Illinois Tool Works

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Illinois Tool Works Reviews

Updated October 21, 2014
Updated October 21, 2014
126 Reviews
3.0
126 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.  

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

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

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Constantly 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 ManagementAdvice

    Lowest price with poor quality with eventually turn customers away.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Accountant in Eldorado Hills, WA
    Former Employee - Accountant in Eldorado Hills, WA

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

    Pros

    Invests time in their employees, values training. Room for mobility within different business units, has a good work life balance.

    Cons

    Restructuring projects in play currently with significant layoffs.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Well organized business structure for maintaining and growing business but not that well executed on a personnel level.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Detroit, MI

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

    Pros

    Great benefits package, personal and corporate training, decentralized form of management allows for the small company feel with the benefits of a big corporation

    Cons

    History of growth through acquisition frequently gives rise to business unit reorganization and elimination of positions, or in some cases complete office locations.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company with a few problems but overall a great company to work for

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

    I have been working at Illinois Tool Works

    Pros

    There is a great deal of opportunities for growth in this company. I am always getting challenged to try new things and take on new challenges. Insurance is great.

    Cons

    compensation and time off are low. HR refuses to negotiate vacation time when you hire in so no one gets increased vacation time even if you are a experienced professional.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Considered increasing salaries and vacation time off.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Paslode Senior Sales Representitive

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Sales Representative in Vernon Hills, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Sales Representative in Vernon Hills, IL

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

    Pros

    Great Benefits except for no stock options. Great sales force and customer service reps.

    Cons

    Corporate Paslode upper management has no respect for sales force. They are very disconnected from customers and market. Completely priced out of the market, but yet still ask why we are losing market share. Really?? When prices are double the competition to the end user it makes it very difficult and very frustrating!!! Upper Management very degrading and unmotivating toward sales force

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Corporate Paslode upper management has no respect for sales force. They are very disconnected from customers and market. Completely priced out of the market, but yet still ask why we are losing market share. Really?? When prices are double the competition to the end user it makes it very difficult and very frustrating!!! Upper Management very degrading and unmotivating toward sales force

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Lack of consistent management direction

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

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

    Pros

    Independent and small functional teams

    Cons

    No formalized process for anything, large company that runs like a startup, limited to no newly booked sales

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great company. Very well managed.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director in Glenview, IL
    Former Employee - Director in Glenview, IL

    I worked at Illinois Tool Works full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Well managed, innovative, profitable with good people. Very active community involvement and very charitable company.

    Cons

    Conservative approach to business and external relationships.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Good place to work, but experiencing several changes.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Quality Assurance Technician in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Quality Assurance Technician in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Illinois Tool Works full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The management have put together a good working team, and the environment is good. Resources are also good, and there is good teamwork within the different divisions of the company. Good medical resources and 401K plan.

    Cons

    The company is undergoing a significant change, and some long term employees are losing their jobs. Some are able to find work in a different division of the company.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    I wouldn't recommend ITW

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - BU Manager in Glenview, IL
    Former Employee - BU Manager in Glenview, IL

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

    Pros

    Good financial business practice.
    Good business philosophies.
    Healthy focus on profitability.

    Cons

    Slow and difficult decision making process.
    The company runs very lean, and most people are expected to do two people's jobs.
    Weak culture.
    Not a motivating place to work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on developing a real culture rather than individual cultures in each BU.
    Focus on motivating people rather than constantly cutting costs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Too many haters; not enough camaraderie amongst employees due to Supervisors lack of management skills/maturity.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Office
    Former Employee - Office

    I worked at Illinois Tool Works full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits; Corporate is great!

    Cons

    Too much animosity amongst workers; too many haters; supervisor not competent/mature.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Somebody needs to watch the incompetent watchers (the ones that should never have been appointed supervisors!)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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