W.W. Grainger

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W.W. Grainger Reviews in New York, NY

Updated January 29, 2015
Updated January 29, 2015
7 Reviews
4.3
7 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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  1.  

    Great!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Account in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    The Culture is great! The room for advancement. Lots of opportunity to position changes.

    Cons

    I really don't have any.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    The worst culture a company can have!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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.

  3.  

    Great company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at W.W. Grainger full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great company to work for

    Cons

    needs a better pay scale

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 3 years)

    Pros

    Industry 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

    Cons

    Being 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 ManagementAdvice

    Great 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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company outside of the NorthEast

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Branch Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Branch Manager in New York, NY

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Too 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 ManagementAdvice

    Treat employees as people instead of as expendable resources.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Account Manager in New York, NY

    I worked at W.W. Grainger

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Wow... 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 ManagementAdvice

    Top 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good Solid Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Branch Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Branch Manager in New York, NY

    I have been working at W.W. Grainger

    Pros

    I 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.

    Cons

    Grainger 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 ManagementAdvice

    Trust 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.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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