Best Employers for Young Professionals 2022

Based on a online survey of more than 14,400 young professionals and students the 250 best employers for young professionals in Germany were awarded in cooperation with ZEIT Campus.

List of Best Employers for Young Professionals 2022

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The Project

The ranking for the best employers for young professionals in 2022 is based on a survey of readers of the ZEIT Campus Magazin and a survey of young professionals via online access panels. Around 14,400 people were asked about their satisfaction with their employer.

A total of 3,100 companies who employ at least 500 people in Germany and belong to one of the sectors examined were considered in the study. The companies were identified through extensive desk research.

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Companies evaluated


Employees surveyed


Companies awarded



Our scoring model is based on the recommendation of young professionals and students of their own employer and other employers in the same industry. Additionally, other aspects of satisfaction were also measured.

Score breakdown


On a scale of 0 to 10, respondents indicate how likely they are to recommend their own employer to friends or family – with 0 being the worst and 10 the best.

Respondents indicate the industry they work in. Based on this, each respondent is shown a selection of employers who are active in the given sector. Respondents can then voluntarily recommend or advise against employers from the list.



The employee surveys conducted by Statista R are carried out independently of the potentially awarded employer brands. This reduces distortion of the results that could arise from non-anonymous surveys (e.g. social desirability in response behavior). The focus on willingness to recommend and on general questions about working conditions allows for comparability across heterogeneous sectors.

Data Collection

For data collection, Statista R programs detailed online questionnaires that ask survey participants about work-related topics. Statista R works with leading online access panels worldwide to identify suitable participants. During the survey, the incoming evaluations are checked for quality & validity (interview length, variances, inconsistencies) and sorted accordingly.


For the evaluation, Statista R applies a scoring model that primarily relies on the direct and indirect evaluation of the respondents. This includes both the evaluation of the respondent’s own employer as well as the evaluation of other employers from the same industry.

Quality Assurance

For each potential award-winning employer brand, the number of employees and the headquarters in the respective country are researched. This step serves as quality assurance and is presented as information in the publication.

A detailed report on our methodology for the “Best Employers for Young Professionals 2022” is available in German.

Our Partner

ZEIT CAMPUS is the youth magazine of ZEIT. The student magazine covers the topics of life, study and work and offers orientation help for all topics related to university, jobs and student life. It is published six times a year. The ZEIT CAMPUS guide for master’s studies for prospective master’s students and the ZEIT CAMPUS guide for career starters, graduates and young professionals are published annually.

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Jannik Petersen

Senior Key Account Manager
+49 40 284 841-397