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No praise for anybody, minimal increases, low employee moral

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Current Employee - Sourcing Specialist  in  Lincolnshire, IL
Current Employee - Sourcing Specialist in Lincolnshire, IL

I have been working at W.W. Grainger

Pros

Experience what a public Fortune 500 company is

Cons

Experience what a public Fortune 500 company is..stick with thr private sector for sure!
They tout the fact that they were ranked in Chicagos to 100 places to work ??? Who rated them that?? Nobody I know.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

If you work your people like horses, never saying they do a decent job only telling them how much better they could be, giving paltry raises out, then don't wonder why the moral is so low in the building.

Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

Other Reviews for W.W. Grainger

  1.  

    Lot's of high expectations, sometimes unreasonable

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Provo, UT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Provo, UT

    I have been working at W.W. Grainger

    Pros

    They really do care about their employees and their families.

    Cons

    Goals go higher and higher every month it seems

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you're going to give us goals, make them attainable.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Happiness at Grainger depends on who you work for

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    Former Employee - Coopywriter  in  Janesville, WI
    Former Employee - Coopywriter in Janesville, WI

    I worked at W.W. Grainger

    Pros

    This is a thriving and forward thinking company not afraid to take the steps to survive in a changing business environment. While a lot of other retailers cling to their catalogs, Grainger embraced online shopping even to the point of cannibalizing their own books. It is a strategy that works.

    Cons

    Such a big company gets very small with "little chieftens" allowed to run their little empires. Leadership doesn't have the time or care to reign in this layer of insulated bureaucrats and, unfortunately, in some cases abusive bosses. While it is clear that people on the same level as these offenders recognize the patterns of favoritism and abuse as they are repeated over and over by the worst, very sick offenders, they admit they fear for their own jobs and while privately sympathizing with victims, don't do anything.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is way too much of a disconnect between leadership and general employees. Your middle management is running amok. When you run anonymous employee satisfaction surveys, don't make the employees sit in mandatory meetings with their supervisors where they have to defend why they answered the questions the way they did! That only encourages lying and wastes a huge amount of time and money. If you care, believe your employees and act on the results of the survey.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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