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Helpful (1)

Horrible!

  • Work/Life Balance
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Manager in Greenville, SC
Current Employee - Manager in Greenville, SC
Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

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 Management

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

Other Employee Reviews for W.W. Grainger

  1. Helpful (6)

    Great Training for your next job!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Territory Sales Representative in Collingswood, NJ
    Current Employee - Territory Sales Representative in Collingswood, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  2. Helpful (1)

    Good company, needs to move into the 21st century

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Lake Forest, IL
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Lake Forest, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at W.W. Grainger as a contractor (Less than a 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 Management

    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!


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