thyssenkrupp: a start-up for 200 years

The technology group’s headquarters offer a highly attractive working environment

The grounds of the former Krupp cast steel works in Essen are steeped in history and are now the site of the thyssenkrupp quarter, where the group has its head office. There was initially a factory on the site and then it mostly became wasteland – for more than 200 years the grounds were only accessible to factory employees. The rebuilt head office is still evocative of this history today. The campus of the highly modern quarter with its lake and parkland is now open to everybody.

Around 4,000 of the 156,000 employees worldwide work here. One of them is Jakob Barzel, a manager in the political communication department. He explains to us the appeal of working in the Ruhr region and why he can achieve many things in his job …