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Federal Signal Reviews

Updated April 27, 2017
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  1. "Management"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Federal Signal full-time

    Pros

    Great company, good people, Public Safety Powerhouse

    Cons

    We could do better but we continually try

    Advice to Management

    Lead from the front, listening to the team, make the best decisions daily.


  2. "Assembler"

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    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 (5)

    "Weak leadership is killing the company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Family environment with current employees minus all of the managers

    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. Unless you previously worked for either Motorola or Tell labs you will not move up in the company. The company continues to hire from the outside instead of promoting from within and training employees. The company doesn't have a career development plan for employee, so employees have a glass ceiling. Company has a serious problem with lack of communication. The company need to stop changing the organization every 3 months, stick to one plan.

    Advice to Management

    Clean house with all of the current management team, who don't listen to the employees who actually do all of the work and keep the business running.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Manager"

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    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.


  6. 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.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Good work environment and safe"

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    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


  8. "This is a great company to work for."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Down to earth common sense management

    Cons

    The industry does not allow the ability to clock out


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Manager"

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    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!!!


  10. "Better than most"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The company is OK but the people are great!

    Cons

    Promotions come slow and salary's are lower than national average

    Advice to Management

    None


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Project Manager"

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    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


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