Illinois Tool Works

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Illinois Tool Works Reviews

Updated October 13, 2014
Updated October 13, 2014
125 Reviews
3.0
125 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great benefits, Challenging projects, Executive management actively involved (in 11 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 10 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    ITW is not a company but It's a Family

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Financial Reporting in Mumbai (India)
    Current Employee - Financial Reporting in Mumbai (India)

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

    Pros

    * Culture
    * My Boss
    * Lateral Changes in Work profile

    Cons

    It does not have any office to work at my Ahmedabad.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up for mission of 2020.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    tax intern

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Illinois Tool Works as an intern

    Pros

    Good hours. Nice people. Good work and life balance. Good pay for the entry level.

    Cons

    Limited growing space as other industry companies.

  3.  

    Network Application Manager defining use cases for wired and wireless connectivity in food retail scales. Serve as VOC which translated directly into requirements for the NPD (new product development) team. Ran beta user program for first scale management software.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Global Product Manager in Dayton, OH
    Current Employee - Associate Global Product Manager in Dayton, OH

    I have been working at Illinois Tool Works full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Diversified industrials and growing revenues from non-US markets add increased stability. Ability to laterally move between businesses without hindrance.

    Cons

    Managers are not trained they are picked because they are too performers. Even if they lack people skills and strategic thinking they are handed the keys to the organization. HR processes are great in theory but not in practice.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give people more than 3-6 months in professional roles. All your docs say it takes 9-18 months to get up to speed in these positions. Diversity- walk the talk! Decide exactly where you want decentralization and stick to it get managers buy in.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    ITW offers a variety of options with good benefits

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager

    I have been working at Illinois Tool Works full-time

    Pros

    Benefits galore. The sector of ITW that I worked in was a very tight knit group that made for a very nice work environment.

    Cons

    Diverse, yet quick and ruthless paced environment, that is sometimes stuck looking strictly at the profit margin. Surprised to see how quickly employees are let go.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Run now, don't wait at all

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Illinois Tool Works

    Pros

    Not many, a lot of hours and below average pay

    Cons

    A lot, let me count the ways

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Sourcing Intern

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Illinois Tool Works as an intern

    Pros

    Great environment and employee relationships

    Cons

    Work load was often inconsistent

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Constantly changing environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - PC Support Specialist in Vernon Hills, IL
    Current Employee - PC Support Specialist in Vernon Hills, IL

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

    Pros

    -good company with long track record
    -new executives are focused on increasing stock price
    -company is well known for promoting from within and having long term employees
    -many of the workers who have been there for awhile make each day worth it
    -collaborating with other business units is enjoyable

    Cons

    -new executives are focused on increasing stock price
    -company goes through constant shake-ups and org changes to keep up with M&A's, as well as many changes in IT
    -most of the business units are completely separate and thus suffer from not having a common budget or common organziation. Ultimately it makes collaborating harder, and cost of business more. For IT, it makes it harder to get captial expenses approved
    -a lot of changes are currently in the works. ITW just sold off signode which was a huge company for them. It is hard to say what ITW will try to keep in its portfolio
    -not all the managers are created equal. Having a bad manager will really ruin your experience anywhere, but here, it could ruin your life. I've had three different managers, and our current one doesn't know how to handle the day to day. He spends most of his time in meetings trying to collaborate with other units to get his projects done. This is probably a good thing and is something he was brought on to do, however the downside is not having a manager that is really committed to his employees epxereience - and he tends to be very detached from the issues the affect our department, and thus the company.
    -high turnover, and in IT it makes it hard to integrate when everyone is new.
    -alot of the older employees are worried about their jobs, and that affects morale. Even more so, it makes some of them very viscious and defensive about their jobs
    -everyone is overworked, because people have left or quit and were never replaced. Many times you are doing the job of several people. Managers are pretty aware of this, but it doesn't seem like they can do anything - corporate is trying to keep costs down.
    - i was hired at a lower level than the work I was expected to do. This is great for my experience, so it almost is a pro. However, I am getting paid for less than what the IL Bureau Labor Statistics shows is the standard. It also isn't good for me when I want to move on, because people don't have a clear idea of what I do.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on getting the talent that will be able to handle the day-to-day and improve morale in departments. Try not to have huge organizational changes every year. When hiring new managers think about how you will get through the mundane things first, and don't be afraid to break up a single job into several - it isn't always good to give one guy a six figure salary, when you could higher three people for the same price (which would cover more ground). Keep in mind that all the employees are over worked... there is too much that needs to get done and not enough time - either hire more workers or delegate better.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great career starter.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Every division has hard working, intelligent, senior employees that are willing to help newbies.High levels of responsibility are given early allowing you to earn respect quickly. Divisions operate with separately, so even though there are 51,000 ITW employees you get to know most everyone in your own division very well.

    Cons

    Personal growth is not well defined. You are either on the fast track or you are not it seems. Pay is average or below. Management changes frequently.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't change for the sake of change. There are a lot of employees that know how to run a successful business, and have gotten this company to where it is today.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Culture is evolving -- much more draconian around cost management

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Glenview, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Glenview, IL

    I worked at Illinois Tool Works full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The executives were down to earth, low ego

    Cons

    Decentralized culture can be hard to navigate. Focus is more on cost and downsizing now -- do more with less. Cutting into the muscle. Is is sustainable?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't forget about people. Make sure you are investing in career growth.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Excellent company to work for.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    ITW cultivates creative and high energy people. The management team is very smart and capable. The product lines and customers are great.

    Cons

    The company is going through many structural and management changes that are good for the future.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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