Federal Signal Reviews

Updated 20 August 2014
Updated 20 August 2014
20 Reviews

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Federal Signal President, CEO, and Director Dennis J. Martin
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  1.  

    Very poor. Stay away

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    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    I worked at Federal Signal full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Decent products when they take the time to assemble them correctly, which is rare

    Cons

    These people are dishonest. I would not recommend anyone working for them or buying from them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit ruining the company, retire

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Backwards

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  University Park, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in University Park, IL (US)

    I worked at Federal Signal full-time

    Pros

    Decent pay unless you start now in the union, very friendly co-workers in most areas, understanding immediate supervisors, and the feeling that knowing your good work is keeping people safe.

    Cons

    Terrible HR, terrible union, terrible labor relations that harm the company as well as the worker, and most of all terrible middle and upper management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's not the 1930s anymore. Wake up and step forward finally instead of importing more from China as your solution to increase profit margins.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    The Ship Is Going Down

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    Former Employee - Mid Level Manager  in  Chicago, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Mid Level Manager in Chicago, IL (US)

    I worked at Federal Signal full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    OK Benefits.
    Reasonable work hours.
    Reasonable salary.

    Cons

    The company is destined for breakup. The parts are more valuable then the whole, and the decentralized management systems do not work. There is disarray, and a lack of direction among senior management. The left hand does not know what the right hand is doing. With that disarray, you have a free-for-all with mid-level-management playing by their own rules. Too many managers, who won't roll their sleeves up and get dirty, and not enough "line" workers, which causes resentment among the rank and file. CEO is out of touch, and the mass exodus of mid-level and some senior management is evidence of that. Somehow, he has shareholders convinced he has a "plan". Where's the proof?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Accept the fact that the business is not going to grow, the culture is not going to get better, and product quality is going to continue to deterioriate. Once you accept that, make a decision -- go down with the ship, or jump while you can.......

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    The worst company I have ever worked for

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    Former Employee - QA Engineer  in  Austin, TX (US)
    Former Employee - QA Engineer in Austin, TX (US)

    I worked at Federal Signal

    Pros

    It was interesting to know what happens when a car goes through a toll booth and what happens to charge the owner of the car for the toll. The web based application had lots of different options to learn.

    Cons

    Long hours and panic fixes lead to bad work life balance. Salary is way below market. There is little to no communication. Things are sprung on you at the last minute. No training available.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop treating your employees like mushrooms. You need to communicate more and give some incentives. And let them not have to work on the weekends once in a while.

    Doesn't Recommend
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