W.W. Grainger

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Potential to be amazing with the right people.

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Account Manager in Las Vegas, NV
Current Employee - Account Manager in Las Vegas, NV

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

Pros

Many internal and external resources available to support sales acitivities. Excellent benefits including a profit sharing trust (PST) plan. Account managers also enjoy flexible schedules to help provide work life balance. Senior leadership is excellent and have great vision for how things should be. If you enjoy travel, this is a good position as there are always opportunities to travel to vendor training and the annual tradeshow in Florida.

Cons

The very same resources mentioned above can also be toxic and double your workload. Goals can be unreasonable and the company doesn't follow it's own policy for out of business accounts. Making attaining sales goal that much harder. Like squeezing water out of a rock. The flexible schedule can work against you by requiring you to work day and night. You have to leave the country to have an actual vacation.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

There needs to be consistancy throughout the organization. One market should run the same as others. If a market is struggling with personnel issues, then the management that comes in should support change management and be flexible.

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Horrible!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Greenville, SC
    Current Employee - Manager in Greenville, SC

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

    Pros

    Profit sharing, Jim Ryan is awesome, more opportunities at the Corporate Level than any other business units.

    Cons

    Analyst as managers. Lack managerial experience. Good "old boys" club. pay sucks. They pay their team member below the market requirements!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust your line level leadership. They are in the process just as much as the team members.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 6 people found this helpful  

    Great Training for your next job!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Territory Sales Representative in Collingswood, NJ
    Current Employee - Territory Sales Representative in Collingswood, NJ

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

    Pros

    The training is fantastic. I've watched 15-20 people get jobs outside the company because Grainger's training is thought of hightly. You get a car and bene's from day one. Free gas and insurance. After a few days you can quickly figure out how to beat the system.

    Cons

    They pay is horrible. The company refuses to promote from with in. I worked with a guy who was with the company for nearly 10 years. They told him that he was "unqualified" to be an account manager (next level up). Unless your a chick it's next to impossible to get promoted. The MTS's hound you to death with constant e-mails and nonsense. The MTS's are glad-handed yesmen who really don't know how to sell and badger your customers when you have ride-a-longs (which are ALL the time). There are idiotic meetings that are held 50 miles from everyone..and they're every 2 weeks. The goals are impossible to hit unless your territory is in the middle of rural PA or some where like it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay the people that deserve it and promote from your own team. You're losing way TOO many qualified employees to the competition.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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