Fort Dearborn

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Fort Dearborn Reviews

Updated July 16, 2014
Updated July 16, 2014
7 Reviews
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7 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great company

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    Current Employee - Pressman
    Current Employee - Pressman

    I have been working at Fort Dearborn full-time

    Pros

    I show up, do my best, and leave on time. Management is relaxed and understanding. Excellent opportunities within the company.

    Cons

    Projects tend to get delayed due to issues that could have been resolved weeks before. Some equipment is dated and in need of maintenance, but management is more focused on production. Less proactive, more reactive...

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    good old boy network!

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    Former Employee - Manager in Fountain Inn, SC
    Former Employee - Manager in Fountain Inn, SC

    I worked at Fort Dearborn full-time

    Pros

    Pay is OK, hours are good. Great benefits. Upper management is average at best. If you have no ambitions you will retire very happy.

    Cons

    having to do the same job day in and day WITHOUT getting better at it. If you improve on a 10 year old stat, you are punished for rocking the boat. Over charging the customer to make up for poor manufacturing ability.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Production and lean operation is a must. There are people who go to work to work, the savings are proof of a job done well.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    In the beginning company seemed to be going places; more recently the company has struggled.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Fort Dearborn full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Decent pay and benefits. Safety of employees is a high priority.

    Cons

    Very little organic growth. Recent growth has been mainly through acquisitions. Company also does not reinvest in latest technology. Sales department seems to get all the accolades but rarely seems to hit their goals.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look into other printing opportunities than just labels.

    Hold sales department more accountable for missing targets.

    Bring on more seasoned sales employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    i work for fort dearborn currently, and i will never leave.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Worth, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Worth, TX

    I have been working at Fort Dearborn full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    pay is good when you bust your butt and put your heart in everything you do. If you dont want to work do show up. It is a great place to work but you will have to work. I know the management team on a first name basis and i can honestly tell you they care about safety. The new gm Louie is by far the best boss i have the chance to work for and with. He takes my ideas to heart and dosent give me any bull ****.... Yes i understand that this lifestyle will not make me rich but i work four days on four days off and three days on and three days off. What other job will tell you to take three to four days off on a regular basis without getting fired. No where besides off or onshore. Which has great pay but no benifits outside of that little box. I worked for a prison before this job and just health for two was over four hundred a month and it wasnt good healt at that. Fort dearborn offers a wide array of benifts and for two i only pay less that fourty five dollars a week. So you can complain all you want. If you give this company your total focus and work hard you can move up within a couple of years.

    Cons

    Yes pay is not great but it is not terrible either. No team exercises. little commutation for the night shifts. Day shift gets 30 min to 2 hr meeting a day and the night shifts get told to get to work now. A real jip. But maybe i really didnt want to hear all that **** anyways. Still they should make any effort to convey the message in any form or fashion. Family favoritism is strong there. Some people screw around all night and everyone sees them and get told nothin but if i talk to someone for 2 min i get told why are you over here get back to work. Those same people get chewed out and then get told sorry for coming across like that while the other people in the chew session get told nothing afterwards. Man i wish i could get my point across to the higher ups but this is life so i will suck it up for another forty five more years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more fair to all the employees. Stop favoritism. make all the machines equal so we all can have a chance for high numbers and show you that will have what it takes more than the other screw offs.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    An unfortunate letdown.

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    Former Employee - Seaming Operator/Finishing Dpt in Brunswick, GA
    Former Employee - Seaming Operator/Finishing Dpt in Brunswick, GA

    I worked at Fort Dearborn

    Pros

    Pay is as fair as it can be and they spare nothing for training. Safety is important and promoted; most PPE is supplied. Sometimes the shift/schedule allows for long weekends (3-4 days). Overtime is allowed when possible.

    Cons

    You may have to start through a temp service--which can have it's own challenges separate from the Fort Dearborn company. Some of the shifts can be long, especially 12hr nights. Some weekly shifts may be short of 40hrs. The work schedule changes often and the facility is lacking ergonomically.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize talent and qualifications of talents with the same passion seniority is recognized. Allow for an anonymous/protected venue for sincere concerns suggestions. Improve ergonomics in departments where needed (e.g. floor mats etc.), especially in conjunction with lengthy work hours.

    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company for start up sales experience. Company is growing. Market is very saturated.

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    Current Employee - Account Coordinator in Elk Grove Village, IL
    Current Employee - Account Coordinator in Elk Grove Village, IL

    I have been working at Fort Dearborn

    Pros

    They have great benefits. They reinvest in their employees very well. continuous training. Pay is OK, not great. Plenty of product knowledge. Relocation is an option.

    Cons

    Some micro management. Not enough vacation time for employees. Hard to move up. They do not offer educational advancement above a bachelors degree.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow some flexibility to associates. More vacation time and team based activities to boost employee moral. Leadership is a great asset at this company. Allow for educational assistance for MBA degrees.

    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Monotonous

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Fort Dearborn

    Pros

    The pay was actually fair, some of the equipment was ok.

    Cons

    Zero sick time, catty co-workers, changing policies on the fly, whenever requesting help of any sort - it was always denied, incompetent higher management, incompetent HR, inflexibility, being evasive & dishonest in regards to company accounts (IE not letting the clients know that their competitors were also clients) and the rants from the CEO in the quarterly meetings. The 'core' values were always just spewed like a tape recording - 'customer intimacy' in particular was not only annoying, but completely hypocritical. The constant patting-himself-on-the-back about reinvesting in the employees was a joke. There was always a caveat or excuse why they couldn't offer training, or if you did want to proceed with Educational reimbursement, it had a catch to it (IE, you would be locked into a 5 year commitment as an employee, and going beyond a bachelor's degree was never an option).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop lying to the customers as well as the employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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