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Ulrich Spengler Markus Hess Working at altona
The altona general managers: Ulrich Spengler and Markus Hess

We are a steadily growing company with currently more than 350 employees worldwide. About 70 people work in Research & Development demonstrating the strong scientific base and innovative character of the company. We offer a family like environment with close interactions between the different departments, flat hierarchies, and quick decisions. With lean organizational structures and clear responsibilities, we work together rather than playing “political games”.

We like decisive people who want to move things forward, and who like to take on responsibilities. Please contact us if you are a recent graduate and you now want to apply your know-how in a commercial environment or if you are experienced in molecular diagnostics but tired of “corporate bullshit” or if you feel you would like to do something useful before you retire.

 We believe in people!

Working at altona employees
working at altona DNA

What makes working for us special?


The altona DNA: with us you will work in an open and dynamic working atmosphere with flat hierarchies. We are cooperative, friendly, and still very professional. Push-and-shove is not our style because we pursue our goals together as a team and help each other across departments. We are characterized by flexibility and a high degree of creative freedom.

altona Diagnostics offers well-equipped workplaces at an attractive location in the middle of Hamburg Altona near the river Elbe, with good transport connections and numerous shopping and lunch possibilities.


Discover more benefits:

  • Flexible and family-friendly working hours
  • Mobile work
  • 30 days vacation
  • EGYM Wellpass
  • Company pension scheme
  • Public transport ticket with employer subsidy
  • Bike leasing
  • Collegial “you” (everybody uses the German “Du”)
  • Health care
  • Sports activities
  • Fruit basket
  • Free beverages
  • Employee events
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We enjoy spending time together. We also stay in touch with each other outside of the work environment during sporting activities (running and darts community), company parties or simply over a relaxed after-work drink.


Annual darts tournament

Our altona darts tournament takes place every year – the first event was staged already in 2014. At two dart machines, with beer, fish rolls and snacks, the altona colleagues try to get the most points on the board. There are always surprises, newcomers beat favorites. Sometimes the flying darts are top-level sport, sometimes not, but the atmosphere is great all evening.

More sports activities

If you really want to work out, you can join the altona running or soccer group. Things are a little quieter at the “Active Break”. Colleagues meet in the adjacent small park during their lunch break and Christiana and Dominik lead a half-hour stretching and balance program.


An extra incentive is the Hamburgiade, Hamburg’s company sports Olympics. altona employees enjoy taking part – whether in soccer, darts, table soccer or bouldering. Some altona medals have already been won.


Parties at altona

At altona we like to celebrate regularly. In addition to regular after-work drinks, all employees get together at least 3 times a year.


The kick-off meeting takes place at the beginning of the year. The day traditionally ends with dinner and a dance floor above the rooftops of Hamburg in the Hotel Hafen Hamburg.


The mid-year highlight is the altona summer festival at changing locations. In 2022, we took over the entire Fischauktionshalle directly on the banks of the Elbe. 450 employees and their families enjoyed the children’s program, food court and several live music acts.


Things get contemplative at Christmas, when we enjoy a festive dinner and review the year.

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