Upscale chocolate-maker Galler Chocolatiers has its head office
and factory in Chaudfontaine, a quiet suburb located four miles
from Liege. Founder Jean Galler started the business in 1976
and the company's office are located in a four-story building
that was formerly the home of his parents. The company's name
is painted on the storefront window along with a sign hanging
above the entrance. Behind the building and right across the
street is the factory which backs up to a gently flowing river
(click for photo).
Entering the building there's no reception area so I stick my
head in a few offices before finding someone. In a few minutes
I'm meeting with Hany Libon, the personable assistant to CEO
Between the head office and factory about 80 people work here.
Employees are on their own as far as finding parking spaces if
they drive to work, smoking isn't allowed in the workplace and
there's no formal dress code. There're no onsite recreational
facilities though you can get plenty of exercise by huffing and
puffing it up and down the four floors as there's no elevator.
It's 13 minutes via train to downtown Liege (Libon knows the
exact time it takes since that's how she commutes to work), 10
minutes to the nearest freeway and 15 minutes to Liege's airport.
There's a break room but no company cafeteria..Any employee perks?
A 35% discount on company products.
Don't see any chocolate or plants/flowers in Managing Director
Galler's small third floor corner office but do note the computer
and framed pictures of his wife and daughter.
Revenues in 2004 totaled 10 million euros. Galler has 27 shops
around the world including several in Japan, the USA and even
So, how do Galler chocolates taste? I don't know. During our
conversation Libon mentioned giving me a box of chocolates to
take with me but, unfortunately she forgot.
Company website: www.galler.com