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Illinois Tool Works Reviews

Updated February 21, 2017
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Pros
  • Good benefits, strong financial stability (in 23 reviews)

  • Great benefits program and work life balance depends on manager (in 22 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. "Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bogart, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bogart, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Excellent benefits package and decent pay.

    Cons

    Not enough expectations for employees and not enough accountability. No discipline or improvement plans for employees who create product defects on a consistent basis.

    Advice to Management

    I wouldn't work for this company again as a manager. Subordinate level employees have it made. Plenty of overtime and no repercussions for making mistakes.


  2. "Food Equipment Group"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The benefits are good. Pay is okay if you work in an office.

    Cons

    Lack of structure in management. High turnover in management positions. Little or no guidance or feedback from managers.

    Advice to Management

    Manager / employee relations needs work.


  3. "Assembly"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richton Park, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richton Park, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Illinois Tool Works (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Crap job, idiots for managers! They care more about the color clothes they are wearing then about getting things done, yet they are so stressed

    Cons

    Everything except the actual machine assembly work. That part is easy it's all the other crap that sucks your soul out.

    Advice to Management

    Get your heads out of your butts. Look at who you have running the show on the floor or pretending to!


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  5. "DIVISION CONTROLLER"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Illinois Tool Works full-time

    Pros

    Wonderful worldwide great company to work

    Cons

    I would say only that if you cannot abide by rules you will not make it

    Advice to Management

    I would have preferred they try to maintain more good people


  6. "RBDM"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great Company with outstanding benefits package. Very forward thinking and extremely analytical in their approach to developing and growing business.

    Cons

    Although they operate a decentralized business model, the Corporate office is continually inventing new reports and measurement metrics to keep track of this behemoth of a company, resulting in a culture of stress and overload at the middle and senior management levels.

    Advice to Management

    Utilize an ERP system that will allow Senior and Executive level Managers to take on the burden of financial roll-up an reporting, freeing the Middle and BU Managers to operate their businesses and make money.


  7. "Operator/Floor Tech."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Illinois Tool Works full-time

    Pros

    Weekly pay check , vacation time, paid hollidays

    Cons

    Some of the who work in the office, show favoritism promote unqualified people because friendships, pass mistakes on to other people so their friends don't get in trouble.

    location causes them to run and over work short handed shifts

    Advice to Management

    Fire everyone in the office, and all people connected to them outside the shop


  8. "Good company."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Installation Technician in El Paso, TX
    Former Employee - Installation Technician in El Paso, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Illinois Tool Works full-time

    Pros

    Great pay great benefits and lots of overtime. Company vehicle phone and laptop

    Cons

    Lots of window time. 60+ hours average. Little sleep between jobs


  9. "Employee"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Employee in Glenview, IL
    Current Employee - Employee in Glenview, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great heathy company . Work anywhere beside corporate strategic sourcing

    Cons

    Disorganized and dysfunctional corporate strategic sourcing.

    Advice to Management

    Work together and act professional. Misaligned with ITW culture and values.


  10. "Great Company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Illinois Tool Works full-time

    Pros

    Overall ITW is a really good company. The best thing about them is how well they treat their employees. They are also well managed and extremely stable by diversifying themselves in many different manufacturing markets.

    Cons

    At times the decision making can be a little slow. This is expected from a large organization but sometimes even the small stuff could become tedious.


  11. Helpful (4)

    "Rapidly Changing"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in Glenview, IL
    Former Employee - Director in Glenview, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits, solid operating philosophy, excellent results over the long haul, many talented leaders and employees.

    Cons

    Haven't equipped employees to handle the changes coming from applying the "Enterprise Strategy". Shared Risk is a foundational principle but not practiced. If someone is struggling, they call them "B Talent" and terminate, no matter the demonstrated past performance record. This has become demoralizing and is resulting in a workforce that keeps their heads down and doesn't take on risk. This is not ITW culture.

    Advice to Management

    Rather than incurring expensive turnover, put some effort into developing talent to meet the new demands. Long serving, good talent doesn't just go bad. When the game rules change, make sure employees know what this means.



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