“Boots In Germany Would Rather Wipe Than Get Dirty”

Manager service support at Siemens Evgeny Karyakin about the pros and cons of life in the Bavarian Nuremberg. Before I worked in an international Corporation in Moscow. As a next step I was offered to work in the headquarters in Bavaria.

I agreed because I saw this as an opportunity to learn how operates a global business, to gain experience of strategic planning and to learn German to a professional level. Moving a fully organized company — from packing things in Moscow prior to the issuance of a residence permit in Germany. Bring some household issues that were particularly difficult to get used to:

Germany is not the easiest country to obtain a work permit. This works best if you have signed an employment contract or received a “credible” offer before moving, and the employer, in turn, received a quota for a foreign employee. If all documents are in order, you have two options.

Blue card (blue card) — a simplified process for certain in-demand professions (e.g., it) high-income (from €50 thousand per year) or standard process for all other. Usually the procedure is as follows. The German Embassy in Russia are issued a national visa for six months on entry.

During this period in Germany need to apply for a residence permit. Registration takes about three months and costs approximately €120. In Nuremberg and the surrounding area are the headquarters of Siemens, Adidas, Puma, Gfk, Schaeffler Group, regional offices of many technology companies, branches of the “Big four” and so on. If ignorance of the German language without difficulty you can only get the Adidas and Gfk.

Other companies did jobs do not publish in English. The salary of a student in practice at 20-hour working week — €1200 (84 thousand) per month after tax. In large companies there is tariff, and 85% of the staff works on the tariffs.

As the economy is deflation, the annual increase in wages is insignificant — only 1-2%. The average salary of a specialist at the start of a career — €2-3 thousand (140-210 thousand), also provides different stimulation programs. In Siemens each employee has the opportunity to purchase shares at preferential rates or to obtain a certain number of securities in the form of a bonus by results of work.

To work with the Germans, on the one hand, its nice — they are all professional, efficient, punctual and tidy. On the other hand, lacks warmth. Colleagues do not communicate much on the outside threads practically dont know anything about off-site life of each other and rarely gather after work.

Although, I must say that in multicultural groups — for example, in my Department working Turks, Singaporeans, Swiss, Ethiopian, Vietnamese, Egyptians, Algerians and the Germans the situation is a little better. I have not met highly qualified foreigners to come to Germany to look for a job on the spot.

Search and selection — a very long process, therefore, costs visitors dearly. Either the people are left to look for work here after graduation and language courses, or come on invitation. For the amount of €1 thousand it is possible to find a decent apartment. But by German standards quite small — about 80 m2.

Electricity, gas, water and other utilities to be paid separately — we go out to 30% of the rent. However, this amount largely depends on the habits. In Germany quickly begin to close the water while brushing my teeth, washing the dishes in the dishwasher energy saving and reduce the degree of heating when the street is not very cold.

Finding housing is another story. The employer he was looking for for my apartment. It took a month and a half — not all are willing to settle for less than three years and consider Russians as occupants. Apartments short, the market is controlled by the landlords, so to view at home should come gently comb with the employment contract (to prove solvency) and the summary.

The products can be found for every taste and budget — as in Moscow. There are more expensive supermarkets, discounters and small shops with national color — Turkish, Asian, Russian. In a decent German grocery store, the average prices are:

Turkish fast food the most affordable. ‚?5.5 to about 700 grams of meat with salad and Pitta bread. Average check in the “hipster” cafes (with burgers or Italian menu) — €40 for two with beer. Tourist traditional German restaurant — about €50.

Without a car, Germanys hard. 90% of my colleagues come to work by car, because many live in neighboring towns in the surrounding area. The roads are good and Parking at the office is free and great. In my case it is not always possible to find Parking near the house, and in the center she only paid an average of €1,8 per hour.

One trip on public transport costs €3 if you buy through mobile app — €2,7. There are different discount schemes. If you go with a large family, the day after the recession of the morning traffic, on short distances or on a regular basis throughout the year, travel will cost €80 (5600 rubles) per month. In Germany a different system of taxes.

OMS every worker pays their own fees is a fixed percentage of salary. The advantage is that the employee himself can choose which insurance company and what doctor he serviced. So transparent and clear, where does a significant portion of wages. Very convenient that the unemployed spouse receives insurance automatically and can count on the free provision of the same medical services.

Some procedures not included in insurance — for example, the seal installation of the more expensive material (in this case, you will have to pay). Bavaria is the richest region of Germany and the Nuremberg — second largest city in Bavaria after Munich. And it affects all.

Well maintained center, robotic subway without drivers, a large airport, a huge number of tourists. The first advantage of the city location. Nuremberg is located in the heart of Europe — Czech Republic, Italy, Switzerland, Austria only three hours by car. From here fly a lot of low-cost airlines in Europe.

The hubs — Munich, Vienna, Frankfurt, Zurich, is a 40 — minute flight. The second advantage is the climate. Winter in Bavaria is short, dry and warm. The shoes here would rather wipe than get dirty.

Summer starts in April, ends in November and pleases the sun. About the nature of Bavaria and Franconia (Nuremberg — the Franconian capital) I can write a lot. This gornoliznie resorts in the Alps (nearest to the Nuremberg — Bayreuth, 1.5 hours by car), and Windsurfing on the lakes, and a huge number of variations of active recreation in the Franconian Switzerland — a small hilly region near Nuremberg.

There are a lot of Russian-speaking neighbors — even a whole district with the Orthodox Church, populated mostly by compatriots. It makes life easier when there is insufficient knowledge of the German. Shops, hair salons, gyms — anywhere you can find English-speaking personnel. Also goes through many events in Russian.

My friends and I play “Mozgovoy” — the Belarusian equivalent of “60 seconds”, where twice a month going up to 200 young people. The only thing I dont like is the clumsy German for “sausage kitchen”, no soups, salads, soft drinks. Germany — a country for a comfortable life and steady work. After moving here, do not expect emerging markets, the rise of career and great challenges.

This country is more for those who prefer clean air, predictable workflow, and six weeks of vacation to travel around the world. Send columns, corresponding to the requirements of the editorial Board, [email protected]

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