Value-added for our
employees

Value-added
for our
employees

Family-run – at home on international markets: As a medium-sized company group, we win our customers over worldwide with premium products and services for a wide range industries. At the same time, we offer the reliable structures of a classic, regionally rooted family company as an employer.

Learn more about our benefits and attractive conditions for employees in our companies.

Our values: We live Dörken!

125 years of Dörken!

Responsibility, trust, values and identification: In DÖRKENGROUP, we actively put our company values into practice. In accordance with our family tradition, everyone here knows the CEO and owner. Our employees also appreciate the open corporate culture with flat hierarchies.

Your workplace

Your workplace

DÖRKENGROUP’s headquarters are in Herdecke, on the edge of Germany’s Ruhr region. Herdecke is an idyllic town nestled in a loop of the River Ruhr, surrounded by forests and meadows. DÖRKENGROUP is the most significant employer here. Its headquarters are located on the western outskirts of the city. Dortmund, the nearest major city, is just 13 kilometres away.

Herdecke has excellent connections to the German motorway network via motorways A1 (Exit 88) in the east and A45 (Exit 8) in the north. The city on the River Ruhr is also easy to reach by train and even by water. The nearest airports are Dortmund, Düsseldorf, and Cologne/Bonn. Frankfurt and Münster/Osnabrück are also easy to reach.

Work-life balance

Work-life balance

People take centre stage at DÖRKENGROUP. The outstanding achievements of our employees would not be possible without a healthy work-life balance. That is why we offer working hours that leave enough time for your family. If necessary, various part-time models give you the freedom to look after children or family members in need of care.

We will also be happy to help you find an apartment or look for the right childcare facility. The Herdecke metropolitan area is home to twelve childcare facilities, two of which are right beside our factory premises on Wetterstraße. Good choice of schools, from primary schools and secondary schools to Rudolf Steiner schools, can be found not only in Herdecke, but also in the neighbouring city of Hagen.

Our employees do not have to hide their family responsibilities. Rather, they can integrate them naturally in their professional lives as required. For instance, there is a parent-child room on the factory premises in Herdecke, which can also be used as a breastfeeding room.

Our cooperation with BUK Family Service allows us to offer these services, whose expert team supports our employees with advice and organisation services. Among other things, we offer the summer Dörken Holiday Camp for 3- to 12-year olds in cooperation with BUK GmbH. It also provides support on the topics of childcare and caring for relatives.

Holiday leave and pension plan

Holiday leave and pension plan

As an employee of DÖRKENGROUP, you are entitled to 30 days of holiday leave per year. We also pay a fixed holiday bonus once a year.

We are also happy to inform you on subsidised company pension plans, which offer you additional assurance above and beyond the statutory pension at particularly favourable conditions.

Health in the workplace

Health in the workplace

Health is our most valuable possession, and we have to protect it: Company health promotion measures are a high priority at DÖRKENGROUP. Our occupational health specialist regularly offers free blood pressure measurements or blood analyses on the company premises in Herdecke, and can refer you to local medical specialists if required. We also bear the costs for many medical check-ups.

We also have confidential contacts to provide advice and support for those suffering from addictions or debt.

Getting active together

Getting active together

‘Team fitness’ is the name of the programme comprising back exercise classes, cardio fitness and many other sporting activities, which we offer in rooms on our factory premises in Herdecke.

Other sports activities offered by DÖRKENGROUP include badminton, beach volleyball, football, jogging, Nordic walking, pilates, qi­gong, cycling, rowing, swimming, spin classes and tennis. Taking part in competitions together is always a lot of fun! Our company choir is always on the lookout for new members as well.

If none of these are particularly interesting to you, the Witten/Herdecke region has plenty of sports clubs to offer: There are over 150 of them with a wide range of activities.

Onboarding

Onboarding

As a new employee, you will be given a detailed introduction to our entire company. Introductory meetings with various contacts will help you get an insight into all areas of the company. We also provide instruction on the processes and tools used by DÖRKENGROUP and support you with a specialised interdisciplinary onboarding schedule.

In doing so, you can gradually get to know your responsibilities and feel your way into in your new professional environment quickly and safely. We hope you feel at home at our company and look forward to coming to your new workplace every day.

Collaboration and cooperation

Collaboration and cooperation

Innovative, fair, familiar and transparent – these words describe us well. DÖRKENGROUP combines the advantages of a family company with the benefits of an innovative and international orientation.

Every employee at our company is given a large amount of freedom to explore new ideas and become immersed with their tasks and responsibilities. Team work is taken as a given in our working environment, and it’s an important cornerstone of our success. Together, we want to provide outstanding services, continue to grow and impress our customers with our high quality standards and many innovative products and services.

Training

Training

DÖRKENGROUP offers perspectives. We offer every employee broad development opportunities. We organise continuing professional development at all levels and in all areas, e.g. via internal and external seminars with professional providers, trainers and coaches. We foster both professional and personal development.

Individual development plans as part of Development Centres help you assess and manage your own development. In our annual employee conference called the HR Round Table, we identify trends and concepts with which we want to support our employees in future. The focus of the conference is always on the individual employees to optimise the process of identifying and promoting their specific talents.

Good conscience

Good conscience

As a chemical company, we are acutely aware of our responsibility to protect and preserve the environment. We develop products and services that enrich our modern world with a sustainable benefit. As such, we rule out any developments when we’re unsure of its environmental friendliness.

We also act sustainably at an entrepreneurial level. In our view, profit orientation and social responsibility are not mutually exclusive. As a family company with over 1,000 employees, we take on responsibility for the people and the environment.

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