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Henkel Overview

Düsseldorf (Germany)
10000+ employees
Company - Public (HEN)
Consumer Products Manufacturing
$10+ billion (USD) per year
Henkel operates worldwide with leading innovations, brands & technologies in three business areas: Adhesive Technologies, Beauty Care and Laundry & Home Care.

Mission: Serving our customers and consumers worldwide as the most trusted partner with leading positions in all relevant markets and categories – as a passionate team united by shared values.

Company Updates

  • We are proud to be the most gender diverse employer in the DAX (German Share Index)! About 35% of management positions are filled with women. We are strongly working on our company culture to foster not only gender diversity but also gender equality.

  • Discover the digitalization of dishwashing: As the first German consumer goods company, we are launching a campaign with the crowdfunding platform Indiegogo to test our new IoT device Somat Smart.

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    Home > Press > Press Releases & Kits Henkel cooperates with platform Indiegogo Exploring innovative ways in product development and marketing: As the first German consumer goods company, Henkel launches a campaign with the crowdfunding platform Indiegogo. This agile test-and-learn approach contributes to the development of a new Internet of Things (IoT) product in Henkel's Laundry & Home Care business.

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Henkel – Why Work For Us?

For more than a century, we have been making the lives of our customers and consumers easier. What started as a three-man business in 1876 has grown into an international company with more than 53,000 employees worldwide.

We have leading positions with our innovations, brands and technologies in three business areas: Adhesive Technologies, Beauty Care and Laundry & Home Care. Henkel combines the best of both worlds: the heritage of more than 140 years’ experience and the entrepreneurial spirit of an innovative family business!

We are proud of successful brands & technologies that are present in our customer’s every day lives. Everyone knows our innovative brands such as Persil, Schwarzkopf or Pattex.

What many don’t know: The biggest part of Henkel’s turnover stems from the Adhesive Technologies business – technologies that are used in cars, wind turbines, airplanes or mobile phones, for instance.

Let’s dive deeper into what each business area stands for:

Adhesive Technologies

Did you know that 70% of all smartphones worldwide contain adhesives from Henkel?

High-tech products for airplanes or Pritt products for school use: Adhesives have developed into a key technology and have become an integral part of our everyday life: furniture, diapers, wallpapers, packaging – there is a long list of things that wouldn’t be working without them.

We lead today’s and build tomorrow’s markets with our unique portfolio of breakthrough innovations, tailor-made solutions and strong brands in adhesives, sealants and functional coatings.

Beauty Care

Did you know that every second more than 20 hair colorants from Henkel are sold worldwide?

Schwarzkopf, Fa, Syoss: The business unit develops, produces and sells numerous successful high-quality products (hair, body, skin and oral), which are available in 150 countries worldwide. Henkel Beauty Care is active in the Branded Consumer Goods as well as the professional Hair Salon business. Schwarzkopf Professional for instance is among the world’s three leading suppliers of hair salon products.

Laundry & Home Care

Did you know that Henkel sells detergents for around 25 billion wash loads per year?

The Laundry & Home Care business unit is the cornerstone of Henkel’s success story: The company’s first product was a laundry detergent based on sodium silicate, named “Universal-Waschmittel” (universal detergent).

Since then, this branded consumer goods business has grown into a globally active unit with well-known brands, such as Persil, Purex or Pril. For consumers around the world, our brand names have become an integral part of their daily lives.


Our corporate culture is characterized by entrepreneurial thinking and the continuous readiness for change. Innovations create real value for our customers. A commitment to sustainability has always been an important factor of our success. Workplace variety, which also becomes evident in the preferences, knowledge and skills of our employees, is an important value and competitive advantage. That is why we support our employees in their individual development.

We’re one global team at Henkel and internationality is lived on a daily basis. At the Henkel headquarters alone, colleagues from more than 70 nationalities contribute every day to our common purpose: creating sustainable value.

We offer more than just jobs: we offer an inspiring working environment in which we shape business innovations and brands.

A driven team and dynamic career opportunities help you to develop both personally and professionally. Our Triple Two job rotation gives you the unique opportunity to boost your international experience, expand your skill set, and develop a network of expert contacts.



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    Large Global Company
    3 Businesses, Adhesives, Laundry & Home Care, Beauty Care
    Many opportunities to grow your career
    Focused on Customer, People and the Communities we operate in
    Focus on Digitalization


    As with any company, large companies can have work silos, but Henkel does a nice job of recognizing that and continually working to make us more flexible.

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    Continue on current path valuing employees and the communities in which you operate. Continue to value diversity and sustainability and maintain customer focus.

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    Whole process took approx a month. I was reffered by current employee. Two weeks later, I was contacted by HR member - phone interview. During the call, I was invited to face to face interview. It went well, easy test, communication in english. I was given more than enough space to ask questions. Two days later, I was invited to second round. Again, managers I met were very pleasant. I received an offer a day later. No negotiation about salary - wasn"t even needed.

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Henkel Awards & Accolades

  • America's Best Large Employers, Forbes, 2018
  • America's Best Employers, Forbes, 2017
  • World's Most Ethical Companies(Consumer Products), Ethisphere Institute, 2014
  • Forbes 2017 America's Best Employers, Forbes, 2017
  • Top Employer, Top Employers Institute, 2017
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