W.W. Grainger

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W.W. Grainger Reviews

Updated December 14, 2014
Updated December 14, 2014
590 Reviews
3.5
590 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The profit sharing is very generous and it is a good reason to stay with the company (in 134 reviews)

  • Company strives for work/life balance and provides opportunities for growth (in 33 reviews)


Cons
  • The company projects a strong work/life balance, but in reality this is hardly the case (in 21 reviews)

  • The flat out lies people tell you especially upper management is so bad people do not believe anything (in 20 reviews)

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193 Employee Reviews Back to all reviews

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  1.  

    Room to grow

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

    I have been working at W.W. Grainger

    Pros

    Opportunities for growth and development

    Cons

    Unrealistic goals and not always clear

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep focusing on people and you'll keep growing

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Overall a great place to work but things are changing.

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

    I have been working at W.W. Grainger full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good compensation and solid benefits.

    Cons

    As with any company Grainger has some individuals who are questionable and unfortunately some are in leadership positions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Capital investments sometimes seem a bit short sighted.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fast Paced Customer Service Driven

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

    I have been working at W.W. Grainger full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great Benefits, awesome Supervisor and no overtime
    Profit Sharing
    Financial strong

    Cons

    High Volume of Accounts to manage
    Quantity over Quality
    Hard to Advance

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Excellent!

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

    I worked at W.W. Grainger

    Pros

    Insurance can't be beat! Work environment is A+

    Cons

    Hours are long, corporate can be difficult

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at W.W. Grainger full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Grainger pays competitively, the benefits are good, and it is great to work for a dominant market leader in your industry.

    Cons

    Advancing through the company is very political and opportunities seem to come rarely. There seems to be no focus on hiring internally and often well qualified internal candidates are passed over for seemingly under qualified external hires.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to focus more on the evolution of the company instead of age-old performance drivers. Embrace technology and embrace internal hires when qualified.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great place to work in 2014

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior User Experience Architect in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior User Experience Architect in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at W.W. Grainger full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    For a large corporation the work environment is relaxed and focused on getting the most out of every employee using their strengths. The benefits are also very solid.

    Cons

    Career growth at times has not been at the forefront but there has been a shift with leadership and management to focus on growing team members from not only the day-to-day but long term career goals.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Solid company and professional employees

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

    I have been working at W.W. Grainger full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great company with a solid infrastructure to support your customers. Some of the most helpful and professional employees in the business. Benefits are very good.

    Cons

    Sales goals can be a bit of a stretch from year to year. As with any company, your manager is directly linked to your job satisfaction. Have a micromanager and you will want to leave.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get pricing in check along with the salesperson's compensation.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good Company - GREAT Benefits

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

    I have been working at W.W. Grainger full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    In my opinion the best thing about Grainger is the benefits, training, and people. Grainger has treated me well and I have been very lucky to have had two great managers in my over eight years with the company.

    Cons

    You better be a champion of Change Management because there is always something new happening. In addition, Work-Life Balance is a struggle for those who do not work within the walls of the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I believe Middle Management acts on employee survey results but it must go deeper than that - there is only so much that they can do. Top Management has to do more then just post the results and send out an e-mail.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Good place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - UNIX Administrator in Niles, IL
    Current Employee - UNIX Administrator in Niles, IL

    I have been working at W.W. Grainger full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good opportunities to grow. Nice people to work with.

    Cons

    No 401K (at the time at least).

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Grainger is a company that pays well and treats its workers fairly.

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

    I have been working at W.W. Grainger part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    They pay well, they treat their workers well, and, they give due warnings.

    Cons

    They don't often promote in house and they are not looking to hire full time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote in house and make more workers full time.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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