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Workplace Culture & Talent Development

ITW’s culture is a critical element of our ITW Business Model, which creates tremendous competitive advantage in terms of how we execute. Our culture and core values define who we are as a company and guide how we treat each other and how our leaders lead. We are focused on ensuring our culture is deeply and consistently applied across the company while giving our colleagues “flexibility within the framework” to achieve success. We strive for all colleagues to “own” their careers, reach their full potential and feel valued for the work they do.

Our Culture Drives Shared Ownership

We believe our decentralized, entrepreneurial culture creates a unique work environment that drives strategy into action and action into results that matter. Our approximately 46,000 global colleagues thrive in a workplace that empowers them to think and act like owners. They experience significant autonomy and a sense of shared ownership to create innovative solutions for our customers all over the world. Our work environment is deeply rooted in our core values of Integrity, Respect, Trust, Shared Risk and Simplicity.

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Building a Pipeline for Long-term Success

ITW’s long-term success relies on our ability to grow, develop and retain talent at all levels and build a sustainable pipeline of Great ITW Leaders who can translate ITW Business Model expertise into full potential performance. We utilize the Great ITW Leader framework to define the leadership capabilities and attributes that guide our long-term leadership assessment, development and selection decisions.

Great ITW Leaders are expected to:

  • Be experts in the practice of the ITW Business Model
  • Make great strategic choices
  • Deliver great results
  • Be great talent managers
  • Provide strong leadership



ITW’s Approach to Talent Attraction and Development

ITW is focused on building the depth and diversity of our pipeline of Great ITW Leaders. Through our strategic talent attraction and development efforts, we support the growth of our company and colleagues.

Attracting Early-in-Career Talent

Internships and educational cooperatives are key elements of our global talent strategy and center on giving students a breadth of real-world experience. We focus on attracting a diverse pool of talent that will grow with us from intern to entry-level hire and beyond. Interns are offered challenging on-the-job opportunities and coaching and feedback to support their development. Our internship program allows interns to develop a strong network, gain exposure to our diverse businesses and develop their knowledge to prepare them for long-term career success at ITW.

Professional Development Across the Enterprise

We encourage our colleagues to develop and build critical skills using the 70-20-10 professional development model, which highlights and supports how our colleagues learn and develop best:

  • 70% from challenging on-the-job experiences
  • 20% from hands-on coaching and feedback
  • 10% from formalized training and coursework

As a component of our decentralized, entrepreneurial culture, we believe in supporting the development needs of our diverse pipeline of Great ITW Leaders based on individual roles, career aspirations and priorities. Across our seven industry segments and 84 divisions, we offer development opportunities that fully leverage the breadth and diversification of our portfolio to promote long-term success. We expect colleagues at every level to “own” their careers by utilizing ITW’s performance management and development planning resources to build the critical skills necessary to meet the needs of their role and beyond. We recognize and reward colleagues who perform well and have a strong history of promoting our internal talent.

In addition to on-the-job learning, we invest in our talent through targeted leadership and career development programs. We place particular emphasis on supporting Developing Leaders, a critical talent segment within our diverse leadership pipeline. Many of these programs are directed by ITW leaders and provide unique networking and career growth opportunities for our colleagues.

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