W.W. Grainger

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A once stellar company that cared about it's employees and customers, is now just greedy and arrogant.

  • Comp & Benefits
  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Account Manager
Current Employee - Account Manager

Pros

Benefits package, can work remotely.

Cons

Goal expectations---difficult to overcome and make real money. Income is essentially capped with unrealistic goals. Disparity of goal incremental from one employee to the next. Favoritism, good ole boy network for both men and women. Perception is everything, or you'll never get anywhere in this company. Upper management all the same---and that's not a complement. Old School Grainger people (lot of women), leaving or being forced out in droves for the younger, cheaper, straight out of school churn and burns. Lowest pay grade in the industry for compensations and bonuses. For the record, I'm one of the few that have made goal several years in a row, at the expense of my family. Looking to get out.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Sales people understand that they're a $$$ sign, but at least treat us with some respect. Stop with the micro-managing and the ridiculous goals. Grainger's idea of inclusion and diversity is a joke. Try being white, and over 50. You're losing first rate people for the almighty dollar, and ironically, it will cost you more in the end.

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
No opinion of CEO

Other reviews for W.W. Grainger

  1.  

    Great place to work, awesome culture.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Culture, Matrix Organization, Great profit sharing program. Everybody is always willing to help even if it doesnt directly affect them.

    Cons

    There are none that I can think of

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Company to work for with few cons to consider

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Government Account Manager
    Current Employee - Government Account Manager

    Pros

    Home Office, Lap Top, Cell Phone, Great C level Leadership, Profit Sharing

    Cons

    Mileage reimbursement plan (Runzheimer), Commission Payback possibilities, Not much team interaction. Goal increases year over year are pretty steep. Commission structure has changed 6 times in 7 years. Sales training process is about 3-5 years behind. Annual Achievers program is virtually not attainable unless a large sale falls into your lap. Ability to make 100% sales goal year over year is not easy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of Commission payback structure. Find a commission plan and stick with it. Goal setting needs to be more realistic. Allow for goal adjustments for sellers when contracts are lost that the seller has nothing to do with.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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