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Federal Signal Reviews

Updated May 19, 2017
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Pros
  • Nice people to work with a very solid Leadership Team (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • Upper management a joke, more concerned now with trendy buzzwords and other BS motivational crap (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "I am happy here!"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Customer Support Representative in University Park, IL
    Current Employee - Customer Support Representative in University Park, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Federal Signal full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great work/life balance
    Good benefits
    Acceptable pay
    Relaxed work environment

    Cons

    Just that my department (customer service) closes at 430p but I (just 1 person out of 5) have to stay until 6p. Not really sure why we don't all get off at 430p but I do mind the later schedule because I am able to "sleep in".

    Advice to Management

    So far management is doing a great job. No complaints


  2. "Assembler"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assembly Line Worker in Newark, NJ
    Former Employee - Assembly Line Worker in Newark, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Job was fun. Good management that cares about employees. Would definitely work here again. Paid good too! Not much more I can say.

    Cons

    Difficult to advance. Leadership sometimes doesn't recognize talent, sometimes doesn't recognize problems with poor performers. Work can be repetitive too.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to lower level employees

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in University Park, IL
    Former Employee - Manager in University Park, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Federal Signal (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    A lot of hard working people

    Cons

    NEW Management is not knowledgeable about the company and insist on doing their way which don't involve showing any appreciation or care for the employees, NEW management from the CEO down is driving the company in the ground. All the good managers are leaving this company like the plague.

    Advice to Management

    The new CEO Jennifer Sherman needs to learn the business and learn the how to value employees then start developing that philosophy all the way down the chain of command.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Good work environment and safe"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assembly Line Worker in University Park, IL
    Current Employee - Assembly Line Worker in University Park, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Steady hours and weekly check

    Cons

    Management. Changes alot andso do expectations


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Weak leadership is killing the company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Manager in University Park, IL
    Current Employee - Product Manager in University Park, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    My co-workers are very nice and the new $250k foyer is very pretty.

    Cons

    Used to be a pleasure working for them when long term managers were in charge who understood the business and knew how to treat people but not now. The empty suits now in charge at UP and Oak Brook are all leaders in name only who have alienated many employees with their corporate CYA attitudes, brown nosing and trendy buzzwords. It's criminal how a 100 year old, once great company has come to this. Many rumors of malfeasance by top management are rife in the company and many are planning to leave.

    Advice to Management

    Quit patting yourselves on the back and listen to your people. Stop piling 2 or 3 jobs on people when you don't replace terminated or laid off people.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Manager"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in University, IL
    Current Employee - Manager in University, IL
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A lot of good hard working employees that have dedicated years of service

    Cons

    The executive leaders are leading the company in the wrong the direction, it sad but, they probably won't be around much longer due to lack of respect, micro managers that insist on doing their way, NO COMMUNICATION!!!


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Project Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    good at their core business - sirens, lightbars

    Cons

    no long term growth strategy; board too focused on the next quarterly earning
    have brought in several managers to expand reach through integrations but don't allow time plans to develop before switching directions

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Integration Engineer in University Park, IL
    Former Employee - Integration Engineer in University Park, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    My experience in Federal Signal overall was pretty good. I got to learn a lot which catapulted my career towards a certain direction. Also, you will get a chance to work with many great people both in the office and factory floor. If you want to move up into a certain direction, you have the option. Oh, can't forget the health benefits.

    Cons

    Compensations is not up to standards, they avoid giving you engineering title to save some bucks.

    Advice to Management

    Try and be more consistent on your decision.


  9. "Revolving, not evolving"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in University Park, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in University Park, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Some fun people, some great customers, and an in-house cafe open most of the work day with freshly cooked food and a wide variety menu

    Cons

    Change happens before the ink dries, especially with people hired from the outside who don't even know how things run or work at the place, people pass off responsibilities too much

    Advice to Management

    Follow through with commitments and listen to people before making more blind and random changes and then listen some more for feedback on the changes, promote from the inside but not because you're buddy-buddy


  10. "Great company to work for"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Implementation and Support Technician in Southern Pines, NC
    Former Employee - Implementation and Support Technician in Southern Pines, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Federal Signal (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Excellent benefits. Caring management. Friendly coworkers.

    Cons

    The company is ruled by the stock market.


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