Illinois Tool Works Reviews

Updated March 19, 2015
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E. Scott Santi
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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. This company is a proven leader in the industry. It is, and will always be a tremendous experience working with ITW

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    Current Employee - Sales Engineer
    Current Employee - Sales Engineer

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

    Pros

    Large company with all the benefits of a small/medium sized company. Growth within the company is also available.

    Cons

    Limited training and high pace environment. Management is constantly shifting as well.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management shifting for movement sake is not always the best option. The companies are run well, however, the constant battle of dealing with new management every few months is overwhelming.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Complete Joke.

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    Former Employee - Sourcing in Glenview, IL
    Former Employee - Sourcing in Glenview, IL

    I worked at Illinois Tool Works full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    You could sit and stare at the wall 8 hours a day and nobody would say anything. The pay/benefits were good.

    Cons

    This is a complete joke of a company - at least at the corporate level. Executive leadership and middle management refuses to move into the 21st century and are some of the most incompetent people I have ever met. Never before have I seen executives at a Fortune 200 company show such a basic misunderstanding of fundamental economics and finance.

    The company makes tons of money through simply being as cheap as possible. They have 1 person to do what should be 5 jobs and are continuing to lay off more at the business unit levels. At corporate, they brag that employees may bring their own coffee to use in the company provided coffee machines. The most money I ever saw them spend was on the "holiday brunch" which was supplied by the on-site cafeteria...and started at 7am.

    Sourcing is a complete joke - nobody in the company can give you a list of all the ITW locations, and they most definitely can not even give you a good guess as to the spend. We spend all our time putting together presentations with incorrect data that we are making up, only for the segments and business units to shut us down. 100% completely devoid of any process or logical thinking. Leadership was completely disengaged, only to be seen every other week where he asked for an update from everyone, to which we informed them of the exact same issues we have been facing for the last several months.

    In such a decentralized company, with no spend visibility one would think that maybe we would need to travel to the actual business units to try to get some visibility. In 9 months there, I was out of the office for 6 days. God forbid we actually spend a little money to try to do our jobs and save a lot more.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit pinching pennies and take your company into the modern age. The new building looks like a strong gust of wind would blow it over. How much could coffee really cost you? And take a basic economics class.

    All large corporations have started to understand the importance of strategic sourcing in the future. It's very clear there are exactly 0 people here that understand anything about strategic sourcing. You need to commit and spend the money to bring in someone, likely consultants, that know what they are doing. It will pay for itself many times over in the long run.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful

    Great working experience with great people!

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    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
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  5. Time to clean house

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    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
  6. 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
  7. It was great when I first started

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    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
  8. Fair compensation with an old school attitude

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    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
  9. 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
  10. ITW

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Illinois Tool Works

    Pros

    The pay was acceptable, but you earnt it

    Cons

    poor management, style was out of the 1960

  11. 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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