The Carl Zeiss technical ladder was successfully launched throughout the Group in 2005. More than 350 employees from the fields of research and development have already begun climbing the rungs of the technical ladder – a clear indication of the excellent prospects that Carl Zeiss offers employees who can demonstrate specialist expertise.
Carl Zeiss has a long tradition of innovation. “Carl Zeiss is looked upon as the most innovative company in its respective business areas” is one of the central aims defined in the Carl Zeiss corporate vision. It is a bold claim that can only be achieved by superbly qualified specialists. Experts from a wide range of areas contribute their know-how and energy to develop and enhance the Carl Zeiss Group's technological and scientific leadership.
Anyone who views their professional future in terms of their technical expertise – whether they are an employee or an external specialist – will appreciate the opportunities offered by the Carl Zeiss technical ladder. It is a superb system for providing research and development staff with individually tailored opportunities for personal development, higher earnings and career advancement. For people with outstanding knowledge and proven expertise, it opens the door to a glittering career. Top performers who gain a place on the technical ladder get the chance to work together with management and top management on equal terms.
The Carl Zeiss technical ladder fulfils the highest international standards: All the titles awarded on the technical ladder are recognized and established in the world of international business as shown in the table below.
|Leadership ladder||Expert ladder|
|Top management||Fellow Senior Principal|
|Middle management||Principal Staff|
|Employees and commercial leadership responsibilities||Technical ladder|
The main purpose of the technical ladder is not to promote leadership and management responsibilities, but rather to allow people to enhance and actively apply their own expert knowledge. This form of career advancement is less about climbing the career ladder and more about deepening our employees' knowledge of their specialist fields. The technical ladder is individually tailored to each expert in order to ensure they reap the maximum reward from the experience.
Specialists in Carl Zeiss research and development departments can be recommended for the technical ladder and obtain places in the program based on the following criteria:
The technical ladder itself forms part of the expert ladder which encompasses all non-managerial employees of the Carl Zeiss Group – because every Carl Zeiss employee is an expert.