Federal Signal Reviews

Updated May 11, 2015
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Federal Signal President and CEO Dennis J. Martin
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  1. Friendly place work

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Federal Signal full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.


  2. Review

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Federal Signal

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    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


  3. Falling fast

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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.


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  5. downhill

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assembly in University Park, IL
    Current Employee - Assembly in University Park, IL

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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.


  6. review

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    fun environment, good benefits, good employees

    Cons

    They dont pay their good employees well

    Advice to Management

    Pay the performing employees


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

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manufacturing/Assembly in University Park, IL
    Current Employee - Manufacturing/Assembly in University Park, IL

    I have been working at Federal Signal full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    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.


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

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.


  9. You need to play the game

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Federal Signal full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    average benefits and pay - for the work

    Cons

    Very political environment - narcissistic leadership tem

    Advice to Management

    Stop hiring your friends


  10. This company is as good as your manager in turn

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Federal Signal

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


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

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Union Production Employee in University Park, IL
    Current Employee - Union Production Employee in University Park, IL

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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



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