As part of the celebrations marking the 650th anniversary of the University of Vienna, we are presenting several voestalpine employees who graduated from the university. Find out more about Georg Reiser, Head of Human Resources at voestalpine AG, in the following interview.
Brought up in Maria Enzersdorf near Mödling, Georg Reiser entered the University of Vienna to study law after completing high school in Mödling. Despite graduating successfully and job opportunities as a lawyer, Georg Reiser felt drawn to the field of Human Resources. You’ll find out why in the following interview.
What makes your degree interesting, and how does it help you in your current position?
My view at the time was that a law degree would open up more opportunities than any other: in the civil service as a judge or prosecutor, as a lawyer or in business. I have long since stopped working within a purely legal framework, but understanding employment law is essential to my work. However, when I was a student this area was simply a part of commercial law, rather than being a specialism in itself. This has long since changed.
"All in all, the legal methodology I learnt is still useful for analyzing and solving problems."
What moment do you particularly remember from your time as a student?
During the oral exam on civil law the examiner fell asleep and my result should be seen in this light: I got a ‘Good’!
What brought you to voestalpine, and when?
I’ve been working at the company since 2008, but prior to this date I worked in the Special Steel Division (formerly Böhler-Uddeholm AG) as well as for other companies. I ‘secured’ my first job in 1988, at an assessment center at the former PCD Polymere (now Borealis). This was followed by job rotations, first to the ÖIAG and then to Böhler-Uddeholm.
Could you tell us something about your work?
My duties at voestalpine are extremely varied, ranging from manager contracts, compensation & benefits, management development and through to employer branding. The primary focus lies in guidelines and standards for HR activities across the entire voestalpine Group.
What do you particularly enjoy about your job and working at voestalpine?
voestalpine is a very complex and heterogeneous organization, so it’s not possible to speak of a uniform working environment.
"The challenge is to look for the commonalities within the decentralized structure in order to strengthen group identity."
What tip would you give future applicants in your area of operations?
Be aware that Human Resources involves considering many internal as well as external stakeholders. You need to be simultaneously sensitive as well as assertive!