Did you know? 6 facts about us!
I always thought Montblanc was a French or Swiss company, isn’t that the case?
Well, it’s a fair assumption as Mont Blanc, the most well-known of the mountains in the French/ Swiss Alps, acts as the inspiration for our emblem and name of the Maison. Montblanc however, was founded in 1906 in Hamburg where it still has its home today. A banker from Hamburg, Alfred Nehemias, and an engineer from Berlin, August Eberstein, recognised the signs of the times and decided to manufacture safety fountain pens - and thus the initial foundation stone was laid.
Does Montblanc only manufacture writing instruments?
Writing instruments such as our “Meisterstück,” meaning Masterpiece in German, have made us the international market leader in this sector. The support of writing culture through the creation of writing instruments is the foundation of our Maison. Since, 1926 however we have crafted leather, this diversification into other areas continued over the years. Today, our leather goods are expertly made in Florence, Italy producing an increasingly-expanding product category. In addition, our timepieces from the Le Locle and Villeret manufactures in the Swiss Jura represent the finest watchmaking. We also craft gentleman's accessories, ladies’ jewellery, perfume and eyewear the finishing touches to every ensemble.
What is the culture in such a traditional company?
The values and culture of Montblanc have been nurtured since 1906. Like our business they have evolved over the decades and now reflect the values of today, whilst maintaining the belief that everyone is capable of leaving their mark. Our working culture can be seen in the changing levels of formality – teams work and dress in a way that is reflective of their day-to-day activities and meetings. Innovation and an entrepreneurial spirit are encouraged across all areas and teams. As part of the larger Richemont Group there are certain predetermined frameworks for processes and decisions, within this framework however there is plenty of scope for independence and responsibility. And that is precisely what we wish for: flexible solutions, agile work in closely-networked and aligned teams as well as animated exchanges and information flows between employees.
We consider satisfaction outside official working hours equally important to ensure a that our teams are happy coming to work every day and feel inspired and passionate. To support this we have put in place the appropriate prerequisites including employment contract design and daily time management.
How international is the team at Montblanc? Does everyone speak English?
At our headquarters in Hamburg alone there are employees from 30 nations, not to mention the 11 languages spoken within the entire company. Business is mostly conducted in English, German and French. We offer employees the opportunity to develop their language potential if necessary through one of our language courses. Montblanc can be found in various countries around the world, there are opportunities to work within a multitude of cultures.
It’s just craftspeople you need, isn’t it?
Of course, as we are part of the luxury group Richemont, there is in place a certain predetermined framework for processes and decisions. Anything else would be inefficient. However, within this framework there is plenty of scope for independence and responsibility. And that is precisely what we wish for: flexible solutions, agile work in closely-networked and aligned teams as well as animated exchanges and information flows between employees. Only in this way can we move in the right direction: forwards.
Do all employees write with a Montblanc fountain pen?
In addition to other benefits, we offer our employees a discount of 50% on all products in our boutique. Moreover, we integrate employees actively in the assessment of our writing instruments during quality tests so that they are able to familiarise themselves with the entire product portfolio - it is rare that you will find a workplace without a Montblanc writing instrument.