W.W. Grainger Reviews

Updated April 15, 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. Marketing Associate

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at W.W. Grainger

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

    Pros

    Great company to work for, benefits are awesome.

    Cons

    I don't have any cons to add for this company

  2. Order Support

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at W.W. Grainger

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Above average compensation
    Laid back atmosphere
    Nice people
    Room for advancement

    Cons

    Training sucks
    Most likely you need to know someone to get hired here
    The work is repetitive

  3. Lots of opportunity.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Plenty of room for advancement and to change position if you are driven. Local Managers are supportive.

    Cons

    High level Management keeps looking to cut benefits and costs.

    Advice to Management

    Leave PST alone.

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  5. Helpful (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

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

    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.

  6. Great work environment with nice coworkers!

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    Current Employee - Distribution Center Associate in Tukwila, WA
    Current Employee - Distribution Center Associate in Tukwila, WA

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

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

    Pros

    Great hourly pay in distribution center
    Paid time off
    Manager brings lunch for employees often.

    Cons

    People sometimes butt heads
    Things can get disorganized
    Sometimes have to work longer than 8 hour days.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work. I would recommend taking the time to go more in depth in interviews so you don't get "duds" out there on the floor.

  7. 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)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

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

    Cons

    High goal adjustments after years of success

    Advice to Management

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

  8. Helpful (1)

    Great team environment and incredible benefits

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at W.W. Grainger

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

    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.

  9. Account Manager

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    Former Employee - Account Manager in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Raleigh, NC

    I worked at W.W. Grainger

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    You will meet some really young motivating professionals with great coaching skills. It's hit or miss on who will contribute to your growth. But if they see something in you they will invest in your growth within the company.

    Cons

    If you're not in the in crowd they will find any way or reason to push you out. A lot of the Senior management are given a lot of power. I've seen a lot of this power be abused in the form of bullying, sexual harassment and intimidation. If your not willing to be biased and grimy you will be out! You see people who call themselves Christian participate in unethical behavior. Not everyone is bad, but a lot of the senior leadership team members abuse their power and fraternize with their team.

    Advice to Management

    INVESTIGATE

  10. Helpful (3)

    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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    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 Management

    Wayyyyyyyyyy too many employees that basically do nothing.

  11. very bias and unfair

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    Current Employee - DC Associate in Minooka, IL
    Current Employee - DC Associate in Minooka, IL

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    pay, profit sharing. benefits

    Cons

    I still haven't grasped the concept as to why inexperienced employees are moving up the ladder so quickly. This can be a very scary situation in the near future. As a stable company it is so risky to involve employees into higher positions that have no knowledge how to run a department let alone a business. Most of our managers are not well educated in this type of industry. This is a billion dollar industry and upper and lower mgmt has been making decisions that just are mind bottling. This is not a company to feel secure when employees are promoted by their friends. This company is very bias, racist, and male chauvinistic. But if you are in it for the long haul then stay quiet and don't cause attention to yourself. If you are the type to speak up then don't bank on moving up. Because it won't happen. Anytime an employee cut himself and not have to take a drug screening says a lot. or if one employees provokes another employee to be mean and gets promoted says a lot. They are not family oriented and have no structure. I feel sorry for the babies at Grainger because they will be raised to be corrupted and not able to think for themselves... Going back to the basics is out of the question as i have read other reviews, and mainly because of technology and the new "culture".. The new college grads have not a clue how to communicate with employees. Everything that comes up, there is always some fabrication involved. Even employee children that have been hired as temps only the Afro-Americans never made it as Grainger employees. Its very ridiculous as to the setup for success bs, because this company think investors are gonna keep investing they should have another thought .

    Advice to Management

    For some odd reason employees should be happy to work for you and help you meet these unrealistic goals, well don't loose any sleep on it.. because majority of them are only there for the income and benefits anyway and just to meet expectations and not go over and beyond. that whole scenario alone is hurtful to the ones that really work hard, because they won't be recognized anyway. make decisions based on work performance and not association. footnote: all Afro-Americans are not bad people because at the end of the day it takes a diversified culture to take any industry to the next level. This is for those who are suited for constructive criticism.

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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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