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Illinois Tool Works Reviews

Updated June 16, 2017
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E. Scott Santi
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Pros
  • Great benefits program and work life balance depends on manager (in 25 reviews)

  • Good company with good benefits (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 15 reviews)

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

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  1. "Great Company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Finance in Glenview, IL
    Current Employee - Finance in Glenview, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits, company strategy, financial results, career opportunities, corporate HQ offices.

    Cons

    There is nothing that really stands out. A decentralized structure can make communications more difficult at times


  2. Helpful (1)

    "ITW is decentralized so hard to evaluate."

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

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

    Pros

    Stable company, big corporate backing, good benefits.

    Cons

    A bad mix of corporate intervention and decentralized culture. ITW management doesn't want to invest in the cost of manufacturing overseas, but they want to reap the benefits.

    Advice to Management

    Pick a long strategy, communicate it to everyone, and stick with it. Be consistent.


  3. "Sourcing"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - EVP in Glenview, IL
    Current Employee - EVP in Glenview, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Illinois Tool Works full-time (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.

    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.


  4. Helpful (1)

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

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Mfg. Ops"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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.


  6. "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


  7. "Human Resources"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Not for everyone"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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


  9. 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.


  10. "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.


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