Illinois Tool Works

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Illinois Tool Works Reviews

Updated March 3, 2015
Updated March 3, 2015
144 Reviews
3.0
144 Reviews
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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.  

    Great working experience with great people!

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    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - Analyst in Glenview, IL
    Current Employee - Analyst in Glenview, IL

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

    Pros

    The great people and the working environment is what I enjoy most about ITW. New corporate headquarters is not in a bad location either.

    Cons

    Not a company with too many people in their 20's it seems. As a younger person you will not meet too many people your age.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    It was great when I first started

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Machine Operator in Frankfort, IL
    Former Employee - Machine Operator in Frankfort, IL

    I worked at Illinois Tool Works full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good hours, paid vacation,benefits. Management was good when I started years ago. Work was pleasant I enjoyed the work making plastic parts for cars.

    Cons

    Management has taken a turn for the worse. People who are not qualified getting promotions just because there favorites. Pay could be better also.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Fair compensation with an old school attitude

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Information Systems Technician in Glenview, IL
    Former Contractor - 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
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  5.  

    great great great, in every way!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  6.  

    Time to clean house

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hebron, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hebron, IL

    I have been working at Illinois Tool Works

    Pros

    Great benefits eight hour shifts most days good people

    Cons

    Often asked to work last minute overtime not very good on preventative maintenance very very shorthanded of people often like to do more with less no matter what the cost or the sacrifice to the employee is. Very poor raises always find some excuse to use to not get you one

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to start fresh they have supervisors there that they know were bad but they still keep them around start promoting with in your company and fasting in your people and you're going to start having a great company again

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Awful place to work. Right next to a funeral home too.

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Carol Stream, IL
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Carol Stream, IL

    I worked at Illinois Tool Works

    Pros

    None what so ever

    Cons

    The company merged with 2 other companies so everything is chaos, no proper training, no communication, alot of lay offs.... This job wasn't what I expected. Management's expectations are unrealistic for such a small company to manage 3 different companies, I felt that my work load was too much, & I saw departments doing tasks that didn't make sense for them to be doing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More training for employees instead of just throwing them into the job without formal training or support.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  8.  

    Manager Strategic Sourcing

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    ITW

    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,

  10. 1 person found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
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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
  11.  

    Former Engineering Co-op

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

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