100% of the CEO
I have been working at Fort Dearborn full-time for 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 Senior Management – 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.
Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company
2013-08-21 05:54 PDT
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 Senior Management – 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.
2011-10-06 06:35 PDT
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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 Senior Management – 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.
2010-12-11 17:41 PST
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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 Senior Management – Stop lying to the customers as well as the employees.
No, I would not recommend this company to a friend
2012-05-07 11:58 PDT
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