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Plastics Compensation Down, Employee Optimism Up

APRIL 18, 2017—Despite the continuation of a three-year decline for average plastics compensation, plastics professionals are optimistic about the future, according to the 2017 Plastics Salary and Trends Survey, which reports earnings for the previous calendar year. Average total cash compensation (salaries plus bonuses and incentives) decreased 1% to $112,740 in 2017. 1,351 plastics professionals shared details about their 2016 compensation in the 2017 annual salary survey, conducted by Gros Executive Recruiters and the Society of Plastics Engineers. Average base... more

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5 Questions to Ask a Plastics or Packaging Employer During Your Interview

We’ve all been there. We’ve made it through initial phone calls and landed an interview with what we think is the employer of our dreams. Then it happens. The interviewer wraps up her questioning and asks, “Do you have any questions for me?” For a moment we silently berate ourselves for forgetting to prepare these questions, even though we’ve thought of many during the process leading up to this moment. Our minds go blank and if we’re lucky, we can... more

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Significant but not urgent

Workforce development is the most important issue facing processors, according to a new survey.  However, they are not yet willing to invest toward workforce improvements. Why?  Here’s our assessment: The 2017 State of the Industry Report released by the Manufacturers Association for Plastics Processors quantifies 92% of executives with concerns about “Recruiting, Training, and Retaining Employees.”  However, in a subsequent question about budgets, these same executives identified their top categories slated for spending as capital equipment, not people. As published... more

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Your guess: Money up or down?

Results of the 2017 salary survey of the plastics industry will be released very soon.  What’s your guess?  Up or down?  One click-poll, just for fun.  The survey was co-sponsored by Gros Executive Recruiters and the Society of Plastics Engineers. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Moneyupordown  

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5 Steps to Finding Your Next Plastics or Packaging Employee

Finding the best fit for your open position can be challenging. That’s where we come in. See how our Exploration Package can help you streamline your process and free up your time so that you can focus on the candidates, not the minutiae. 1. Solidify your requirements. We’ll help you assess and refine your job requirements to make sure you get the best responses. 2. Advertise your position in the right market. Attracting the right candidates for your position is a lot... more

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Forecasters Predict Higher Salaries in 2017

The more things change the more they stay the same. Hiring is quicker and wages are predicted to increase, but plastics and packaging jobs continue to see tepid growth at best. Want to know more? Take the 2017 Institute of Packaging Professionals’ Annual Salary Survey or the 2017 Society of Plastics Engineers’ Annual Salary Survey, both co-sponsored by Gros Recruiters, and we’ll send you a copy of our 2017 Insiders Report. Also, when you fill out the surveys, you’ll receive... more

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2017 Plastics AND Packaging Salary Surveys Now OPEN!

Our annual salary surveys are now LIVE. We’re ready for your feedback. Take the plastics survey — | — Or take the packaging survey Whether you are in plastics or packaging, your survey completion is your ticket to the results! Each year we conduct the plastics survey alongside the Society of Plastics Engineers and the packaging survey alongside the Institute of Packaging Professionals to discover (and share) new insights into the both industries straight from the source. The final results... more

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Salary Survey 2017 Coming Soon!

Standby for Our Annual Plastics Salary Survey Every year we host a survey alongside the Society of Plastics Engineers. We poll all levels of plastics professionals about their salaries and job satisfaction. And in doing so, we’re able to create and share a benchmark for salaries, job satisfaction and industry trends among various demographics and job titles. Here’s how it works: Simply complete the salary once it’s live to gain access to the results once the survey is complete. Last... more

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