Author: Dennis Gros

Dennis Gros

Originally from South Louisiana, Dennis founded Gros Executive Recruiters in 1989 and moved operations to middle Tennessee two years later. He is a frequent speaker, author, and editorial contributor for publications and events related to plastics and packaging employment. On weekends you might find him playing piano in a swing band.

It’s Math…and Demographics

There are more jobs than qualified, interested job seekers. We have the statistics, and we’re not surprised. In very practical terms, here’s how the ratios play out for employers and job seekers in plastics and packaging: Employers are energetically attempting to hire for expansion. The job titles in highest demand today are sales, production management, and maintenance. Simultaneously, employers are coddling their most valuable employees. Not as many people are responding to ads, compared to one year ago. Salaries have... more

You’re in demand

If it feels like job activity is hot, you’re right. At 3.8% unemployment, the job market hasn’t seen this level of buzz since the year 2000.


Do what we did this morning. Open a Google search window. Type “Plastics”, then choose news. The first seven articles infer a negative slant of our industry, but it’s not all bad…

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5 hiring mistakes and their risks

Your decision to hire is not for the faint of heart. One wrong move and you’ll trigger an alarm. Trip up and the local authorities will be there in no time flat. Really mess up and the Feds could get called in. Which mistakes are these?

Bad or good?

If NAFTA has disproportionately favored Mexico over the United States, renegotiating NAFTA would be good, right? No, according to several plastics organizations.¹ Let’s try again. To rebuild manufacturing in the USA, we should impose tariffs on incoming goods, right? No, according to the stock market.² One more time. Making more resin than we consume, so we can sell some overseas, is a good thing, right? No, according to economist Alan Tonelson.³ The only sensible way to make sense of the... more

About your offer

What factors are involved when an employer determines the amount of compensation for a new offer of employment? The quick answer is, high enough to encourage the candidate to accept, yet low enough that the employer can afford to write the paycheck. But nothing is that simple. It’s a complex series of value judgments. Here is a list of considerations that play in the background: The tangible value of this job to our organization–How much money will this new employee... more

Am I paid what I’m worth?

Find out where you stand by participating in one or both of these industry-leading salary surveys, brought to you by us! Plastics Salary Survey Sponsored by the Society of Plastics Engineers and Gros Executive Recruiters Packaging Salary Survey Sponsored by the Institute of Packaging Professionals and Gros Executive Recruiters

We say it again: pay raise

2018 will be the year of the pay raise. That’s our story, and we’re sticking with it. The pundits predict an overall increase in pay of 3% this year. Our firm expects 4% in plastics and packaging, plus more lucrative bonus payouts. Why not?  We’re worth it! Also, there’s not a backlog of trained, energetic talent in line to replace retiring workers. Employers will need to coax their long-time employees into staying for a few more years. Here are the... more