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ITW Employee Reviews about "business units"

Updated Aug 13, 2019

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3.4
62%
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ITW CEO E. Scott Santi
E. Scott Santi
186 Ratings
Pros
  • "Competitive salary; great benefits; encourages application of entrepreneurial spirit; profitable business despite market fluctuations(in 46 reviews)

  • "good benefits, 401k match, good vacation time, good advancement opportunity(in 39 reviews)

Cons
  • "Not as decentralized as it used to be(in 29 reviews)

  • "Autonomous business units make crossover business coordination very difficult(in 22 reviews)

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  1. "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Glenview, IL
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at ITW full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Worked with many business units. Great culture.

    Cons

    None that i can think of.

    ITW2019-08-13
  2. "Generally okay."

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    Current Employee - Logistics Manager 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at ITW full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Business units are left to work independently of corporate assuming basic guidelines and principles are followed.

    Cons

    Need to address the we versus them mentality.

    ITW2019-04-23
  3. "Decent first company"

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    Current Intern - Intern - Hourly in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at ITW for more than a year

    Pros

    Great intern events Great networking You don't need a lot of qualifications to stand out

    Cons

    Doesn't offer the mentorship and training you would expect from a fortune 200 company. Decentralized business units from corporate make it hard to feel included in the bigger picture

    ITW2018-07-28
  4. "Excellent company, benefits, & perks."

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    Former Employee - National Account Manager in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at ITW full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Excellent company, benefits, & perks. Fair pay.

    Cons

    Autonomous business units make crossover business coordination very difficult.

    Advice to Management

    Bridge the gaps to allow growth through multiple business units service of national accounts.

    ITW2018-04-07
  5. Helpful (4)

    "Great Co-Workers, but management doesn't have a clue."

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    Former Employee - Computer Support Specialist in Orlando, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at ITW full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great people to work with. Many have been with the company for years and have lots of experience.

    Cons

    Being a business unit of ITW the primary purpose of the company is to get the profits from the company and squeeze it as hard as possible. There is a lot of turnover in management and many of the new managers don't appear to have any idea how to run the business. If the business doesn't meant it's expected profits expect layoffs and terminations.

    Advice to Management

    Spend more time learning from the employees and persons that built the company, maybe then you can improve your products and services. Invest in experienced employees and if employees aren't meeting expectations, spend some time with them. You might find they are doing more work then their managers and use real assistance instead of termination.

    ITW2018-02-05
  6. Helpful (2)

    "Director of Marketing"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at ITW full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Corporate strategy is clear. The guardrails are set / clear as well. The how you do it is up to each business units discretion. Divisional leadership gets to run the business and push ownership and accountability down to all levels. 85 business units means lots of room for advancement / learning opportunities. Not hierarchical, no ivory tower, no politics...really lives diversity and inclusion compared to any... other company I worked at.

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    Cons

    Sometimes the business units run super lean with resources and sales / marketing spend

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work of setting strategy, guardrails and ideas / recipe’s for success.

    ITW2018-01-16
  7. Helpful (2)

    "Potential to be good, but is a company on the downward spiral"

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    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in Orting, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at ITW full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Because of the very small engineering groups, you get to work in a lot of areas. Some very dedicated team members, usually overshadowed by managers that just don't know anything.

    Cons

    High up business unit managers that aren't technically knowledgeable or have university education do not have the knowledge to hire the right people. The new engineering management group doesn't have a good technical leader or a good leader of people, very hostile towards employees, treating them very badly.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to employees.

    ITW2017-11-07
  8. "Marketing Specialist"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at ITW full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits and great people

    Cons

    A lot of consolidation of business units

    Advice to Management

    Provide more opportunities to learn and to advance

    ITW2017-10-09
  9. "Finally getting noticed"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at ITW full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits, a lot of career opportunities, philanthropic.

    Cons

    Lean business units (limited resources, people wear many hats), decentralized structure leads to poor collaboration efforts between business units.

    Advice to Management

    Business units need to work more collaboratively on long range planning to ensure resources are shared, innovation and continuous improvement is not stalled.

    ITW2017-08-25
  10. Helpful (2)

    "Sourcing"

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    Current Employee - EVP in Glenview, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at ITW full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Sourcing has been a key element of ITW's enterprise strategy the last 4 years. Resources have been added, processes have been created and trained throughout the company, spend data has been aggregated into a corporate database that now gives visibility to our decentralized spend that wasn't available before. E sourcing tools have been added and investment in some systems to support sourcing has been made. The... decentralized culture still exists and divisions still own sourcing decision rights and execution while colleagues connect across business unit boundaries to share information and leverage our knowledge and spend. The positive results have been material each year and there is a continued commitment for continuous improvement. The company has also invested in supply chain network planning resources which support comprehensive business reviews. With 84 divisions and hundreds of manufacturing plants and products ITW makes, there is opportunity to learn and contribute every day. I've been to over 100 plants and still have more to visit.

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    Cons

    ITW can be conservative. The decentralized culture preserves local decision making cross business unit collaboration on sourcing take a little longer and require lots of communication.

    Advice to Management

    Be sure that communication is frequent and clear on possible opportunities and steps to pursue such. Influencing skills and relationship building are valued.

    ITW2017-05-02
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