ZEISS - famous historical quality and social standards

ZEISS – a success story of high quality and social standards

Let’s make a trip into history. As you may know the letters CZ in our company name stand for Carl Zeiss (1816 – 1888) the founder of the today so-called Carl Zeiss AG in Germany. Carl Zeiss set up a workshop for optical instrument maintenance and manufacturing in 1846. There he gathered and trained highly specialized and skilled precision mechanics and opticians.

Around 1847 he began to manufacture microscopes and marketed them successfully because he offered not only at cheaper prices but a clearly better quality.


Carl Zeiss is one of the founding fathers of Germany’s reputation as a country of standards of quality and social commitment equally.


Carl Zeiss’ quality approach

It’s not a legend but true. When Carl Zeiss was not satisfied with the quality and accuracy of a microscope made by one of his employees he personally smashed the device to pieces on the anvil and did not pay to the poor sinner. You can imagine what a significant effect this behaviour had on the quality of ZEISS products.


On the other hand, Zeiss was concerned about the social live and health of his staff. Because they worked almost 12 hours per day he paid for example for company outings or granted a day off when the have had to care for their home or family. We’re talking about mid of the 19th century!


In 1875 Zeiss established a company clinic and bored the costs for the physicians, treatment and medication. Furthermore, Zeiss paid the wages of his employees for several weeks in case of incapacity for work.


Up until our time Zeiss is famous for demanding high quality and social standards, and an almost familiar work climate.