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Success stories from our employees

It is our employees who use their skills and expertise to perform at their highest level every day and make Pollmann successful around the globe. We believe in our employees and are happy about their commitment and their joy in continuing to grow in the company. We have many success stories of employees that we are particularly proud of!

Zbyšek Koranda
IT Department Head

How would you describe your career at Pollmann?
My career at Pollmann started 22 years ago. I had my first job interview with Ernst Pollmann. At the time, the company name was still C.P.A. s.r.o. I joined Pollmann immediately after my military service and worked for Technical Manager Rudolf Steier. The company was a lot smaller than today, and I held several roles and positions. This experience helped me become very familiar with the company and its processes. I was involved in establishing the IT, Maintenance, Logistics and Quality Departments and also had the opportunity to work in Inventory. Pollmann grew rapidly and I transferred some of my duties to new colleagues. For many years, I was responsible for IT and Machine Maintenance. Eight years ago, the company expanded so quickly that I could no longer hold both positions at the same time. My 14-year career in the Maintenance Department came to an end so that I could focus on the IT Department which I am still heading. In my 22 years at Pollmann I had the opportunity to work with many outstanding people. I learned a tremendous amount and it did a lot for me personally. I was also able to train new colleagues and guide their development so that today they run their own departments and are experts in their fields.

Do you have one sentence that describes your approach to work or your philosophy towards life?
My philosophy towards life is guided by a simple motto:
Never stop learning, because life never stops teaching

What do you like best about your work?
I enjoy the variety of my work. I’ve been into PCs since I was 11 years old. My work is my hobby. Information technologies are wonderful because they are continuously developing. I am open to change and development and like to look ahead. This helps me tremendously in my work.

What advice would you give the future generation of Pollmann employees?
We are all sitting in the same boat. The future of our company depends on all of us collaborating and communicating well with each other. I like to use the familiar phrase: A chain is only as strong as its weakest link. Make an effort to always be the strongest link. When working, give your very best!

Manfred Jäger
Project Manager for the Vitis plant

How would you describe your career at Pollmann?
If you are willing to work hard, continue your education and are loyal, new opportunities will keep opening up at Pollmann

Do you have one sentence that describes your approach to work or your philosophy towards life?
Think positive, face challenges, set and implement realistic goals

What do you like best about your work?
The broad range of technical and business requirements, the variety of tasks, and contact with many different people.

What advice would you give the future generation of Pollmann employees?
Where there is a will, there is a way, and have a “can do” attitude

Roland Mathes
Operation Engineer in the “Talent Program”

How would you describe your career at Pollmann?
After graduating from the HAK (Business Academy) in 2010, I started an accelerated apprenticeship in Logistics. During my apprenticeship, I had the opportunity to work in Packaging and Process Development. After my apprenticeship, I pursued a Bachelor and Master’s degree while continuing in my job. I worked in Logistics in a variety of functions for 6 years and was then accepted into the Talent Program with a focus on Production. In this program, I rotate through a series of practical training units in Project Management, Sales, Molding, Purchasing and Tool Shop. In addition, I handle internal projects and study to become a plastics mold maker.

Do you have one sentence that describes your approach to work or your philosophy towards life?
Talk about the solution and not about the problem!

What do you like best about your work?
Work variety; opportunities for continued development; continuing education options

What advice would you give the future generation of Pollmann employees?
Take advantage of opportunities, try new activities, keep learning continuously

Aaron Wu

Engineering Manager

 

How would you describe your career at Pollmann?

2011I joined Pollmann China as a design engineer; and I am now working as an engineer manager.

 

Do you have one sentence that describes your approach to work or your philosophy towards life?

“The devil is in the detail”.

 

What do you like best about your work?

Let creativity and design become reality.

 

What advice would you give the future generation of Pollmann employees?

Actively looking for the solutions, the ways to overcome difficulties always surpass difficulties itself.

Matthias Kitzler
Head of the Purchasing Department

How would you describe your career at Pollmann?
When I look back at my 19 years with the company and my career at Pollmann, I would describe it as the “Best Practice Trainee Program”. Why? In 1999, I started in Prototyping, and this laid the foundation for the following stages of my career. Next came Project Management, and after 4+ years, I switched to Sales where I was the Key Account Manager for our customers Bosch and Continental. In March 2017, I accepted the next challenge and took over the Purchasing Department for Pollmann Austria and International.

Do you have one sentence that describes your approach to work or your philosophy towards life?
“One step at a time gets you to the top of the mountain”

What do you like best about your work?
Contact with people and the constantly changing requirements generated by external and internal factors. “No two days are alike, and every day brings new challenges.”

What advice would you give the future generation of Pollmann employees?
Don’t shy away from new tasks (even if they seem to be unsolvable at first glance), go for it and, above all, don’t get discouraged when something does go wrong – the important thing is to learn from these mistakes.

Rainer Hobiger

Department Head of Facility Management

 

How would you describe your career at Pollmann?

I started as a trainee and am now department head, I face challenges every day and am glad that our whole team is pulling in the same direction.

