Illinois Tool Works

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Illinois Tool Works Reviews

Updated January 20, 2015
Updated January 20, 2015
140 Reviews
3.0
140 Reviews
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E. Scott Santi
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great benefits, Challenging projects, Executive management actively involved (in 13 reviews)

  • Decentralized business units; standalone companies yet still under the corporate umbrella (in 10 reviews)


Cons
  • They are going through a major consolidation at the moment, reducing the 800 business units down to 150 or so (in 11 reviews)

  • There's all these pillars but no one is really seeing any movement (in 5 reviews)

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  1.  

    Fair compensation with an old school attitude

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    Former Employee - Information Systems Technician in Glenview, IL
    Former Employee - Information Systems Technician in Glenview, IL

    I worked at Illinois Tool Works as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    The company pays fairly well and the majority of employees are happy to work there. Business trips are plentiful depending on your job a company phone and computer is provided.

    Cons

    The general management practices and styles are a bit old fashioned. ITW has a history of undergoing major changes which end up with significant restructuring and layoffs.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    great great great, in every way!

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    Current Employee - Internal Audit in Glenview, IL
    Current Employee - Internal Audit in Glenview, IL

    I have been working at Illinois Tool Works full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    great people, great pay, and great benefits

    Cons

    there could be too much travel for some people

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    Manager Strategic Sourcing

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Illinois Tool Works full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great Company. Very profitable. Continuous growth. Bright future. Very strong financially sound company that does a great job growing through acquisition on a global platform.

    Cons

    Sourcing Dept has no real time data. Company is decentralized. Every company does their own thing that works best for them. Very difficult to central and leverage their spend. Much of the data is estimated including the savings they report to management. They are trying to tie things together, but still have a long way to go.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Either mandate sourcing programs or go back to 100% decentralized procurement.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Illinois Tool Works

    Pros

    good benefits, flexible spending, nice people, flexible hours, good travel coverage, free wifi

    Cons

    unorganized managing, lower than average pay,

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    Great place to work and learn about the industry, but watch out for corporate always looking to shut down your projec

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Illinois Tool Works

    Pros

    A lot of exposure to new things that teach many different concepts. almost as if you are working in a univercity

    Cons

    very low rate of compensation incress

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  7.  

    Former Engineering Co-op

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    Former Employee - Engineering Co-Op in Glenview, IL
    Former Employee - Engineering Co-Op in Glenview, IL

    I worked at Illinois Tool Works as an intern (more than a year)

    Pros

    Very laid back cultur, from what I understand they had great benefits for full-time employees and definite opportunity for growth. Time-off was permitted per policy.

    Cons

    Promotions and such were hard to come by without knowing the right people. Definite case of some of what you know, but more "who you know."

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Competency tests or promotions based on reviews. Social skills are important, but so are management styles, knowledge, and experience.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    No growth options

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Illinois Tool Works

    Pros

    Good benefits, co-workers are team players

    Cons

    lack of support, leadership, manager not available

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to employees & customers.

  9.  

    Focused on delivering overall results and returns for shareholders

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    Current Employee - Plant Manager in Oskaloosa, IA
    Current Employee - Plant Manager in Oskaloosa, IA

    I have been working at Illinois Tool Works full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, including 401(k) with match and very good benefits.

    Cons

    Communication could be improved throughout the organization.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Analyst

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Illinois Tool Works

    Pros

    Great place to work with tons of experience to gain without long hours

    Cons

    benefits are average and has everything necessary

  11.  

    Pragmatic, focused, all about the job to be done

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Director in Glenview, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Director in Glenview, IL

    I have been working at Illinois Tool Works full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    diversity of segments and technologies
    very strong STEM, mentoring, professional development programs for new engineers
    lots of opportunities for growth and learning

    Cons

    very decentralized, leads to lack of communication across segments
    need to develop your own networks, no common IT infrastructure, so most connect on LinkedIn (all emails in different domains)

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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