What's great about working at REHAU? Some of our employees share their own experiences:
Monika Irchenhauser | Director Human Resources
My family is in the construction business in Germany, so I knew beforehand about REHAU’s high-quality building materials. So when I saw REHAU's booth at my university's career fair, I was interested to learn that there was so much more to the company.
I was even further intrigued to find out that REHAU has a global presence.
I had always wanted to pursue an international career. So,I did some research and spoke to a friend who was already working for the company.
He shared positive details about his experience. I decided to apply for a position.
During my interview, I learned that REHAU is not just a medium-sized international company, but also stable and family-owned. I felt that I would have broader exposure earlier in my career than at a larger company, and I was right. I worked hard, and after only two years, I became a manager; by the age of 33, I was a director.
I have already worked in three different countries in just nine years and use several different languages with my international contacts every day.
I am always challenged, often exposed to new concepts and most important, I never stop learning.
As I was finishing up my engineering degree, I came across REHAU on my university's career website and liked the idea of mixing work with intercultural experience, travel and the chance to build a wide network. I learned that REHAU offered an international training program that included job rotations in North America and Europe. I was impressed with the company’s large portfolio of products fulfilling many different market needs. To me, this meant stability and flexibility in career focus. Because REHAU is a mid-size employer, it would mean more learning opportunity and more responsibility. Also, I had heard good recommendations from former interns.
My job gives me a bird’s-eye view of the company’s business model while interacting with management and learning from their decision-making processes.
This position gives me tremendous opportunity to experience the functioning of a company as an entire system, not just from the perspective of an individual component such as sales or operations.
The exciting part about this job is to be able to work at various levels and areas. There is always something new to learn, and that keeps me motivated.
Corrie Neukirchner | Marketing Manager, Windows and Doors
I started my REHAU career as an intern. During this time, my experience working on a comprehensive market research project lay the ground stone for my future career ambitions. After college, I applied to REHAU’s trainee program for marketing and became part of an intercultural trainee group that took departmental rotations at different company locations.
During my first interview with REHAU, I learned that the job I had applied for had been filled, but that the company had found another position that worked for both of us. I continue to be impressed by this kind of flexibility. When I expressed a desire to relocate to North America, it was supported. Guess where I have been for two years?
REHAU trusts in my capabilities.
My current department manager allows independence and freedom, which is a vote of confidence and helps us get things done more quickly. At REHAU, if you take on a project, you are responsible all the way from initiation to implementation.
Ryan H. Westlund | Commercial Projects Manager, REHAU Construction
While searching for a new couch on Craigslist, I instead came across a REHAU job posting that looked perfect for what I wanted to do as a young engineer. REHAU offered a team atmosphere where I would be involved in more than just a single engineering role. The position would require me to expand into different sides of the business, including market analysis, product development and engineering design, all while keeping a core value in energy efficiency and high-performance buildings.
I began my career at REHAU as an international trainee focusing on radiant cooling.
My managers are incredibly supportive, encouraging me to take ownership of important topics. By doing this, I have grown into the business unit beyond engineering and learned multiple sides of the construction industry. At the same time, I’m using REHAU’s tuition assistance benefit to further my education. I’m working on a Masters in Sustainability Management at American University in Washington, D.C.
Did I mention that there’s rarely a dull moment?
The variety of projects and tasks my team and I work on allow us to stay sharp and constantly push the boundaries of what can be done in high-performance building.
Maic Von Thuelen | Plant Manager
I started working for REHAU in 1993 in my hometown of Brake, Germany. My main focus back then was to find an employer who could provide me with the training and development that would lead to a great career.
REHAU is a worldwide company that is well respected by both the surrounding communities it supports – and most importantly – its employees.
From the beginning, the choice was clear when I decided to start my future with REHAU. Since the beginning, REHAU has provided me with the tools and skills training that have advanced my career and led to success.
Every day, I am thankful to have the opportunity to make a positive impact in the workplace. Every day, changes in the workplace keep my job interesting. I thrive on the opportunity to help others and help them succeed in their own careers.
Valter Cruz | Application Engineer, Industrial Solutions
Even as an intern, I was involved in complex project from the start. I first learned about REHAU while still in university in Mexico. My intentions were to find a stable, global company where I could develop a solid professional career. Some of my classmates were part of the internship program and encouraged me to look into it for myself.
I have always appreciated that German engineering is at work in so many systems and structures in the world. So the fact that REHAU is a German company further interested me.
What convinced me that REHAU would be a good place to work? The company contributes to many of the world's most successful brands. So I reasoned that there must be invaluable experience to gain here.
