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McMaster-Carr Reviews

Updated September 13, 2014
Updated September 13, 2014
268 Reviews
2.5
268 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good pay and benefits (basically the Golden Handcuffs) (in 39 reviews)

  • Compensation is amazing--very conducive to work-life balance (in 29 reviews)


Cons
  • Management trainees hardly do more work, and the higher salary is not justifiable (in 22 reviews)

  • Upper management is resistant to change and lacks decision-making authority (in 17 reviews)

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  1.  

    Strange workplace culture but good pay and benefits

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    Former Employee - Marketing Research Associate  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing Research Associate in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at McMaster-Carr full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Pays well, good benefits, profit sharing, no overworking of employees.

    Cons

    Not particularly employee centric, so people are easily shuffled around and let go.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Empower employees more.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Not bad

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    Former Employee - Warehouse Distribution Specialist  in  Elmhurst, IL
    Former Employee - Warehouse Distribution Specialist in Elmhurst, IL

    I worked at McMaster-Carr full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good place to work. Very Strong Salary and Good Benefits. I thought it was a great opportunity. It would have been better if it were closer to where I lived.

    Cons

    It was very far away from where I lived. There was definitely politics going on, just like any other work places. I thought it was negative at some points. All in All I thought it was a decent experience.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 5 people found this helpful  

    Worst place in the whole Universe

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    Former Employee - Generalist  in  Robbinsville, NJ
    Former Employee - Generalist in Robbinsville, NJ

    I worked at McMaster-Carr full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Bonus + Benefits are great. You will meet fellow people who are equally under challenged and mentally exhausted from the abuse.

    Cons

    Micromanagement by untrained, socially inept fresh college grads with nothing but an IVY League diploma. No growth. You won't use much of your brain. DO NOT take a single day or moment off from work (even though they say you can) because then it will end up on your performance review one way or another. This is really the most bizarre, mentally exhausting place of employment. If you are young and ambitious, then do not work here. If you enjoy being spoken to like you are a special needs patient, then you will really feel great here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    please please please realize how miserable everyone is and DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    RUN! DON'T LET THEM SUCK YOU IN!

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    Former Employee - Bin Ops  in  Robbinsville, NJ
    Former Employee - Bin Ops in Robbinsville, NJ

    I worked at McMaster-Carr full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    benefits, pay is ok, bonus, free tickets, Christmas party is nice

    Cons

    HORRIBLE MANAGEMENT! They don't even know how to perform the jobs of the people they are MANAGING!?!?!? They have the standard of "1 error per month" but they don't hold ALL EMPLOYEES TO THESE STANDARDS!!!!!!!! If they like you, they will advance you to different positions in the warehouse and give you a raise, regardless of your multiple errors. If they don't like you, you'll get fired. Never know when your last day will be. NO JOB SECURITY. You walk ALL DAY. If you finish your work, don't you dare take a minute to go to the bathroom or rest your feet. However, the supervisors can sit on their butts all day, even when their directly in the way of their employees trying to perform their jobs. This company sounds great, and it could be great... but in reality this is a TERRIBLE company to work for. You work your butt off everyday and then one day they decide they don't want you there anymore and they get rid of you just like that. No warning. You hate being there every single day, the only thing that makes it bearable are your co-workers. Your body will hate you. The constant repetitive motion kills your joints. Most of the people working there have poles or rods or screws holding their legs together, but they MUST BE DONE WITH THEIR WORK IN 8 MINUTES OR ELSE!! Just absolutely unbelievable expectations, and no one trying to make the job more efficient. Unless youre being hired as a supervisor or manager where they will grossly over pay you for doing NOTHING, then don't even step foot inside the monstrosity!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn how to do the job of the department you are managing. Spend time LISTENING to the people who have been there longer than you have been ALIVE. They are the ones holding this company together, no you. Take the time to understand why your fillers are making errors, and TAKE THE TIME TO INVESTIGATE IT. It makes no difference to you when you fire an employee that works their butts off every day for you, but this is somebody's career. Their source of income. They have families and bills and houses and car payments... when you fire somebody who does their job because they miscounted one order out of 9,000 its WRONG. Especially because the supervisors can't even fill one order without messing it up.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Not a very fun place to work

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    Former Employee - Supervisor
    Former Employee - Supervisor

    I worked at McMaster-Carr full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Salary and benefits are world class

    Cons

    Odd barrier between salary and hourly employees. Work not very interesting or meaningful. Performance standards constantly changing, so you never really knew where you stood. Job security is non-existent, so folks are constantly on edge.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote line workers to management. While benefits and pay are great, lack of job security and fickleness of management means folks are constantly going to have an eye out for the next gig. There are better ways to motivate employees to do well than threaten to fire them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Worst experience of my career

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    Former Employee - Operations Manager  in  Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Operations Manager in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at McMaster-Carr full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Generous compensation and benefits
    Highly educated workforce
    Outstanding annual profit sharing bonuses for all employees

    Cons

    Questionable HR practices promote and terminate individuals based on personality not performance
    High degree of distrust between employees and management
    Upper management is resistant to change and lacks decision-making authority
    Performance motivation is fear-based on all levels

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    poor experience and culture.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at McMaster-Carr

    Pros

    high salaries. they pay for you to grow. not a good company culture

    Cons

    Company doesn't respect it's employees. high turnover rate. High levels of scrutiny for all parties.

