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Behind the scenes: Benefits of working at Bayern Munich during the pandemic

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At a time where many companies are struggling to retain employees, Bayern Munich is trying its best to keep its staff employed.

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As companies all over the world juggle how to run a business effectively during a pandemic vs. how to retain employees, there is no doubt that a soccer club like Bayern Munich is constantly assessing how to meet its financial goals and keep its workers employed.

Per a report from Bild (cf. Sport Bild), the Bavarians are making every effort to ensure their employees are taken care of. The club has over 1,000 employees and obviously is spending tens of millions on its first-team roster, but what about the support staff?

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Bayern Munich can’t pay all of its employees like they are Robert Lewandowski, but it does try to fairly compensate both its full-time and part-time staff.
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Per Sport Bild, team manager Kathleen Krüger is responsible for logistics and organization around the team (travel) — and she also is the only non-player or coaching staff member on the team’s WhatsApp group. Krüger’s annual salary is approximately €200,000 euros.

On average, the salary of a Bayern Munich employee is roughly €3,000 euros gross, but this figure would seemingly includes seasonal and part-time workers as well.

Some other salaries include:

  • Directors receive an average of €200,000 euros.
  • The Supervisory Board received a total pay of €577,000 for the 2018/2019 fiscal year.
  • The Board of Directors (excluding Oliver Kahn) received total pay of €11.225 million in the 2018/2019 fiscal year.

Some benefits

One of the perks for full-time club employees is that they can lease cars from Audi at “particularly favorable conditions.” Of course, department heads, directors and board members are granted company cars.

Another perk is that the club cafeteria at Säbener Strasse is free for all employees. Because the cafeteria at the Allianz Arena has been closed since the COVID-19 pandemic began, full-time employees can have food delivered to the Allianz Arena, which paid for by the club.

For management staff, the Bavarians also pay into a pension plan. One other major incentives for employees is that the team’s success on the field can impact their own bank accounts. The more revenue that the team generates through winning major competitions (among other revenue streams), the bigger each employees bonus can be. The club, knowing how many are struggling through the pandemic, did not eschew the bonus plan because of COVID-19 and rewarded employees.


A close look at some positions

Security

Bild got a close look at the status and structure Bayern Munich uses for its security guards. Some highlights include:

  • As a security guard, the record-breaking champion has been paying €12 euros an hour instead of €10 euros an hour for two months now (as an employee in the fan store, it’s €11 an hour for the first two years).
  • The increase above was the first for the security team in over ten years.

There are three levels on the security staff:

  • Beginners are paid €450.
  • Permanent employees also receive, vacation, sick pay and a Christmas bonus.

As for people wondering why so many of the security personnel are “old,” the answer is that many are former or retired ex-soldiers, who form the “hard core” of the security team with many maintaining management positions.

Stadium guides/attendants

The stadium guides are also on the €450 job scale. Because of COVID-19, however, the employment contracts for are currently suspended. Bayern Munich typically employs between 100 and 120 guides, with roughly five people as permanent employees.

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A stadium tour sounds kind of cool, eh?
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Some guides are interns or students as well. Typically, a guide receives €20 per arena tour. A special tour such as the VIP or technology tour costs €30, while a Kids Club tour can pay €35.

On average, a guide can run five tours per day, which amounts to €100 to €130 depending on the types of tours being performed. On a busy day, 100 to 140 tours are performed.


Thinking about a move?

If you want to work for Bayern Munich, take a look at their job portal and just maybe you are a fit for a position: