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Fort Dearborn Reviews

Updated August 31, 2017
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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Positive Work Environment, Friendly Associates"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Elk Grove Village, IL
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Elk Grove Village, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Fort Dearborn full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Fort Dearborn is a fast paced, ever changing environment. Hard work is rewarded and new opportunities often present themselves. The dedication and comradery of associates is what sets us apart.

    Cons

    It seems that as we've grown as a company, we haven't always staffed accordingly. Adding staff to struggling departments would be beneficial.

    Advice to Management

    Make people feel appreciated and they will deliver results.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Finance"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Elk Grove Village, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Elk Grove Village, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Unusually good 401K match as of mid-2017.

    Cons

    Chaos reigns. Financial discipline had been a core value in the past, but that concept has been totally shattered over the last 4 years. With numerous acquisitions workloads are extremely heavy, there is no intention of increasing staff, and people are drowning at their desks. Plenty of higher level director posts, but no growth in the ranks of people actually performing the work. The company has no direction, and is floundering. Compensation is mediocre and bonuses a thing of the past.

    Advice to Management

    Good luck.

  3. "Everyone should matter"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Elk Grove Village, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Elk Grove Village, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Fort Dearborn full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Plenty of opportunity to work hard.

    Cons

    Only the inner circle are rewarded with real opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    Remember that everyone matters, form the press helper to the VP's.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "NEW HR leader best addition seen in a long time"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Fort Dearborn full-time

    Pros

    Looks like Advent will push much needed changes from old boys club
    Good to hear about investment in more than acquisitions. I like the much needed changes and processes she presented to our team. I hear some changes are being implemented now.

    Cons

    Will this new HR leader have enough support from Advent and other Fort leaders? Some of us are not confident the Fort leadership really supports what she calls HR business partner. In the past, if solutions don't come from operations, they usually aren't valued. I expect she will frustrated with their boys club behavior over time if the new partner doesn't step in and clean house so we can be a better company. Only time will tell.

    Advice to Management

    You told us you chose to bring in a new leader to make us stronger because we are planning to grow. If only the same few leaders have all the answers, when will she stop suggesting solutions to make us better. Stop feeling threatened by great talent. Get over yourself. We all need each other - that's what a team is all about.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "plenty of work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Worth, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Worth, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    great benefits and stable company with plenty of work

    Cons

    poor raises, good old boy system, and no clear path for advancement

    Advice to Management

    give at least the median raise to people who put fourth the effort


  6. Helpful (1)

    "long time employee"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Elk Grove Village, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Elk Grove Village, IL

    I have been working at Fort Dearborn (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    stable work environment, growing business

    Cons

    career paths not defined, bonus structure keeps changing


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Elk Grove"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Elk Grove Village, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Elk Grove Village, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Fort Dearborn (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Growing company with many acquisitions

    Cons

    Management not always able to understand impact of changes on employees

    Advice to Management

    Hire more to help out with daily transactional functions not just at management level

  8. "More than a job...a Career"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Elk Grove Village, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Elk Grove Village, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Fort Dearborn full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great opportunities to grow with the company as it continues to expand and become the leading player in the label market. The people that work there, from the employees to the managers are extremely nice and considerate. The values here are top notch too.

    Cons

    Outdated policies in terms of HR, but that is being worked on and updated to fit modern jobs.

    Advice to Management

    Consider allowing more flexible working arrangements, such as more openness to working remotely when appropriate.


  9. "Customer Service"

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

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

    Pros

    Great staff to work with. Good management. Quarterly updates on how the company is doing and plans for the future.

    Cons

    Life/work balance could be improved. I believe they are making strides to improve this with distributing the workload more evenly.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to hire excellent people and train them and this will benefit the company as well. Ensure training manuals are up to date.


  10. "Cei Operater?Quality Control"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Cei Operator and Quality Control
    Former Employee - Cei Operator and Quality Control
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Worked 3 nights of 12 hours, 4 days off. Next week worked 4 nights 12 hour , 3 days off with 8 hours over time paid. I enjoy working nights because I am a night owl. Always have been. It was pretty relaxed job.

    Cons

    I am just getting too old to do this kind of work any more. I asked for help and they fired me.

    Advice to Management

    They need new management.


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