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Culture Clash in Lake Forest

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Former Employee - Human Resources  in  Lake Forest, IL
Former Employee - Human Resources in Lake Forest, IL

I worked at W.W. Grainger full-time for less than a year

Pros

Dedicated passionate employees; above average benefits plan; great financial rewards if you can manage to stay in for the long haul (i.e. 5 years or more).

Cons

Extremely narrow minded workforce that hire for outside perspective then dismiss it because it doesn't fit in with the way they do things. Majority of managers and leaders are not equipped to perform effectively in their role and lack basic managerial and leadership skills. Every project and initiative is planned to take 5+ years as the company culture and pace of working is extremely slow. First year employee turn over is extremely high compared to industry norms due to culture fit, disappointment with managers ability and lack of career opportunity and potential growth.

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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    It a great place to work and learn about industrial supplies.

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    Former Employee - Account Manager  in  Alpharetta, GA
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Alpharetta, GA

    I worked at W.W. Grainger full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Make good Money with the commission structure.

    Cons

    Company only listens to mgmt when making changes.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    Payroll/staffing game

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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
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