" ... the project teams at actori are small, so for structural reasons you learn faster than in a large consulting firm."

Back to the roots- Hanna Hellenbroich-Schrader (Human Resources Management actori) talks to Tassilo von Schmeling about returning to actori.


Hello, dear Tassilo and thank you for stopping by for this interview.
Hello Hanna! You're very welcome, I'm looking forward to your questions!

You've been "back" at actori for over a year now. And by "again" I am of course referring to your internship a few years ago. How was it for you to come back to actori?
That's right, how time flies! But since I knew exactly what to expect at actori from my internship back then, it was very easy for me to come back.

In the meantime, you spent a few years at one of the largest consulting companies and have now seen both "worlds".
What makes the difference for you?
After graduating in business administration, I wanted to start my career at a large consulting firm because this path is said to have a steep learning curve. However, after my experiences so far, I can now say that my view of things has changed. At actori, you specialise in the areas of culture, education and entertainment and work on your own responsibility to a high degree. On top of that, the project teams are small, so you learn faster than in a large consulting firm for structural reasons.

Interesting, you can now give this assessment after some distance. But what made you come back to Munich-Schwabing back then?
I think there are always different reasons for changing jobs. The decisive factor for me was the friendly interaction and lively exchange among the employees as well as the entrepreneurial spirit that can be felt in everyday life at actori; heart and mind simply come together.

Heart and mind come together - what do you mean by that?
In my studies, I tended to work on business administration topics and acquired knowledge in this area. But my heart beats faster when I can talk about last night's theatre performance or last weekend's museum exhibition. My great passion, and that of all the staff at actori, is culture, and on top of that I deal with business management issues. For example, in my current project I am calculating the future business case of a large three-part theatre in Germany. Dealing with culture is a matter of the heart for me and being able to do this from an economic point of view appeals to my mind.

That makes sense, it's nice when personal interest and profession can be combined like that. And you say the team and the corporate culture were also an important reason for you to come back to actori?
Definitely! Even back then as an intern, I noticed that an open and friendly corporate culture is important to the entire team. A good team atmosphere is also very important to me: if you feel good, you work in a more goal-oriented and productive way. And actori does a lot to keep the team atmosphere and corporate culture high. From JobRad and public transport subsidies to hiking trips and concert visits, everything is included; and as a Munich company, the Oktoberfest is of course not to be missed! Because I find these activities so important, I am also involved in employer branding. My circle of friends can probably already sing a song about that (laughs).

Is there any aspect of employer branding that particularly interests you?
We are currently working on the expansion of our actori alumni network, the launch of an activity canon is scheduled for autumn/winter this year. I'm really looking forward to hearing how former colleagues have fared in recent years, what they have experienced and where they have ended up. You could say that it is the exchange with my fellow human beings that excites me most about employer branding. In addition, at actori every employee can generally contribute his or her own ideas and these are also implemented where possible. The constant further development and optimisation of internal processes is an important driver of our company's growth in recent years.

Tassilo, thank you very much! Finally, I like to ask the question of how the interviewee can best switch off from everyday work. But after your training as a bartender, I'd probably have to ask which drink you like to toast with at the end of the day, right?
To be honest, I can switch off best with an intense tennis match. And the question about my favourite drink is easy for me to answer: Mojito or Moscow Mule (or Munich Mule here, of course) are my favourite. But the undisputed number one is probably a Negroni on a warm summer evening in a cosy group.

That sounds wonderful! Dear Tassilo, thank you again for the interview.
You're very welcome!