W.W. Grainger

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W.W. Grainger Reviews in Chicago, IL

Updated December 13, 2014
Updated December 13, 2014
590 Reviews
3.5
590 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The profit sharing is very generous and it is a good reason to stay with the company (in 134 reviews)

  • Company strives for work/life balance and provides opportunities for growth (in 33 reviews)


Cons
  • The company projects a strong work/life balance, but in reality this is hardly the case (in 21 reviews)

  • The flat out lies people tell you especially upper management is so bad people do not believe anything (in 20 reviews)

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134 Employee Reviews Back to all reviews

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  1.  

    Overall a great place to work but things are changing.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at W.W. Grainger full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good compensation and solid benefits.

    Cons

    As with any company Grainger has some individuals who are questionable and unfortunately some are in leadership positions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Capital investments sometimes seem a bit short sighted.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great place to work in 2014

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior User Experience Architect in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior User Experience Architect in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at W.W. Grainger full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    For a large corporation the work environment is relaxed and focused on getting the most out of every employee using their strengths. The benefits are also very solid.

    Cons

    Career growth at times has not been at the forefront but there has been a shift with leadership and management to focus on growing team members from not only the day-to-day but long term career goals.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Good place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - UNIX Administrator in Niles, IL
    Current Employee - UNIX Administrator in Niles, IL

    I have been working at W.W. Grainger full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good opportunities to grow. Nice people to work with.

    Cons

    No 401K (at the time at least).

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    MBA Intern

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - MBA Intern in Lake Forest, IL
    Current Employee - MBA Intern in Lake Forest, IL

    I have been working at W.W. Grainger as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Excellent culture, nice people, growing company, health center

    Cons

    Location, not many promotions from within

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please promote your people more often - they deserve it

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good Company with a strong foundation and model for growth

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Corporate Sales Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Corporate Sales Manager in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at W.W. Grainger full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Grainger is a large company with a strong business sense of what it will take to success in the market. They have excellent benefits packages.

    Cons

    The company has incredibly high expectations of all employees, which is great. It is challenging to complete work in under 60+ hours a week, making a balanced life difficult

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find ways to simplify the work - remove obstacles for success in delivering to customers

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Look no further, you can retire with this company!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Warehouse Associate in Niles, IL
    Former Employee - Warehouse Associate in Niles, IL

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

    Pros

    Grainger hires the best, enjoyed working there many years, great benefits. I worked in a distribution center which
    gives its employees the opportunity to advance if you have the desire to learn new skills.

    Cons

    I don't think there's a company out there that doesn't get some kind of bad rap, and that includes Grainger. You can't satisfy all the people, I think the usual complaints are pay, benefits, policies, leadership skills of the supervisors, etc.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Company, Great Culture

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Lake Forest, IL
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Lake Forest, IL

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

    Pros

    Work-Life Balance is great, co-workers go above and beyond, sense of family

    Cons

    Leadership changes and lack of communication

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work with all levels of employees to establish a sense of security and morale

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great Place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Niles, IL
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Niles, IL

    I worked at W.W. Grainger full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    People are great- fantastic benefits

    Cons

    Very corporate company is sometimes slow to move on change.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be nice to everyone and you will go far.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great benefits!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Lake Forest, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Lake Forest, IL

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

    Pros

    Senior Executive Leadership strong
    Attracts world class talent and suppliers - good opportunities for networking
    Reasonable work life balance
    Strong profit sharing offer

    Cons

    Corporate Divisional Leadership lacks focus and vision
    Frequent reorganizations create internal apathy
    "Me too" activities frequently disguised as Innovation
    "Smile & nod" culture encouraged

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen and hear...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Best employee friendly company I've experienced. Very well organized and always looking for better opportunities to advance the company.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Corporate Account Collection in Niles, IL
    Former Employee - Corporate Account Collection in Niles, IL

    I worked at W.W. Grainger full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    They will give you the tool you need to be successful.

    Cons

    Plenty of work however the training helps in your success.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Mirror their methods for success, you can't go wrong.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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