Federal Signal

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Federal Signal Reviews

Updated 10 September 2014
Updated 10 September 2014
21 Reviews
2.9
21 Reviews
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Federal Signal President and CEO Dennis J. Martin
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  1.  

    In my time with the company, I have learned a lot, and been given opportunities to contribute in many departments.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Federal Signal full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Probably the most outstanding positive things about Federal Signal are work/life balance, training opportunities (you need to be your own advocate here, however), and generally friendly culture.

    Cons

    Generally lower-than-industry-average salary and sometimes limited professional advancement can be problematic. Accountability for many functions is also wanting, which makes for a difficult work environment at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communication of strategy, as well as its implementation are areas for significant improvement.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    go with the flow or else! and figure it out on your own

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    Current Employee - Manufacturing/Assembly  in  University Park, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Manufacturing/Assembly in University Park, IL (US)

    I have been working at Federal Signal full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    good hours for salary people, never worked a weekend and very rarely you needed to stay late

    Cons

    no company direction as everybody is looking to meet the numbers, which are poorly calculated and forecasted anyway. Many union workers know how to play the game really well and they do just the minimal. Seems that a lot of people is there because they have enough seniority but almost no one shows a real desire to learn. Same thing with many salary employees, lack of professional attitude, engineers can work together and with others but supervisors are bad at disciplining people and following up. Schedulers don't even know how to create orders so everything is on a please-make-this system...I don't have time/send me an email are pretty common answers when you ask for help

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I guess the "healing" process would be a long and painful but they got to start some time and the sooner the better. Having a training and a disciplinary program that would allow employees to increase their knowledge and skills and the a system that would hold them accountable should be started.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    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
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  5.  

    You need to play the game

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Federal Signal full-time

    Pros

    average benefits and pay - for the work

    Cons

    Very political environment - narcissistic leadership tem

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop hiring your friends

    Doesn't Recommend
  6.  

    This company is as good as your manager in turn

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Federal Signal

    Pros

    Decent salary, good benefits, opportunity to learn and grow if you land with the right manager.

    Cons

    Management changes every two weeks, no sense of "Team Play" between departments at all.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Educate your supervisors, and show real interest for the people at the bottom. See around you and notice that the managers loved by that people are the ones that last longer.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Can't be trusted

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    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    I worked at Federal Signal full-time

    Pros

    Decent products, people other than management

    Cons

    Dishonest management. Management only concerned with lining their pockets. Political. This could be a great company but the management at all levels are more concerned with lining their pockets and hiding behind their position to belittle others GS.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work to make the company great rather than take all you can. Retire, you are holding this company back. Dump the guy with the little-man's syndrome.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    This company is doing well...on the backs of the workers at the bottom

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    Current Employee - Union Production Employee  in  University Park, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Union Production Employee in University Park, IL (US)

    I have been working at Federal Signal full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Regular work hours, good pay(unless you're union hired after the last contract), insurance, 401k, paid vacations

    Cons

    This company adheres to the low moral standards that are common in corporate America today. (Greed before people)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Why bother offering suggestions to a body that never really listens anyway

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Good company buts lots of changes

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    Current Employee - Supervisor  in  University Park, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Supervisor in University Park, IL (US)

    I have been working at Federal Signal full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    People at the plant level are great and through some of the ranks. Old leadership really cared and knew something about everyone. Over years, senior leadership driven by the dollar vs social responsibility of the people who they effect.

    Cons

    Company goes thru periods when really good but lots of change and hard to hold onto good talent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    People are your most important peice of business

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great place to work

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    Current Employee - Integration Engineer  in  University Park, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Integration Engineer in University Park, IL (US)

    I have been working at Federal Signal full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good place to learn and enhance career

    Cons

    Influx of work high and low

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Good

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    Current Employee - Project Engineer
    Current Employee - Project Engineer

    I have been working at Federal Signal full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good company to work with

    Cons

    There is always some cons but then they are there for reason.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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