Acklands-Grainger

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Acklands-Grainger Reviews

Updated September 6, 2014
Updated September 6, 2014
12 Reviews
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12 Reviews
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  1.  

    Demanding job

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Warehouse Support in Stoney Creek, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Warehouse Support in Stoney Creek, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Acklands-Grainger part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good full-time career potential. Market leader. Challenges you to be your best. Top company to have on your resume.. Lots of internal growth and job opportunities.

    Cons

    No on-boarding program. Lack of training. Too much multitasking. Too much stress & pressure. Constant change in work flow. 300,000 products to learn. Company very slow to change. Not great for part-time work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A structured on-boarding program and will make life much easier for branch management. Company is lacking a strategic purpose that makes the work less meaningful than it could be.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Good, but should be great!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond Hill, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond Hill, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Acklands-Grainger full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    AGI is the leader in the market, with only 8% of market share. The room to grow in unlimited.
    There is a lot of good people (not all). Solid growth, double digit, from 2009 through 2012. Very profitable margins. Amazing if you compare it with CPGs.

    The power of scale, international presence and a strong financial position makes AGI a hard competitor to beat if can align those factors to its favour. It can grow forever through acquisitions.

    Cons

    AGI lacks of a solid and homogeneous HR policy, everything is left to your boss. Because of it, in departments with a bad manager key talent with years of experience is either moving on, taking early retirement or leaving without a job. This is being specially notorious in the logistics area now (2012-2014) and AP before. Bad results due to bad managers can go for ever where no sound resolution is taken. A SVP of HR was replaced but nothing really improved.

    AGI is being 'taken over' by its owner Acklands in the US. In the mist of excellent results the president (Sean o'Brien) was let go and a new American president is in place. More VPs are American every time there is an opportunity and the executive team is becoming a figure on paper.

    To get promoted or supported it is more important your relation with your one up and who you know than your results. Your one up has total power over your future.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look for patterns in the employee dynamics and take action, you are loosing key talent.
    Recognize your true talent.
    Make processes simpler.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not the worst?!

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

    I have been working at Acklands-Grainger full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    They pay in the upper percentile for new blood.

    Cons

    Once your in, because they paid more at first, you're hard pressed to find a similar skill set elsewhere that pays the same. And if you get a big responsibility jump, they bump you at 7-10% increments for a bit, and you never get the big pay jump you should have received.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be fair. Strong culture message, very minimal action gets... bad vibes.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Acklands-Grainger

    Pros

    culture and people, met great people

    Cons

    compensation is way too low for work you done

  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great pay, decent benefits

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Financial Services Representative in Richmond Hill, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Financial Services Representative in Richmond Hill, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Acklands-Grainger full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    In some departments the management have obvious favourites

    Cons

    Workload tends to be heavy

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    Outdated Computer System, Disorganized Company

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

    I have been working at Acklands-Grainger full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Predictable hours, good work/life balance.

    Cons

    Overtime is expected, but not paid. Difficult, non user-friendly computer system. Company uses temps, free interns, and high school co-op students to avoid paying realistic wages and benefits.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire actual employees and pay them industry standard wages and benefits and you will avoid the constant revolving door problem with temps and interns.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    Programmer Analyst

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Programmer Analyst in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Programmer Analyst in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Acklands-Grainger full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Stable company, work hour is flexible for people in office.

    Cons

    conservative with techniques, no pay or lieu for overtime

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  9.  

    Some good but LOTS of bad

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

    I have been working at Acklands-Grainger full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    1. work life balance
    2. there are some very good people there (just not enough of them)
    3. The company itself will continue to grow as the competition is disorganized and fractured (but intense competition via internet over the next few years will place pressure on margins)

    Cons

    The computer system is ancient. There are several computer networks that do not communicate with each other making the overall processes cumbersome and difficult. To get a complete history of a customer, you may dig through 6-10 different programs that do not share information making
    all aspects of the job more difficult.
    The culture is promoted as one of the best in Canada, and as long as you play the "happy smiling person" you are fine. But there is a HUGE disconnect between what they say they look for and what they actually promote. The moment you start to say "the emperor has no clothes" you are moved to "uncoachable" and your career advancement is dead. There is no accountability or personal responsibility from senior management; just smile, say the latest management buzzwords or repeat the company marketing words and you can be liked. And "liked" by your senior managers is vital. Being "liked" is more important than sales or job metrics or experience if you want to stay in the company.

    There are some great people who work in the company but in order to advance be prepared to agree to everything, question nothing, and network within the company (which is more important than doing your job well).

    The salary is acceptable but not as competitive at the Account Manager level. Also be prepared for aggressive growth targets every year, and failure to meet those target severely impacts your compensation.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    Work Life Balance

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

    I have been working at Acklands-Grainger full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    intersting work with good balance

    Cons

    It is a very sales oriented culture

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    THEY JUST USE YOU UP AND SPIT YOU OUT

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

    I worked at Acklands-Grainger full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    retirement plan, benefits, the work itself can be fun

    Cons

    Archaic computer systems; extremely time consuming, disorganized processes that involve little sense; completely disconnected managers that either don't have a clue of what really comprises a day at A.G. or just don't care (as long as their own career is advancing); back stabbing is the norm and is widespread; they try to come off as a modern, open, and encouraging atmosphere but everyone knows that you'd better not dare speak your mind; many visitors from head office (to the branch) will walk right by you as if you don't exist or perhaps even sit down in your chair and take over your desk while you were in the washroom - of course your mgr is too scared to say anything - just make sure that you still get your 12 hours work done in this 8 hour day; the lower you are on the totem pole the worse you are treated; the branch manager could be a complete and utter incompetent moron but as long as he's a 'yes man' that's all that seems to matter, especially if he's lucky enough to have staff that carries him along.

    This is the worst company that I have ever worked for.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There are a lot of good people there - you may be surprised at what they could contribute if they weren't treated like sheep. The people working with the daily processes are the ones who know the daily processes - consider listening to them. Don't put blind trust in your branch managers - they could be abusing their power in order to simply feed their own personal, fragile ego, regardless of what is good for A.G. - it's very easy for them to create an illusion for head office.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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