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Illinois Tool Works Reviews

Updated September 21, 2017
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Pros
  • Good company with good benefits (in 29 reviews)

  • Great benefits program and work life balance depends on manager (in 25 reviews)

Cons
  • The decentralized structure can be frustrating but that also provides lots of autonomy for those working in the business units (in 16 reviews)

  • Very political throughout upper management (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Finally getting noticed"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Illinois Tool Works 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.


  2. "80/20"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Illinois Tool Works full-time

    Pros

    Good people working hard to achieve common goals

    Cons

    80/20 focus on people. Big shift in culture to promote and advance select YOUNG high potential individuals - in your 20's... leave if not promoted within 2 years, 30's hit your numbers or you're done, over 45 get in as high as you can, over 50 good luck, over 55 it is not going to happen

    Advice to Management

    Earnings over people & strategy is not a good business decision - VP/GM focus to deliver the quarter hurts long term decisions

  3. "Solid Enterprise Leadership"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Illinois Tool Works full-time

    Pros

    ITW has strong executive leadership and clear direction through its enterprise strategy.

    Cons

    Division leadership can be weak and behind the times.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to bring in talent and strong functional leadership.


  4. "Electrical Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in Des Plaines, IL
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in Des Plaines, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Challenging projects; great learning experience; great work life balance; good team to work with.

    Cons

    Ongoing consolidation of smaller companies brings uncertainty.

    Advice to Management

    Take advantage of your experienced staff at all levels of the company.


  5. "Poor Management, Decent Hours, Low Pay"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Illinois Tool Works full-time

    Pros

    The job is pretty laid back, with Decent Hours "8" the team is usually friendly and sometimes helpful, Air Conditioning. Great Insurance with 401K, and discount's through organization for any products made by company

    Cons

    Communication is horrible you have too search for answers
    Quality is poor with almost no training
    Management only cares about themselves and never do anything for the employees
    Raises are non-existent will not pay you for what you do in any position unless Process and up, operators, assemblers and material handlers and quality inspectors get roughly same pay.
    Hard Work is not appreciated, only bad work is noticed
    off shift support is very limited.
    Constantly going through operators and management team
    Always switching up the process due too lack of management knowledge of the job
    No supplies

    Advice to Management

    Revise your training methods, quality control, and process in which employees get raises.


  6. "Good company to intern fo"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Global experience was a huge factor for going here

    Cons

    A lot of politics at the top.


  7. "Past history at ITW"

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    Former Employee - Quality in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Quality in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Illinois Tool Works full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Promote within the Company, benefits are good , great insurance and the tuition reimbursement is great ! Also the Company is really involved with United Way and there are opportunities to become involved in young professional network to help new employees learn about other ITW Divisions it's a great networking experience.

    Cons

    Long hours if in Management and beyond office hours, not a work/life balance Company. Sometimes upper Management does not really get involved with the day to Day production operations, I think it's important to meet the people that are working in production and not just getting to know the Managers or Supervisors

    Advice to Management

    Have Management get to really know the daily production operations

  8. "Terrible leadership"

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    Former Employee - Network Administrator in Manchester, CT
    Former Employee - Network Administrator in Manchester, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Illinois Tool Works full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits package, competitive salary

    Cons

    People in leadership positions that should not be. Was let go after 3 weeks because I was told I didn't fit the culture.

    Advice to Management

    Don't put an accountant in charge of someone in IT.


  9. "Auditor"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Glenview, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Glenview, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Illinois Tool Works full-time

    Pros

    Travel the world and visit wide range of businesses.

    Cons

    At times, too much bureaucracy given large company.


  10. "Good company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Illinois Tool Works full-time

    Pros

    They're very decentralized so each business unit acts like a smaller business, but has the security of a large business.

    Cons

    I have nothing to complain about.

    Advice to Management

    Stay involved and understand the processes happening in the business


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