W.W. Grainger Reviews

Updated March 31, 2015
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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. Nice stable company to be a part of.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at W.W. Grainger

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities for advancement in many different areas of the business. Great benefits

    Cons

    Very "political" in advancing with company. They seem to want to hire/promote anyone except Caucasian males.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Great place to develop sales skills

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    Current Employee - Territory Sales Representative in Albany, NY
    Current Employee - Territory Sales Representative in Albany, NY

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

    Pros

    Benefits, work life balance, opportunity to advance, supportive team

    Cons

    High goal adjustments after years of success

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Goals are set up to have sales team reach success and then not have opportunity to continue success without luck the following yera

    Recommends
  3. Great team environment and incredible benefits

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at W.W. Grainger

    Pros

    Profit sharing - up to 20% of salary
    Supportive environment
    Industry leader

    Cons

    I would consider it an old fashioned company. Many of the key people have been there for a very long time andd it inhibits change.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful

    Great company, but being that big can also be a bad thing.

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    Current Employee - Account Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    Good pay, great retirement, decent benefits, numerous resources, great connections, good work/life balance, strong employees, easy lateral movement, solid structure.

    Cons

    Definitely not what i would consider an innovative company (they would definitely disagree with this). Far ahead for their industry, but as a whole i feel like i am working for a company that cannot comprehend real change and just makes small moves to catch up to technology that no other distributors are even considering. Definitely working for "the man", so sit back, do what they say, and don't disrupt the waters. If you want to get a mid level job making right around 100K with a great retirement you have found your job, but if you desire anything more i wouldn't even consider it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wayyyyyyyyyy too many employees that basically do nothing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6. Work work work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at W.W. Grainger

    Pros

    Be prepared to work! Great pay off, but you're going to work for it.

    Cons

    Work and life balance.

    appreciation for current job or account package/situation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Move as 1....too many business areas that don't communicate.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. Great company, great pay and great benefits

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at W.W. Grainger full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Rewarding opportunities and advancement possibilities

    Cons

    Company seems to act too quickly without giving new acquisitions time to work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have more faith in new acquisitions.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful

    Nice place to work

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    Former Employee - Independent Contractor in Lake Forest, IL
    Former Employee - Independent Contractor in Lake Forest, IL

    I worked at W.W. Grainger

    Pros

    Decent pay and benefits

    Good work/ life balance including work from home

    Cons

    Very Cliquish - if you don't belong with the in crowd you'll feel like an outsider

    Conservative environment - not a lot of fresh thinking

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try and be a little more forward thinking and less old school

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. I like the company, but haven't had a good experience with direct management.

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    Current Employee - Territory Sales Representative in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Territory Sales Representative in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    Profit sharing is a good bonus and good PTO.

    Cons

    Pay isn't as great as other companies in the same industry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Qualify and train managers better. If you throw them to the fire without the proper tools they will fail.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. Good people. Reputable company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    Good work life. Benefits.

    Cons

    Come plan is low

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. Great company of people and great culture.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Teritory Sales Representative
    Current Employee - Teritory Sales Representative

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

    Pros

    Culture, growth potential, team setting, great product.

    Cons

    Primary issues is base pay

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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