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Illinois Tool Works Reviews

Updated April 27, 2017
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Pros
  • Good company with good benefits (in 24 reviews)

  • Great benefits program and work life balance depends on manager (in 23 reviews)

Cons
  • tight budget for projects, market price driven into tight project constrains, decentralized systems in its worldwide business units (in 14 reviews)

  • very decentralized, leads to lack of communication across segments (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Development Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Developmental Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Developmental Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    A lot of responsibility given to people early in their careers. Ability to get experience in a variety of different field and roles from the same position

    Cons

    Always behind the industry standard on compensation. Not willing to compete for talent by increasing compensation despite saying that competing for talent is a priority


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Great if you get a decent position..."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Machine Operator in Frankfort, IL
    Current Employee - Machine Operator in Frankfort, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    LOADS of benefits, from discounts to health and dental. 2 weeks of vacation and 3 days of sick time. After 5 years you earn another week of vacation. After 15 years you get your final extra week for a total of 4 weeks.

    Cons

    The management is the worst I've ever seen in my life. You will be over worked and under paid no matter your position you have. You'll have minimal raises too, the best I've seen is 75 cents for a whole year of working. Considering I worked as a mechanic, quality inspector, operator and a line lead helper, you'd think I'd earn a bit more for a year.

    Advice to Management

    Get your peers or lower management in order, they are dragging the company down.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Mfg. Ops"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operations in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Operations in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Entreprenurial Culture and willing to allocate capital for new programs

    Cons

    Decentailized - Not consistend processes. Many manual or outdated processes for data managment.

    Advice to Management

    Align resources to the business need.


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  5. "Human Resources"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Glenview, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Glenview, IL
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great performing company. Strong culture - very collaborative and results-oriented. You don't waste your time on things that don't matter. Great benefits and really nice people.

    Cons

    None. It's a very positive work environment.

    Advice to Management

    Change the bonus plan so managers are more aligned to business performance.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Not for everyone"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Point of Sales Technician in Cincinnati, OH
    Former Employee - Point of Sales Technician in Cincinnati, OH

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

    Pros

    okay pay, meet a lot of different people

    Cons

    on the road all the time, no room for advancement

    Advice to Management

    Focus on the people that are doing the heavy lifting


  7. Helpful (1)

    "SHHH....Help Wanted Millennials only...NOT non-Millennials"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Billing Specialist in Glenview, IL
    Current Employee - Billing Specialist in Glenview, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Company is on the rise...very FAST!!! Never bottomed out, even during the recession.

    Cons

    Lack loyalty to existing senior staff (+10 year employees). Communication is poor.

    Advice to Management

    Look at the strength's each staff has, stop listening to creative gossip. Require accuser to show proof.


  8. "Quality Inspector"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Quality Inspector in South Holland, IL
    Former Employee - Quality Inspector in South Holland, IL
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Illinois Tool Works (More than a year)

    Pros

    Vacation and payday is the Pro

    Cons

    Back breaking, feet hurting type of work....
    No safety for employees....3 ton cranes operating without safety alarms
    more than 50lb totes to be lifted.


  9. "Division Management"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Division Director in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Division Director in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Private company family feel with the support of fortune 200 parent. Company is actively working to become more diverse (female and race). Great place to work for talented folks how have lots of career runway.

    Cons

    Enterprise strategy is chasing away long term talent with vast institutional know how and deep relationships. Losing the entrepreneurial spirit of the past.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Great company to work for with some of the best benefits."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Group Leader in Roselle, IL
    Current Employee - Group Leader in Roselle, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I would say the benefits by far is a good reason. They were a company that pride themselves on promoting from within but with new management it is no longer.

    Cons

    Promoting from within culture changed about 8 years ago. New management looking to dismantle everything that was done to keep things going.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to employee's concerns about how the business is run. Some of the employees may have some good ideas to move the company forward.


  11. "Strong Company--but all about the numbers"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Director in Saint Louis, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Just look at the stock price. ITW is a strong company with a clear direction. ITW has resources and muscle and understands operational excellence with the best of them.

    Cons

    ITW is a keenly analytical organization--it's a core strength. But strengths to an extreme can be weaknesses. ITW is so numbers-driven, it can impede progress. What's more, it creates fear, as people who have been major contributors for decades are shown the door in order to save money or pursue a new direction. There is no such thing as security at ITW--I suspect it is by design.

    Advice to Management

    The pivot from growth through acquisition to organic growth requires a different investment mindset. Be willing to invest in sales and marketing activities you've typically eschewed.


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