Illinois Tool Works – Why Work For Us?

​​​​​​Since our founding more than 100 years ago, ITW has become one of the world’s leading diversified manufacturers of specialized industrial equipment, consumables, and related service businesses.

ITW businesses serve local customers and markets around the globe, with a significant presence in developed as well as emerging markets. The company has operations in 58 countries that employ approximately 60,000 women and men who adhere to the highest ethical standards. These talented individuals, many of whom have specialized engineering or scientific expertise, contribute to our global leadership in innovation. We are proud of our broad portfolio of nearly 12,000 active patents.​​​

​​We’re Everywhere​​

ITW’s products and solutions are at work all over the world, in deep-sea oil rigs, aerospace technology, bridges and wind turbines, healthcare, the spaces in which we live and work, the cars we drive, and the mobile devices we rely on. We are never, whether we know it or not, more than a few steps from an innovative ITW solution.

You’ll find ITW solutions around the world. ITW’s innovative fasteners, snap-in door handles, powertrain, refueling systems and other components make your vehicle more road-worthy, convenient and affordable. And at the mechanic’s shop, our maintenance products help keep those cars on the road longer.

Thanks to ITW’s food equipment businesses, the restaurants where you dine hum with state-of-the-art ovens, dishwashers, refrigerators and more. ITW packaging ideas are what help you grab a six-pack off a store shelf or keep your food fresh at home. And our quality testing machines ensure the safety of everything from suspension bridges and aircraft to tiny heart valves. And the smartphone that’s always in hand? It’s built with ITW’s semiconductor solutions and innovations like an electromechanical gyroscope. ITW welding systems help deep-sea oil rigs deliver critical resources and enable safe, durable construction of your city’s offices and homes.

ITW is committed to operational excellence and innovation that helps our customers create the products and services that make our lives better.​​​

​​Our Innovations​​

The ability to invent, envision, and create something new is central to ITW’s longevity and profitable growth. Our innovation is “80/20 enabled,” meaning that we draw deep insights from our key customer relationships, and then focus our efforts on designing and patenting new products and components that solve their specific challenges. Encouraging new ideas—whether they come from engineers, chemists, or other members of the ITW team—and providing a supportive, entrepreneurial framework, has produced ITW’s strong culture of sustainable differentiation through innovation.​​​

​​As a global, diversified and decentralized enterprise, ITW offers unparalleled access to challenging opportunities in high-growth, diverse manufacturing industries and markets around the world.

Bring your talents to any one of hundreds of ITW businesses—well-known brands and innovative market leaders—and experience a small business, entrepreneurial environment. Because all of our businesses are part of the ITW family, you’ll also receive the business and technology resources, dedicated career development support and benefits of a Fortune 200 company, a U.S. patent leader with over 100 years of secure, long-term profitable growth.​​​

​​​​Students and Recent Graduates​​


ITW’s co-op and internship programs offer a breadth of real-world experience and opportunities. ITW interns network with company leaders and gain exposure to ITW’s diverse facilities and cross-segment markets. Most importantly, our interns develop a wealth of knowledge in specific functions by working hand-in-hand with experienced employees.

Intern or co-op positions are available, but not limited to, the following disciplines:

  • Accounting
  • Engineering
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Human Resources


Are you a recent graduate looking to boost your leadership potential? Ready to turn your classroom hours into a new career at ITW?

Our ITW businesses hire entry-level candidates directly to fill specific needs, but ITW also offers opportunities to college graduates through our Emerging Leaders Development Program.

ITW’s ELDP places recent graduates in two 18-month assignments.

  • A three year program in disciplines such as engineering, operations, sales and marketing and human resources.
  • Work within one, or two, of our selected business segments: Specialty Products, Welding and Food Equipment. More business segments will be added to the program for 2014 hires.
  • Take on challenging assignments that provide exposure to specific business segments and develop core competencies for effective leadership within our global organization.


​​​​Diversity & Inclusion​​

ITW’s large base of employees is rich in cultural and ethnic diversity. In fact, at many ITW businesses, you’ll find multiple languages spoken. We actively recruit a diverse workforce and provide talented employees with the appropriate resources to accelerate their careers. For example, the ITW Women in Technology group offers development opportunities and brings together women in ITW technical positions throughout our decentralized organization.

Respecting differences and valuing the ideas of all of our employees is not just the right thing to do. Diverse perspectives and open, inclusive communication nurture innovation and new ways of thinking. A company-wide inclusive culture also enhances customer relationships and strengthens our ties to the local and global communities where we do business.​​​

​​Benefits and Rewards​​


Along with many opportunities for career growth, ITW provides a comprehensive benefits package that supports our employees’ educational endeavors, wellness, and financial security. Specific benefits vary worldwide and are based on regional needs, but below are some common features of the U.S. benefit program.

  • Medical and dental benefits
  • 401(k) retirement savings program
  • Paid vacation and holidays
  • Wellness program
  • Life Insurance up to 8x the salary
  • Educational assistance
  • Employee assistance program
  • Employee discounts with ITW’s key suppliers: cars, computers, appliances and more


Volunteerism and giving back to the community is a core value at ITW. We strongly encourage community involvement and offer programs that help our employees support the charities they care about most.

Volunteer Program
The ITW Foundation donates $10.00 for every hour of volunteer time spent at the approved organization of your choice. Minimum of one volunteer hours, up to 100 hours.

Matching Gift Program

The ITW Foundation matches your gift 3-to-1—one of the most generous matching programs among U.S. companies. Minimum contribution of $25.​​​

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World's Most Admired Companies , Fortune, 2015
Innovation Award , Chicago Innovation Awards, 2011
Barron's 500 , Barron’s, 2015
Barron's 500 , Barron's, 2014
Top Green Companies in the U.S. , Newsweek, 2015
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Additional Info

Headquarters Glenview, IL
Size 5000+ Employees
Founded 1912
Type Company - Public (ITW)
Industry Manufacturing
Revenue $10+ billion (USD) per year

Since its founding more than 100 years ago, ITW has become one of the world’s leading diversified manufacturers of specialized industrial equipment, consumables, and related service businesses. We place a high premium on the development of innovative solutions–most of which are developed in tandem with our customers. And we continue to ensure that our customers receive timely, cost-effective service for the innovative products we provide. ITW’s products and solutions are at work all over the world, in deep-sea oil rigs, aerospace technology, bridges and wind turbines ... More

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