 

Do you have one sentence that describes your approach to work or your philosophy towards life?

There is NOTHING that cannot be solved.

 

What do you like best about your work?

My duties and responsibilities are very varied and wide-ranging.

 

What advice would you give the future generation of Pollmann employees?

Stay curious, think outside the box, question whether something is necessary. Develop new concepts and models to replace old ones. An integrated approach is becoming more and more important, and we must not forget the know-why in terms of sustainability. Nothing is more important than health; without health, nothing else matters, keep that in mind.

Markus Weber

Department Head of Project Management

 

How would you describe your career at Pollmann?

I was Pollmann’s very first trainee. Today, I am responsible for Project Management as a first-level manager.

 

Do you have one sentence that describes your approach to work or your philosophy towards life?

Roll up your sleeves and get to work!

 

What do you like best about your work? 

Its variety: Every day brings new and exciting challenges. I can actively introduce my decisions in the company.

 

What advice would you give the future generation of Pollmann employees?

Look towards the future with motivation and a positive attitude.

Michelle Tomsa
Department Head for Turning

How would you describe your career at Pollmann?
In 2010, I started at Pollmann as an apprentice in Turning and gained a lot of experience during that time.
Since I am always ready to face challenges and Pollmann offers its employees many opportunities for continuing education, I am now in my current position as department head.

Do you have one sentence that describes your approach to work or your philosophy towards life?
If you never made a mistake you never tried anything new.

What do you like best about your work?
The positive work environment and the variety of work.

What advice would you give the future generation of Pollmann employees?
Use every opportunity to continue your education, have the courage to change!

Harald Weber
Department Head in Production (Plastic Injection Molding)

How would you describe your career at Pollmann?
When I started an apprenticeship as a Tool Shop Engineer at Pollmann in 1997, I had no idea what opportunities would lie ahead. Flexibility, a solution-focused approach and the willingness to change are some of the reasons that allowed me to successfully advance from apprentice to department head. Pollmann, a family-owned business with a global presence, creates the working environment I need and value.

Do you have one sentence that describes your approach to work or your philosophy towards life?
Focus on solutions rather than on criticism.

What do you like best about your work?
Challenges and variety

What advice would you give the future generation of Pollmann employees?
Accept challenges, take responsibility

Thomas Genner
Tool Shop Engineer

How would you describe your career at Pollmann?
In 2009, I started a dual apprenticeship at Pollmann. After the final apprenticeship examination, I worked towards and received my master craftsman certificate. During my time with the company, I learned a lot and gained new experiences which are very helpful in my current work with Pollmann Czech Republic.

Do you have one sentence that describes your approach to work or your philosophy towards life?
My motto is: You can always do a little more because you never stop learning.

What do you like best about your work?
There is a lot of variety and you always learn something new.

What advice would you give the future generation of Pollmann employees?Continuing education is the most important thing in life because without training and courses you will never get ahead.

Matthias Holbach
Trainee

To know a company well is an advantage because it helps you better organize and understand your own work. During my trainee program, I really get to know the company, its employees, its processes and the company culture. My assignments give me the opportunity to work in many different functions. I participate in operational tasks such as operating and setting up a machine, in production planning and also in strategic challenges such as supplier selection or annual planning. This allows me to see the daily work at Pollmann from many different perspectives. With this knowledge, I will be able to better understand the processes in my future role and ultimately make a significant contribution to continued development.

Christopher Brinnich
Facility Management / Building Planning and Building Projects

The intensive trainee program at Pollmann with its many new challenges has had a great influence on me over the past 5 years. I gained a deep understanding of all processes, continued to build on my skills and am now able to realize my full potential at work. That is why I face each task with enthusiasm and motivation so that I will also achieve the goals which I set for myself.

Sabrina Harrer
Quality Management


My responsibilities are diverse and interesting, but also quite challenging.
I work not only in Quality, but also get to know other departments by filling in as needed. This makes my day-to-day work interesting and I become familiar with different processes. I have many helpful colleagues, which makes work fun. 

“Curiosity is the best motivator.” You have to have courage, try things out and use the opportunities offered to you.

Roman Zibusch
Head of Apprenticeship Training

Commitment and hard work will lead to personal success at work and in daily life.

My career started at Pollmann Austria in August 1998. Before that, I graduated from the Secondary Technical School for Micromechanics in Karlstein/Th. T This education became the foundation for my professional life. At Pollmann, I started in the Tool Shop/Milling Shop where I was able to apply the experience I had gained during training.  I also rotated through other departments to acquire additional skills.

In 2009, I was asked if I could imagine working with young people in training. After considering it briefly, I accepted the position. I have never regretted this decision because I am always presented with new challenges, and as a trainer, I get to meet new people with different personalities every year.

My motto is: “Go through life with a smile on your face and open eyes”, and “No pain, no gain”.

 

Martin Steiner
Tool Shop Manager


I walk through the company with open eyes and an open mind.  You always see something new and interesting that helps you move Forward!

Verena Wurst
Process Development & Optimization


My philosophy is: Always approach challenges and changes with a positive attitude; this is the only way to achieve “great things”.

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