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Updated February 6, 2017
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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Good, was better"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Opportunity for career growth is positive

    Cons

    Organizational goals and direction often ambiguous

    Advice to Management

    Develop a solid vision and communicate direction clearly to employees


  2. Helpful (1)

    "The worst company I have ever worked for"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - QA Engineer in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - QA Engineer in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    It was interesting to know what happens when a car goes through a toll booth and what happens to charge the owner of the car for the toll. The web based application had lots of different options to learn.

    Cons

    Long hours and panic fixes lead to bad work life balance. Salary is way below market. There is little to no communication. Things are sprung on you at the last minute. No training available.

    Advice to Management

    Stop treating your employees like mushrooms. You need to communicate more and give some incentives. And let them not have to work on the weekends once in a while.


  3. Helpful (2)

    "The Ship Is Going Down"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Mid Level Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Mid Level Manager in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    OK Benefits.
    Reasonable work hours.
    Reasonable salary.

    Cons

    The company is destined for breakup. The parts are more valuable then the whole, and the decentralized management systems do not work. There is disarray, and a lack of direction among senior management. The left hand does not know what the right hand is doing. With that disarray, you have a free-for-all with mid-level-management playing by their own rules. Too many managers, who won't roll their sleeves up and get dirty, and not enough "line" workers, which causes resentment among the rank and file. CEO is out of touch, and the mass exodus of mid-level and some senior management is evidence of that. Somehow, he has shareholders convinced he has a "plan". Where's the proof?

    Advice to Management

    Accept the fact that the business is not going to grow, the culture is not going to get better, and product quality is going to continue to deterioriate. Once you accept that, make a decision -- go down with the ship, or jump while you can.......


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "buyer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    stable but not reliable on you

    Cons

    no change in career and long work time

    Advice to Management

    n/a


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great Job, Bad Management Choices"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manufacturing in University Park, IL
    Former Employee - Manufacturing in University Park, IL
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Pay,Benefits,College Course Reimbersement, etc.

    Cons

    Having to Bid for other jobs based on seniority. Management makes bad choices.


  7. "Great people to work with"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Designer in University Park, IL
    Current Employee - Designer in University Park, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits, time off, work from home sometimes, great travel Benefits

    Cons

    everyone these day all say pay, far from my home

    Advice to Management

    Pay your employees at least the national average


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work"

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

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

    Pros

    Easy for motivated individuals to succeed.

    Cons

    Union workers in plant are very lazy

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of unions


  9. "Old School"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    A longstanding, stable company that will be around for awhile.

    Cons

    A bit myopic when it comes to leveraging software and technology. Coming from a manufacturing background, they have yet to embrace the 21st century.

    Advice to Management

    There is more than a little cronyism taking place here, at least in the IT department. Time to clean house. Also, IT talent has been fleeing due to mismanagement.


  10. "Parking Industry products"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Company has potential to grow

    Cons

    Products are so out of date they need investment to fix.

    Advice to Management

    Good staff and people. Need better management.


  11. "21 years experience with this company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great workers. Get along with others.

    Cons

    When I have too terminated an employee

    Advice to Management

    Be fair. Listen to your employees



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