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THE WORST EXPERIENCE OF MY CAREER

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Current Employee - Account Manager  in  San Jose, CA
Current Employee - Account Manager in San Jose, CA

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

Pros

Profit Sharing but it takes 5-6 years to be fully vested

Cons

Unethical business practices - breaking contracts and changing quotas every month. Not paying Account Manager the commissions that were due to them. All 10 ten Account Managers I started with in 2011 have left the company to pursue other opportunities. The commission structure is awful - the worst in the industry.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Try to hire Managers that have more experience than selling printers at Pitney-Bowes

Doesn't Recommend
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    Do not fall for the picture HR paints

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    Former Employee - Account Manager  in  Long Beach, CA
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Long Beach, CA

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

    Pros

    Training is it. They will position their profit share and upward mobility, but it is decades for that to happen. You will be sold on the time off, profit share, market position, and the ability to grow. The reality is when you join, get in line. On the bright side, their sales training is a good foundation for improving with another employer. Look at it a s a stepping stone psoition. The Grainger name does carry some positive weight.

    Cons

    Almost impossible to earn bonus or be promoted. Your goal changes every 6 months. There is a fear monger culture. Micromanaged. They will actually follow under-performers to appointments and discipline for tardiness, cancelation, etc. Their competitors, although much smaller, are much more mobile, cheaper, and contrary to what you're told by Grainger, have a better solution and service offering. You will be taught a sales presentation that must be done with every customer regardless of relevance. I never understood why they hired seasoned sales people because you are not allowed to think on your own. I would strongly suggest you analyze your current situation before making a move. To put this into better perspective, when I announced my resignation, I went in two weeks later to debrief and bring my management team up to speed on any open opportunities etc., it happened to fall right after our District Meeting. My entire team, at different times, came up to me and congratulated me. They said they were envious and are working their hardest to do the same.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees. Stop scaring them into submission and you will see the growth you desire.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Great Company, a little slow moving for someone young in their career.

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    Current Employee - Financial Analyst  in  Lake Forest, IL
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Lake Forest, IL

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

    Pros

    Good retirement benefits, good work life balance. People are generally reasonable about workloads.

    Cons

    Slow moving, older population, compensation not always even across departments.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You risk losing a lot of young talent by leaving the main offices in Lake Forest.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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