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Signode Reviews

Updated April 28, 2017
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E. Scott Santi
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Pros
  • Excellent work environment, clean and comfortable offices (in 3 reviews)

  • There is a lot of freedom because they do not even hire management (in 2 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance not appropriate (in 2 reviews)

  • Upper management has no regard for them or replacing the knowledge (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "Project Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Glenview, IL
    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Glenview, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Excellent Engineering Job with lots of different engineering assignments and customer contact.

    Cons

    My division was sold to a British firm

    Advice to Management

    Continue to be profitable and grow stock value


  2. "Stay away"

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    Former Employee - Production in Bridgeview, IL
    Former Employee - Production in Bridgeview, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Signode full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good people to work with

    Cons

    Upper management anxious to sell the company.

    Advice to Management

    Share some of the profits with workers who built the company


  3. "Garbage"

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    Former Employee - Extruder Operator in Florence, KY
    Former Employee - Extruder Operator in Florence, KY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay 401k coworkers job security work schedule. That's it nothing else.

    Cons

    Everything but pay. Seriously a joke. Hazardous work environment. Everyone hates there job.

    Advice to Management

    Stop being inconsiderate condescending conceited. Appreciate your operators


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  5. "This Will Become Your Life"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Glenview, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Glenview, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    1. Health insurance
    2. HSA match
    3. 401K match

    Cons

    1. Never enough employees to do the job
    2. Many employees just have a high school diploma(This will explain why many employees have been there so long, no other viable options)
    3. Most of the older employees that have been there a while have no interest in improving their skills through tuition reimbursement program(this is should scare potential new hires) or taking on more work or finding a more efficient way to complete the work
    4. Culture of complacency, major mistakes are routinely made but because the employee is friends with the right supervisors the mistakes are ignored.
    5. No gym and the food service(fooda) is horrible it's either overpriced or they never show up. Fooda has no services on Fridays.
    6. Vacation and sick leave is again more skewed towards the existing employees many of them have 4 or 5 weeks of vacation. New hires will start with nothing and vacation does not rollover to the next year.
    7. This is not a good company for a younger individual. If you value your life outside of work, stay away

    Advice to Management

    Sell the land and the company ASAP


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    "Upper Management"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Glenview, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Glenview, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very cooperative work-force, with a good attitude to help others. People are friendly, but are nervous about loosing jobs. Most have been there many years.

    Cons

    All vital knowledge is leaving the company through retirement or are being fired. Upper management has no regard for them or replacing the knowledge. Upper Management is very short-sighted only looking after their own interests until the company is sold. Most coming from Graham Packaging and trying to institute programs of a failed "Graham" company.

    Advice to Management

    Take notice of the people leaving and your failed programs.


  7. "Contract Mechanical Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Glenview, IL
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Glenview, IL

    Pros

    Good balance between hands on and desk work, flexible hours

    Cons

    Poor organization, Not much mentor ship, Does not have a methodology for career development


  8. "Signode"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Skokie, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Skokie, IL
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at Signode (More than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent work environment, clean and comfortable offices.

    Cons

    Uninspired cash cow, seems like they lost thier drive 10 years ago.


  9. "Troubleshot and maintain various plastic producing equipment"

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    Former Employee - Maintenance Technician in Glenview, IL
    Former Employee - Maintenance Technician in Glenview, IL
    Recommends

    Pros

    great pay, great people to work with

    Cons

    very hot in the summer


  10. Helpful (1)

    "No Job Security Here"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Glenview, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Glenview, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Signode full-time

    Pros

    Unlimited Sick Time for Salaried Employees

    Cons

    New Private Equity Firm tossing out the current people and bringing in their cronies.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Feel like the interview was a bait and switch from the actual work being performed"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer III in Glenview, IL
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer III in Glenview, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Signode full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The work I'm given is very easy to do. The hours are fine. My co-workers are easy to get along with.

    Cons

    H.R. Is practically useless. Went through paper work on first day filled out a bunch of forms and left their office thinking I was good to go. About two weeks later same H.R. person sees me in hallway and asks if I went online to fill out federal deductions form, apparently forgot to tell me this when I met with her.

    If you start after June in a calendar year you can forget about taking ANY days off until the next calendar year. That and retirement match is no longer available.

    Since Carlyle Group acquired Signode, there's been a push to standardize everything. This in theory is a good thing. However, I'm in a group that is stuck in the past using antiquated software. My job unbeknownst to me at the time of my hiring, is to get the group to transition to new software. What has happened though is I am stuck recreating work already released for production, while the other engineers on the team keep using the old software to design new products. All the while my boss is saying "see we're moving to the new software".

    Advice to Management

    You've got a lot of staff getting near retirement, if you want to attract new talent you probably shouldn't cut back on the employee benefits so much.


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