Jungle Wisdom

Job Market ebbs

The demand for professionals in plastics and packaging waned late in the second quarter.  We have reset the Gros Job Market Index to Employer +2. Activity in the second quarter began briskly and diminished through the period.  Is this a typical summer phenomenon?  maybe.  if so, that would be reassuring–like a return to normalcy.  we haven’t been normal since 2008. At the start of the second quarter, we proclaimed an improvement in the demand for professionals in plastics and packaging. ... more

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What happened to my job?

I understand they had to downsize.  But whey ME? In many cases the unfortunate answer is, your skills have become obsolete or overpriced.  Companies have learned how to attain higher profits by employing fewer people.  It’s not that you get ejected from your cubicle today, and someone new is hired to sit in that seat tomorrow.  Rather, the competition for your job occurs invisibly.  Like this: An on-line discussion group provides your manager with round-table input, replacing your weekly in-house... more

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Good cheer is welcomed here

The survey results are in, and you’re optimistic! 1,994 respondents completed the 2011 Plastics Salary and Trends Survey, up considerably from 2010.  The survey is co-sponsored by Gros Executive Recruiters and the Society of Plastics Engineers.  here are highlights: The percent of respondents reporting they have confidence that their job will exist in 12 months has remained fairly stable over the last seven surveys at around 92%. But the type of confidence has changed significantly.  More respondents report being very... more

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Gros-SPE 2011 Salary Survey: Tone is Positive

2011 Salary Survey Reveals Plastics Industry Outlook Remains Positive JUNE 3, 2011 — Plastics industry professionals report continued optimism within the industry, according to the 2011 Plastics Salary and Trends Survey. The annual survey is conducted by Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) and Gros Executive Recruiters. 72 percent of survey respondents reported being very confident that their jobs will exist in 12 months, and 70 percent of plastics industry employees expect salary increases. In addition, managers and employers expect employee compensation... more

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How light is lightweight?

We’re reached the end of the era of lightweighting in package design, according to brand design guru Peter Clarke.  I’m reminded of the story that in 1899 the US Commissioner of Patents proposed to close his office because everything had been invented (whether true or myth). The term light-weighting refers to product design and manufacturing to reduce the size, mass, and materials required to manufacture a package.  For example, the evolution of formerly sturdy drinking water bottles to a flimsy,... more

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Wow! Look at the MONEY!

Don’t get too excited.  A raise of 2.8 percent?  We will take it to the bank (uh, I’ll take mine to the gas pump).  The average professional in packaging saw his/her compensation increase by 2.8 percent in 2010.  that’s the result of our recent survey of packaging professions. Quick background: Average earnings of packaging professionals in 2008 was $101,879.  In 2009, $101,470 and in 2010, $104,847.  partners in the packaging survey are the Institute of Packaging Professionals, Packaging World publications,... more

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Looney observations

This has been a curious week.  For some reason, several individuals in my life who are typically prone to logical, rational thought decided instead to take the opposite course.  They made wild decisions.  They acted strangely.  I noticed something else this week…we had a full moon. What do these diverse phenomena have in common?  Let’s explore the facts. Although the moon in only 1/80 of the earth’s mass….the water of every ocean in the world obeys the gravity of the... more

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Ahhh…it feels a little better

The job market for executives in plastics and packaging improved significantly in the first quarter.  It’s time to reevaluate the Gros Job Market Index to Employer +1.  yet, applicants outnumber the available jobs.

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