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They do not promote based on competence or talent, but by "who you know."

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Former Employee - Sales Support Department  in  Northbrook, IL
Former Employee - Sales Support Department in Northbrook, IL

I worked at W.W. Grainger

Pros

Benefits are outstanding. Some departments do a great job of developing their people, evaluating talent, and promoting accordingly. The trick is to be in one of those departments.

Cons

One's experience at Grainger is completely dependant on 2 things: what department one happens to be in; and how connected one is to management. There are pools of people that all came from several other companies and they tend to isolate positive opportunities amongst themselves. There is a hypocrisy when management preaches continuous improvement but rejects suggested changes for the better in favor of status quo.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Please re-evaluate the "management" in the Sales Support Department. Also, take a look at HR and how they fail to assist employees in career development. Don't over play the diversity concept at the expense of what would be best for the company.

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Decent place to start out, no long term future.

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    Current Employee - Customer Service Associate  in  Teterboro, NJ
    Current Employee - Customer Service Associate in Teterboro, NJ

    I have been working at W.W. Grainger

    Pros

    Competitive base pay within the industry. Profit sharing plan.

    Cons

    Little room for advancement unless willing to move to corporate in Lake Forrest IL.
    Pay advancement is minimal.
    Advancement is based on who you know rather than performance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the branch employees more instead of only focusing on reports and numbers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place for young inexperienced talent who need be micro-manged.

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    Former Employee - Account Manager  in  Lake Forest, IL
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Lake Forest, IL

    I worked at W.W. Grainger

    Pros

    Vast majority of associates are "salt of the earth" - there are a hand full that make the rest look bad!

    Cons

    micro-mangers, Don't worry about what the compettion is doing - focus on your own brand strategy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    see above.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
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