Federal Signal Reviews

Updated July 13, 2015
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Federal Signal President and CEO Dennis J. Martin
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  1. The worst company I have ever worked for

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    Former Employee - QA Engineer in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - QA Engineer in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  2. The Ship Is Going Down

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Mid Level Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Mid Level Manager in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Federal Signal full-time (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 Management

    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.......


  3. Backwards

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in University Park, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in University Park, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


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  5. 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
    Current Employee - Manufacturing/Assembly in University Park, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Federal Signal full-time (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 Management

    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.


  6. review

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at Federal Signal full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    fun environment, good benefits, good employees

    Cons

    They dont pay their good employees well

    Advice to Management

    Pay the performing employees


  7. downhill

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assembly in University Park, IL
    Current Employee - Assembly in University Park, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Federal Signal full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Average benefits. pretty decent pay when you're a union member.

    Cons

    Sometimes hard to work hard when your neighbor does nothing but gets the same pay. I see alot of favortism.

    Advice to Management

    Dont fix whats not broke... Upper management doesn't realize how valuable some employee positions are and just start making un-needed changes and getting rid of people. In this day and age, its hard to see good people lose their jobs.


  8. This place sucks!!!

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in University Park, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in University Park, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Federal Signal (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    It will be close in the next couple yrs

    Cons

    Most of the people here have never had another job and don't know what a good job is...I hate this place with a passion!!

    Advice to Management

    You don't know everything!!


  9. Settle on a strategy

    Current Employee - Systems Integration in University Park, IL
    Current Employee - Systems Integration in University Park, IL

    I have been working at Federal Signal full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    There is a lot of autonomy to solve problems on your own. No day is ever the same, and we're always learning some new technology.

    Cons

    Leadership and organizational structure changes frequently, which also changes the direction and goals of the organization. Sometimes it's difficult to keep up with the change.

    Advice to Management

    Pick one strategy carefully, and follow it; be consistent and over communicate what the organization is doing - because right now there is very little communication. Consider sending an org chart so employees know what the organization looks like.



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