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.

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Neutral Outlook
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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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good company, needs to move into the 21st century

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lake Forest, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lake Forest, IL

    I have been working at W.W. Grainger as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Headquarters facility is beautiful, lots of amenities. Strong customer base and brand.
    Lots of opportunity for strong talent to make a difference.
    Great work-life balance.

    Cons

    Fear of decision-making at lower mgt levels - a lot of upward delegation of decision-making.
    Very silo'ed - not much collaboration between (and sometimes within) teams and departments.
    Inexperienced front line managers.
    Stratification of employees: exempt vs. non-exempt, manager vs. individual contributor. High stripe consciousness.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take advantage of your diverse workforce's ideas and suggestions, which are likely different from your own.
    Let go - don't be so controlling.
    Hire baby boomers on a part-time basis all across your organization (both exempt and non-exempt) - you need broader, experienced thinking and risk-taking in order to achieve!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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