A responsible employer

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The knowledge and commitment of our employees are key to the success of Bayer. We value that our employees are always able to develop constantly and in a wide range of areas, and that they feel at ease and valued by us as an employer.

Key facts Bayer Switzerland

  • On 31 December 2022, Bayer Switzerland employed 1,539 people in the various divisions and organisations.
  • Thereof, 685 (44,5%) are women and 854 (55,5%) are men.
  • The proportion of women in senior management (management level VS3 and above) is 44% and in lower management (management level VS2-VS1.1.) 55%.
  • Around 66 nationalities are represented in Switzerland. 
  • The average age is 43.
  • Our employees have been with Bayer Switzerland for an average of 9.8 years.

Our values

LIFE stands for our values and leadership principles by which we act. LIFE stands for leadership, integrity, flexibility and efficiency.



We offer

Bayer Switzerland had the parity of pay between men and women analyzed in 2020. It was confirmed that there is a parity of pay, taking into account various factors such as professional experience, qualifications, length of service and position category. Bayer Switzerland is thus entitled to bear the nationally recognized “Fair Compensation" of the Association of Compensation & Benefits Experts (acbe) seal. 

We offer our employees flexible working hours and support in caring for children and close relatives. Our commitment in this area goes beyond the statutory requirements.

Whenever possible, we want to allow our employees to work flexibly so that they can the necessary freedom for themselves. We firmly believe that flexibility breeds innovation and allows our employees to focus on what really matters – in line with our mission: “Science for a better life.”

For example, our employees can – in accordance with the respective supervisor and in line with the legal requirements – choose independently how and where they want to work. And because the office is more than just a workplace and can even be described as a social eco- system, we have set up flexible and innovative office concepts in Basel and Zurich which satisfy the new hybrid working situation.

In addition to this daily flexibility, we also offer various working models, including home office, the purchase of additional vacation days, sabbaticals, part-time working and job sharing.

We support flexible working, where possible, through the «80 to 100 percent» job model. HR managers will actively discuss the options with applicants, with both parties agreeing to the percentage of working time that meets both parties’ needs.

The well-being and safety of our employees at work and on the road is a top priority for us. In 2022, we recorded two occupational accidents in Switzerland – both through mechanical work in production. Bayer Switzerland is committed to this with regular campaigns, activities and events.


  1. SAFE-Campaign
    Our SAFE campaign regularly highlights key points that are often missed in everyday work. In addition, our Health, Safety & Environment (HSE) department looks at the most common causes of accidents and initiates various actions to prevent them in the future. 
  2. Safety Day
    With a positive safety culture, we can prevent or at least reduce accidents. For this reason, we organize an annual global safety day to promote safe behavior inside and outside the office environment. 
  3. First aid training
    It is our duty to ensure that sufficient first aiders are available at our locations in the event of an emergency. In addition to trained medical staff who volunteer as emergency responders, our facility management and reception team is trained in first aid (IVR 1+2). Furthermore, we have set up an emergency response team consisting of volunteers. 
  4. Mental health
    At Bayer Switzerland, we support our employees with mental health and resilience training. This is because it is important to us that our employees can take time to understand their individual needs. The Corona pandemic in particular, and the associated work in a home office, has presented many people with additional challenges.
  5. Exercise and fitness
    A healthy workplace also includes exercise and fitness. Our employees benefit from joint sports activities and offers. With our MOVE! program, we offer a wide range of sporting activities in everyday life – from basketball and badminton to beach volleyball and running.

    We also contribute CHF 250 to the fitness subscription or other fitness activities of our permanent employees. We also provide fresh fruit, drinks, kitchen facilities and in-house showers.