Illinois Tool Works Reviews

Updated July 3, 2015
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E. Scott Santi
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Pros
  • Great benefits; Corporate is great (in 13 reviews)

  • collaborating with other business units is enjoyable (in 10 reviews)

Cons
  • most of the business units are completely separate and thus suffer from not having a common budget or common organziation (in 11 reviews)

  • HR refuses to negotiate vacation time when you hire in so no one gets increased vacation time even if you are a experienced professional (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Engineer

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    good benefits, nice people, easy going

    Cons

    Poor Leadership, people work to please their boss, org position is more important than expertise, 3% raises across the board for non leadership positions.


  2. Manager

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Chicago, IL

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Excellent working hour, flexible, overall good people

    Cons

    Corporate has no strategic direction


  3. Helpful (1)

    Great at the Top...Horrible at the Middle and Bottom

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Atlanta, TX
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Atlanta, TX

    I worked at Illinois Tool Works

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits. History of working for a fine heritage.

    Cons

    Demoralizing Drive for profit to satisfy stock analysts. Age discrimination. Bitter internal rivalries. Fearful workers do not make better ones!

    Advice to Management

    Clean house through EVP level in all sectors from HR into sector management. Be kind and eliminate hoistile attitude to your employees. Yes, this is true 80% of the time. .


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  5. Great Company

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

    I have been working at Illinois Tool Works

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Free spirited company that allows decisions to be made at low managerial levels. The stock price is good and is climbing all the time.

    Cons

    The structure is different than before and people who have worked at this organization for 20 plus years are jaded and are not always looking to change and improve their areas.


  6. Helpful (3)

    Finance

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Illinois Tool Works (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits. Great to work there if you are young as the company likes to develop and promote young people.

    Cons

    No job security anymore despite your continuous significant contributions you bring to the company. They will restructure you out to make the numbers so Corporate top management can tell Wall Street all the growth in earnings. If you are 50 years old plus, you are on the short list unless you are the lucky few who hang out with the top management.


  7. ITW overall

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Medical Benefits is good and really the only pro.

    Cons

    Too less of pay for an assembly job. Hard work and low pay.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure you pay employees above the minimum wage considerably. This job have high demands to do repetitive tasks. But we make money about the same of a fast food restaurant. Just because you supposedly pay around the cost of living for the city location, we require more than any estimation of that low pay.


  8. Machine operator

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Machine Operator in Aurora, IL
    Current Employee - Machine Operator in Aurora, IL

    I have been working at Illinois Tool Works

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    learning new things about plastic molding, kaizans , using measuring tools, making new product,

    Cons

    confusion, unorganized, poor planing, lack of communication, not enough training, unorganized always running out of supplies, like boxes, bags, filters.

    Advice to Management

    Better planing, giving everyone a chance to learn new things, not the same people. better support for the workers, listening to employees concerns. providing a better salary for all the hard work it is there.


  9. product manager

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Illinois Tool Works full-time

    Pros

    good management focused company fair

    Cons

    old school corporate lacking innovation


  10. Illinois Tool Works

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Illinois Tool Works

    Pros

    Very nice place to work

    Cons

    Too many levels of management


  11. Nice place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    My division is full of dedicated, smart people all doing their best for the company. Nice perks, nice boss. One of the best jobs I've ever had.

    Cons

    Not much upward mobility where I am. A bit resistant to change. Not much else wrong, as far as I see.

    Advice to Management

    Keep making the employees feel valuable. We do appreciate it. It's a nice company full of nice people.



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