their facility. Most readers—47.22 percent—said that
the cleanroom workers themselves perform cleaning
duties, which is up from 42.7 percent in 2018 and
36.1 percent in 2017. An outside cleaning company
is hired by 29.17 percent of survey takers, up from
27. 2 percent in 2018 but down from 36.1 percent
in 2017. A total of 23.61 percent of responders have
an in-house staff dedicated to cleaning duties, down
from 30.1 percent in 2018 and 27. 8 percent in 2017.
The vast majority of Controlled Environments
readers who responded to this survey are men, at
87.3 percent of responders, as in previous surveys.
Unlike previous years, where one age group clearly
dominated the workforce, this year’s survey showed
a fairly even split between the four age groups
we offered in our poll options— 23.81 percent are
under age 40, 26.98 percent are in the 40 to 49 age
bracket, 25. 4 are aged 50 to 59, and 23.81 percent
are over age 60.
We also asked our readers about their company’s
annual sales revenue, and 40.98 percent responded
that they work for a company that brings in $25
million or less. Meanwhile, 21. 31 percent said that
their company has an annual sales revenue of $25 to
$100 million; 14.75 percent work for companies in
the $100 to $500 million range; and 22.95 percent
work for a company that brings in more than $500
million per year.
Salary and responsbilities
A slight majority of survey takers, at 31.75 percent, do
not supervise anyone. Supervisors with five or fewer
people under them represent 30. 16 of survey takers;
11. 11 percent each answered that they supervise six to
10 employees and 10 to 20 employees; and 15.87 are
in charge of more than 20 employees.
The trend of increasing workloads continued into
2019, with 79.03 percent of responders saying that
the demands of their jobs have increased within the
past year. Workloads remained steady for 14.52
of responders, and 6.45 percent said that their job
demands have decreased in the past year.
Similar to last year, a little over half of our survey
takers reported getting some kind of increase in
pay or benefits in the past year, whether it was a
“standard” or “considerable” performance-based
raise, or a cost-of-living raise. About 9. 5 percent of
responders said they were rewarded in the form of a
stronger benefits package, or they were given more
incentive-based opportunities for cash rewards. A
total of 20.63 percent said they received no type of
salary increase whatsoever.
In a separate question, 79.37 percent said they
have not faced any salary or benefits cuts in the past
year, which is up from 70.9 percent in 2019.
When asked if their company offers adequate
opportunities for growth, 60.32 percent said yes, up
from 48.2 percent in 2018 and 53.8 percent in 2017.
For the second year, we asked readers if they are
looking for new jobs and why. Consistent with
last year’s results, 40.32 percent said that they are
happy in their current position and are therefore not
seeking new employment. Meanwhile, 29.03 percent
admitted that they’re looking simply out of curiosity,
compared to 36.5 percent last year; 19.35 percent
responded that they are actively seeking a new job,
up from 15. 3 percent in 2018.
Interestingly, 11. 29 percent said that while they’re
unhappy in their current position they are not
looking to switch jobs at the moment, a figure that’s
up from 8. 2 percent last year.
For those who responded that they are looking for
a new job, we asked them why. A better commute/
more flexible hours was the top answer this year, as
selected 21. 15 of responders, up from 14. 5 percent
last year. Unhappiness with their current salary/
benefits package was cited by 11.54 percent of survey
takers, a big fall from 27. 6 percent in 2018.
Another 9.62 percent said that they are bored and
looking for a change, nearly identical to last year’s
9. 2 percent.
Finally, those who say that they are unhappy with
their current management/coworkers came in at
13.46 percent, a jump from 6/6 percent in 2018.
We also asked our readers if they plan to pursue
a management position within their industry, and
47.62 percent responded that they are while 17.46
percent said that they are not, and 34.92 percent
replied that they already hold a management