Gain international experience
Four steps for going abroad
Get to know new markets, people, and cultures,
gain international experience - Behr encourages its employees to take up
temporary employment abroad. Whether at Behr South Africa, Behr Japan or Behr
America - temporary employment abroad is an opportunity to experience the
working environment at one of Behr’s international subsidiaries or joint venture
companies, further educate yourself, and set a new course for your career. This
applies not only to employees from Germany, but to all employees at Behr
In principle, international transfers can take place on all levels within the
company: in plants, development, and administration. Large international
development projects could require a longer stay abroad. For example, if a
product line is being introduced at a plant in India, machine technicians also
go abroad as so-called expatriates.
Generally, a stay abroad lasts between one and three years.
Approximately 1% of our entire staff is working at international Behr
locations throughout the world.
steps for going abroad
Temporary employment abroad at Behr occurs in
1. Search and selection phase
character, and personality of the employee play a large role here. He or she
should be flexible and open to different cultures, lifestyles, and work models.
A good knowledge of English is a requirement.
During this phase, we prepare
the employee and, if desired, his or her partner for the stay abroad. In
addition to language instruction and intercultural seminars, the employee can
get to know the on-site conditions during a visit-and-observe trip. A
preliminary talk provides information on special local features: How does the
health care system work? What is the school system like? What has to be taken
into account for tax returns?
3. Deployment on location
The employee will be
shown the ropes on location by their new supervisor. The employee will also
maintain contact with the HR department in Stuttgart to clarify any
organizational questions. Former managers are also available to assist the
employee in technical and professional matters.
Approximately one year before
returning, the employee discusses the new challenges they would like to take on
after the stay abroad with his or her supervisor and the HR department in the
home country .