KANSAS CITY, MO. – After previewing the results during a presentation at the North American Meat Institute Outlook Conference this past month, MEAT+POULTRY has published the industry’s only survey of salary, benefits and job satisfaction for the meat and poultry processing sector.
The survey is featured as M+P’s cover story in the December issue. In partnership with NAMI, M+P commissioned Cypress Research and Associates, Kansas City, Mo., to provide an in-depth perspective of executives and mid-level managers working in the meat and poultry industry. The information-rich report includes not only job title-specific compensation and benefits data, but also job satisfaction findings and demographic profiles of respondents representing large and small companies– including age, education, years of service and gender.
The online survey results are based on surveys completed by 427 respondents representing small processing companies (reporting annual sales of less than $100 million) and large firms (those reporting annual sales of more than $100 million). Sixty percent of respondents identified their companies as large and 40 percent of them reported working at small companies.
Respondents identified themselves based on 15 job titles that were categorized as either executive level or mid-level managers. Respondents ranked their satisfaction across 17 attributes grouped into either Job Content (including work expectations, recognition for achievement, growth opportunities, etc…) or Job Environment (including job security, workplace safety, salary, supervision, etc…). Respondents also reported their company’s hiring conditions over the past year.
Highlights of job satisfaction from the 2015 survey
Among large and small companies, the following were among the attributes contributing to their job satisfaction: safety in the workplace and relationships with peers and subordinates. Job status and job security were also mentioned as drivers among respondents of small companies, but not large firms.
Respondents from both large and small companies reported these attributes as detractors of job satisfaction: Growth opportunities available; rate of advancement; and recognition for work achievement. Respondents from small companies reported affordable, quality health insurance as a detracting attribute.
The published report includes only a portion of the findings. The complete survey is available for download in PDF format.