ITW Building Components Group

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ITW Building Components Group Reviews

Updated November 17, 2014
Updated November 17, 2014
9 Reviews
3.2
9 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great company to work for

    Current Employee - Software Developer in Grand Prairie, TX
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Grand Prairie, TX

    I have been working at ITW Building Components Group full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    worked there for bat 14 years, great work environment

    Cons

    pay structure is a little less

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    increase benefits to vale add employees

  2.  

    Some very hard working coworkers, management is clueless and lost, executive team even more so.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at ITW Building Components Group full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    ITW has a tremendous amount of resources backing it. Great benefits, decent pay. Raises NEVER occur. "Cost of living increases" are what they consider raises and THOSE are rare. This company has the potential to be the industry leader, but upper management doesn't know how to get the job done. There are some really great product development opportunities, but history does not bode well for these.

    Ground level individuals seem to really care. From software development teams, customer service reps, sales reps, etc these people really care. They work hard and WANT to do a good job. They have passion.

    Anonymity might be one benefit. If you keep your head down & keep quiet, no one will notice you. You might even get promoted! In a weird way, George Costanza would do well. Several managers have emulated him, and done very well, though (much like George) no one can understand why.

    Cons

    Too many Chefs, not enough cooks. From middle management to executive level, most decision makers are out of touch and clueless about this industry. They have tons of books smarts, their credentials may look good on paper, but NO understanding of the people who make up this industry. Management makes knee-jerk decisions, not well thought out, then pursue those decisions for half of the project. Then the newest executive on the block changes the direction 180 degrees. No follow through. Upper executives seem to only be concerned about achieving their contractual obligations, then "retire" or "pursue personal endeavours", which just means they left because they had enough. Then they fade away, many being paid a "consultant fee" for several years. The corporate structure is only concerned about profit share.

    You can expect to work far too many hours, sacrifice personal time, have your supervisor impose on your family time with this company, for little or no financial or personal reward.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Relationships are what this industry is built on. Relationships with customers. Relationships with employees. Those relationships are crucial. Know your customers. Make an effort to know them. Personally. Customers can be very loyal, but a company can't take advantage of that. In NO environment does it make sense to notify customers via letter, that they are too small for you to do business with. Especially when your market share doesn't warrant that falsely condescending mentality. Relationships with your employees are also key. If you want the indians to follow the chiefs, it helps if the chief actually tries to KNOW the indians. Know your employees personally. They are the ones that do the work. They are the ones who are in front of the customers the most.

    While this industry is about customer relationships, we also survive on programming and technology. Invest in the things that you survive on. Get rid of the self promoters who try to sell a sow's ear, alter the top heavy corporate environment, and hire qualified candidates who have the technological skills and understanding of our industry, to grow the software.

    In a construction industry, maybe a construction analogy is in order. Plumbing runs down hill, so that all the excrement will also run downhill. Your corporate environment can be much the same. If Executives treat management well, those managers should also treat their employees well. But, if executives treat everyone like pooh, middle management will also treat everyone like pooh. The little indians at the bottom, the ones actually doing the leg work, they get treated like pooh. How does this then translate to customer service? Continuing the analogy, the plumbing at the top seems to be full of methane.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Cheap company, Good life balance

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at ITW Building Components Group

    Pros

    very good work life balance, most of the time

    Cons

    Cheap, everything, including your salary

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    80/20'd

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at ITW Building Components Group

    Pros

    The culture at our office was really good most of the time. The benefits were great and the salaries were ok. I really did enjoy the people I worked with and made life long friends while there.

    Cons

    The leadership of this company is clueless, directionless, idea-less, and ultimately evil. For many years the company took on several different ideas and directions, never sticking with one of them longer than 6 months. ITW knows how to manufacture products and get them to customers. Unfortunately for the building components world, they do not know how to deal with engineers or how to design and upgrade computer software. Customers were left just as frustrated and confused as employees, ultimately leaving for competitors in droves. ITWBCG is also very efficient at conducting lay offs and cut backs when things don't go there way, which is often. I am surprised they haven't closed this business as I do not see it competing with better run organizations. Customers know this and will be hard pressed to ever comeback or buy from ITWBCG.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean out the top levels of management and actually hire building component executives that know the industry. Listen to customers and understand that if you can't make them your number one priority you have no business being in business. This all may be too late however, so perhaps it would be best to sell or close the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    This has been the best job I've ever had

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Tester in Pompano Beach, FL
    Current Employee - Tester in Pompano Beach, FL

    I have been working at ITW Building Components Group full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The people here are very friendly and understanding. The benefits are top notch, with a generous 401k match, excellent health care and dental, overtime, and vacation. This year and next look very good for the company; recent restructuring has improved software development immensely.

    Cons

    Advancement is limited and raises have been spotty (due mostly to the economy).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    no opinion

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    ITW Building Components Group

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer II
    Former Employee - Engineer II

    I worked at ITW Building Components Group full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Benifits were some of the best I had or heard about. Awesome health plan, 401K, Tuition reimbursement, dental, vision, paid vacation, the industry is heading into a new era with Building Information Modelling using 3d software to see the finished building before it's finished, great severence package, tried to create a very soft landing for the unfortunate lay offs

    Cons

    The downturn in the building industry has led to a lot of turnover at the top, leading to product and software goals never being fully reached before a change in direction. The downturn also led to many cuts leaving some customers without the support they once had. No room for advancement at the office I worked at. I also had trouble with their COBRA provider, ITW looked into it but eventually never resolved the issue.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get back to serving the customer instead of worrying about competitors, follow through on goals instead of changing direction constantly

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  8.  

    Good Company, poor management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at ITW Building Components Group

    Pros

    Large company with resources
    available for movement up

    Cons

    production not help accountable for wrong actions
    no follow through
    a lot of talk
    minimal communication from above
    changes made involving personell without any personell imput

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    follow through, dont be scared of people quitting, they start pushing and pushing till they are getting away with everything

  9.  

    Great Environment, No Room for Growth

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at ITW Building Components Group

    Pros

    -Benefits
    -Work Life Balance
    -Friendly Staff
    -Interesting Industry

    Cons

    -Employees are not aware of corporate agenda
    -Disconnect in communication

    Recommends
  10.  

    Very Good

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Operations Manager
    Former Employee - Operations Manager

    I worked at ITW Building Components Group

    Pros

    Good benefits and opportunity for advancement

    Cons

    Company is all about profit, does not care about humanbeign

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat workers better

    Recommends

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