Posted on 12/12/2017 via BSH Home Appliances Group

For 50 years at BSH

BSH celebrates its 50th anniversary this year - together with Gabriele Stingl. In 1967 she started her work at the home appliance manufacturer in Munich. In Stories she shares what she has experienced in 50 years.

“It all began with a job advertisement in the Süddeutsche Zeitung in the summer of 1967. It didn’t take me long to decide to apply for the position. I was 14 years old, I had just completed eighth grade, and I was actually thinking of becoming a hairdresser. But I decided to apply for the advertised position anyhow, and soon after that I went to the job interview together with my mother. That’s how I came to start my traineeship on August 21, 1967 at the company mailroom on Martinstraße in Munich. Back then the company was still part of Siemens AG. I didn’t officially become a BSH employee until after the entire workforce was taken over by BSHG on January 1, 1978.

50 years as a mailroom worker
In the mailroom, I was responsible, together with the other trainees, for sorting and distributing all the mail. I delivered mail all over the whole building, and I got to know coworkers from a whole range of departments. In the 1960s and 1970s, before the advent of the Internet and e-mail, all important information was still sent out in letters or internal memos. That added up to several thousand pieces of mail per day, and we really had our hands full. In 1978 the entire administration moved into a new building on Hochstraße, and BSH introduced new digital data processing systems. After that, the volume of mail gradually started to decrease. It decreased even further starting in 1994, when BSH introduced e-mails as a means of communication.

All the same, work in the mailroom kept getting faster and more hectic over the years, especially after the new C and D extensions were added to the Neuperlach Süd location, where we had moved in 2003, and whenever the acronyms of the departments had once again been changed. Whenever I had finished memorizing all of the acronyms, they were changed all over again, from start to finish. During this period I also had to learn how to use a computer so that I could look for contact addresses in the internal directory of employees. Fortunately, that always worked well, in spite of the increasing number of international names — and in spite of the fact that I knew only a few words of English. Over all these years, it never became boring. Our work in the mailroom was very diverse, and for me it was a great job.”

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