„I have experienced time and again the many ways in which First Sensor looks after its employees.“
Yvonne Fiebranz has been working for First Sensor in Berlin-Weißensee for the past 15 years. This is a long time in which a lot can change personally and professionally, and no two days are the same. This is the aspect of her job that she likes the most.
How did you end up at First Sensor?
Oh, let me think. It was such a long time ago. I finished my training as an industrial business manager in 2003 and started looking for a job. One of my mother’s friends worked at First Sensor and told me they were looking for someone. I applied and started off working in the warehouse – with the prospect of advancement, and that’s what happened.
What do you do now?
I’m a production planner. This department didn’t exist back when I joined the company. There are three of us and we each have our own customers. I make sure that my customers’ requested delivery deadlines are met. This involves overseeing material requirements, taking into account order capacity, integrating these requirements into production and monitoring the process chain. If operations grind to a halt, I liaise with Purchasing, Customer Support and Production. My colleagues do the same. And of course we coordinate our orders between ourselves because we all have to use the same resources.
What do you like about your job?
No two days are the same. It’s just like with your own family: you have to juggle different tasks, requirements and interfaces, listen to what people want and find solutions for big and small problems. Although the job can sometimes be very demanding, I really enjoy it. It’s never boring and you get a great feeling when you overcome a challenge.
What do you value about First Sensor?
My working environment; and my colleagues are fantastic. It’s not everywhere that you find this level of mutual support, with people willing to work extra shifts to meet a delivery deadline. I think it’s brilliant that each of us has the power to optimize areas of our work; that our suggestions are listened to, evaluated and put into practice. I also have freedom to make decisions and don’t have to seek approval for everything.
Is First Sensor family friendly, in your experience?
Definitely. In my 15 years with the company, I have experienced time and again the many ways in which First Sensor looks after its employees. For example, we have flexible working hours and a decent amount of paid leave, and we get discounts on travel and leisure activities. But the most important thing, in my eyes, is that whenever I have needed to take time off for family matters I have always been able to talk to the HR department and come up with a solution. That takes a huge weight off your shoulders and stops you panicking when you suddenly get a call from the hospital.
What advice would you give to professionals?
There are no steady, cushy jobs here. It’s non-stop. If you are somebody who is not afraid of dealing with change and wants to try new things, then First Sensor is the place for you. Each individual counts in addition to the bigger picture, which is our customer satisfaction.