ALTANA Awarded

We want to be leading in everything we do.

Our commitment is paying off. We express our social responsibility by contributing to various initiatives and have been awarded multiple times.

ALTANA is a “Top Company”. The combination of good ratings and the large number of benefits provided for staff are the basis for this seal approval.

Kununu: TOP Company and Open Company seals of approval

The platform offers employees and applicants the opportunity to rate their employers and working atmosphere anonymously. For our authenticity, openness to criticism regarding our own qualities as an employer, and readiness to communicate on equal terms with our employees, ALTANA was awarded the TOP Company and OPEN Company seals of approval.


The "TOP Company" seal of approval is an award for employers who are rated highly at – the requirement being a minimum of 6 evaluations and a rating average of at least 3 out of 5 points.


“OPEN Company” – the seal of approval for a proactive association with – is an award given to companies that encourage their employees to rate their own company, comment on evaluations made on kununu, or provide insights into its everyday working practices in the form of a kununu company profile.

For the third time, the online recruiting of ALTANA has earned it the prestigious “Top 30 Germany 2017” award in the Online Talent Communication category.

In the competition to attract young talent and specialists, it is becoming increasingly important for companies to launch their own advertising campaigns and to promote themselves as attractive employers. In this context, online activities on websites or in social media are emerging as a key pillar of marketing and recruiting activities. We are pleased that ALTANA has again been recognized for its commitment in this area, and that following on from 2014, we have been ranked among the top 30 for the second time despite increasing competition from numerous large well-known corporations.

The Study

Potentialpark, a market research company with global operations, examines the career-relevant online activities of selected companies on an annual basis. The study assesses online communication with applicants without looking at factors such as the company’s image or popularity. It includes career websites, online application systems, social media pages and career-relevant services for mobile devices.

Results of the study - Top 30

The competition for qualified junior talent caused by the shortage of trained employees is only going to increase in future. It is therefore becoming all the more important for companies to build up a profile and reputation as attractive, progressive employers so as to encourage potential applicants. This “candidate experience” plays an important role at ALTANA. For example, we aim to design the application process in line with the wishes of applicants. Since the middle of last year, it has therefore been possible to apply to ALTANA using mobile devices and import personal data from professional networks such as XING and LinkedIn. We have also broken ground in terms of employer branding, for instance with our new Instagram account.

Systematically implementing our “Keep Changing Agenda” agenda for the future, we are aiming to continue our success story and implement further ideas and measures with a careful balance of continuity and change.

Facts about the Potentialpark survey

ALTANA once again comes out top in the “Career`s Best Recruiters” ranking

For the eighth time now, BEST RECRUITERS has examined the quality of the recruitment process at Germany’s top employers and, on 7 March 2018, presented awards to this year’s winners in Frankfurt. 

ALTANA was awarded with the first place and the gold seal in the chemistry sector, gaining 82.5 out of 100 possible points and thus edging BASF SE and Heraeus Holding GmbH down to second and third place. In the overall ranking, ALTANA achieved an outstanding third place behind Otto and Deloitte, confirming its high ranking across all sectors of the industry.

The Study

Within the scope of the study every year BEST RECRUITERS surveys the recruiting quality of the 500 top employers in Austria, Germany and Switzerland by using 133 scientific criteria divided in four pillars, which correspond to the most important contact points between applicant and employer. Excellent results in all four main assessment criteria online recruiting presence, online job ads, applicant contact and applicant feedback are the prerequisite for positioning on the podium.

Statement ALTANA

Andrea Pfister, HR Corporate Recruiting

"The accolade of Best Recruiter is a fabulous recognition of the success of the projects we have launched and implemented during the last few years and confirms that we are meeting the expectations of our target groups. We communicate with our applicants on an equal footing and make no promises in our employer branding that we cannot fulfill.”

