Federal Signal
3.1 of 5 15 reviews
www.federalsignal.com Oak Brook, IL 1000 to 5000 Employees

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Updated Apr 21, 2014

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

Dennis J. Martin

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55% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Backwards

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
University Park, IL

I worked at Federal Signal full-time

ProsDecent 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.

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

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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The Ship Is Going Down

Mid Level Manager (Former Employee)
Chicago, IL

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

ProsOK Benefits.
Reasonable work hours.
Reasonable salary.

ConsThe 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 Senior ManagementAccept 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.......

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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The worst company I have ever worked for

QA Engineer (Former Employee)
Austin, TX

I worked at Federal Signal

ProsIt 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.

ConsLong 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 Senior ManagementStop 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.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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buyer

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

Prosstable but not reliable on you

Consno change in career and long work time

Advice to Senior Managementn/a

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

Union Production Employee (Current Employee)
University Park, IL

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

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

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

Advice to Senior ManagementWhy bother offering suggestions to a body that never really listens anyway

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Good company buts lots of changes

Supervisor (Current Employee)
University Park, IL

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

ProsPeople 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.

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

Advice to Senior ManagementPeople are your most important peice of business

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Parking Industry products

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Federal Signal

ProsCompany has potential to grow

ConsProducts are so out of date they need investment to fix.

Advice to Senior ManagementGood staff and people. Need better management.

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Old School

Systems Administrator (Former Employee)
Irvine, CA

I worked at Federal Signal full-time for more than a year

ProsA longstanding, stable company that will be around for awhile.

ConsA bit myopic when it comes to leveraging software and technology. Coming from a manufacturing background, they have yet to embrace the 21st century.

Advice to Senior ManagementThere is more than a little cronyism taking place here, at least in the IT department. Time to clean house. Also, IT talent has been fleeing due to mismanagement.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Great people to work with

Designer (Current Employee)
University Park, IL

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

ProsBenefits, time off, work from home sometimes, great travel Benefits

Conseveryone these day all say pay, far from my home

Advice to Senior ManagementPay your employees at least the national average

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great Job, Bad Management Choices

Manufacturing (Former Employee)
University Park, IL

I worked at Federal Signal full-time for more than a year

ProsGreat Pay,Benefits,College Course Reimbersement, etc.

ConsHaving to Bid for other jobs based on seniority. Management makes bad choices.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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