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Fort Dearborn Reviews

Updated March 28, 2017
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  1. "Everyone should matter"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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
    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.


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    "Great at mediocrity"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Solid benefits, relatively competitive pay. Comprehensive safety program (lots of money spent in that area). All sorts of certifications and wall decoration.

    Cons

    If you end up working here, you could realistically expect to be told to check boxes, use pad answers for actual problems...and then rinse and repeat until retirement. If you like vanilla ice cream, this is the place for you. The entire structure is top heavy and so burdened with red tape and political agendas that it's rare to see results from that group. Again, unless you're looking to make a difference and find some fulfillment in your professional life, this isn't a bad place to work. If you want to make a difference or take on a challenge that moves the needle, you're probably be better off somewhere else.

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Press Operator"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bowling Green, KY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bowling Green, KY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I liked the people I worked with.

    Cons

    Large division between management and production. Management treated production as if they were underlings/beneath them in every way. No communication, no real plans to speak of. Everything was going to be the Operator's fault, regardless if they had anything to do with it. Supervisors are a joke. Everyone is always patting themselves on the back. Very cut-throat atmosphere. Absolutely no team building.

    Advice to Management

    Your staff are what makes you successful, not the office people who input data. It should be a team effort, not every man for himself. Build teams, communicate, and listen to your people.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Sr. Mgmt can't manage through the biz conditions"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Elk Grove Employee in Elk Grove Village, IL
    Former Employee - Elk Grove Employee in Elk Grove Village, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Fort Dearborn full-time

    Pros

    You get left alone - no one has time to bother you. Benefits have remained intact despite a difficult business environment.

    Cons

    CEO is very focused on having his hands in every decision. BOD is so micromanaging every step (in order to maximize their return) that every day is reactive.

    Advice to Management

    You pay people a decent wage... let them make decisions. CFO should have remained in the treasury area... she has no people or management skills (despite what she believes) - this job is way over her head. Bring back MA & TT !!!


  5. Helpful (1)

    "An unfortunate letdown."

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    Former Employee - Seaming Operator/Finishing Dpt in Brunswick, GA
    Former Employee - Seaming Operator/Finishing Dpt in Brunswick, GA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Pay is as fair as it can be and they spare nothing for training. Safety is important and promoted; most PPE is supplied. Sometimes the shift/schedule allows for long weekends (3-4 days). Overtime is allowed when possible.

    Cons

    You may have to start through a temp service--which can have it's own challenges separate from the Fort Dearborn company. Some of the shifts can be long, especially 12hr nights. Some weekly shifts may be short of 40hrs. The work schedule changes often and the facility is lacking ergonomically.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize talent and qualifications of talents with the same passion seniority is recognized. Allow for an anonymous/protected venue for sincere concerns suggestions. Improve ergonomics in departments where needed (e.g. floor mats etc.), especially in conjunction with lengthy work hours.


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