Knorr-Bremse Revises Renumeration Practices

MUNICH — Knorr-Bremse, the global leader in braking systems and a prominent supplier of safety-critical rail and commercial vehicle systems, is on a mission to enhance its appeal as an employer.

Under the leadership of CEO Marc Llistosella, the company is dedicated to cultivating a more enticing work environment and offering competitive compensation that recognizes outstanding performance.

To achieve these goals, Knorr-Bremse AG’s Executive Board has announced plans to revamp key aspects of working hours and compensation across its German facilities. The objective is to provide Knorr-Bremse employees with an attractive work setting, job security, and a compensation system based on a 40-hour workweek with no decrease in pay.

The proposed salary structure is designed to be simpler, more transparent, and easier to compare. This move comes as a response to feedback received from employees in a recent survey. However, the new salary system is contingent on negotiations with the works councils at each individual Knorr-Bremse site before it can be implemented.

CEO Marc Llistosella expressed, “Knorr-Bremse is in the midst of a cultural transformation. We are refining our leadership culture, fostering collaboration, and aiming to establish new benchmarks in communication and interaction.

“This transformation also encompasses a transparent salary system that will enable our employees to benefit from a 40-hour workweek. This transformation is of paramount importance to us as we strive to remain an attractive choice for top candidates in the job market.”

Dr. Claudia Mayfeld, Executive Board member responsible for Human Resources and Labor Director at Knorr-Bremse AG, added, “Our employees contribute their utmost to our company’s success daily. Their dedication is a cornerstone of our achievements.

“As an employer, it is essential to us that our employees receive an appealing overall package. By introducing a new compensation system based on a 40-hour workweek and clearly defined career paths, we are establishing a performance-based compensation structure and taking another step toward a modern work culture. This also reflects our constructive response to our workforce’s suggestions.”

Knorr-Bremse employs approximately 5,500 individuals across Germany, and the rollout of the new salary system is slated to occur gradually at all sites, with full implementation expected by 2026, commencing at the Berlin Knorr-Bremse site.

Dr. Claudia Mayfeld remarked, “We anticipate constructive and mutually beneficial negotiations with each of the competent works councils. Together, we can take a significant stride in enhancing the well-being of Knorr-Bremse employees and making our work environment even more appealing.”


Mike Geylin
Mike Geylin

Mike Geylin is the Editor-in-Chief at Hagman Media. Geylin has been in automotive communications for five decades working in all aspects of the industry from OEM to supplier to motorsports as well as reporting for both newspapers and magazines on the industry.