Having only been in the plastics industry for 5 short years, I have conflicting feelings on the use of plastics. Of course, I want to save the environment–who doesn’t? I hear all the anti-plastic media hype with pictures of sea turtles that are trapped in the beer can holders. I see the pictures of plastic waste in the ocean and it breaks my heart, and it should. But, what I don’t hear about is how much plastic has changed our... more
The juxtaposition of two seemingly unrelated news stories caught my eye. My newsfeed list presented an article about the FASTEST DISAPPEARING JOBS just above GIG WORKERS ARE NOT EMPLOYEES. In my opinion, these stories are related. The first article lists postmasters, telephone operators, and watch repair technicians in the vulnerable list. I would add taxi drivers, fast food cashiers, and travel agents. Oh, sorry, travel agents are already extinct. The second news piece addresses the case of people who accept... more
At the point of an offer, employers and candidates have a huge investment at stake. Interviews, time, travel, staff time, productivity, and more. So now candidates want offers and employers want the new employee. Here are the major considerations we hear from candidates who respond, “I’ll give you an answer tomorrow.” How was I treated during the interview? Was the hiring system reasonable? Did I understand the reason behind each interview step? Or does the employer appear disorganized? Does the... more
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I once took a job at a manufacturing company after one interview with the president of the company. Shame on me for not doing much research on the company or the corporate culture ahead of time. Never in a million years could I have imagined the drama this company had within its walls. Don’t get me wrong, the company was great at what it did and produced a quality product. However, the behind the scenes drama was much more than... more
Guess which job function is predominant in our list of current projects? Well, I guess you got the hint. Sales jobs outnumber the next category, 2 to 1! Second on our list is Production related jobs, from plant management to technician. Following that are categories of senior management and quality. Are you surprised?
Is your company considering an expansion to serve the medical device industry? So is everyone else. The competition for talent in the medical device industry is vicious. It all starts with sales. Salespeople who know names, numbers, and email addresses of medical buyers are in high demand right now, and they know it. We’ve seen several instances of multiple offers for successful sales representatives since January 1st. While you’re budgeting for your new press, and your new clean room, don’t... more
Last year, we predicted workers in 2018 would see compensation increases. Did it happen? YES! The initial results are in, and our salary survey shows that most of you earned more money in 2018 than in the previous year. We will have additional information for you soon. The 2019 Plastics Salary and Trends Survey is co-produced by MBS Advisors and SPE-Inspiring Plastics Professionals.