122 Companies That Hire English Speakers in Switzerland

Many of you have requested this list because of my recent blog post about “How to Get Introduced to Hiring Managers and HR on LinkedIn” and I took some time to pull together the information. Many of the companies I listed below are past clients of mine or I know people who work there.

 

Note: If you are looking for an extensive list of Technology Companies in Switzerland, check out the 160+ Technology Companies in Switzerland That Hire English Speakers.

 

I do offer no guarantee that any of the companies listed below do still exist or hire English speakers at the point you are reading this. The list is in no particular order. I did not split the list into regions, because many of these companies have offices in different parts of Switzerland.

 

How should you use this list

I did not link to the company’s website because to be able to find the job openings, it is much faster if you just google “company name jobs”. In my research it took me up to 10 clicks to finally get to the job openings of the company. By googling it, you are much faster.

I suggest you add yourself to these companies job newsletters or RSS feeds. If you want to get the most out of this list, start connecting with people on LinkedIn at these companies.

 

Did you already join the Career Network Switzerland group on LinkedIn? It’s completely free and you can get to know and brainstorm with very interesting people. 

 

 

Gaba

I know they sometimes hire English speakers.

 

Stryker

Same applies like at Gaba.

 

Crucell

I know a few people who are working here. In some departments, German is a requirement and in some it is not. It very much depends on the department head.

 

Schindler

One of my friends just starts working here today. He does not speak any German.

 

UBS

I bet you know UBS already. Here it very much depends on the division. If you are applying for UBS Investment Bank, German is absolutely no must. If it is for the Wealth Management and Business Bank, many positions require German.

 

Credit Suisse

Here it is similar to UBS. Although Credit Suisse has merged their divisions into one bank, there are still many departments who do not require German language skills. I suggest you still apply for a job if it is published in English but says fluent German.

 

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T-Systems

Most of the departments require fluent German, however, not in every. I am aware of this because I know some people within the organization very well.

 

Roche

A few friends of mine work here who do not speak German. Depending on the department head, German can be required. However, they are most of the time very open to English speakers. If you are looking for a job in the area of Zurich, you should consider Roche Diagnostics. It is astonishing what they have built in Rotkreuz (close to Zug) in the last few years. They created an entire campus for this division with thousands of employees working there.

 

Novartis

I know many people working here. German is absolutely no must.

 

Cargo Media

One of my friends works here. They are very open, also to non-EU applicants.

 

Saia Burgess

Some positions do not require German skills.

 

Barclays Bank

Most of the time, fluent English is enough and French is not required.

 

Deutsche Bank

They also have a big office in Geneva and I worked with them a few years ago. Deutsche Bank is very international and you won’t need local language skills most of the time.

 

Verizon

One of my friends used to work here. If I recall it right, the HR lady at that time was an Expat with no local language skills.

 

Swisscom

Swisscom has merged its divisions years ago from Mobile and Fixnet into one company. However, the Mobile part is still much more international and some of the departments do not require German language skills. You will have the best options here if you know somebody who works at Swisscom because then you can find out which departments accept English speakers.

 

BMC

I have met with the Country Manager of Switzerland once and they are generally open for English speakers, very much depending on the job.

 

EMC2

Back in the days when I was working in Zurich, this was one of our clients. They are open for English speakers for some jobs.

 

Zurich Financial Services

This was one of my main clients back in Zurich and they are very open for English speakers. 

 

SwissRe

I placed a few people at SwissRe back in the days I worked in Zurich. It is a very international environment and most of the time you will not need to speak any local language.

 

CSC

This is a very big IT Service Provider and depending on the project you are working on, German is not a must. However, this all boils down to the end client you will be working with.

 

IBM

Also depending on the end client you are working with and the department, German is not a must. I think the chances at IBM are big that you will not require German for a job there.

 

Microsoft

Same applies like for IBM.

 

Google

Who does not know Google. I have been at Google in Zurich for a job interview myself and the environment is very international. I have not heard anybody talk in German with me, even though one of the girls who interviewed me was German.

 

Sauter

I have worked with them sometimes in the past and for some positions, German was not required. They mention that German is required in their job adverts but if they are published in English, I would still apply.

 

Oerlikon

At Oerlikon it once more depends on the division you are applying for, if the job requires German or not.

 

Merck Serono

My colleagues in Geneva and Lausanne work very close with Merck. They are very international and German or French is not a must most of the time.

 

Basilea Pharma

Also depending on the job, you won’t need German here.

 

Huntsman

Huntsman is a client of our Science division and they generally do not require any other language than English.

 

Kraft Foods

I have never worked with Kraft Foods myself but I know a relocation company that does and based on their experience, fluent English is enough for the language skills.

 

Chevrolet

I found this company name in the English Forum and somebody mentioned they hire many Expats.

 

Siemens

Once more it depends on the end client and department the job is in but I suggest you apply for jobs if they are published in English.

 

GE Money Bank

GE is very international and many times they do not require any other language than English.

