W.W. Grainger Reviews

Updated April 22, 2015
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  1. CSA

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    Current Employee - CSA
    Current Employee - CSA

    I have been working at W.W. Grainger

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible Schedule, fun atmosphere, don't feel micro-managed

    Cons

    Certain processes that seem unnecessary and take lots of time.

    Advice to Management

    Give employees room to use their imagination to make the workplace better. Consider their ideas and maybe even give them a chance to try them out.

  2. Great experience

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waterloo, IA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waterloo, IA

    I have been working at W.W. Grainger part-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The culture of the company is great to be apart of

    Cons

    No cons that I can think of

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work

  3. Order Support

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at W.W. Grainger

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Above average compensation
    Laid back atmosphere
    Nice people
    Room for advancement

    Cons

    Training sucks
    Most likely you need to know someone to get hired here
    The work is repetitive

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  5. Helpful (1)

    Nice stable company to be a part of.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at W.W. Grainger

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities for advancement in many different areas of the business. Great benefits

    Cons

    Very "political" in advancing with company. They seem to want to hire/promote anyone except Caucasian males.

  6. Great place to develop sales skills

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    Current Employee - Territory Sales Representative in Albany, NY
    Current Employee - Territory Sales Representative in Albany, NY

    I have been working at W.W. Grainger full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Benefits, work life balance, opportunity to advance, supportive team

    Cons

    High goal adjustments after years of success

    Advice to Management

    Goals are set up to have sales team reach success and then not have opportunity to continue success without luck the following yera

  7. Helpful (1)

    Great team environment and incredible benefits

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at W.W. Grainger

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Profit sharing - up to 20% of salary
    Supportive environment
    Industry leader

    Cons

    I would consider it an old fashioned company. Many of the key people have been there for a very long time andd it inhibits change.

  8. Helpful (3)

    Great company, but being that big can also be a bad thing.

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    Current Employee - Account Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at W.W. Grainger full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good pay, great retirement, decent benefits, numerous resources, great connections, good work/life balance, strong employees, easy lateral movement, solid structure.

    Cons

    Definitely not what i would consider an innovative company (they would definitely disagree with this). Far ahead for their industry, but as a whole i feel like i am working for a company that cannot comprehend real change and just makes small moves to catch up to technology that no other distributors are even considering. Definitely working for "the man", so sit back, do what they say, and don't disrupt the waters. If you want to get a mid level job making right around 100K with a great retirement you have found your job, but if you desire anything more i wouldn't even consider it.

    Advice to Management

    Wayyyyyyyyyy too many employees that basically do nothing.

  9. Work work work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at W.W. Grainger

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Be prepared to work! Great pay off, but you're going to work for it.

    Cons

    Work and life balance.

    appreciation for current job or account package/situation.

    Advice to Management

    Move as 1....too many business areas that don't communicate.

  10. Great company, great pay and great benefits

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at W.W. Grainger full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Rewarding opportunities and advancement possibilities

    Cons

    Company seems to act too quickly without giving new acquisitions time to work.

    Advice to Management

    Have more faith in new acquisitions.

  11. I like the company, but haven't had a good experience with direct management.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Territory Sales Representative in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Territory Sales Representative in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at W.W. Grainger full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Profit sharing is a good bonus and good PTO.

    Cons

    Pay isn't as great as other companies in the same industry.

    Advice to Management

    Qualify and train managers better. If you throw them to the fire without the proper tools they will fail.

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