From India to Upper Austria
It has become normal for Frauscher employees to welcome new colleagues almost every week. Because of its continuous international growth, the company is hiring another 80 employees worldwide this year. Now the staff total at Frauscher’s Austrian location has reached a record high of 200 people: Kiran Griffiths has been a part of the R&D team since July and supports them with programming embedded systems.
The global demand for Frauscher products has never been higher. To meet the customers’ growing interests and the markets’ increasing demands, Frauscher is hiring new talents across all qualifications and departments. As a result, the 200th employee at the company’s location in St. Marienkirchen, Austria has just been welcomed: Kiran Griffiths is 25 years old and originally comes from India. After finishing his studies in Germany he was looking for a job that is challenging, attractive, and suitable for his skills. At Frauscher he found what he was looking for.
Administration Director Ingrid Schwarz welcomes Kiran Griffiths as 200th employee at Frauscher in St. Marienkirchen, Austria.
Finding a job via Facebook
Having grown up in the 18-million-metropolis Mumbai, Kiran took the leap to the small town Weingarten in Germany. There he did his Master’s in Electrical Engineering and Embedded Systems at the University of Applied Sciences Ravensburg-Weingarten. In 2017, a friend from the Facebook group “Indians in Germany” drew his attention to Frauscher. Only a few weeks later, he was invited to a personal interview in St. Marienkirchen – and shortly after got the job in Research & Development.
But let’s go back to India: After finishing his Bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering Kiran worked as a Graduate Engineer Trainee in Mumbai’s energy sector. He quickly realised that this was not quite enough for him, “I wanted to undergo further training – maybe even abroad”. He chose the University of Applied Sciences Ravensburg-Weingarten in Germany where he did his Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering and Embedded Systems.
“Moizeit” was his first Austrian dialect word
Kiran came to Germany without any knowledge of the German language but he learnt incredibly fast and has become near-fluent in only two years. “Especially talking to my German flatmate has helped me a lot”, he says. By now he can even communicate with his Austrian colleagues at Frauscher and has already acquired some typical dialect for the Innviertel region. He remembers that the first word he has learnt was “Moizeit” [Editor’s note: Austrian greeting at lunchtime; similar to “Enjoy your meal”] – which he now uses daily at lunch with his co-workers.
If the weather allows it, Kiran bikes to work every day. “This would not have been possible in Mumbai where I had to ride the bus for 90 minutes each way – can you imagine?” He also loves to ride the bike in his free time. On the weekends, he takes trips and explores the area around Schärding where he finds something new every time.
Flat hierarchies and exciting tasks
What Kiran likes most about working at Frauscher are his interesting tasks: He supports the R&D team with developing analogue and digital systems and programming embedded systems. He also performs software and hardware tests – at the moment he is occupied with temperature tests of the Frauscher Advanced Counter FAdC, the company’s state-of-the-art axle counter. He is also fascinated by the friendly working atmosphere: “The work environment is excellent and the flat hierarchies contribute a big deal to Frauscher’s outstanding corporate culture”. In his office he sits right opposite to his supervisor which is an unimaginable situation in India – there, the bosses usually have a separated office with little contact to their subordinates. In the training period this close contact is especially important: His supervisor and mentor supports Kiran and assists him in all of his questions.
Kiran is only one of many new and often international employees at Frauscher Austria. “It is nice that we can offer new challenges to so many new and motivated people”, says Administration Director Ingrid Schwarz and adds, “People with an international background really enrich our everyday working life here in St. Marienkirchen and contribute to both our global orientation and international atmosphere”. Alone at the location in Austria, 40 new employees will be hired this year.
Further information about current job offers at Frauscher: www.frauscher.com/en/careers
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