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22 days ago

Senior Pricing Statistician

W.W. Grainger Inc Lake Forest, IL

Responsible for providing input to the development and execution of Grainger's price delivery strategy across GIS Brand segments. The alignment to… CareerBuilder

30+ days ago

Supv, Customer Experience Technologies

Grainger Lake Forest, IL

Technology Team Lead Utilizes technology to design customer interaction data studies that provide data to improve productivity and effectiveness of… Beyond.com

17 days ago

Manager of Territory Sales - Inside - Bench, Future Opening

W.W. Grainger Inc Lincolnshire, IL

The Manager of Territory Sales, Inside directly supervises the sales activities among their Territory Sales Associates (TSAs). They have direct… CareerBuilder

4 days ago

Mgr, Corporate Product Compliance

Grainger Lake Forest, IL

The Manager, Corporate Product Compliance is responsible for implementing initiatives to sustain Product Compliance requirements for the Company… Beyond.com

30+ days ago

Sr Planning Analyst

Grainger Lake Forest, IL

Grainger manages inventory through a collaboration of Enterprise System SAP programs that analyze customer purchasing behaviors and use probabilistic… Beyond.com

30+ days ago

Federal Tax Audit & Planning Manager

Grainger Lake Forest, IL

include managing the federal income tax and employment tax audit with the IRS, domestic tax projects, tax research and planning, and FIN 48/FAS… Beyond.com

10 days ago

Contingency & Recovery Specialist

Grainger Lake Forest, IL

Assist the Business Continuity (BC) Supervisor and the Senior Manager, BC in determining the current state of BC and Disaster Recovery (DR) planning… Beyond.com

30+ days ago

Senior Financial Analyst- GUS

Grainger Lake Forest, IL

* Provide financial and decision support to Product Management and other areas of Global Supply Chain. Identify and complete creative analytics to… Beyond.com

8 days ago

Manager, Cross Channel Planning

Grainger Lake Forest, IL

* Lead the development and planning for cross channel marketing strategies for internal clients * Owns planning and successful execution of… Beyond.com

30+ days ago

Dir, Enterprise Architect

Grainger Lake Forest, IL

As Director of Enterprise Architecture, you will be working with members of a world class supply chain team to translate Grainger business strategy… Beyond.com

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    Current Employee - Financial Shared Services Supervisor in Lake Forest, IL
    Current Employee - Financial Shared Services Supervisor in Lake Forest, IL

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


    PST is great. It's the best in the industry. Where else can you get up to 20% of your salary (after being fully vested at 7 years; progressive growth in percent contribution) given to you annually for your retirement? Other benefits are comparable with the industry.


    I've had the opportunity to work in several functional areas around the company over the 6+ years I've been there and although each department had its own culture, one thing remained the same...big corporate politics ruled. If you enjoy having meetings to discuss the next meeting, and progress moves slower than snails, then you may like it here. Nothing moves fast here and it's likely because middle management doesn't have a clue. (Managers up to Directors) I've never worked for an organization as siloed as Grainger. Getting anything done requires talking to 7 or more people. Management is consistently turning over - likely the reason why they don't know anything - and people are promoted based on popularity, not fully on performance. In Supply Chain, they've had at least 5 Directors in the last for years. Where's the continuity? It's hard to follow a vision when there isn't one. In Product Management, arrogance rules. Everyone keeps info to themselves in hopes of being the one to have the "grand idea." Look out for yourself there because your DPP won't support you. In Credit/Collections, putting unqualified people in manager roles is the true theme there. They don't understand the concept of "it's a good thing to communicate with your direct staff of supervisors and indirect reports." Overall, the senior leaders (VP level and above) seem to get it. It's their direct staff who can't carry out the basic needs of managing their functional areas. Grainger offers a lot of job opportunities, but be forewarned, these jobs are very typically focused on one or two functions and are not wholistic like you may expect from a smaller company.

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    Listen to you teams, truly dig in and act on those action plans focused on improving our company's Employee Engagement Survey scores. People feel like numbers here. Depending on the role, balancing work and home life is a challenge. Stop "over engineering" everything and try making things simple!

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