WORKING IN GERMANY - What's it like?!

WORKING IN GERMANY – What's it like?!

32 thoughts on “WORKING IN GERMANY – What's it like?!

  1. It doesn't matter if you are a normal worker or you are in an office. You have right for a lunch. I'm a normal worker, too and so long the work is going on, nobody says something about my coffee, snacks or smoke breaks. The point is, how long is your main break. Regular every worker has minimum 24 days per year. I have 28 at my job and now I have taken 20 of them 😀

  2. Nothing you've mentioned is at all "common".
    If anything, it's incredibly bourgeois/entitled.

    Even the language thing seems extremely outlandish to me.
    I find it incredibly rude to not speak either German or English in Germany; especially in a work environment.
    This has plenty of implications itself.

    It sounds like you're being a child in daycare & getting paid money for enjoying luxury.
    I get that that's your experience and all though.
    It's just not the world most people live in.

  3. I think the things the office provides depends on field, even in the US. I am a biochemist in the Boston area of the US and have had free coffee/tea/ hot chocolate at most of my workplaces the last 10 years, including my current position. It's a mix on going out eat, but many people eat at the company caf where it's cheaper than going off campus. The work life balance is something I wish the US would model as well though!

  4. You work in a very special work environment. I dont think its a good idea to do a video about "working in germany" since you have a very small amount of experience working in germany and working in a "normal" job.

  5. God, your living my dream. I dream is to live and work there and it has been since i was a child. I hope you have a nice time in Germany!!

  6. Das verstehen wir unter work-live-balance, auf der Arbeit geht es um das arbeiten effizient, konzentriert und fokusiert, sicher einer Gründe warum Deutsche im allgemeinen nicht wirklich etwas mit small talk anfangen können. Nach der Arbeit, leben wir unser Leben .. privat, sozial als der Mensch der wir sind und um das in einem vertretbaren Verhältnis zu halten braucht es ebend auch Pausen vom arbeiten, hier in dem Fall Urlaub. Die Gründe für derart drastische Unterschiede sind historisch gewachsen ( Sotialgesetzgebung unter Bismarck, Weimarer Republik, auch die Zeit des Nationalsozialismus hat hier Spuren hinterlassen und nicht zuletzt die lehren aus der Zwangsarbeit im Dritten Reich und die Erkenntnis der absuouten Unmenschlichkeit dieser Umstände) weshalb ein einfaches " copy-paste" für Amerika oder andere Ökonomien schlichtweg ausgeschlossen sind.

  7. This is so interesting! I am German but I've never worked in Germany, I've only ever worked in Anglo cultures

  8. The foodaspect you talk about is a real big, big, big exception. If, you find it in IT or advertisementcompanies. The same is for going out for lunch on a daily basis. Just an simple math: an average lunch as you speak about will cost between €12 and €15 (or even more). Multiply that to 21 days of work a month, you end up with a lunchbill of €300 or more a month. To be able to afford that, you must have an equivalent income. This will blow the spendinglimit of 95% of the workforce in Germany.

    The legal minimum for vacation is 24 days, based on a 5 day week, it goes up to 32 days depending in what branch you work and how long you are in the company. Besides that, we have the bankholidays, Eastermonday, May 1. and some more, depending in what state you work.

    Average workinghours a week in Germany is 40 (ranges from 36 up to 45), there are some exceptions, but the limits should not be exceeded in average over a certain period (three months). Most people can do with one job, though there is a tendancy (espcially in the big cities) that people in the lower incomesegemtns indeed need a second job to make ends meet.

    If you want to highlight advantages of working in Germany instead of the US, you might take the fact that everybody who works automaticly has a healthinsurance and if you are unable to work due to sickness (doctors attest requiered) you will get paid 100% for six weeks (Lohnfortzahlung) and then you get payed by the healthinsurance (Krankengeld) (ca. 80% of average netto income over the past three months).

  9. We eat a propper lunch because for us it is the main meal on a day, not supper in the evening. In the evening we eat most likely a lighter meal, just like two peaces of bread with some stuff on it.

  10. Na ja, heutzutage muss man schon froh sein, wenn man anständig vom Arbeitgeber bezahlt wird und nicht so, wie es mir die letzten Jahre passiert ist, konsequent ausgenutzt wird!

  11. Berlin Hipster irgendwas Arbeit. Saufen, fressen, party und nach 3 Jahren pleite gehen oder aufgekauft werden. Die meisten arbeiten hier in asozialer Schichtarbeit und können sich nur scheiße leisten, wie überall.

  12. I've worked in a number of German companies, and I must say what you describe is not the standard (except for the vacation days etc.). If people can actually afford to go out for lunch to nice restaurants every single day, they must be very well paid. And if the employer offers all those food perks, they must be very keen to keep the employees they have because they can't be easily replaced. So all in all that sounds like a workplace for highly sought-after and well-paid employees.

  13. Hi Diana, nice observations. One question from my side, is the vacation in the US paid vacation? My interpretation of your description of the differences between America and Germany is, that the people are "social", they eat, they communicate, etc. Is my understanding correct?

  14. Hi, Diana! Thanks for the video, it is very informative! I'm curious about one other aspect of your experience working in Germany – the potential language barrier. You mentioned how common it is to hear different languages around the office, but do you ever feel limited by speaking only English? Has it created any difficulties at work or burdened your colleagues? This is something that worries me, but perhaps it is not as much of a problem as I think. Thanks again! 🙂

  15. Here in Bavaria it is not uncommon to have 30 days vacation time plus 13 days legal holiday. On fridays many employees leave their office at noon, especially in the summer time. I really appreciate this work life balance a lot. Recreational value of Munich as town to live in is very high.

  16. Once again an informative video. Literally the reason why I want to move to Germany is because they actually take a step back and enjoy life. If you don't me asking, do you work for a Germany company?? I also feel like tech/start-up companies have incentives like providing snacks at work but even then these companies are very demanding of their employees. Once thank you and please keep posting!!

  17. I think this is more the IT / StartUp workplace approach, which is not so common after all. I work in medical technology, small company with a 100 year history. No snacks, no water, no coffee and I do meal prep every Sunday. Although I have to admit this lack of benefits is also quite rare. But it's nice to hear how things can be different.

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