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Ok place to work after college graduation

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Former Employee - Supervisor  in  Elmhurst, IL
Former Employee - Supervisor in Elmhurst, IL

I worked at McMaster-Carr full-time for more than 3 years

Pros

McM gives you the opportunity to manage people early in your career, which will be an asset in almost any career you choose later.
Recruits a lot of very smart college (and grad school) grads and is recognized as a place where talented people have worked within the business industry.

Cons

You have to be willing to focus on the nitty gritty details because McM is already really good at what they do.

Recommends
Positive Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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  1. 5 people found this helpful  

    Awesome pay, but with a catch

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative  in  Santa Fe Springs, Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Santa Fe Springs, Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at McMaster-Carr full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great compensation package. (pay, bonus and benefits are first class)

    Cons

    Really don't have to say much, just look at all the other negative reviews posted.

    Boring, monotonous work that isn't transferable to any other job. Inexperienced managers right out of college who are book smart but have no idea how the "real" world works. Absolutely no room for advancement. How they schedule time off is the most ridiculous I have ever seen (need to declare all your vacation time at the beginning of the year and there are no rollovers). No set guidelines on how things are done; every mgr will have a different answer to the same problem/question.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Why not utilize the talent and EXPERIENCE of your staff to manage your staff rather than kids out of IVY league colleges with NO WORK experience?

  2. 6 people found this helpful  

    Horrible Experience, Glad to no Longer Work There

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at McMaster-Carr full-time

    Pros

    Pay, health benefits, profit sharing, tuition reimbursement

    Cons

    Work Schedule, No room for advancement, lack of communication by management, poor performance management, lack of challenging work, difficult time placing experience on your resume

    If you are looking to advance your career, this is NOT the place to do it. They place people with a wealth of knowledge and experience in staff positions, while they hire people with little to no experience managing a workfore in supervisory "management" positions. This leads to poor outcomes, especially on the "sales desk or phone contact center." Not sure why they are looking for college graduates (they even hire people with Master's degrees) to do most of the jobs. They could easilly train high school or tech school grads and have better employees.
    They attempt to mask unchallenging jobs with fancy titles. They do not place you in a department where your experience could best be utilized. Instead they feed you a line about "learning about this area of the business," and place you a position you have no desire to work. You have no control over what department in work in and how long you will stay there. They do not post any job openings internally.
    There is a culture of no one listening to "staff" employees. There is no goal setting and expectations are never clearly laid out. When they change, most likely it's never given to you in writing. Supervisors have a tendancy to not directly answer questions and there are very few written policies passed out to employees. You tend to get vague answers reagading certain areas (sick time, berevement leave, error rate, rating of calls, etc). I have never worked in a place where so many of the employees are unhappy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please value the wealth of knowledge held by staff members. Supervisors are not the only ones that can contribute to the organization.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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