Good labor for cheap?

Okay companies of the US I’m getting sick and tired of you guys taking advantage of the economic situation and paying people garbage for jobs that require a high amount of skill. What am I talking about?

Position responsibilities include:

  • Managing/scheduling daily graphic output for print projects to meet deadlines
  • Checking work to ensure all products meet the exact measurements as stated in the production packets
  • Develop new graphic solutions to increase departmental efficiency without compromising quality
  • The ability to laminate, mount, trim and install all graphics
  • Insure quality and integrity of product before it progresses to next step
  • Work with other production departments to facilitate installation or integration of graphic components with other production work
  • Alert management to all potential problems that may occur during production
  • The ability to negotiate outsourced quotes for large volume graphic projects
  • Maintain graphic materials inventory for department
  • Schedule and/or perform necessary maintenance on equipment
  • Supervising/training any temporary print production staff during busier periods
  • Ensure the receipt of correct size and amount of substrate from router room
  • Perform other work duties as assigned

Qualities/experience you should possess:

  • Previous experience running large-format Inkjet printing equipment is required. Winntech uses the following equipment: Roland Camm-1 Pro, Model CX-500 vinyl plotter Roland SolJet PRO II V, Model SC-545EX large format printer HP DesignJet 5000, Model C6095A large format printer HP DesignJet 5500, Model Q1251A large format printer
  • Previous experience with Onyx, Wasatch or similar print software
  • Knowledge of Photoshop, Illustrator, etc. software
  • Previous experience applying/installing graphics and vinyl decals
  • Knowledge of graphic materials, substrates, and different printing techniques is required
  • Detail and goal oriented self-starter with ability to organize effectively
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Quick learner with the ability to make decisions dealing with complex issues
  • Ability to prioritize and execute required tasks in a highly-dynamic environment
  • Graphic Design experience is welcome
  • Must possess the ability to work evenings and weekends as required
  • Must be able to multi-task
  • Possesses a sense of urgency and is accomplishment focused

All this for $30-$35k per year…are you kidding me!?

Companies, please understand that just because you have not positioned yourself to be flexible during hard times, does NOT give you the right to offer such low pay for a job in which someone who probably just got laid off was making a hell of a lot more.

Buck the hell up and offer people what they are worth!

G’night!

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~ by kendellwarner on July 15, 2009.

2 Responses to “Good labor for cheap?”

  1. Wave of the future, sir. No one else seems to be screaming about this; I guess it’s the old “frog in the boiling water” syndrome: put a frog into boiling water, he jumps right out; put a frog in room temperature water, he stays, even as you gradually raise the temperature of the water, until its too late.

  2. this began years ago when computer graphics first became commonplace applications on computers back in the late 80’s and early 90’s… a design teacher told us how the local General Electric factory, at that time, had bought a roomful of new computers for their OFFICE AND SECRETARIAL STAFF expecting them to now be able to create advertising materials with it – while at the same time releasing several key designers from their in-house department!

    the end result: in 1991 GE had a roomful of brand new computer equipment gathering dust.

    this happened with many large corporations throughout america – and potential secretaries with rudimentary knowledge of how to operate graphic design programs held the advantage of those who did not…

    this is how the graphic design field became undervalued…
    except for some of the larger design agencies, the professional customer base is dying out.

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