Schneider Electric Hungary

Company choir and theater sponsorship

Cafeteria vouchers for culture, in-company choir, and supporting theaters – although it is not the company’s original profile, Schneider Electric Hungary pays close attention to its role in promoting culture.

Finding and retaining workforce is not easy these days: companies are bidding on each other for young employees. Sports, training and self-education opportunities, competitive pay: these are usually the default features, but Schneider Electric has more to offer. “We believe in the need to cultivate the spirit as well as the body. Schneider Hungary supports culture as much as possible. In addition to sports, we also provide opportunities for intellectual and cultural development for our employees, but we have previously contributed to the work of the Jurányi Production Community Incubator House and the Vígszínház,” explains Zoltán Lerch, HR Director of the company. Zoltán has been working for the company since 2016, launching an innovative HR and workforce retention organization development model. He is a committed supporter of culture and a supporting member of the Budapest Festival Orchestra. “We had to take into account that the market is struggling with labor shortages, the young generation has changed, they have new demands regarding workplace treatment, and that several generations need to be coordinated within the organization. Some companies are pioneering solutions to meet new expectations, including Schneider Electric’s HR model. As a HR director, it is a mission to turn a company that has been entrusted to me into a loving workplace with the help of my international experience,” Zoltán Lerch previously told our magazine.

In order to reduce fluctuation and to retain promising, talented workforce, the company is not just talking about cutting-edge solutions. They would like to keep up with the organizational development started three years ago and to add new elements to it each year. This includes, for example, supporting employees’ organizations. Because employees not only consume culture, but also love to create: for example, they have a choir whose members themselves invited a conductor and a singing teacher. Of course, these cultural events and hobbies bring together colleagues even more. “It is true that we are a for-profit company, but we cannot expect our colleagues to work as robots. I believe – and this is how we work at Schneider Electric – that the workplace where we spend most of our time needs a little spice that will make work more enjoyable and colorful for colleagues. This is the case with culture – it is no coincidence that we support it to the best of our abilities.”

Schneider Electric provides energy and automation digital solutions for efficiency and sustainability. They combine world-leading energy technologies, real-time automation, software and services into integrated solutions for homes, buildings, data centers, infrastructure and industries. “At Schneider Electric, we believe that access to energy and digital content is a fundamental human right. We encourage everyone to make the most of their energy and resources, and follow our Life Is On philosophy to ensure that energy is available anywhere, anytime, for everyone.” The company's commercial center is located in Budapest, but its factories are located in Zalaegerszeg, Kunszentmiklós, Gyöngyös, while  their logistics center serving twenty countries is located in Szigetszentmiklós.


Author: Judit Hardi

Translation: Barbara Szij

Originally published in December 2019