Check out the testimonials below and hear directly from our employees what makes Focal Point so special - from the work we do to the people who do it.
“The ability to make an impact. Throughout my career here I really have had a lot of roles where I’ve been given the opportunity to make things happen. And I think that’s consistent with what a lot of people feel. There is an entrepreneurial culture.”
“Being able to get hands-on with something you’re designing gives you a different perspective. You can design until you’re blue in the face on a computer. But once you start putting parts together and seeing how different parts interact with each other you start changing your design. It’s beneficial to our engineers because you really need that knowledge to make sure we’re designing a top-quality product.”
“Having the owners here at Focal Point makes it more of a family feeling. You actually see the owners of the company. They’re very hands-on. You can talk to them about certain projects and they know what’s going on with that project. The communication between the staff and ownership is great.”
“I started as a temp. When I came to my interview, I was shocked at how beautiful the building was since from the outside it just looks like a factory. During the temp process, I was also shocked at how friendly everyone was. Everyone was so patient and forthcoming with information. I knew within 30 days I wanted to be here permanently.”
“What has kept me here for 22 years is that I never get bored. I’ve been able to do everything as I’ve moved around so much. When I first started at Focal Point, I was a receptionist. I quickly grew into many different roles. I helped out in customer service, I did purchasing, I did accounting, I’ve done shipping and receiving… I’ve pretty much done everything except go onto the line and build a light fixture!“
“I’m excited by the amount of growth that is still yet to be had here at the company. We’re a good mid-sized company now but we’ve got to rollout a runway to do even better, become even bigger and even more successful. I’m going to be able to grow my career with this company on that same track. I’ve really got a personal stake in the success of what we do here.”
“My favorite thing about working at Focal Point is I’m always learning. I learn different things all the time, like the different technologies we use: 3D printing, laser machines, press brakes, etc. And as you talk to the different managers, they’re always thinking about the next thing. So things are always evolving.”
“I think there are some things that are fundamental to Focal Point that are different from most companies. One is that it’s a very friendly environment, people genuinely like each other and we encourage participation in events outside of work. I’m part of a group that’s putting together a band to play music during the lunch hour on Fridays.”
“Our customers view us as an innovator in lighting technology. We’ve always been cutting-edge on product design and product development. With the integration of LED, it’s only enhanced that. We do things unlike anyone else and we deliver product in different form factors that are very new and very exciting.”
Every day we live our mission of creating lighting solutions that enhance architecture and elevate the human spirit. Our products are recognized as the best in the business due to their premier quality, exceptional function and unique beauty.
We’re a family-owned company that urges every employee to act like an owner. We want – and expect – leadership from everyone, no matter your title or level. Our employees get to make a difference every day.
We work hard and have fun doing it. From our ping-pong league to the employee band, there is something for everyone at Focal Point. Employees also enjoy regular team-building events, company celebrations and opportunities to give back to the community.
If you think there isn’t much new in lighting, think again. Technology is rapidly changing our industry and we’re right at the forefront. We’re investing in innovation and pushing boundaries as we design for the future.
Everyone who walks through our doors has the same reaction: WOW. Our modern office space located near downtown Chicago is full of amazing amenities and cutting-edge equipment. And, being a family-owned company there’s no corporate feel; instead it’s a close-knit culture where everyone knows your name.
We want every aspect of our company to be exceptional, including how we treat our employees. We offer competitive pay and a full range of benefits like tuition reimbursement and parental leave. We also support alternative work arrangements and subsidize employee lunches at our on-site pop-up restaurants.
Our employees consider our values one of the best things about working at Focal Point. We operate with integrity and will always choose to do things the right way versus the easy way. It’s work you can always be proud of.
We’re all about growth – and not just the kind that impacts the bottom line. Our culture of development ensures employees have the resources they need to grow their skills and capabilities. We don’t want you to have a job here, we want you to have a career.
Focal Point’s summer internship program is pretty unique: we don’t treat you as an intern, we treat you as a member of our team. Our interns are fully integrated into the business and given real projects to lead. We believe this is a win-win: you help us achieve our business goals and we help you apply and expand on the skills you’re learning in the classroom. You’ll have the opportunity to work regularly with company leadership and gain invaluable skills that prepare you for your future career. In fact, many of our interns return to work at Focal Point after graduation - it’s that rewarding! Not only do we give you meaningful work but we also make sure you have fun doing it. From team-building events to company outings, we’ll ensure you enjoy your time with us. Plus, there is nothing like a summer in Chicago, from the beaches along Lake Michigan to the vibrant weekend festivals. Interested students should send their resume to email@example.com. All applicants must be a junior or senior at an accredited college or university. Internship program is 12 weeks.