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W.W. Grainger Reviews

Updated August 18, 2014
Updated August 18, 2014
507 Reviews

3.5
507 Reviews
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W.W. Grainger Chairman, President, and CEO Jim Ryan
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Cohesive Strategy integrated throughout the company, Great Benefits (Profit Sharing (in 115 reviews)

  • Company strives for work/life balance and provides opportunities for growth (in 25 reviews)


Cons
  • The company projects a strong work/life balance, but in reality this is hardly the case (in 13 reviews)

  • Middle and upper management was very disappointing (in 16 reviews)

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158 Employee Reviews Back to all reviews

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  1.  

    Excellent development opportunities. Excellent income potential.

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

    Pros

    Great people, great leadership who truly care about helping the customer. There were many initiatives and programs that seemed to have successful implementations and resulted in overall growth.

    Cons

    Very little to say about Grainger in this section. It did sometimes feel as if the big ship took a while to adapt to industry needs and demands.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I feel that management should continue to stay ahead of industry needs and demands and look to continue to develop their talent from within.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good company

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

    Pros

    Good individual development opportunities. Well-planned internship structure. Very good accommodation for interns. Many intern activities to help form a community. Lunch & Learns with senior leaderships are very beneficial

    Cons

    Company pace is slightly slow. Other than that, there is not much to complain about.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Well Rewarding - Yet watch out for Career Growth

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Manager  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    Good Compensation Package.
    Challenging assignments & good responsibility/empowerment
    Tends to stay on the Cutting Edge of Technology - drives interesting work.
    Adequate time off upto 8 weeks depending on years of service ( starts at 3 weeks)

    Cons

    Career Planning. Growth and promotions take too long.
    Grooming for positions is lacking, practices need to improve significantly
    Need to be in the "inner circles" to get promoted
    Recent leadership changes in IT causing significant turmoil and departures

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stabilize IT. Improve Career Growth Practices.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Fair Hours for the job

    Cons

    Poor Training/ I had no manager

  6.  

    Typical large company politics, but a company working to constantly improve itself

    Current Employee - Commercial Account Manager  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Commercial Account Manager in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    Benefits, resources, many opportunities for career growth including branching into other departments

    Cons

    COmpensation structure for sales, employee development from management

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    The pay is above average for the industry

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - On Site Service Consultant  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - On Site Service Consultant in Seattle, WA

    Pros

    The job security was great, we did not lay anyone off during the '07-'09 economy crisis. Profit sharing is amazing too.

    Cons

    There is not a lot of places to move up unless you want to move to Chicago and work in the corporate offices.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great Company

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great Team, easy to get along with management

    Cons

    Being understaffed could use extra people

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More raises

  9.  

    Good company, great benefits

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Service Associate  in  Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Customer Service Associate in Detroit, MI

    Pros

    Above average pay, amazing benefits, PST, stock purchases, discounts. PTO is generous and normally easy to schedule. Short term disability benefits are way better than most companies.

    Cons

    It's very hard to advance in the company if you are not looking for a sales job. Management does not always handle office conflict well or in a timely matter. Nor do they know how to accurately staff a department based on workload.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit looking at the numbers and start actually listening to the employees doing the work. You do yearly surveys for a reason. Now start acting on the results!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Working as a TSR for W.W. Grainger, Inc.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Territory Sales Representative  in  Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Territory Sales Representative in Oakland, CA

    Pros

    One of the best training programs in sales, great experience, wonderful benefits (apart from salary), and excellent corporate culture.

    Cons

    Salary is pretty low, no real short-term compensatory benefits, and salary is non-negotiable. Company gears its payout to its employees towards the future and only benefits employees who spend their careers there. Not much room for advancement, moving up is almost too hard and happens very slowly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give your employees raises and turnover rates will decrease. Also, make income adjustments for those living in high cost areas (there is no adjustment and salary is not negotiable).

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great company to work for!

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

    Pros

    Great, work-life balence, no micro-managing, amazing retirement package

    Cons

    Slow to advance, not nimble

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Watch pricing become more nimble

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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