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Former Employee - Sales Associate in Brooklyn, NY
Former Employee - Sales Associate in Brooklyn, NY

I worked at W.W. Grainger full-time (more than 10 years)

Pros

Decent profit sharing and stock options and salary

Cons

If you don't go out drinking with management be prepared to to never get a promotion.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Have a little more control over the branch managers so as promotions are based more on actual work done vs. who gets friendly.

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  1. 3 people found this helpful

    Great company heading in the wrong direction!

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    Current Employee - Manager of Territory Sales
    Current Employee - Manager of Territory Sales

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

    Pros

    Good product breadth and depth, good service to customers, great next day availability, changing to keep up with the market.

    Cons

    Poor communication with change causing uncertainty in the sales force. Managers not able to performance manage without worry of retaliation from direct reports. Too many managers "chose to leave the company" after performance managing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust your sales managers and let them lead. Stand by them when they performance manage and make decisions. By not doing so, you're creating a culture of allowing mediocre sellers and sales leaders unable to do anything about it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. Warehouse Employee

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    Former Employee - Inbound Receiver in Niles, IL
    Former Employee - Inbound Receiver in Niles, IL

    I worked at W.W. Grainger full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The pay and the benifits were great. There was lots of parking and the locker area was well kept.
    There was a rec room and health and fitness area in the building.
    They also offer 100% college reinbursment if you wish to continue your education in an area of the business in order to help the company needs.

    Cons

    It started off great in the beginning, but when the merges with the other warehouse begun it went south. When I was first employed there it was only two shifts from 7am to 3:30pm. And from 3:00pm to 11pm.
    Now they split them into three shifts. 10am to 7pm, 6pm to 1am, and 9pm to 6am.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need to be on top of the people that are your supervisors, managers and lead personel, because they are the one's who dictate the business climate there, and not the regular employees.
    Because there has been issues of racism, sexism even classism. Due to the people at the top of the ladder at that company....

    You " Management" have to get a handle on that in order to survive as a company. Since I've left I herd that management is catching many of the bad apples and are taking action against them. So I believe that's a good thing...

    Recommends
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    No opinion of CEO
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