Best Workplace for Young Talents: MIC is seen as a particularly attractive employer for the Gen-Z crowd

Press Releases 11 March 2024

The software company MIC (Managing International Customs and Trade Compliance) – with its roots in the Austrian city of Linz – is the world’s leading provider of global customs software solutions with over 800 customers in 55 countries on six continents. Around 550 employees spanning 45 different nations generated a turnover of approximately EUR 70 million in 2023. 15 per cent of employees – i.e. a total of 78 – are under the age of 25 and, therefore, fall into the so-called Generation Z cohort. The fact that the Linz-based software company is particularly popular with Gen-Z as an employer is demonstrated by the “Best Workplace for Young Talents” employer certificate awarded to MIC by the independent institute “Great Place to Work”.

Survey with a key focus on five core aspects

The certification is based on an anonymous survey of all employees up to the age of 25, with particular attention being paid to the five core aspects of fair pay, credible and appreciative leadership, team spirit, the significance and meaning of the job in question, and health – both mental and physical. The award is confirmation for MIC that the company is attune to the wishes and needs of Generation Z, and that it endeavours to fulfil them. “We have always been open to welcoming young talent, and we love to encourage and challenge them when they start their careers. Many of these individuals have thrived professionally, and have remained loyal to us as long-term employees. We are delighted that this has now also been recognised with the ‘Best Workplaces for Young Talents 2024’,” says Alfred Hiebl, CEO of MIC.

Taking personal responsibility and ensuring a structured approach to onboarding new team members

MIC offers young professionals many opportunities to develop quickly. “We not only employ our young colleagues for straightforward tasks, but also support them in taking on responsibility as Junior Software Engineers, Junior Project Managers, in Software Support or as Business Analysts, for example, by managing projects independently,” says Alfred Hiebl. Adopting a structured approach to colleague onboarding, which supports the integration process into the job and the team, plays a major role in this. Furthermore, our young team members are accompanied by a mentor during the first few months and quickly find their way into the team through company events and their own sports programmes.

At MIC, Generation Z appreciates the compatibility of work and study, flexible working hours and the international working environment

Many individuals from Generation Z find a particular appeal in working part-time at MIC during the final phase of their training. "We offer part-time positions of 20 hours or more. A high degree of flexibility in terms of working hours and the organisation of a weekly schedule, as well as ongoing adaptation to the curriculum, are taken into account. A part-time position is often also used to do a Master’s or Bachelor’s thesis at MIC,” says Alfred Hiebl.  But it is, above all, the company’s unique international working environment with a global customer base, team members from 45 nations and offices on three continents that attracts young people. The company language is, of course, English.“MIC offers great flexibility in organising my working hours, which is very important for me as a student. At MIC, I also have the opportunity to work with many people from different countries and cultures,” says 24-year-old Ukrainian Vira Pyrih, whose role is Business Analyst at MIC.

How the “Best Workplace for Young Talents” ranking was determined

The independent institute, Great Place To Work, identifies the best companies using a special methodology to evaluate and certify thousands of organisations worldwide. In Austria, the “Best Workplaces for Young Talents” list is based on roughly 2,100 responses from surveys of employees in various companies. The survey makes it possible to provide strictly confidential quantitative and qualitative feedback on the organisation’s workplace culture by rating 60 statements on a 5-point scale, and answering two open questions. 

About Great Place to Work

Great Place to Work has been surveying employees in companies around the globe regarding their workplace experience for over 30 years, and is recognised as a global leader in corporate culture, employee surveys and employer branding. The employer seal of approval from Great Place to Work underscores the outstanding nature of an employer as one characterised by a spirit of corporate culture rooted in trust and employee focus. This includes values such as credibility, fairness, respect, team spirit and pride.



Right - Vira Pyrih, 24, Business Analyst from Ukraine: "MIC offers tremendous flexibility when it comes to organising working hours, which was very important for me as a student. At MIC, I also have the opportunity to work with many people from different countries and cultures.”

Left - Alexandra Georgina Turtulea , 26, IT Project Manager from Romania: "At MIC, I can contribute my expertise as a project manager and simultaneously gain further valuable experience. For us young employees, it is hugely exciting to apply our expertise in state-of-the-art customs for large industrial companies, because you learn something new practically every day.”

Photo: MIC