W.W. Grainger

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Great Training for your next job!

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  • 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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  1. 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 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 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
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    THE WORST EXPERIENCE OF MY CAREER

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (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
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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