Illinois Tool Works
3.3 of 5 105 reviews
www.itw.com Glenview, IL 5000+ Employees

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Updated Jun 26, 2014

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E. Scott Santi

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58% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Pros:
  • "Decentralized business units; standalone companies yet still under the corporate umbrella"
    in 8 reviews
  • "Great Benefits except for no stock options"
    in 8 reviews
Cons:
  • "They are going through a major consolidation at the moment, reducing the 800 business units down to 150 or so"
    in 6 reviews
  • "Inablity of Management team(HODs)"
    in 3 reviews
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    Simple, yet effective principles drives this organization to remain successful following old school practices.

    Key Account Manager (Former Employee)
    Dallas, TX

    ProsExposure to simple management principles that apply across many industries. I worked with a great team of peers that did a very good job of working together to secure nationwide contracts with Fortune 500 companies.

    ConsAt times there was some stale leadership within certain parts of the organization. If certain employees were not always in agreement with management, they were written off for any future advancement even if they had valid conflicting opinions on topics.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMaintain your core 80/20 beliefs, but learn to adjust and adapt more readily to new business practices.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Overall good employer, great benefits

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat benefits, Challenging projects, Executive management actively involved

    ConsCompensation is moderate, Corporate red tape often block necessary changes at the division level

    Advice to Senior ManagementPush to execute and follow through on operational changes that are critical instead of being idle. Often times the same issue is discussed in several meetings but nothing changes.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Many challenging opportunities for self learning.

    Factory Manager (Former Employee)
    San Jose, CA

    ProsGood internal Corporate tools for ongoing improvements to compliment personal growth.

    ConsLack of human values and no recognition/appreciation for accomplishments, short sighted in success.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNeed to apply some human values at all levels as investment, and lack of check/balance for upper management at business unit level.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great opportunity to expand professional horizons with an emphasis on self-actualization.

    North American Sales Manager (Former Employee)
    Los Angeles, CA

    ProsExcellent benefit structure for a Fortune 200 company. Adheres to a program fostering independent judgment and analysis. Extremely interested in continuous training of employees at the managerial level.

    ConsVery driven by analyst thinking relative to share price. Does not have a long term mindset in too many cases. The company can have very unrealistic expectations for operating margins in some of their business segments.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFoster more decision making on long term benefits rather than short term financial considerations. Concentrate more on long term brand development through advertising, particularly in the social media arena.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    The company was fantastic, before it restructured...

    A Very Technical One (Current Employee)

    ProsITW has a decent bonus structure, good benefits and is a good place to get experience. Before the restructuring it, it wasn't a bad place to work. The culture at my business unit was fantastic, but once we restructured it all changed... In my opinion, its not fair to judge ITW as a whole based upon ones experience in one business unit. Ones experience at a business unit could be completely different than another business unit.

    ConsIn the division I work, there is some serious miss management. We are horribly under staffed, creating a environment of constant fighting and finger pointing, no one has enough time to finish the work needed for the business to succeed. Upper management at a divisional level seems to be more concerned about what they can do to personally benefit them selves and not what they can do for the company. I feel they are more focused on the size of there office, how they can expense toys and eating expensive meals payed for by the company. There also seems to be a trend of promoting individuals based upon there personal relationship with a vp or gm and not there ability to advance the business. The director of my department has very little experience or skill doing the actual work hes supposed to manage. It doesn't seem as if there is any focus from upper management, thus people have no idea where they should be focused. All these things combined create a very hostile and unpleasant environment. Its a environment of us vs them.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTreat ALL your employees better. Listen to the people who are on the ground level, that's where your business happens. Don't allow your middle management(vp/gms, directors) to run wild. They seem to have no interest in the actual day to day business and how they can improve things. Work on creating a environment where a employee feels comfortable bringing up things that need fixed, they shouldn't be worried about loosing there job if they are trying to fix something. Open a line of communication with your ground level workers to create a check and balance for management.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsYou can learn a lot here - more than most places due to th size of the company and types of transactions they are involved in.

    ConsLittle or no recognition ...minimal, if any, raises. Lack of promoting from within..Most positions are filled from outside the company. No bonus program for managers and below.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIm not sure management will listen. There was an employee survey a few years ago. Management is fully aware of the issues and has taken almost no steps to see that things are better for the minioins...the rich get richer is in full force at ITW.
    Pay attention to what is going on with your staff. Actually, truly care...reward people...give the minions a decent raise for once. Invest in the people you have - the company has a lot to offer, but good people wont stick around for long in this environment.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    In transition

    Business Unit Manager (Former Employee)
    Glenview, IL

    ProsWell structured conservative company with an entrepreneurial culture. Large product offering through multiple business units. Good place to learn. Reasonable benefits.

    ConsThe corporate enterprise initiative (consolidating 800 divisions to 100) has not been fully executed throughout the corporation. Many divisions/groups still in transition.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGood luck with the balance of implementing the enterprise strategy.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Small Business in Large Organization

    Engineering (Current Employee)

    ProsAdequate compensation and small company local environment where it is possible to make a difference in establishing the local culture. 80/20 is a good policy when applied to local needs.

    ConsHR policy doesn't allow technical staff to get promoted without moving into management. The company is undergoing consolidation that is eliminating middle management so the opportunities for advancement have been reduced.

    Advice to Senior ManagementReaction to the needs of Wallstreet is important but you should not loose sight of customers and employees.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Lost it soul; not what it used to be.

    Corporate Project Manager (Former Employee)
    Glenview, IL

    ProsUse to be great company before change of strategy in the last 2-3 years. May still offer some opportunities for new comers with the current restructuring of business units. You have to work in the profitable businesses if you don't want to loose your time.

    ConsComplete restructuring of the business units leads to many management changes, very short term strategy only focus on profitability.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAt this time, management is very top-down. Even top managers have no say on investors decisions.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Cyclical business cycle created constant chaos in staffing. Great years followed by reduction in staff.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsCompetitive compensation package with great 401K plan. Commitment to R & D, constantly looking to be ahead of curve with new product release.

    ConsConstantly downsizing or shifting production to China, more concerned with maximizing profit today than retaining customers. They force corporate philosophy on every division even when not appropriate.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLowest price with poor quality with eventually turn customers away.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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