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Illinois Tool Works Reviews

Updated September 6, 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. Helpful (1)

    "Unfair treatment"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Illinois Tool Works full-time

    Pros

    If you are an 'actual' employee, pay and benefits are okay.

    Cons

    Company takes advantage of good 'temp' employees. Don't hire the good performing 'temp', they hire the unqualified 'temp' because they are asian or latino.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees. Don't hire someone of particular ethnicity so you will receive a tax break or look like you don't discriminate. In reality YOU are discriminating by not hiring the person that is fit for the position.


  2. Helpful (1)

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

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    • 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.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Not the opportunity it seems."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Key Account Manager BuildClean
    Former Employee - Key Account Manager BuildClean
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The approach to the business is solid. management is knowledgeable. The pay is good and the benefits are decent.

    Cons

    I was painted a picture of new department with plenty of opportunity to learn and grow. Quickly i found out that this department is the red headed step child of the company.
    Managers manage through fear. You must "earn" trust of management, but this trust is not earned easily. Mistakes will not be tolerated. I was threatened to have my company car taken away on my 2nd day of employment. I was threatened to be fired in less than 6 weeks on the job, 3 of those weeks were training. Management is very passive aggressive. I was berated for taking days off after the days were approved by management, I had no problems working if it was asked of me. Management found out i was looking for another job, and i was written up the very next day. This clearly was not the opportunity i thought it would be.

    Advice to Management

    Trust your people. Employees shouldn't have to feel like they are walking on egg shells when making decisions on their own. Evaluations from peers should to be communicated constructively and not as judgmental criticisms.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Solid Company"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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

    Great benefits, many great people to work with

    Cons

    Bottom line is the main focus


  5. "Purchasing"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Decentralized Work Culture, Employee Empowerment

    Cons

    Work procedure by function is not well defined


  6. "Good Place"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    They have good challenging projects.

    Cons

    Senior Management too anxious for results


  7. "Quality Inspector"

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    • 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.

  8. "Division Management"

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    • 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.


  9. Helpful (3)

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

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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.


  10. "Was a Great Place to Work"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Illinois Tool Works full-time

    Pros

    Rich past rooted in a history of growth and entrepreneurship, ITW has a strong management toolbox, sound leadership at the platform level, and great stock performance. Unparalleled shareholder value/ROI.

    Cons

    Has become highly 'corporate', despite its foundation as decentralized and entrepreneurial. Promotes diversity over delivery of results. Has recently abandoned the concept of teamwork and strategic-alignment at the divisional level.

    Advice to Management

    Remember what ITW has always been when deciding what we'll endeavor to be...


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