W.W. Grainger

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Competetive benefits, hourly pay, lots of micromanagement

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Former Employee - Sales Associate in Kansas City, MO
Former Employee - Sales Associate in Kansas City, MO

I worked at W.W. Grainger full-time (more than an year)

Pros

Great pay for hourly workers
Great benefits
Some great managers
40 hour workweeks

Cons

Micromanagement at the middle-management level
Always adhering to the LEAN principle, always trying to do more with less
Silly "motivational" meetings every morning
Very hard to make upward or lateral moves in the company
Not-so-up-to-date proprietary sales technology

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Drop the micromanagement and the LEAN stuff, the company & the system flat-out work and has worked for one hundred-something years. other than that. great company to work for.

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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    Rewarding but could be better

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Boston, MA

    I have been working at W.W. Grainger full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great job security, good benefits, competitive wages, tuition reimbursement. Grainger has a healthy approach about helping you further your education and have very generous profit sharing. It was recently named as one of the top 100 to work for in the US because they make a conscious effort to be flexible with employees.

    Cons

    difficult to advance career, it can be very political if you don't know people who will support you and help you move in the right direction.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    promote from within more

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    The worst culture a company can have!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Account Manager in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Profit Sharing and great team members

    Cons

    Militant Micro-Management styles. Grainger also changed your goals every 6 months. If happen to meet or exceed your goals during one six month cycle, expect big increases during the next 6 month sales cycle. Management is always trying to advance upwards by cutting each other throats. Mgmt will put a knife in other managers backs or their own employees. Ironically, sales management jobs are "dead end" jobs. With this in mind, there is no reason to advance in this company thus making it twice as bad.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn how to keep good talent.
    There is a difference between coaching and negative re-enforcement.

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