Federal Signal Reviews

Updated August 18, 2015
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  1. Senior Manager

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I have been working at Federal Signal full-time

    Pros

    Friendly and open work environment

    Cons

    Some parts of the company run like a factory


  2. 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.


  3. This place sucks!!!

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    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!!


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  5. Friendly place work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Federal Signal full-time

    Pros

    Nice people to work with. Decent facilities but some show signs of age. Good bonus payout. Willing to train people.

    Cons

    Not the best base salary in the industry. Job titles could better fit the industry / skills. I don't see a path to advance.

    Advice to Management

    Look at base salaries.


  6. Review

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    There are many great products

    Cons

    Lower pay that other companies in the same industries offer. No room for advancing career

    Advice to Management

    There is need for training and work-life balance


  7. Falling fast

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Federal Signal full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    There's is a few experienced people still working for FS.

    Cons

    Upper management does not understand what it takes for make FS product.


  8. downhill

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    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.


  9. 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


  10. 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
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

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


  11. 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.



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