One of the biggest insurance company is the Gothaer. Annually this company earns about 4 Milliarden Euro and has about 3.5 Million people insured. This company was found in Gotha (east Germany) and after the second world war the headquarter moved to Göttingen, my hometown, in the centre of Germany. For Göttingen and as well for the whole region the company is / was a really important employee as they employed about 1.200. In the 90s Gothaer start to establish a new location in Cologne where at first some branches of the insurance were moved. Finally, in 2006 the Gothaer management team informed that they will close Göttingen and move the location to Cologne as well.
Right now in Göttingen there are only 750 employees left and each month there are less and less. The company offer to give some people the chance to work in cologne as well. If somebody doesn’t want to move to Cologne he’s unemployed. I can immagine that for each person who has his family and friends there it must be a really hard decision.
So, what do you think? Will you go to another city to work there? What you will do with your family?
Source (I’m sorry, it’s only available in German language )