Electronic Design

Electronic Design Industry Barometer Poll: Q1 2006

What's your outlook on the economic health of the electronics industry for this quarter?

  • Robust and growing 13%
  • Showing moderate strength 63%
  • Stagnant 16%
  • Somewhat weak 6%
  • A steep decline 2%

How's your project workload shaping up for the next quarter?

  • Too much to manage 15%
  • Rising but manageable 40%
  • About the same 33%
  • Fewer projects in the pipeline 12%

Is your company headed in the right direction to achieve stability and/or growth?

  • Yes, management has a strong game plan 28%
  • We're almost on the right track 40%
  • We're positioned to tread water 26%
  • No, we've taken a wrong turn 6%

During the upcoming quarter, will your company's workforce...

  • Increase 36%
  • Decrease 10%
  • Stay the same 54%

During this year, will your company's revenues...

  • Grow substantially 17%
  • See a modest uptick 59%
  • Remain flat 17%
  • Drop slightly 5%
  • Fall dramatically 2%

What one professional issue is of greatest concern to you?

  • Job security 18%
  • Your company's long-term viability 37%
  • General health of the economy 25%
  • The outsourcing trend 20%

What's your guess on your compensation for the coming year?

  • It should rise 56%
  • It will stay the same 38%
  • Wages and/or benefits could be cut 6%

Do you see opportunities for career advancement in engineering?

  • Yes, opportunity is rampant 21%
  • Some opportunity but with limits 68%
  • No, it's a dead-end career path 11%
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