Our PUMA EEMEA Regional Headquarter in Austria wins Family-Friendly Employer Certification

January 31, 2024

Our PUMA EEMEA Regional Headquarter in Austria wins Family-Friendly Employer Certification

January 31, 2024

Our PUMA EEMEA HQ in Salzburg was awarded with the Job and Family State Prize, earning the state seal of approval as a certified family-friendly employer. This recognition is a testament to our commitment to fostering an attractive environment that prioritizes the well-being of our employees and aligns with our global strategy of people first. 

Reconciling work and family life is one of the most important social challenges in Europe. Every two years, the Federal Ministry for Women, Family, Integration, and Media in Austria conducts a family-friendly employer audit, honoring companies that have implemented outstanding measures to support work-life balance. 


Our recent certification underscores our commitment to family-friendly policies, distinguishing us as an appealing workplace. PUMA Austria excelled in criteria such as flexibility, part-time options, parental support, family care, and education programs. 

Our exceptional performance across all the criteria led to the  certification as a family-friendly employer in the category “Private Commercial Enterprises with 101 or More Employees.” 

The PUMA Perspective  

As a global sports brand, we put our people, the PUMA Family, first. Our success stories spanning over the past 75 years are a testament to the dedication and motivation of our PUMAs. We want to support each and every employee in their family environment and the challenges associated with it. 

Michaela Schwarzbraun, Manager Customer Service EEMEA Distribution

“As a mother of 4 children, flexibility and spontaneity are often needed to reconcile family and career satisfactory. And it is precisely this family-friendliness that we live by here at PUMA: flexible working hours, the possibility to work from home and many other benefits such as support with childcare, sports courses to promote and maintain one’s own health… All that increases the motivation to work just as much as the incredible team spirit of our “PumaFam”. And if there’s an inevitable urgency, the kids are always welcome in the office and the boss even practices juggling balls with them😊!”

Michaela Schwarzbraun, Manager Customer Service EEMEA Distribution

Julian Sauer, Teamhead Marketing EEMEA Distribution

„For me as a young dad, the flexible working times, the opportunities to spontaneously slot in home office days, but most importantly the family mindset makes the difference. I just started out at PUMA in October and we as family had to manage the familiarization of our little son at a day-nursery at the same time, which of course resulted in many very spontaneous changes of my schedule. The way how colleagues and management accepted this as if it was the most natural thing in the world really assured me that I made the right choice in choosing PUMA as my work home.” Julian Sauer, Teamhead Marketing EEMEA Distribution

Christine Esterer, Teamhead Accounting PUMA EEMEA

“I have been part of the PUMA Family for a long time already. Through the years my personal life changed. Now I am the mother of two wonderful kids and family has become my priority. I love my job with all the challenges. PUMA gives me the opportunity to balance both parts of my life in a really good way and lets me grow in what I do. This is what keeps me motivated and makes me happy.“

Christine Esterer, Teamhead Accounting PUMA EEMEA

Let the celebration begin! 

The ceremonial awarding of the certificate took place on January 29, 2024, at Palais Berg in Vienna. The Federal Family Minister, Dr. Susanne Raab, presented PUMA with the prestigious certificate, which was accepted by Daniela Zweibrot, Teamhead of P&O at our PUMA EEMEA Salzburg HQ. 

Congrats, PUMA EEMEA HQ!

Being recognized as a family-friendly employer in Austria not only positions PUMA as an attractive employer but also fosters motivation and identification among our employees. This certification is a testament to PUMA’s unwavering commitment to creating a workplace that prioritizes the well-being and work-life balance of our PUMAs and puts people first!

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