The Schnitzer Group works noticeably different than other companies—extremely agile, cooperative and eager to learn. This is no accident. Rather, it was purposefully integrated into our corporate organization.
Plenty of freedom, a distinct family-friendly nature, a culture of trust and personal responsibility, a lack of hierarchies and close cooperation characterize the Schnitzer Group, the international specialist for technical projects. “People who are tied up in a corset of rules and restrictions cannot be creative or come up with unconventional solutions,” explains Peter Schnitzer. “And people who constantly have to reassert their position won’t help any potential rivals.” But it is exactly this mutual professional support that has been essential for the success of the Schnitzer Group.
Using what is known as the mentoring concept and campus structure, a kind of learning platform, the Schnitzer Group has created the infrastructure for ensuring that hands-on experience is shared within the company and we maintain our ability to learn, and for guiding all of our employees through complex problems and tasks. And by the way, this corporate and human resources policy has ensured a company atmosphere that is without peer.
Start-up as a permanent state
Campus structure and mentoring concept
The corporate culture of the Schnitzer Group is defined by “We”. No one has to solve problems alone. Anyone can always count on the support of everyone. And everyone can and should learn from anyone. The Schnitzer Group has practically brought the swarm to life so that we can use swarm intelligence.
This open-hearted, cooperative attitude and start-up mentality is manifested in the campus structure, which follows the model of the modern university to bring together all employees of the Schnitzer Group across all locations. The active discussion, presentation of best cases, introduction of methodological and communication aspects in projects, sharing experiences relating to materials, tools or production technologies, the assurance of quality—all of these are topics at the regular campus meetings. Of course, these meetings also strengthen team skills and communication with each other.
As a part of the campus structure, the mentoring concept ultimately ensures that everyone finds the right mentor in-house for their specific question or challenge.