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Current Employee - Store Worker  in  Fairfield, NJ
Current Employee - Store Worker in Fairfield, NJ

I have been working at W.W. Grainger full-time for more than 10 years

Pros

A well established company, decent pay and benefits.

Cons

Currently the company not replacing lost staff in branches. Instead its trying to continue to do business without new workers. Its the same thing that's been done in other retailers a 50%-50% full timer to part timer model. What it means at the stores is less customer facing employees, longer customer wait time, and employee burn out. Everyone at my store with the exception of the branch manger wants to leave. Most are currently looking. For the first time in years with its current no advancement policy and more and more work with less staff I am looking elsewhere for future employment.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Management is trying to boast the stocks at all cost, but cutting the part timers hours and not replacing staff in branches (while creating admin positions in the district) going into the inventory season does not make sense. It seems like the company really doesn't care about the staff or customers who visit the stores. If we made a billion dollars over the previous year why are you leaving the stores to die on the vine?

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

Other Reviews for W.W. Grainger

  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Excellent Company with cutting edge approach to Distribution and Value Added Services

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Manager  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Account Manager in New York, NY

    I have been working at W.W. Grainger full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Industry leader in the MRO market, Best there is in supply chain management to insure customer has what they need when they need it. Noone better in driving costs out of customers operating budgets through competitive products and no cost value added services, Understanding the customers business goals and objectives and developing a true business partnership is the cornerstone of what Grainger is all about

    Cons

    Being relevant to your customer base often results in additional initiatives and increased hours on the job, Maintaining a life balance can be challenging. Not necessarily a con--more of a challenge

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great progressive and forward thinking from HQ. A very bright and insightful team.

    Great ideas can get misdirected or diluted when filtered through less experienced regional and district level positions.

    Increased local presence by ULM and skip level discussions would help in insuring that the spirit and intent of the companies intiatives remain the same from originator to customer

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Industry Leader

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Tradition of service and quality. Leader in the industry and not content to stay pat. Best profit sharing plan I have ever seen.

    Cons

    Competition is changing at a quicker pace.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Respect you have earned in based on the performance of your people not merely leadership. Respect your people more.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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