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Axel Springer Executive Chairman and CEO; Head, Newspaper Division Mathias Döpfner
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    Axel Springer // Warsaw, Poland

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Warsaw (Poland)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Warsaw (Poland)

    I worked at Axel Springer


    - Senior managers are very competent leaders and strategists (most of them at least).
    - Opportunity to work with professionals from different backgrounds


    - Considerably flat personal structure, making it very difficult if not impossible to rise in responsibilities in certain departments.
    - Role of certain departments is neglected despite their obvious participation in company's success.
    - Printed media are slowly moving towards demise.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - In my opinion, the leaders of Axel Springer are doing already good job, although perhaps some procedures regarding personal growth should be verified. Otherwise Axel Springer is not going to attract the most talented employees.

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Axel Springer Interviews

Updated Sep 13, 2014
Updated Sep 13, 2014

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    Backend-Entwickler Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Berlin (Germany)
    Anonymous Employee in Berlin (Germany)

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    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Axel Springer in September 2014.

    Interview Details

    Ich reichte meinen Lebenslauf ein und wurde kurz darauf durch einen Personaler kontaktiert, der mich um ein kurzes Telefonat von einer Viertelstunde bat. Darin stellte er das Unternehmen und die Position vor, auf die ich mich beworben hatte. Außerdem fragte er mich nach meinen letzten Berufserfahrungen und meinen Karrierezielen. Dann sagte er, er würde meine Bewerbung an das betreffende Team weiterreichen, das mich bald kontaktieren würde.

    Etwa eine Woche darauf meldete sich eine Dame aus der Personalabteilung bei mir, die mich zu einem Skype-Gespräch einlud, mit dem Kopf des Teams und einem weiteren Entwickler. Unsere Unterhaltung konzentrierte sich hauptsächlich auf meine Vorerfahrungen und man stellte mir einige anspruchsvolle Fragen zu verschiedenen Testing-Arten und zu Scrum. Insgesamt waren beide Gesprächspartner sehr zuvorkommend und führten mich detaillierter in die Arbeit ihres Teams ein.

    Zwei Tage nach dem Bewerbungsgepräch meldete sich die Dame aus der Personalabteilung und sagte, dass sie mir leider keine Stelle anbieten könnten, die zu meinen Fähigkeiten passte. Weil das Gespräch aus meiner Sicht recht gut gelaufen war, fragte ich sie nach dem näheren Grund dafür. Sie sagte, dass das Team nach einer hochspezialisierten Führungskraft suche und dass ich nicht in dieses Profil passe.

    Wenngleich ich enttäuscht bin, dass man meine Bewerbung nicht weiter berücksichtigt hat, gefiel mir doch die Vorgehensweise und ich schätze die Tatsache sehr, dass man mir dort schnelles und aufrichtiges Feedback gab.

    I submitted my resume and was contacted shortly afterwards by a recruiter who asked me to do brief 15 minute phone call. In the call he introduced the company and the position I applied for. He also asked me about my past experience and where I wanted to go career-wise. He then said he would pass my application on to the team which would be in touch with me soon.

    About one week later I was contacted by an HR lady who invited me to a Skype interview with the team lead and another developer. Our conversation mainly focused on my past experience and I was asked a couple of high-level questions about different forms of testing and Scrum. Overall, both interviewers were very friendly and also gave me a more detailed introduction of their team.

    Two days after the interview I was contacted by the HR lady who said that, unfortunately, they could not offer me a position that matched my skill set. Since the interview went quite well from my perspective, I asked her for the particular reason. She said that the team would be looking for a very specialized senior candidate and that I would not fit into that profile.

    While I'm disappointed that they didn't proceed with my application, I liked their process and really appreciate the fact that they gave me quick and honest feedback.

    Interview Questions
    • Wie lässt sich die Qualität einer umfangreichen Bewerbung ohne irgendwelche Tests sicherstellen?   How would you ensure the quality of a large application that doesn't have any tests?   View Answer
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Headquarters Berlin, Germany
Size 5000+ Employees
Founded 1954
Type Company - Public (SPR)
Industry Media
Revenue $2 to $5 billion (USD) per year

The paper trail has been a path to success for Axel Springer. Germany's leading newspaper company and one of Europe's largest media concerns, Axel Springer publishes more than 170 newspapers and magazine titles in more than 30 countries. Its flagship paper Bild is Germany's #1 newspaper. Other papers include Die Welt and the tabloid Welt Kompakt. Axel Spinger's magazine... More

Mission: Axel Springer SE wants to become the leading digital publisher. The digital media channels already contribute more than 50 percent of total pro-forma revenues today.

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