Here is the interview with schoesslers as well as a look at their office in Berlin
What is schoesslers?
schoesslers is a dynamic PR and marketing agency for the digiconomy.
Our team serves national and international clients with a focus on media, technology, mobile, eCommerce, ePayment, telecommunications and advertising.
Our credo is: “We speak tech!”. schoesslers’ portfolio includes start-ups not only from Berlin, but globally active companies based in the UK and the U.S.
schoesslers works for clients that value creative and innovative communication solutions as well as professional project management.
What is your core business?
We are a communications agency for the digital world with an emphasis on PR, marketing, strategy consulting and event management.
We help start-ups and international companies to promote their products, services and executives in Germany.
We also help German companies to implement their digital strategy in their own country.
How did you get to your business idea and when was your company established?
CEO Julia, founded schoesslers in 2011. What started as a one-woman business, gradually evolved into a successful communications agency.
Since 2016, schoesslers is a part of the Vogel Communications Group, one of Germany’s leading publishing houses.
In which countries are you active?
From our main office in the heart of Berlin, we work with clients all over the world. Our PR services focus on the DACH region including Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
Are you planning to expand your venture in other countries?
Our parent company VCG has locations in important international markets such as the USA & China. We are also a member of several international networks, working together with partner agencies in many global target markets.
Are you using Venture Capital? And, if so, – who are your Venture Partners?
schoesslers is bootstrapped, with no external funding and since 2016 part of the Vogel Communications Group.
Where do you see the company in 5 years?
The 5-year plan for schoesslers is to be the leading communications agency in Germany, with a strong focus on the growing digital economy.
We want to grow with the increasingly diverse communication demands of customers in all areas – B2B, B2C and social media.
How many employees work at your company right now? Are you planning to expand?
Currently we have 47 people on our staff. Only a few years ago, the team consisted of just 25, so we have seen rapid growth in a very short time – and we are still growing!
That said, our clients value our personal service and we also love our clients!
With everything expanding so fast, especially in the management sector, there are always new roles to fill.
Currently we are searching for new team members in several areas including – PR Management (Juniors to Seniors), a Marketing & Brand Manager, Social Media Manager, Texter and a Sales Assistant.
What is the average age of your team members?
The average age of our team is 35yrs (with an average of 7 years of professional experience in various fields of communications).
What kind of attitude should new employees have in order to work at your company?
First of all, new employees should have a knowledge about and interest in digital topics.
A ‚hands-on-mentality’ and an ability to handle stress is also a big pro, as we have to juggle different kinds of projects at the same time.
But most important for any new colleague is that they share our common values and are able to have fun with the team.
At schoesslers we try to live by the mantra #teamlove. ☺
How does your recruitment process look like?
Our HR-management team communicates with our directors (our team leads) on all new potential applicants.
It is important for both the company and the applicants that we find the right fit for the various roles in the organisation.
Why is it fun to work at your company? Do you offer any employee benefits?
At schoesslers, we work very hard but we really try to create it a fun environment.
When staff are genuinely happy, they have a lot more to contribute.
We try to listen to the needs of the people working for us and implement new ideas as often as possible.
In this regard, we offer a range of things that are not available in traditional offices.
* Flexible working hours.
* Home office when possible.
* Free drinks & fresh fruits in the office.
* Free membership in the Urban Sports Club.
* Edenred prepaid card.
* BahnCard for travel.
* Professional employment insurance.
* Bonus system for employee recommendations.
* Sabbaticals & compassionate leave.
* Events and conferences.
* Further education.
* Team trips and experiences.
Do you offer your new employees a relocation service or help to relocate?
Although we no longer offer an official relocation service, we support colleagues searching for an accommodation (and any other help required) through our joint network.
How big is your office?
Our main office is a spacious, 700sqm top floor loft in Berlin-Mitte with lots of natural sunlight.
Did you get help from an interior designer to design your office? And if so, who did you work together with?
Luckily, we have many creative& design oriented team members, so our office has evolved with imput directly from the people working in it.
What are the special things in your office?
One of the great things about schoesslers, is that every team is given the opportunity to decorate their workplaces according to their own ideas.
This creativity is expressed in spacious, lovely decorated rooms with names like “Awesome Island!”.
Of course, we also have lots of fun details for the communal areas, like a table football for daily soccer championships.
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