Essen - companies and employment opportunities

Essen - companies and employment opportunities

Essen is located in a metropolitan region and has a high density of attractive top companies due to its location. It should be easy to find a student job or long-term employment. The companies located here are not just from one sector and are usually located in such a way that you can easily get there from your flat by public transport.

Below you will find brief descriptions of individual companies and why we think they are good employers.


E.ON SE is a German energy company that focuses on electricity, gas and renewable energy. Headquartered in the city of Essen, E.ON is one of the largest energy companies in the world and employs over 70,000 people in more than 15 countries. The company is committed to sustainability and innovation and is constantly working to reduce its environmental footprint. In addition, E.ON offers its employees excellent social benefits and competitive salaries, making the company an attractive employer in the region.

ThyssenKrupp AG

ThyssenKrupp AG is a German multinational conglomerate active in various industries, including steel production, engineering and technology. The company is also headquartered in Essen and has over 160,000 employees worldwide. ThyssenKrupp values diversity and inclusion and encourages its employees to develop their skills and knowledge through continuous learning and development programmes.

Evonik Industries AG

Evonik Industries AG is a German chemical company focused on sustainable solutions. Headquartered in the city of Essen, Germany, the company operates in over 100 countries with more than 32,000 employees. Evonik is committed to innovation and sustainability and offers its employees a range of benefits, including flexible working hours, health and wellness programmes, and opportunities for on-site professional development.


RWE AG is a German energy company specialising in power generation, transmission and distribution. Headquartered in Essen, RWE is one of the largest energy companies in Europe and employs over 20,000 people in Germany alone. The company focuses on sustainability and invests heavily in renewable energy sources such as wind and solar power. RWE also offers its employees competitive salaries, flexible working hours and a range of training and development opportunities both within and outside the company.

Aldi North and South

Aldi Nord and Süd is a well-known discounter with its headquarters in Essen. With more than 2,200 shops throughout Europe, Aldi Nord is one of the largest retail companies in the world. In Essen, the company employs 234560 people, making it the largest employer in Essen. The company is committed to providing its customers with high quality products at affordable prices and offers its employees a range of benefits including competitive salaries, flexible working hours and training and development opportunities.

Deichmann SE

You may find it surprising, but Deichmann is one of the largest shoe retailers in Germany and Europe. In 2023, 42962 inhabitants of the Ruhr area are working for the shoe store, which was founded in Essen more than 100 years ago. More than 48000 people are employed in 4600 branches in 31 countries.

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In the medical sector, there are three hospitals in particular in the city of Essen that have a very good reputation. The Alfried Krupp Hospital, because it excels in the field of social responsibility. The Essen-Mitte clinics because they shape the business location and finally the Essen University Hospital because of the particularly good career opportunities offered to medical professionals there.

According to DDW (Die Deutsche Wirtschaft), Essen takes 8th place in the location ranking (out of 3500 locations examined). Places 1 to 7 are taken by: Hamburg, Munich, Berlin, Frankfurt am Main, Düsseldorf, Cologne and Stuttgart. The evaluation was based on various parameters such as infrastructure, business network, supply of commercial space and housing, business development, administration and quality of life. The information was obtained by surveying residents of the cities and examining the business segments by DDW. Many of the German companies with the highest turnover have their headquarters in the Ruhr metropolitan region.

Whether you are interested in energy, mechanical engineering, chemicals, retail or any other industry, Essen has something to offer. The companies listed above are just a few examples of the attractive employers in the region that offer their employees competitive salaries, flexible working hours and a range of further training, development and career opportunities in business.

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