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Federal Signal Reviews

Updated July 13, 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. "Average and challenged like most businesses today"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in University Park, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in University Park, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Federal Signal full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Challenging, and fast paced. Excellent people. Average team work. Company tries to improve Team work by handing out shirts that say team work.

    Cons

    Pay is typically significantly below market for comparable jobs in the same area for experienced personnel that have been with the company a long time. Medical benefits are decreasing each year and employee share increasing each year, but that seems to be the trend in most businesses today.

    Advice to Management

    Return to the true family values. Place more value on experience and loyalty. Medical benefits should remain a priority. Improve listening skills. Stop following the trends and lead.


  2. "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

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Good work environment and safe"

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    • 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


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Weak leadership is killing the company"

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    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.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Manager"

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    • 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!!!


  6. "Revolving, not evolving"

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    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


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Sales"

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    Current Employee - Sales in University Park, IL
    Current Employee - Sales 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

    The people and the former family friendly culture which is unfortunately gone now.

    Cons

    Upper management a joke, more concerned now with trendy buzzwords and other BS motivational crap. New female CEO and PSS Senior VP's are a both viewed as incompetent out in the field. We can't believe this is the best we can do. Many, many long time employees are planning their exit strategies since it feels like we've now hit the iceberg!

    Advice to Management

    Really not much to say until promotions aren't granted based upon who's brown nosing who at Oak Brook. The real leaders are overlooked for those who spin the best BS. Amateur hour new female CEO is clueless.

  8. "Good Heart"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in University Park, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in University Park, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Small family atmosphere, everyone says hi. Safe environment to work in. Company is undergoing constant change. Compensation is fair. Filled with genuine people.

    Cons

    Lack of disciplinary action against employees. Outdated communication technology within company. Upper management's ruling style is tyrannical. Company is slowly losing the good heart its had.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Getting away with murder"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Streator, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Streator, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Federal Signal (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Look busy and you won't be bothered, nobody has a spine to discipline and when it does happen, nothing is really done about it, worse than high school.

    Cons

    Management and engineering need to get their stuff together. Just because you have a bachelor degree don't mean you know the secrets to the universe

    Advice to Management

    All new management and engineering hires need to spend time on the floor before setting loose. ME's will never be appreciated by waiving the degree mommy and daddy paid for in front of the guys who have decades of experience.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Manager in Lockport, IL
    Current Employee - Technical Manager in Lockport, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice people to work with. Decent facilities but some show signs of age

    Cons

    Buddy buddy system when promotions come around, Poor work condition leaving 80% of the work force looking for jobs, low pay. Leadership and organizational structure changes frequently, which also changes the direction and goals of the organization. Sometimes it's difficult to keep up with the change.

    Advice to Management

    talk to employees before you make drastic changes.


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