I belong to task teams who solve problems in different countries. Some of my best projects have been a relocation of the Monterrey (Mexico) plant as well as developing and implementing products for a new operation in Manizales, Colombia. What keeps things exciting is that each project is different and provides a new expertise.
Every project at REHAU requires the best you have to give.
Dr. Thomas Troeger | Director BU Furniture
I was first introduced to REHAU by a headhunter and was impressed by the unique environment I discovered. During the interview process, I knew fairly quickly that I wanted to pursue a career with the company because there was clear opportunity for advancement in the various business divisions. I’ve now been with REHAU for a number of years and am currently director for the Furniture business unit.
Along the way, I have realized that the people I interact with daily are what make this a great place to work. And I especially like the fact that even though REHAU is an international company active in multiple industries, it’s managed with a philosophy that focuses on long-term goals instead of short-term shareholder value.
I enjoy the complexity of manufacturing, selling and distributing a North American-made product. Every customer that recognizes REHAU as a partner instead of a supplier motivates me to work even harder.
Zakir Khattak | Finance and Accounting
I first heard about REHAU from a classmate at my university. During my first interview, I was convinced that REHAU was the type of company I had been looking for.
I found REHAU a very uniquely diversified company with products in the automotive, construction and industrial sectors, and felt there would be many learning and growth opportunities both regionally and globally.
Once I came on board, I discovered that the company cares about providing employees with training opportunities and a progressive work environment.
As part of a service department, I get to interact with my department controller, business unit managers, plant managers, sales office directors and mid- and high-level managers of other regions. The attention from management and the HR policies make me feel that I am a very valuable part of REHAU.
From my first day until today, I don’t hesitate to walk into my manager’s office with personal or work related questions. I am always warmly encouraged and helped whenever I request assistance from any employee or manager worldwide.
I have fit in so well now that I think I was always meant to be a part of REHAU – it cannot be better than this.
Jesse Collins | Marketing Specialist, Furniture
I started as a summer intern, and never thought I would be where I am today. Over the course of six summer internships, I worked in Chemistry, Human Resources and Purchasing. I also interned in the Building Technologies business unit where I began to learn about marketing and working with the global REHAU brand.
I was then given true marketing coordinator tasks in the Furniture business unit, with responsibilities that showed me how I could apply my college major in a corporate environment. After graduation, a permanent marketing coordinator position was offered to me, and I took it.
Besides the long-term, stable company environment and good benefits, I enjoy interacting with colleagues from different countries.
I’m fascinated with learning cultural idiosyncrasies, and how they can be used to benefit REHAU. I also really enjoy bringing creativity and efficiency to our marketing team. I’m truly motivated by learning new marketing technologies and mediums which continue to distinguish the REHAU brand.
Heidi Mitter | Student Intern
As an intern at REHAU, I am trusted with real responsibilities and supported by my managers. When I was younger, my family and I lived in Germany, which had a significant impression on my life.
So when I visited REHAU through an initiative at my high school, my interest in working for a German-based company was piqued.
A few years later, I realized that my university studies in urban and environmental planning relate closely to REHAU”s sustainable building technology applications, so I applied for an internship.
My work has included market research on commercial construction and creating marketing plans. I have a much better understanding of the green building and construction industries, which is good background for my studies and further career pursuits.
I was also able to use my German language skills daily in communications with systems experts in Germany, working with German-language resources or interacting with colleagues here in North America who are German natives.
Anyone with a global mindset would be at home at REHAU.
There are constant connections to other countries and potential to work internationally, transition careers within the company, take initiative and earn increased responsibility.
Andrew Lazarro | Student Intern
I found out about REHAU through my neighbor, a chemical engineer at REHAU. He mentioned they were looking to hire an intern in his department. I applied, and ended up working in the lab for the summer after I graduated from high school. I was involved in testing new materials being developed by REHAU for automotive manufacturers in the U.S. The materials had to meet strict requirements.
After my freshman year of college, I returned for a second summer internship, this time in the communications department. I worked closely with product engineers to develop instructional videos and also helped develop social media training for the company’s sales reps.
Initially, I was attracted to REHAU because of the wide range of innovative products, but what stood out to me most after being on board was that everyone seemed to genuinely enjoy being there.
It was an encouraging atmosphere where my team members were welcoming and helpful. This made for an easy adjustment into the workplace. It’s also great that while interning at REHAU, I’m able to work on projects that genuinely interest me and relate to subject material I’m studying in school.