W.W. Grainger

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W.W. Grainger Reviews

Updated November 24, 2014
Updated November 24, 2014
578 Reviews
3.5
578 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 135 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 19 reviews)

  • No room for advancement if you do not have your Bachelors's degree (in 10 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    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
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Solid company and professional employees

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Manager
    Current Employee - Account Manager

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

    Pros

    Great company with a solid infrastructure to support your customers. Some of the most helpful and professional employees in the business. Benefits are very good.

    Cons

    Sales goals can be a bit of a stretch from year to year. As with any company, your manager is directly linked to your job satisfaction. Have a micromanager and you will want to leave.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get pricing in check along with the salesperson's compensation.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves 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.  

    Good Company - GREAT Benefits

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Government Account Manager
    Current Employee - Government Account Manager

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

    Pros

    In my opinion the best thing about Grainger is the benefits, training, and people. Grainger has treated me well and I have been very lucky to have had two great managers in my over eight years with the company.

    Cons

    You better be a champion of Change Management because there is always something new happening. In addition, Work-Life Balance is a struggle for those who do not work within the walls of the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I believe Middle Management acts on employee survey results but it must go deeper than that - there is only so much that they can do. Top Management has to do more then just post the results and send out an e-mail.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Grainger is a company that pays well and treats its workers fairly.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Burbank, CA
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Burbank, CA

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

    Pros

    They pay well, they treat their workers well, and, they give due warnings.

    Cons

    They don't often promote in house and they are not looking to hire full time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote in house and make more workers full time.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great place to work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at W.W. Grainger

    Pros

    good pay, company car, changing environment

    Cons

    Some bad management, micromanaging, others in the industry make more

  8.  

    good company

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

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

    Pros

    good company
    good salary
    flexible schedules

    Cons

    unclear communication
    managers are very confused

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    communication should be clearer

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    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
  10.  

    Good company, limited control of own destiny.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Commercial Account Manager
    Former Employee - Commercial Account Manager

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

    Pros

    Progressive company, debt free, positioned for growth. Investing in their future. Good to the employees.

    Cons

    Pay is light. They treat you like a number. Your manager determines whether or not you can meet your goals or not. I don't like how they communicate goals. By splitting the year into two segments, they are basically asking for results every 6 months, but don't talk about year over year growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Using a "shell game" with bonus incentives is dishonest and disrespectful. You have been hiring more qualified candidates, give them credit to be able to understand and act on business opportunities.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    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

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Outside a W.W. Grainger branch, this one located at 2915 Boardwalk Ann Arbor Michigan 48104-6765 (Photo attributed to Dwight Burdette - licensed under the CCL Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0)
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