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Oerlikon Overview

Freienbach (Switzerland)
10000+ employees
Company - Public (OERL)
Industrial Manufacturing
$2 to $5 billion (USD) per year

Mission: “The long-term growth strategy of Oerlikon is to become the world-leading provider of surface solutions, advanced materials and materials processing.”

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Oerlikon – Why Work For Us?


More effective cars? Innovative components through 3D printing? More efficient airplanes? More durable textiles? Our experts at Oerlikon make these innovations possible and much more!

With our materials, equipment and surface technology, Oerlikon serves highly demanding industries, such as aerospace, automotive, energy, tooling, textiles and additive manufacturing to design high-performance products and systems with extended lifespans. Every day, we develop new materials, new surface technologies, new applications, components and textile manufacturing solutions to empower our customers to create and innovate better products. 

With our global footprint of more than 10 500 employees at 175 locations in 37 countries we are close to our customers, close to our employees and close to our suppliers. This gives you a full range of opportunities to grow in an international environment with a variety of global work opportunities.

We’re changing the world through our passion for people and technology. You will find here two examples of our innovative departments - Digital Hub in Munich and our Global Engineering department from Oerlikon Balzers.

In June 2019, colleagues from around the world came together at the opening event of our Digital Hub which will serve as an accelerator for the company’s digital transformation in the future.

Our Engineering team brings passion and engineering excellence together by developing innovative coating systems. Join us and meet the team yourself!

Oerlikon is more than a global powerhouse of industrial innovation; we are a home for those looking for a career with a purpose and we believe that our people are the most valuable part of our company. Beyond personal development opportunities and excellent challenges, Oerlikon is a very attractive company for those who wish to develop their international perspectives and make global connections.

We are looking for passionate

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  • University Graduates
  • Professionals & Experts

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We are growing company looking for new innovative ways and technologies to shape the future. We look for employees that are passionate about what they do, that work together towards the same goals and that share ideas while encouraging each other to reach our highest potential.

If you are a person that would like to be part of a growing company, innovate technology and bring in your own ideas then join us now!

Why work for us?

Every day, we work to get one step closer to the world of tomorrow. Our four core values guide us in all our activities and are the foundation of our ability to develop new technologies and put them on the market. Those values are integrity, team spirit, excellence and innovation.


We earn our customers’ trust through our reliability, respect and consistent adherence to the highest ethical standards. Everything we build, we build on trust. Trust lays the groundwork for developing solutions and making progress together.

Team Spirit

We can only achieve our goals together. We inspire each other by being open-minded and sharing our ideas, because the unique characteristics of every member of our team are what makes our collaboration so valuable.


We set for ourselves the highest standards. Dedicated experts and innovative technologies help us achieve top-quality products and services. At the same time, we are always carefully reviewing our own performance to ensure that we continue to develop further.


The idea that makes a difference can come from anyone and anywhere in our organization. That is why we encourage our employees’ practical creativity, spirit of discovery and willingness to take intelligent risks

What is you favorite Oerlikon core values? Join us now and find out!


Oerlikon Reviews

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    Former Employee - CNC Machinist in Westbury, NY
    Former Employee - CNC Machinist in Westbury, NY
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    I worked at Oerlikon full-time (More than 3 years)


    Everyone cares for everyone
    Great benefits
    Full service cafeteria


    I never had any, if to bad I decide to my move because NY it's so damn over price to be able to actually live a decent life.

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Oerlikon Interviews



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    Anonymous Employee in Lake Orion, MI
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    I applied online. The process took 6 weeks. I interviewed at Oerlikon (Lake Orion, MI) in May 2016.


    Process took 6 to 8 weeks,phone interview with human resources,3wks later in person 2 person interview with manager and supervisor, plant tour. Personality Assessment, physical, background. Long drawn out processes.

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