Federal Signal

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Federal Signal Reviews

Updated October 29, 2014
Updated October 29, 2014
24 Reviews
2.5
24 Reviews
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  1.  

    Old School

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    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in Irvine, CA

    I worked at Federal Signal full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    A 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 ManagementAdvice

    There 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great people to work with

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Designer in University Park, IL
    Current Employee - Designer in University Park, IL

    I have been working at Federal Signal full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    everyone these day all say pay, far from my home

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay your employees at least the national average

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great Job, Bad Management Choices

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manufacturing in University Park, IL
    Former Employee - Manufacturing in University Park, IL

    I worked at Federal Signal full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great Pay,Benefits,College Course Reimbersement, etc.

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Good, was better

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Federal Signal

    Pros

    Opportunity for career growth is positive

    Cons

    Organizational goals and direction often ambiguous

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop a solid vision and communicate direction clearly to employees

    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    This company is as good as your manager in turn

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    • Career Opportunities
    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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    • Career Opportunities
    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.  

    buyer

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    stable but not reliable on you

    Cons

    no change in career and long work time

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    n/a

  9.  

    downhill

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    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    review

    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Pay the performing employees

    Doesn't Recommend
  11.  

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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

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