W.W. Grainger

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Good long-term company, but not for advancement...

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  • Career Opportunities
Former Employee - Assistant Manager in San Francisco, CA
Former Employee - Assistant Manager in San Francisco, CA

I worked at W.W. Grainger full-time (more than 3 years)

Pros

There are great people who work at Grainger, good benefits, and good options for stocks.

Cons

It's difficult to advance with Grainger from middle management...if you're looking to rise to the top or if you see a position that you want to transfer to, the politics of doing so take over the process. This employer looks less for fitting skills and talent to position than to fitting positions to who the leadership wants to promote based on friendship.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Talent development...you have the program, but you need ALL of your DBSMs on board with it, just as you have them on board with CI and LEAN

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

646 Other Employee Reviews for W.W. Grainger (View Most Recent)

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  1.  

    Outstanding company to grow with. Work smart, hard and enjoy yourself with Grainger!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Charlotte, NC

    I have been working at W.W. Grainger full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    -Good starting hourly pay
    -hard to beat benefits (most are from day 1, too)
    -room to grow
    -rare values for a company this size
    -high retention rate (most people I've met have been with Grainger over 10 years, many over 20).
    -stable/responsible financially
    -great co-workers (some of the happiest people I've worked with)
    -weekends off
    -great PTO policy
    -easy to join in with top notch training
    -this employer's actions demonstrate its cares about employees and customers

    Cons

    -I work at a top performing branch that has great leadership. Only thing I can think of is not the company's fault. But I can't go by my bank unless I request time off.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Keep modeling after top performing branches! It works.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Used to be a great place to work. Growth has overshadowed their former emphasis on employee satisfaction.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Janesville, WI
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Janesville, WI

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, unique profit sharing plan.

    Cons

    "Virtualization" means that there is little accountability from management. Nobody in management seems to accept responsibility for anything, its always someone else's job or "out of scope"

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get your managers back to managing people, not so busy with their side projects that review time becomes more of an exercise in who can sling the most BS effectively because the CSM has no idea what is going on with the team.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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