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FastSigns Reviews

Updated January 7, 2017
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  • Small retail environment, independently owned, not much room for growth (in 5 reviews)

  • No Benefits like health or dental (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Production Team Leader"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Design/Production in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Design/Production in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    - Challenging and fulfilling work environment.
    - Positive staff and optimistic/supportive management.
    - Opportunities to grow in career via cross-training in different paths (production/sales/design)
    - Opportunities for overtime and additional compensation.

    Cons

    - No retirement saving plan.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in employees with matched retirement savings plan.


  2. "Would Recommend"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Production Assistant in Germantown, TN
    Current Employee - Production Assistant in Germantown, TN

    I have been working at FastSigns (Less than a year)

    Pros

    great team of employees to work with.

    Cons

    Fast Paced and detail oriented job


  3. "it depends on the owner since is a franchise"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Production Specialist in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Production Specialist in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at FastSigns full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    you have the opportunity to learn and practice new skills coworkers are amazing

    Cons

    it depends completely on the owner mine was a racist and narcissist that will always have inappropriate comments for working women. and the benefits were non existing.

    Advice to Management

    pay attention to the owners and how they actually do business.


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  5. "Great place with state of the art eqipment"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at FastSigns full-time

    Pros

    If you hit your bonuses, the pay there is great. The franchise I worked for was very organized and had many failsafes in place to ensure that the product came out in a timely manner and lived up to the name.

    Cons

    Sometimes had difficult clients, but not more than is usual working any retail job. Also the bonus structure made it so sometimes you wouldn't get any commission on a sale.

    Advice to Management

    Fix the commission structure, more support for franchises from corporate. In my time at FASTSIGNS I only saw someone from corporate once.


  6. "No Growth"

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

    I worked at FastSigns full-time

    Pros

    I got hands-on experience in multiple facets of the business. Worked on many projects where I got to be creative and saw my work throughout the community

    Cons

    It is a small team environment. When someone is off or sick, things become hectic. There are no opportunities to expand.


  7. "Good Company to Work For"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in San Rafael, CA
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in San Rafael, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at FastSigns full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The employees were great and everyone knew thier job very well. The work that they produce is of high quality and a good price.

    Cons

    There are no cons to report. The company is run well and the owner is passionate about the business and producing a good product.


  8. "Great Temporary Employment"

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    Current Employee - Outside Sales Representative in New Orleans, LA
    Current Employee - Outside Sales Representative in New Orleans, LA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at FastSigns full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    You're able to encounter new and unique projects every day. Accounts are diverse . You have the freedom to manage your accounts.

    Cons

    Your experience will only be as good as your management. Pay is sub par. Majority of your jobs are sub contracted so you have to rely on quality contractors. They do not allow you to disclose that the work is sub contracted so if it's a great product the project will be great but if the product is sub par you have to constantly scrounge up excuses and ways you plan to repair the damage.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your employees more and strive to create more products in-house. Sub contracting 90% of your jobs creates unnecessary stress for all involved and a reduced commission when more work is involved.


  9. "Graphic Designer - Vinyl Cutter"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Graphic Designer in Oklahoma City, OK
    Former Employee - Graphic Designer in Oklahoma City, OK
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at FastSigns full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Work flow you were always busy rarely ever bored. The pay was decent for graphic designer position.

    Rarely had to stay passed 5:00 pm

    Laid back environment for the most part, unless they start panicking about jobs that are due.

    Easy work and easy money once you get accustomed to the flow

    You got Sales commission on the jobs you finished, usually around 100-200 extra a month. Seemed like a lot until you saw the salesmen making 500-600. When you're really doing all the work. (Could be Pro & Con)

    Very understand with your family if you have events/sudden problems. You can call ahead of time and they will work with you.

    Interview's were entertaining and engaging.

    Some customers are CRAZY, while other's leave great reviews and even leave gifts off for you if you do go over and beyond. Rare but it does happen, the best part about the job is a customer coming in for a regular poster. But you decide to spend a little extra time and get creative on it. They 85% of the time love it.

    Cons

    Not challenging, pretty much did the same work everyday

    Zero room for creativity

    They made racist jokes every now and again, can't work there if you're sensitive.

    Got blamed for a lot of things that I myself couldn't have known and that production should've have caught.

    Did a lot of free work because manager wanted to treat customers (Owner which didn't know about)

    Poorly trained and unorganized, you learn a lot on the fly. That they expect you to already know (that doesn't pertain to the graphic design part)

    Not a lot of room for growth here, if you're here for graphic design that's pretty much all you'll ever be.

    You got incentive based checks if your store hits goal, but most the time our Sales man would make mistakes so much that month that the owner(s) would deduct their mistakes from the entire stores bonus checks. So you wouldn't get it anyway. But hey you hit store goals and broke records right? RIGHT!

    DO NOT WORK HERE IF YOU CAN'T TAKE YOUR MANAGER MICROMANAGING AND WATCHING YOU WORK OVER YOUR SHOULDERS.

    Constantly feeling like you're being tugged in two different directions between production and your store's management. Both want the same results but can't seem to figure out the path they want YOU to take to get there. So when you do it and one side doesn't like how you do it, it's a problem and it comes back directly on you. Voice your opinion on things if you don't like how it's going because it'll end up being your fault anyway. Communication is the #1 thing lacking here.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Conroe TX - Owners are the problem"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Employment, interesting work, coworkers were good people, the shop ran efficiently

    Cons

    Owners had everyone convinced they were going to be fired, had multiple mass firings, all of which caused employees to keep their heads down and throw blame at first opportunity.

    Advice to Management

    Hire better, manage better, look for alternatives to termination


  11. Helpful (1)

    "You go nowhere Fast at FastSigns..."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Graphic Designer in Willow Grove, PA
    Former Employee - Senior Graphic Designer in Willow Grove, PA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at FastSigns full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    If you are a young college student or grad, looking to to gain some practical design, print and production experience, this was a great place to start! Also teaches you a lot about multi-tasking and working efficiently with fellow employees.

    Cons

    Redundant work: design a help wanted sign, yard sale, generic logos, 25 sign layouts a day... Etc. repeat. The deadlines are tight with same day service... Doesn't allow much time for planning and referencing... Work quickly and may treat you like a xerox machine. Franchise operation, so don't expect more than 12-15$ to start. The benefits were not terrible, but depends on franchisee (owner).

    Advice to Management

    Offer quarterly bonuses based on overall shop performance and sales to each one of your employees to ensure success!



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