However, our excellent ranking is not only thanks to our websites or job advertisements. The decisive factor is ultimately the team of staff from our HR and specialist divisions who make such a personal and lasting impression of our company and communicate our culture so well in their day-to-day contact with applicants. Thus the report not only reflects how we represent our corporate values of openness, trust, appreciation, and empowerment to act during the application process — it also commends these values as a genuine strength in our company’s human relations.

We are a member of the Luxembourg Declaration on Workplace Health Promotion in the European Union.

Workplace Health Promotion (WHP) is the combined efforts of employers, employees and society to improve the health and well-being of people at work.

This can be achieved through a combination of:

  • improving the work organisation and the working environment
  • promoting active participation
  • encouraging personal development

"We want to ensure through responsible action that neither our products nor our working practices do any harm to people or the environment."

We have made the commitment to constantly improve our performance in terms of product stewardship, hazard prevention, environmental and health protection, occupational safety, and facility and transport safety. Additionally, we are facing the challenges of energy efficiency and use of renewable resources. We make every effort to utilize synergy potentials for the protection of the environment on the basis of a clear corporate structure and responsibility and through cross-business cooperation To align ALTANA even more toward sustainability and the conservative use of resources in the future, we have laid down corporate guidelines and objectives. Consequently, ALTANA AG, including all of its worldwide sites, is committed to maintaining defined environmental and safety standards. These are based primarily on the principles of the chemical industry's Responsible Care initiative. The managers in charge of sustainability review the corresponding performance indicators to verify the implementation of these principles.

You can find the entire text of the "Responsible Care" initiative here.

We welcome Bachelor and Master students!

Within the framework of the Bologna Process, formally initiated in 1999, more than 40 European states have agreed to create a common European Higher Education Area (EHEA) by 2010. The aim is to harmonize higher education systems in Europe, allowing periods of study completed in the signatory countries to be accredited (by means of a credit transfer system) and thereby increasing student mobility.

Against this background, ALTANA also supports the introduction of bachelor and master degree courses in the German higher education area. We offer graduates of all courses, with a bachelor's degree, master's degree, or doctorate, attractive entry and enhancement opportunities. We are thus taking advantage of the chance the changeover to the graduated academic structure provides to profit from the internationalism, practical relevance, modern teaching forms, and new subject matter aspired to.

Faced with an ominous skills shortage and, particularly, given the alarming shortage of graduates in mathematics, information technology, natural sciences, and technology (so-called MINT graduates), ALTANA has joined the concerted campaign "Bachelors Welcome - Ensuring the Next Generation of MINT Specialists!" The purpose of this initiative is to increase the proportion of students, boost the numbers of new students and graduates in the MINT subjects, and reduce the dropout rate.

You can find more information about the MINT initiative here.

We are voluntarily fair.

"The internship generation" - this group comprises many of today's university graduates who, before finding a permanent post, take on a series of often only badly paid or even unpaid internships. ALTANA has made a voluntary commitment to maintain fair treatment and remuneration of its interns, allowing it to bear the "Fair Company" seal of approval.

"Fair Company" is an initiative of the business magazine "Junge Karriere" (Young Career), which has set itself the goal of campaigning against the widespread exploitation of interns. It was launched in the fall of 2004 with 37 companies participating - a number which has by now grown to over 1000, with ALTANA among them. The patron of the initiative is Germany's current Labor Minister, Olaf Scholz.

There are five rules to which the "Fair Company" firms subscribe:

  • They must not fill any full-time positions with interns, alleged volunteers, guest students, or the like
  • They must not fob off a university graduate who has applied for a permanent post with an internship
  • They must not lure interns with the vague prospect of an eventual full-time position
  • They must provide internships primarily as professional orientation during the training phase
  • They must pay interns an adequate expense allowance

ALTANA needs and encourages well-qualified junior staff - our company is fully aware of their importance for our success. That is why we support the "Fair Company" objectives and are proud to be part of the initiative.

You can find further information about Fair Company here: