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L. B. Foster Reviews

Updated March 23, 2017
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L. B. Foster President, CEO, and Director Stan L. Hasselbusch
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  1. "Good place"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Allentown, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Allentown, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits and good team

    Cons

    No profit sharing or stock options


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Administration"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Middle Management in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Middle Management in Pittsburgh, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at L. B. Foster full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Flexible hours, nice people and OK pay

    Cons

    Upper management seems to not care anything for working employees. Once you're in upward mobility does not come with upward pay. Company is completely top-down management and input from below is disregarded

    Advice to Management

    Learn to manage people as well as the business


  3. "Good Company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Filter Press Operator in Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - Filter Press Operator in Tucson, AZ
    Recommends

    I worked at L. B. Foster full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Shift work with ability to attend school and work

    Cons

    Graveyard shifts were impossible to fill


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  5. "Field Service Technician"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Field Service Specialist in Fort Worth, TX
    Former Employee - Field Service Specialist in Fort Worth, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at L. B. Foster full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Working as a field service specialist for L.B. Foster I was afforded the amazing opportunity to travel the US and work with some interesting and all around good people.

    The benefits start day 1 of employment, management truly takes EVERYONES input and thoughts to try and make the entire system work for everyone.

    They have a service meeting once a year where all the pieces of the puzzle meet up and give input on how the company is going. From the lowest on the totem pole to the CEO. I couldn't have worked for a better company.

    Cons

    The position of Field Service Technician is for a single guy or someone who already has the kids out of the house. Not saying it is impossible to juggle 100% travel for work while having a newborn but it sure is hard.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing and listen to your veteran techs/service managers.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Quality Control Foreman"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - QC Foreman in Hillsboro, TX
    Former Employee - QC Foreman in Hillsboro, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at L. B. Foster full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    A growing company, benefits pretty much match the industry standard of like sized companies, great opportunity to grow yourself through employer paid trainings, the company has all the right values in regards to safety. The Quality Control department is extremely well run by senior QC management. Quality Control functions in this company as it should: An entirely separate function that does not have a chain of command that intermingles in anyway with production.

    Cons

    In my opinion, the company has failed to innovate and change with the times. Management is "old-school". They believe more in paying your dues than putting the best man in the job. They attempt to mask this mind set by putting "opportunities" in front of you. These opportunities for the most part never come to be. I will second the thoughts of the reviewer who mentioned the good old boy system in regards to promotions. Local management has very little respect for employee morale and frequently say things like "I've got a business to run". It's unfortunate that they fail to realize the business wouldn't exist without the little people. I suppose to them, none of that is going to add any more into their bonus structure. In closing, you can go bust your hump for these people, pour out your heart and soul into your work and wind up fired over something that you had no idea was taking place in the corporate office. They chew on you while you taste good and then spit you out at their discretion.

    Advice to Management

    If you'd like to retain any quality employees in the future: Invest in the individuals. Reward those who deserve rewarding. Treat people like they are the heart and soul of your operation, not like a number. Ease off the emphasis of paying your dues. Merit is much more important than tenure. Offer employees a workplace where they can feel valued rather than used. The problems you have are systematic break downs and are very much wide-spread. Lastly, if you're going to terminate an employee of value, research the circumstances a bit rather than just judging someone based off of some spreadsheet in your HR department. OR.. Keep running your business into the ground and allow the big precasters to gobble up what little bit of talent you have on your payroll.


  7. "Good people, questionable management and decision making."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Pittsburgh, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at L. B. Foster full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Somewhat laid back and lenient atmosphere. Easy going, ability to work from home on occasion. Nice building. Free parking. Good benefits.

    Cons

    Upper management does not keep a consistent direction. Projects are started and there is no follow through or accountability. Poor growth opportunity. The company does not do much to develop its employees. Has an old guard/good old boy mentality when it comes to promotions.

    Advice to Management

    Stop acquiring other businesses and put focus and resources into growing the current businesses.


  8. "Great Place to Work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Sales in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at L. B. Foster full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    I loved working for Foster. Even though Foster is a large company, it has a very family feel to it. Staff morale is high, everyone gets along well. Even when there are things you don't like, it's easier to live with small irritations when you like the people you work with top to bottom. Management will stop and ask how your day is and often know about your recent successes. They instill an entrepreneurial spirit in everyone.

    Cons

    Not so much a con, but if you're not a self starter and a team player, Foster is not the place for you.


  9. "Great Company to work for"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Spokane, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Spokane, WA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at L. B. Foster full-time

    Pros

    Great Benefits and Insurance for Salaried Employees

    Cons

    Office culture in management could be improved


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Challenging work, yet rewarding for those who stick with it."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Quality Control Technician in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Quality Control Technician in Tucson, AZ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at L. B. Foster full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    L.B. Foster offers full health benefits, work clothes with laundry service, comfortable work hours, and advancement opportunities.

    Cons

    Not for someone who can't lift a sledge a few dozen times a day, or stay focused and be aware of various moving equipment and work.

    Advice to Management

    The amount and quality of a product determines customer satisfaction. A suitable work pace needs to be addressed to ensure the safety of the employees, and the quality of the product. Also, I believe the employees that work in production and q.c. work hard for their dollar. A raise in wages would benefit in many ways.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Wow! Exciting and Rewarding company to Work for"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Team Leader
    Current Employee - Team Leader
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at L. B. Foster full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Upper Management opportunity and growth. They have a very clear vision and focus with where the company is headed. They continue to make strides and continue to grow despite the changes in market, economy, or consumer purchase patterns.

    Cons

    Love working for them too much!

    Advice to Management

    Continue the same path while adding young talent.


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