 2018.

Press con­tact: Daniel Kühne, Head of Mar­ket­ing, T +49 351 50 195 0121, daniel.kuehne@kiwigrid.com