W.W. Grainger

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good place to work

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lake Forest, IL
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lake Forest, IL

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

Pros

mgmt team is good.
great benefits...almost too good.
headquaeter office is beautiful and includes cafe, conv. store, dry cleaners fitness center

Cons

mgmt team is all fighting for the top CEO spot. they don't always work well together. sometimes it takes a long time to make decisions.

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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    Terrible Company To Work For

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    Current Employee - Account Manager in Richmond, VA
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Richmond, VA

    I have been working at W.W. Grainger full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    The profit sharing is healthy. .

    Cons

    Micro Management. Working Nights and weekends to keep up with requirements. Highly political. No advancement. No resource support. Outrageous expectations. Top Management is out of touch and is looking to get rid of anyone that is now "making too much." This used to be a good company bu it's really gone down hill. I'm looking to get out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You militant adherence to making your people drones by virtue of micro management and administrative, in addition to wage caps, and sneaky tactics is hurting the company. Talented people are leaving in droves.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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    W.W,. Grainger is a great company to work for while you are there...

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    Former Employee - Territory Sales Representative in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Territory Sales Representative in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Good compensation, good benefits, and well known and recognized company.

    Cons

    During my time there, there was an extremely high attrition rate of the District Sales Managers, along with the territory sales reps. This doesn't allow for development of synergies between representatives and management nor representatives and clients for medium to long term.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Yes, it it understood that people with continue to buy from Grainger as it has a strong brand recognition, however, imagine the % of growth potential to be realized in a med to long term relationship with one representative with an account. Multiply that per account and the numbers are quite astonishing.

    Most of the objections or non positive perception from the client initally were ,"What, another Grainger representative? Wow, seems like you guys have a new rep every few months."

    That said, Grainger is still a leader and has increased its stock price share from $80's to over $100 per, so, as stated in the beginning, does (attrition) it really matter as long as profits are growing and shareholders are happy:? Probably not.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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