 

Dell

I know they have large projects with their end clients and depending on the language requirements of their clients, you will only need to speak fluent English.

 

KPMG

Same here, it depends on the end clients requirements. For internal roles, anything else than English should not be required.

 

PWC

The same applies here like for KPMG.

 

Sunrise

I worked with Sunrise in the past back in Zurich and most of the time they did not require a local language.

 

Colt

The operations director let me know that out of 8 people he hired in 2012, 50% were English speakers

 

Orange

The same applies like for Sunrise.

 

Glencore

This is another international company and German won’t be required most of the time.

 

 

ABB

I have also worked with ABB in the past in Zurich and had people on site who did not speak any German.

 

Alstom

Same applies like at ABB.

 

Alpiq

Many of the jobs do require German but some don’t. I suggest you look out for the ones that are published in English.

 

Accenture

As this is another large consulting corporation, depending on the end client, German is required or not. 

 

Actelion

I know an American who is working there who does not speak German. This also shows that the work permit issue is secondary for them.

 

Amgen

I worked with Amgen over the last few years. They are very international and hire many Expats.

 

BIS

The BIS in Basel employs many English speakers and is a highly international firm.

 

Cablecom

One of my friends works at Cablecom and many of his colleagues do not speak German.

 

BASF

I have not worked with BASF personally but I am sure they have employees with no local language skills.

 

Clariant

A few years ago I have worked with a service provider on a large migration project at Clariant and we had a couple of contractors on site. All of them were from the UK and did not speak any German.

 

Syngenta

I know a few people at Syngenta and know that they hire many Expats.

 

DHL

One of my friends used to work there and she mentioned that some employees were Expats without local language skills.

 

Panalpina

Same applies like for DHL.

 

DSM

I have not worked with DSM personally but know from a few sources that they hire English speakers.

 

Ernst & Young

Same applies like for KPMG

 

Fisher Clinical

I also know a few people working here and some do not speak German.

 

Franke

I know somebody who used to work here in HR. For some positions, German was not required.

 

Jet Aviation

I know a guy who worked here and he does not speak any German.

 

Keymile

I know a few people working here. The work permit issue is also secondary.

 

Lexmark

Depending on their clients, the job will require German or not.

 

Xerox

Same applies like for Lexmark.

 

Lodestone

One of my friends is working here and she does not speak German. Most of the employees are international and I think the work permit issue is secondary here as well.

 

Lonza

A few years back I worked with them and some positions do not require German.

 

Omya

They are based in the same building as the Adecco HQ is in Glattbrugg and many of the jobs do not required German language skills.

 

Pfizer

They are very international and many of the jobs published do not require German.

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Sicap

I know Sicap well and they have a very international work environment where most of the people do not speak German and come from all over the world. Sicap is a daughter company of Swisscom.

 

Straumann

Based on some of their job adverts, they only require fluent English language skills.

 

Synthes

Some of the jobs do not require German skills, depending on the department.

 

Tibco

The environment is very multinational and German is only required if the end client requests it.

 

Tillotts

Based on their job adverts, they do not require German language skills.

 

Unisys

Many years ago, I worked with Unisys on a project and German was only desirable.

 

Universal Postal Union

I know a guy who is working here. He does not speak any German and is a non-EU citizen.

 

Varian

I have worked with them many years ago and German was not a requirement for the jobs.

 

VistaPrint

Same applies like for Varian.

 

Abraxis Informatik

I remember somebody who has worked at Abraxis and did not speak any German.

 

Adobe

I have not personally worked with them but based on their job adverts, I bet they hire English speakers.

 

AIG Bank

Same applies here like for Adobe

 

Alcatel

I remember someone who worked here that and did not speak any German.

 

Altran

Based on their job adverts, they sometimes need German or French and sometimes English is enough.

 

Emil Frey

I know them from a few years ago when I was working in Zurich. At that time they used to hire Expats with no German language requirements.

 

Avaloq

Many times, fluent English is enough.

 

Green.ch

I know for some positions they do not request German language skills. 

 

Here is a list of companies I do not have worked with personally but based on other people’s statements, most of them do hire English speakers

 

Autodesk

Baxter

Cambridge Technology

Capgemini

Cisco

Citibank

Coca Cola

Cognizant

Cognos

Comit

Coutts

Deloitte

Esmertec

Gate Gourmet

General Electric

HP

Kuoni

ING Bank

IWC

Johnson & Johnson

Leica

Logica

Lufthansa

Mettler Toledo

Morgan Stanley

Nobel Biocare

Nokia Siemens Networks

Parallels

Cern

Sika

SIX

SQS

Oracle

Swiss

Swiss Life

Tecan

Thermo Fisher

Toshiba

Unic

VonRoll

Zimmer

Telekurs

Swisscard

 

 

Here are two more sources to find some company names

http://www.baselarea.ch/en/working-in-the-basel-area/foreign-companies.html

http://www.amcham.ch/publications/downloads/20060101_bcg_amcham_study.pdf