W.W. Grainger Reviews

Updated July 26, 2015
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W.W. Grainger Chairman, President, and CEO Jim Ryan
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Pros
  • Profit sharing was great until it started being funded at the expense of sales commissions (in 134 reviews)

  • Work life balance was very good (in 33 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance can be a challenge at times (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. I love grainger

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Ossc
    Current Employee - Ossc

    I have been working at W.W. Grainger part-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    This is the best company I have ever worked for. They help me learn my job and also have great leadership that is always willing to help. I couldn't be happier

    Cons

    More visits to the main branch. I'm in a remote location

    Advice to Management

    Get employees that are not near office to the office at least once a month. Being around peers and leadership is a good way to boost and educate new or remote employees


  2. Great company

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    Current Employee - Corporate
    Current Employee - Corporate

    I have been working at W.W. Grainger

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people that help each other succeed, good work/life balance, strong benefits, smart people

    Cons

    Moves slowly, can be hard to change the way things work, a lot of very tenured people can make it harder for new employees/new ideas

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on the basics, invest more in development,


  3. Lets see

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at W.W. Grainger

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Just started so far so good

    Cons

    Commute from downtown is a Pain


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  5. Government Account Manager

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Government Account Manager in Anaheim, CA
    Current Employee - Government Account Manager in Anaheim, CA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Leader in MRO industry. Great Profit Sharing Program. Flexibility. Ability to stay local even if it is Sales job.

    Cons

    Relatively weak base pay. Commission Structure.

    Advice to Management

    Please think about why tenured Account Managers are leaving the company.


  6. Great Employer

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lindenhurst, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lindenhurst, IL

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great benefits, environment in good, flexible

    Cons

    Pay is below average, advancement can be difficult


  7. Decent Company....very conservative

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at W.W. Grainger

    Pros

    Great Support great benefits good pay very stable leader in industry generous to a fault

    Cons

    Makes employees expendable no promotional motivation management very into micromanagement not epmphathetic

    Advice to Management

    Respect to all across.the board...trust employees.


  8. Sales Representative

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    You receive a lot of great benefits, including a cell phone, car, gas card, and lap top. You also have a lot of freedom in this position. Lastly, the people are extremely nice.

    Cons

    It is hard to make a lot of commission in this position.


  9. Executive Assistant

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    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Lake Forest, IL
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Lake Forest, IL

    I worked at W.W. Grainger (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits.. Mr. Grainger is a sweetheart!

    Cons

    Not everyone is 100% nice but if you are lucky there is a lot of nice people to meet there.


  10. Better than expected for Corporate Giant

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    Current Employee - Territory Sales Representative
    Current Employee - Territory Sales Representative

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Freedom to develop as a seller and your book of business. Company Car and Benefits. Everyone there is willing to help a colleague out whether its customer related or personnel development.

    Cons

    Elusive goal setting. Micro-management. Competing against owned subsidiaries. Once you learn the comp package you'll be ok.

    Advice to Management

    Compile better territory account packages that do not overlap so heavily with your single channel sales models.


  11. Great place for long term

    Former Employee - Manager in Lake Forest, IL
    Former Employee - Manager in Lake Forest, IL

    I worked at W.W. Grainger full-time (More than a year)

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great work/life balance. Outstanding benefits with a standout retirement option that really rewards people who stay for the long haul. Company has great veteran leadership and long term vision.

    Cons

    Very corporate and structured. Hierarchical with many layers. Innovation is slow-moving.

    Advice to Management

    Encourage cross-functional knowledge-sharing.



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