W.W. Grainger

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Solid company pros outweigh the cons

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  • Senior Management
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Government Account Manager in Lake Forest, IL
Current Employee - Government Account Manager in Lake Forest, IL

I have been working at W.W. Grainger

Pros

Great name recognition. Clear sales approach when handling Government customers. Well engrained within the business. Great profit sharing plans and health benefits.

Cons

Sales support is an issue. The new compensation plan is very confusing (purposely maybe?) I have noticed that the compensation plans are better elsewhere.

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Too many cliques

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lake Forest, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lake Forest, IL

    I worked at W.W. Grainger

    Pros

    Granger has great people, terrific benefits, a beautiful office (if you are at the corporate office), great training programs, and a good work/balance

    Cons

    I enjoyed working at the Grainger office but there were so many cliques. I felt forced to try to make and build relationships with people I didn't want to. To some, this would be ok, but it's really all about who you know which was a terrible fit for me. I ran for the hills!

    Recommends
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  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    A solid company if you work in Lake Forest at Headquarters. If you are inside sales, forget about it.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Relationship Manager in Northbrook, IL
    Current Employee - Account Relationship Manager in Northbrook, IL

    I have been working at W.W. Grainger

    Pros

    Benefits package and profit sharing are great, except they make you work for a full 6 years before you're fully vested with the PSP. Culture is fine, business casual dress code and jeans can be worn on Fridays.

    Cons

    Inside sales at Grainger is utterly ignored by the company as a whole. Very few ARMs claw their way out of inside sales, and when interviewing for other positions at Grainger ARMs are usually told they lack the experience required. Management turnover is HUGE, I had seven (7!) managers in less than four years. Also yearly raises are a joke, the top performers last year received a 2% raise, which equates to less than $1,000. Laughable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the inside sales program altogether, because nobody believes that part of the organization has the support of executives in Lake Forest.

    Doesn't Recommend
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