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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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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    The worst culture a company can have!

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    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.

  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great job, bad goal concepts

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    Current Employee - Account Relationship Manager in Brooklyn, NY
    Current Employee - Account Relationship Manager in Brooklyn, NY

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

    Pros

    Meeting diverse customer base and selling wide variety of products while findind ways to help customers.

    Cons

    Goals do not always make sense. Can have huge flucations every 6 months. If your doing really well, your goal will increase.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep employees that have knowlege and experience

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