Guests from the worlds of politics, business and society took up the invitation and celebrated 35 years of SMA with us at the beginning of September. The official ceremony was followed by the SMA summer party for the employees at the Kassel site in Germany. Here are a few images from the festivities.
You can have the most interesting job in the world doing something meaningful, as with solar technology, but the siren’s call of distant lands and new and different cultures will seduce you time and again.
It’s June in Germany. Heading to the coffee machine one afternoon as usual, I notice a group of men gathered in the break room. They’re fairly quiet, but they are doing something intently. Since I don’t follow soccer, it takes me a while to realize what they’re up to. Upon closer inspection, it’s clear—they’re trading Panini soccer cards. Each of them has an album and is trying to collect a card for every player.
While research has demonstrated that organizations that have a balance of women leaders at the senior level outperform organizations that don’t, statistics show that only one-third of U.S. women senior managers are married with children. It begs the following questions: How can you juggle a highly demanding career and family harmoniously? How do you combine professional success, development, and satisfaction with a real commitment to family?
Are you studying Electrical Engineering, Computer Sciences or a similar degree? If so, then consider this: SMA is looking for international students who are interested in staying abroad. To see what it’s like to work at SMA Solar Technology AG, have a look at this video.
SMA’s stress management training courses have become a real hit with men in 2013, according to Professor Kaluza. Of the 27 participants in three courses, 26 were male. Typically, women make up nearly 80 percent of participants in these types of courses, while men are notorious for avoiding stress management seminars. According to the experts: “Normally, health isn‘t a hot topic in men’s daily lives.”
In April, SMA Italy celebrated the fifth SMA Family Day, one of the most expected event of the year. The Italian subsidiary opened the door to children, wives, husbands, friends and relatives of all SMA employees and involved them in a very funny party.
Jens Dietz has been working at SMA for 10 years. After his day ends at SMA, work continues for the lean manager on his dairy farm in Edertal, south-west of Kassel. That is because Jens is not only a lean manager, but also a farmer. In the following interview, you will find out how he manages to reconcile both.
In Germany, many people are looking forward to Christmas. The holiday is not too far away and many of the preparations are well under way. But what do the holidays look like in our subsidiaries? Do our colleagues celebrate Christmas and are they planning a party? That was what I wanted to know and so I asked our international colleagues just that.
To be honest, up until the last minute I really didn't know which special form of percussive art awaited me this evening. The program read, „Cycle Percussion Berlin,“ with artists Mario Würzebesser, Julius Heise, Raphael Meinhart under the direction of Shengnan Hu.
When I saw an email in my inbox with the subject 'Lunch Bingo' I asked myself what on earth a lunch bingo could be. I opened the email with great interest and actually found the idea fantastic!
Lunch Bingo is a unique way to get to know and network with colleagues from other departments. And, as the name suggests, the whole thing takes place over lunch. The Lunch Bingo colleague I was assigned to is from the Knowledge Management department. The exciting part is that you have no idea ahead of time who you will be eating lunch with. 🙂
Integration at the lunch
Then came the day of the big lunch together. I was a little nervous as I made my way to the cafeteria… what would we talk about?.. hopefully he's talkative and we won't just sit there like two frozen fish, stiff as broccoli over lunch 😉
Once in the cafeteria, I was met with a very pleasant welcome and all my fears dissolved. It was a very nice and conversation-rich lunch and we worked our way through a range of topics. Time just flew by.
The next Lunch Bingo event takes place in 2 months and I'm already excited about it 🙂
Friday, 3:45 p.m., it’s time to go! Quickly, I turned off the computer, grabbed the sunglasses and headed off to the SMA summer festival. I didn’t want to miss the executive speeches, after all.
Some 2,900 SMA employees took part in the company festival under the solar roof on Sonnenallee. We are usually dispersed throughout Niestetal and Kassel at our various locations. It is not unusual for a week or more to go by without running into some colleagues, which makes relaxed events like this one, where we can reconnect with one another to exchange news and stories, even nicer.
This made it a very enjoyable evening, in which I moved from conversation to conversation. Many colleagues jumped on the shuttle bus provided to visit SMA’s two new buildings. Some colleagues reported back about SMA’s new Service center, which opened this past April in Sandershauser Berg, Niestetal, while others on SMA’s strategy in the logistics center in Fuldabrück.
In addition to the enjoyable conversations, there were also many interesting parts in the program and lots of delicious food. I was personally very impressed with the “veggie stand.” Even as a proclaimed meat eater I enjoyed a few grilled vegetable skewers.
SMA Bands and art work
However, the smell of the grill wasn’t the only thing in the air there was also the feeling of dOCUMENTA. SMA employees have let their energy and creativity run wild over the past months. I visited an exhibition in Sonnenallee of art work created by SMA coworkers, all of which would be auctioned to help fund the SMA Christmas Donation. From mobiles made of things nobody needs anymore, to prehistoric coins or abstract paintings, the multitude of inventive art pieces are sure to make the 2012 donation bigger than ever.
Naturally, the SMA bands provided exceptional musical entertainment at the event. SMAcapella passed the mic to BlueSMAshine, who heated up the already warm summer air. When the SMAshers took the stage their fan club rocked out on their own inflatable guitars in the audience Then, an hour later, as the musicians from “Make Your Statement” took the stage, I decided to ditch my high-heels and we all danced well into the night at the SMA Disco.
My conclusion: This was a highly-successful event that showcased the fabulous work our colleagues in the ’Trade Fairs & Events’ department do. Everything was perfect.