W.W. Grainger

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W.W. Grainger Reviews in New York, NY

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3.0 6 reviews

100% Approve of the CEO

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

Jim Ryan

(5 ratings)

80% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Cohesive Strategy integrated throughout the company, Great Benefits (Profit Sharing(in 115 reviews)

  • Company strives for work/life balance and provides opportunities for growth(in 25 reviews)


Cons
  • The company projects a strong work/life balance, but in reality this is hardly the case(in 13 reviews)

  • Middle and upper management was very disappointing(in 16 reviews)

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    Great company to work for

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsGreat company to work for

    Consneeds a better pay scale

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    The worst culture a company can have!

    Account Manager (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsProfit Sharing and great team members

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

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    Excellent Company with cutting edge approach to Distribution and Value Added Services

    Account Manager (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsIndustry leader in the MRO market, Best there is in supply chain management to insure customer has what they need when they need it. Noone better in driving costs out of customers operating budgets through competitive products and no cost value added services, Understanding the customers business goals and objectives and developing a true business partnership is the cornerstone of what Grainger is all about

    ConsBeing relevant to your customer base often results in additional initiatives and increased hours on the job, Maintaining a life balance can be challenging. Not necessarily a con--more of a challenge

    Advice to Senior ManagementGreat progressive and forward thinking from HQ. A very bright and insightful team.

    Great ideas can get misdirected or diluted when filtered through less experienced regional and district level positions.

    Increased local presence by ULM and skip level discussions would help in insuring that the spirit and intent of the companies intiatives remain the same from originator to customer

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

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    Great company outside of the NorthEast

    Branch Manager (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsGreat benefits. Longevity of employees is amazing. Attempts to provide colutions to customers. .

    ConsToo many fifedoms. Does not benchmark against other industries. Constatnly reinventing the wheel. Does not make things simple. Every vice president tries to create a new culture. Does uniformlly train front line employees.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTreat employees as people instead of as expendable resources.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Success is built on your own personal capital, not on the ability and professionalism of immediate management.

    Account Manager (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsExcellent benefits package, if you can endure the ineptitude to actually take advantage of it.

    ConsWow... what a question; the Cons. Don't know where to begin except management. In the Grainger environ it's best to demure as initiative and intelligence are deemed as threats. Especially if you're working outside the box and generating results. Marketplaces can sometimes demand such, and this is anathema for Grainger. God forbid that you develop a solution that is not pre-scripted. Beware those creative souls of light and personality... to the dungeons with thee. Find someplace else to work where the corporate culture exists that rewards creativity. Average management IQ ratings are about 95. Beware the use of big words and compound sentences.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTop management gets it. They obviously have it wired... Grainger stock pushing the roof off the house. Keep up with the acquisitions and product expansion. I own stock. I can't give advise to middle management though... They lack the skill sets and desire to understand simple communication. Limited world views abound. Maybe "wake up" would be good.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good Solid Company

    Branch Manager (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsI feel one of the best reasons is that Grainger has been so stable in its approximately 80 history. It has been fair to its Branch Employees and promoted those that want to grow and are willing to work for that growth.

    ConsGrainger is slow to change. It reacts too slowly to what competitors are doing. There at times is a disconnect between Corporate employees and what is really happening in the field.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTrust your field managers to truly know what is best for their markets. Remember that each market is different. Be willing to take risks for growth.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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