  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    If you're able to conform - you'll fit right in.

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    Former Employee - Business Operations Specialist  in  Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Business Operations Specialist in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at McMaster-Carr full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The benefits are nearly unbeatable anywhere else - but there's a reason the benefits are what they are.

    Fully-paid health insurance, profit sharing, fully-paid post-graduate education.

    Good co-workers (outside of those in a management position)

    Cons

    There are too many to list. Supervisors are kids straight out of upper-tier colleges who have no idea how to manage or supervise the employees who have been there countless years.

    You're just another wheel in the machine. If you become defective, you will be treated poorly until you either quit or get fired for false reasons that have been kept in your "file."

    HR cannot be trusted. They will act like they are your friend and want to help you be a better employee, but they are just adding to your file until they have enough "reasons" to fire you.

    The environment is more suited to a Hungarian sweatshop - before the Iron Curtain fell. As long as you don't have a voice, personality, or opinions, you will fit right in.

    Policies are antiquated. Don't be on your cell phone texting or reaching out to the outside world. You'll be blacklisted and eventually fired. If you share your opinion or concerns with anyone pay grades above you, you will be seen as a broken piece of the machine.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote from within and listen to concerns from your low-tiered employees. Your supervisors and managers are not omnipotent, and it you'd listen to concerns from the lowly, you'd have less turnover and perhaps happier employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Don't fall for it. Hold out for another offer

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    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    I have been working at McMaster-Carr

    Pros

    Benefits and profit sharing. You're not unemployed.

    Cons

    I'm trying my best to be diplomatic. But if you value yourself, your skills, have self respect, and any sort of clue about business at all, don't do this to yourself. Check your soul at the door and prepare to be disrespected and humiliated daily. People constantly quit without notice for a host of valid reasons.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They are not open to suggestions or feedback but if they were I would ask for some leadership qualities, social skills, and merit-based. "Management" here is the opposite of what you would consider leadership. Horrendous.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 9 people found this helpful  

    Not great, but hard to complain too much

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    Former Employee - Packer  in  Elmhurst, IL
    Former Employee - Packer in Elmhurst, IL

    I worked at McMaster-Carr full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Well, mostly money. I had a college education and a career as a writer going for me when I began working at the company. I was pretty reluctant to accept a job packing boxes at a warehouse but the money and benefits made it hard to turn down, especially when I was unemployed at the time. I thought I'd stay until I found something else and stayed nearly 2 years. Most of the people I worked with and for were nice folks. A few I didn't care for, mostly in management, but no more so than most other jobs.

    Again.. the money. You won't find pay, benefits or retirement like this at any other company in the country, and certainly not while performing unskilled labor - although the job can also be demanding at times.

    Cons

    The work is horrifically boring and there isn't really anywhere to go if you desire to have a career beyond the warehouse. I suppose this would be directed mostly at the college educated people in the warehouse who think because of their degree or past career history that they are just killing time before a management position - you aren't. If you're hired as a grunt, you'll stay one. This would be more acceptable if you ever had any idea of what your future would be or where you were going. Secrecy and some sort of pretentious aura of mystery surround everything at the company. It was truly one of the most impressive companies I've worked for, but also one of the strangest. Reviews were just pointless and usually filled with lies about all the exciting opps that awaited you... six months later you'd get the same speech again, usually from your new supervisor (they don't last too long). That was my xp anyway, others seemed to receive nothing but negative feedback. Regardless, your standing at the company could change at a moments notice. Mess up one pack and you'd hear about for two weeks. Must be willing to be treated like a child.

    Yes, people get fired. Again, I'm not sure it's as bad as it appears while you're there. The standards are high and the majority of people, while usually fine workers anywhere else, probably weren't cutting it at McM. That being said, if they needed to drop staffing levels (in October, usually) they'll find away and I certainly think they let people go that I highly doubt deserved it... welcome to capitalism I guess. Others were even fired after 10 or 15 years... after seemingly giving their lives to the place and they were usually shocked when it happened.

    I will say, I waited months after leaving to write this and I'm glad I did. I would not turn down this job based on what you read here. There were people who were happy there and you can certainly find success at the company. Trust me, no matter how long your are there it will be worth the paycheck. I know if I had written this while still an employee it would probably be a lot more negative. Take into account how many of these reviews were written the night of a termination. The grass is always greener, folks. I left and took a job at a place where people never get fired. They just work until they are burned out for crappy money and work 60 hours a week. It was better for my resume, but certainly not a whole lot more rewarding and a terrible decrease in pay. It may still take some time to ever reach the yearly-income I obtained at McM. My advice: Get in, get some money, get out. If you don't have a degree, go get one, they pay for it...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It doesn't really matter.. I did see some positive changes while I was there but what can I really tell a company with your success. Employees are taken care of financially, which i guess is all they are owed. You're doing something wrong from an employee engagement standpoint, but not from a financial one. Unlike a lot of companies, you at least give the peons some of the spoils. Bravo there.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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