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  1. "plenty of work"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  2. "Elk Grove"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • 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

  3. "IT"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Elk Grove Village, IL
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Elk Grove Village, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Fort Dearborn full-time

    Pros

    Friendly environment and very less micro management.

    Cons

    Poor pay and benefits. Salary is not competitive at all.

    Advice to Management

    If you want to keep good talents and build strong team please make competitive pay and benefits.
    It would bring great talents and keeps existing.


  4. "Forklift/Clamp truck operator"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sheeter in Fort Worth, TX
    Current Employee - Sheeter in Fort Worth, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Fort Dearborn full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I like that the hours are day time and they have an alright benefit program, also they have good people who work there and a good atmosphere.

    Cons

    Not enough overtime, the raises they give annually are only thirty cents, and I was also kept in one department for four years and could never seem to transfer.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Great company for start up sales experience. Company is growing. Market is very saturated."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - Account Coordinator in Elk Grove Village, IL
    Current Employee - Account Coordinator in Elk Grove Village, IL
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    They have great benefits. They reinvest in their employees very well. continuous training. Pay is OK, not great. Plenty of product knowledge. Relocation is an option.

    Cons

    Some micro management. Not enough vacation time for employees. Hard to move up. They do not offer educational advancement above a bachelors degree.

    Advice to Management

    Allow some flexibility to associates. More vacation time and team based activities to boost employee moral. Leadership is a great asset at this company. Allow for educational assistance for MBA degrees.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Great Coworkers"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    You get to work with some great people and build friendships. They have some great customers. They work with you when you need to take off or leave early.

    Cons

    They tend to micro-manage a lot. Some sites have a high turnover rate. They give you a lot of work and not enough pay. Some sales people can be a little rude. They hire people with no experience off the street making more than you.

    Advice to Management

    Stop micro-managing and let everyone do their work. Pay the employees what they deserve. Figure out how to get shipments out on time.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "In the beginning company seemed to be going places; more recently the company has struggled."

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Decent pay and benefits. Safety of employees is a high priority.

    Cons

    Very little organic growth. Recent growth has been mainly through acquisitions. Company also does not reinvest in latest technology. Sales department seems to get all the accolades but rarely seems to hit their goals.

    Advice to Management

    Look into other printing opportunities than just labels.

    Hold sales department more accountable for missing targets.

    Bring on more seasoned sales employees.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Monotonous"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The pay was actually fair, some of the equipment was ok.

    Cons

    Zero sick time, catty co-workers, changing policies on the fly, whenever requesting help of any sort - it was always denied, incompetent higher management, incompetent HR, inflexibility, being evasive & dishonest in regards to company accounts (IE not letting the clients know that their competitors were also clients) and the rants from the CEO in the quarterly meetings. The 'core' values were always just spewed like a tape recording - 'customer intimacy' in particular was not only annoying, but completely hypocritical. The constant patting-himself-on-the-back about reinvesting in the employees was a joke. There was always a caveat or excuse why they couldn't offer training, or if you did want to proceed with Educational reimbursement, it had a catch to it (IE, you would be locked into a 5 year commitment as an employee, and going beyond a bachelor's degree was never an option).

    Advice to Management

    Stop lying to the customers as well as the employees.


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