Just a DB department
Gut am Arbeitgeber finde ich
Well received primary product. Build upon that!
Schlecht am Arbeitgeber finde ich
Mangelnde Anerkennung, Bürokratie, Benefits, Gehalt. Too many things are individual bargaining chips.
Make the actual salaries transparent. Give your employees job tickets, regardless of whether they travel by subway, bus or train. Establish a workers council so that employees can keep an eye on the management board. Claim your seat at the table.
Highly depends on the fields of work. Especially non-engineers seem happy / enthusiastic about the working culture. I failed to grasp what that even means.
Meeting culture. Asynchronous communication does not take place, especially not with "management" personnel. Product owners exist only on paper - their ownership extends only to the limit & merit of so-called "product managers" and are thus actually only forerunners of the latter. Addressing dissatisfaction and frustration is brushed off with the cult mantra "always assume positive intent."
Colleague cohesion depends on the colleagues, of course. But depending on the team, you can be very lucky.
There are large undertakings that often rest on a few shoulders. However, this does not mean that a grinding culture can be observed overall. Employees with children, for example, are given a lot of consideration. Additional concessions are, unfortunately, always dependent on what Deutsche Bahn "allows" - several colleagues for example have been forced to resign because of gratuitously restrictive rules for working from abroad.
There are not very many "supervisors" in the strict sense. Among them there are people who have fallen into their role rather accidentally, authoritarians, self-promoters, but of course also people whom everyone would like to have as superiors. Unfortunately, I had no luck with that.
Here, of course, I can only speak for myself. I had interesting tasks and creative freedom.
Although the proportion of women in software development is not particularly high, as is customary in the industry, women also hold leadership roles, including in engineering.
Umgang mit älteren Kollegen
The few older colleagues seem to me to be highly valued. Overall, however, it is a very young staff.
Modern office space, adequate work equipment, 80% remote are standard (more if you are not from the Rhine-Main area). Unfortunately, the tooling has moved into the area of the Microsoft Office suite.
Gigantic warm and cozy office space in a downtown Frankfurt glass palace that is generally used by the majority of employees no more than once a week. Ecologically, you can't recover from that.
One is guided by the mediocrity of an incomprehensible "benchmark", which actually fell in times of high inflation. People who are starting out earn the most. There is no collective bargaining agreement, no inflation compensation, no allowance for home office equipment, no job ticket unless you use rail products exclusively. You are referred to a DB portal for employee benefits, where you can generate coupons for discounted Adidas clothing, it always sounded like a joke to me.
The product seems pretty great. Public image is limited by the way the product is sold as a white-labeling.
There is an individual budget for further training. The way to use it is, like unfortunately everything at IOKI, only via very German and strange DB processes.