What our employees say
WORKING AT KOLMAR FOR 20 YEARS
Tanya – Senior Trader
I have been working at Kolmar for 20 years, 20 incredible years! I joined Kolmar at the age of 23, straight from university with very little work experience. I started as a secretary/receptionist, but in a few months, I assumed the added responsibilities of a traffic assistant in the operations department. There was so much to learn, something new everyday. From assistant to traffic was a significant jump. The very first product I handled was ethanol, via truck deliveries in Turkey. Incredibly, by 2007, I was trading ethanol, which I still do. I learned so much during my years in operations which is hugely useful today as a trader. It has been an unbelievable journey and a huge learning experience, made all the better because of the great teamsmanship within the company. In fact, Kolmar is known for investing in its employees. I myself have benefitted from attending various courses and seminars funded or sponsored by Kolmar. There are many such success stories here. Having been with the company for 20 years, I am amazed to see how much we have grown over the years: from 15 people in an office over Pickwicks to nearly 100 colleagues officed in a prime location in Zug, Switzerland. It is impressive. I have literally grown up with Kolmar, and I feel immensely privileged to have been given a chance to develop and grow with this company. I am excited to see what the future brings.
WORKING AT KOLMAR
Devin – Trader
Kolmar is a place where you are able to grow both personally and professionally. Kolmar is built on the foundation of our strong global network. It is a dynamic and intellectual environment where you are constantly challenged and work closely with colleagues to find optimal solutions. It is entrepreneurial in that you must hold yourself accountable and responsible, but also where you are rewarded for your successes and hard work. Most importantly, Kolmar is built on strong relationships, both within the company and without, which is what creates the familial foundation that makes up Kolmar.
WHAT DO I ENJOY ABOUT WORKING AT KOLMAR?
Christian – Senior Chartering Specialist
I was born and raised in Switzerland and my wish has always been to work in an international company since I love to travel and experience different cultures. At Kolmar we have a great mixture of different nationalities and cultures. While in some organizations, such differences might cause friction, they have the opposite effect at Kolmar. I believe that Kolmar is such a successful company because we are open-minded, learn from one another and value the positive synergies that diversity in thought, experiences and cultures can bring to the work environment.
I enjoy being part of a team where everybody pulls together in order to conclude new business which brings value to our customers and to Kolmar. The team spirit and the family atmosphere at Kolmar are unique and one of the many reasons why I, like so many other colleagues, have been a “Kolmarian” for many years.
WORKING AT KOLMAR AS A STUDENT
Joel – Junior System Engineer
I started working at Kolmar in 2013, during my apprenticeship. When I joined Kolmar, I had a basic understanding of computers and servers from my previous two years at school. Nonetheless, I felt overwhelmed by all the new systems and technologies I was suddenly confronted with. From my perspective, Kolmar has always stood for opportunities. On my very first day, I was given significant responsibility over the computer network, which made me realize that I needed to be well prepared and deepen my understanding of IT matters and related processes. This trust from my supervisors, my own personal drive, and the mentoring and encouragement I continually receive demonstrate that if you show initiative at Kolmar, you will have the chance to work on very interesting projects—which will help you grow even further!
After successfully finishing my apprenticeship and military service, I started my studies in business information technology. Kolmar offered me the opportunity to come back to work for them again as a systems engineer on a part-time basis. For me it’s a great opportunity to be able to work in an IT related field during my studies. I can apply new techniques and knowledge from university at work and am able to profit at school from the practical experience I obtain. Kolmar is also extremely flexible with my working days, which allows me time for proper preparation during exams. The combination of both worlds gives me the biggest satisfaction.
Working at Kolmar is always exciting and I enjoy every day because the people are great and treat you like family. The company offers and supports social activities and events that create and strengthen bonds among employees outside of the daily work. As we spend most of our daytime at work, I believe that being surrounded by the right people is extremely important. Your colleagues become friends with whom you can go out and grab drinks after the work day is over.
Kolmar is full of opportunities, challenges and great people, and offers a success-oriented and learning-friendly workplace.