Getting ahead together.

In our day-to-day work, we keep the following vision in mind: “Zentralbahn – the pearl among railways in Switzerland.” Our approach is defined by three core values – collaborative, effective and surprising. In the context of our management principles, we create an environment that allows our almost 400 employees to feel at ease and get ahead, both personally and professionally. 


  • Collaborative (open, respectful, solution-oriented)
  • Effective (committed, sustainable, professional)
  • Surprising (clever, courageous, charming) 

Management principles.

  • I am enterprising (constructive/critical, customer-focused, networked)
  • I provide orientation (goal-orientated, exemplary, coherent)
  • I show appreciation (fair, authentic, supportive)

You can find more detailed information on the strategy page.

Top employer.

Zentralbahn is one of Switzerland’s best employers. As part of the MaZu 2021 employee satisfaction survey, we earned “Top Employer” certification. The survey compared 165 companies across Switzerland and we were among the top 20. In particular, our employees praise our appreciative working atmosphere and the opportunities for personal development.

We promote good health and offer prospects.

  • Health promotion: We actively promote the safety and health of all employees. We do this with an established culture and clearly defined positions and processes. We are continually developing occupational safety and health management. 
  • Development opportunities: Well-trained and motivated employees are the prerequisite for the success of Zentralbahn. To keep it that way, we make it possible to get ahead. We invest both time and money in promoting and supporting internal and external development measures. Our active planning for the next generation offers employees good prospects and the ability to plan their career. We make it possible for trainees to start and continue their careers in a modern and dynamic railway company. 

Modern working conditions.

We encourage our employees to develop their potential with generous training opportunities. We are committed to flexible working hours and mobile working (Work Smart) wherever possible. Our foundation is an annual working time based on a 41-hour week. We facilitate part-time work and our working time models offer interesting approaches to achieving a balanced lifestyle and reconciling the demands of work and family. Our holiday policy guarantees all employees at least 25 days’ holiday. With modern workplaces and tools, we support ergonomic and efficient work practices independent of location.

We also facilitate flexible working hours for our senior managers. Our attractive framework conditions also include appealing working time models, appropriate remuneration systems for managers and autonomous working.

We will be happy to inform you about our conditions of employment in more detail during your interview.


We want the people who work here to feel at ease and be able to get ahead. We are recognised for this commitment on a regular basis.

  • kununu Top Company: According to, Zentralbahn is one of the most popular employers in Switzerland. In 2023, we again received the Top Company award.
  • Friendly Work Space: We offer our employees a respectful and appreciative working environment and we are committed to working conditions that promote good health. In recognition of this commitment, we were the first company based in the canton of Nidwalden to be awarded the “Friendly Work Space” label. We were successfully recertified in 2018 and 2021.
  • Diversity Award: In 2014, we received an award in the area of “Diversity Management” from “Bilanz” magazine in cooperation with the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts. As an innovative employer, we offer benefits such as flexible working time models, including the opportunity to work part time at both employee and management level, as well as equal pay and equal career opportunities for women and men.
  • Work Smart Initiative: We are also a Work Smart supporter and promote flexible forms of work.
  • SVIK special prize: In 2019, we received the special prize awarded by SVIK, the Swiss Association for Internal and Integrated Communication, for our employee magazine “panorama”. SVIK is committed to the ongoing development and professionalisation of internal communication in Switzerland. 

A wide variety of occupations.

As one of the largest and most innovative metre-gauge railways in Switzerland, our work covers many exciting professional areas. Get to know the different professions and varied everyday working lives of our employees. You might well be amazed.

Would you like to join us and work at Zentralbahn? Then start your future now. We look forward to receiving your application.