W.W. Grainger
3.3 of 5 417 reviews
www.grainger.com Lake Forest, IL 5000+ Employees

W.W. Grainger Reviews

Updated Apr 9, 2014
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3.3 417 reviews

                             

85% Approve of the CEO

W.W. Grainger Chairman, President, and CEO Jim Ryan

Jim Ryan

(272 ratings)

62% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Pros:
  • "Great benefits, reputable company, The profit sharing plan is very strong"
    in 99 reviews
  • "Very professional environmnet and great benefits"
    in 43 reviews
Cons:
  • "work/life balance is a challenge at times"
    in 11 reviews
  • "Upper management all the same---and that's not a complement"
    in 14 reviews
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very reputable company

Branch Manager (Current Employee)
San Bernardino, CA

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

Prosgood pay and hours, company has strong values and treats hourly employees well.

Consnone really, my experience was very good. If I had to say anything, maybe it would be additional training on products we carried.

Advice to Senior Managementnone...good experience overall.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Excellent Company. The company is very profitable and "owns" the market share for MRO business,

Product Marketing (Current Employee)
Lake Forest, IL

I have been working at W.W. Grainger full-time for more than a year

ProsBetter than market salaries and benefits. Interesting work. Company is solid.

ConsMuch restructuring within teams/company. Depending on area, continued risk of staying employed.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Solid First Job

Territory Sales Representative (Current Employee)
Denver, CO

I have been working at W.W. Grainger full-time for less than a year

ProsCompany invests in you, gives you resources you need to succeed. Solid 4 month on going training that is top notch. Good benefits, good work life balance. Good place to learn sales.

ConsMedium salary, lack of culture/environment if working outside of chicago headquarters

Advice to Senior ManagementContinue to invest in employees to retain top talent

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great job

DCA (Current Employee)
Niles, IL

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

ProsAlways have work...no layoffs... stable company

ConsManagers don't care about you when family emergency pops up.... you suffer

Advice to Senior ManagementCare more about your employees..... work will always get done

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Best company to work for...love it!!!

Senior Content Analyst (Current Employee)
Lake Forest, IL

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

ProsGreat profit sharing program, wonderful people and endless opportunities.

ConsMust be open to networking to advance.

Advice to Senior ManagementBe open to career advancement opportunities as well as educational opportunities for employees.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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No advancement

Customer Service Representative (Former Employee)
Boston, MA

I worked at W.W. Grainger part-time for more than 5 years

ProsProfit sharing, 401K great people

ConsThere is no advancement for part time employees. Look at the numbers please.

Advice to Senior ManagementGet on board

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great Company with awesome opportunities!!

Major Account Manager (Current Employee)

I have been working at W.W. Grainger full-time

ProsThis company is filled with the best in the industry. Through hard work and networking there are unlimited opportunities. The compensation with PST is unbeatable.

ConsWithout cross function experience it can be hard to handle the work load. There are many resources and you must be able to navigate them. Your manager can make the work difficult sometimes.

Advice to Senior ManagementContinue doing what you are doing! Be aggressive!

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Unhappy Grainger Ranger

Commercial Account Manager (Current Employee)
Charlotte, NC

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

ProsProfit sharing, competitive salary. Good benefits.

ConsNo life balance due to cumbersome paperwork. Management that doesn't care about employees. Coworkers that are unhappy.

Advice to Senior ManagementTreat employees fair. Realistic expectations. Remember where this company came from.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Good company but poorly managed

Sales Associate (Former Employee)
Oklahoma City, OK

I worked at W.W. Grainger full-time for more than a year

Prosgreat enviroment, great people, and a fun place to work

Consthe miss-communication between local management and corporate is awful.

Advice to Senior Managementget everything streamlined in the hiring process and set reasonable expectations for people instead of supplying false hope

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Warehouse Associate, Full Time, 12+ years experience, former employee

Warehouse Worker (Former Employee)
Robbinsville, NJ

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

ProsFor experienced, full time,warehouse or office grunts-- typical mediocre, corporate benefits that do provide some protection from health issues; somewhat laid back vacation/sick call policy. Cash pay, for low ranking workers, depending on department, is marginal to sub-standard.
For experienced, higher ranking managers, with a well placed crony system that can sustain longevity, pay/bonus look much brighter. Warehouse DC Directors, Divisional VP's, CEO, CFO, HQ's people is where it's all at in terms of lion's share of worthwhile compensation.
The Grainger fad for the last decade is to hire ex-McMaster Carr/McKinsey managers to fill senior DC slots and senior VP roles thru out the company.
At the DC level, the common areas are fairly clean, the decor is tidy, but corporate cheap. As a matter of fact, always think cheap and stingy when thinking about this company's policies.

ConsEverything revolves around manipulating contrived numbers in this company. Those numbers are sliced/diced and fudged thru out the chain of command. Finally, they reach corporate royalty in Niles, where the final touches are made, and another quarterly number is produced for Wall Street consumption. With the stock price successfully inflated for the year, senior management will feast on an orgy of stock option selling, where the usual millions are made.

At the concrete floor, warehouse level, it's wall to wall everyday dysfunction. Top management could care less--they don't work there. Warehouse operations are just another number to manipulate.

Advice to Senior ManagementNone- no one listened before, and they won't be listening in the future.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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