As an information-based company, Amadeus thrives by sharing information and knowledge across borders and across businesses in working environments that foster open, fluid communication. As such, one of the fundamental characteristics of our company's internal communication is that it is based on trust in employees to use the communication technologies available to them in ways that best suit their professional development needs.
In 2011, we received the 'Azur Pro com' 1st prize for our Green It'Tude programme communication campaign.
The central communications channel with employees is Opera, Amadeus' corporate intranet portal which is open to all our employees worldwide. It connects the Amadeus community through one unique web-based interface and is accessed regularly by 80% of employees.
Opera houses corporate policies, news, videos, publications, and business tools. It also serves as a site where employees can learn more about the company, our customers and our products. Employees can navigate through more than 150 environments, and work collaboratively in the Amadeus Wiki as well as in nearly 600 communities and team sites.
The most popular part of our intranet is Amadeus Tube, a user generated channel where employees are encouraged to upload videos, presentations or other content to share with other employees. The site promotes interactivity as employees can comment, rate, download and forward content to others. Although the company does not exercise any control of the channel, it does publish conditions for its use and emphasises that employees are responsible for what they upload and must take into account Amadeus' Code of Professional Behaviour.
Amadeus Tube is used to disseminate company news through weekly bulletins that are more attractive than universal emails, and employees find Amadeus Tube to be a useful tool for knowledge sharing. This unique combination of guidelines and freedom has proven successful and there were no reported incidents of any kind.
At Amadeus we offer competitive benefits to our employees that are specific to market needs and comply with local legislation. Each of our companies creates a local policy in a consistent and fair manner with market best practice, which is approved by Corporate Human Resources.
We seek to incentivise our employees through variable remuneration schemes linked to individual and company performance. We believe this comprehensive approach to reward reinforces our strong corporate culture and helps us maintain our sector leadership.
A competitive remuneration package is key to attract and retain the best talent, therefore Amadeus provides comprehensive benefits packages (aligned with the Social Security legislation, tax legislation and market practice in each location). The majority of our permanent employees are entitled to a defined contribution retirement plan, life and disability insurance, a medical plan and comprehensive travel insurance for business trips, plus all business travellers and employees on international assignments are covered by an emergency medical and security cover.
In addition, some sites offer meal allowances and kindergarten allowances or facilities. Some innovative benefits offered in some Amadeus sites include discounted fresh fruits offered to employees and healthy eating programmes.