W.W. Grainger Reviews

Updated August 30, 2015
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  1. Good place to work

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Grainger is a good company that cares about its people and is built of relationships. Overall good people and interesting place to work. The pension plan is unheard of and a good reason why people stay there many years.

    Cons

    Its customers tend to be large companies and organizations so it is very conservative and looks to maintain the pace versus be on the leading egde. This can be a good pace for employees but may not save customers money long term.


  2. Helpful (3)

    Family Based Company that is Changing

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in Sleepy Hollow, IL
    Former Employee - Director in Sleepy Hollow, IL
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits with solid profit sharing. Opportunity to develop and do a variety of things within the business.

    Cons

    Too focused on shareholders and competition right now. The family company that I started with does not exist anymore and its all about the bottom line

    Advice to Management

    Focus on your customers with value added products for a good price, and take care of your people.


  3. Human Resources

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Great business model and growth - executive leadership isn't afraid to take risks to drive the business forward.

    Cons

    HR Team is unorganized and has very poor leadership. It has turned over a lot, but there is still a gap.


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  5. Outside sales of pre-existing customers.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Commercial Account Manager in Springdale, AR
    Current Employee - Commercial Account Manager in Springdale, AR
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at W.W. Grainger full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Independent. Customer relationships. Cell phone and computer. Profit sharing. Great benefits.

    Cons

    Pay is not reflective of work. Lots of resources but sometimes difficult to gain support.


  6. Solid Company

    Current Employee - Planning Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Planning Analyst in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at W.W. Grainger (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Profit Sharing Program Rotational Program (every 18-24 months)

    Cons

    High focus on share holders Losing talent consistently because of flex policy/not meeting salary standards

    Advice to Management

    Promote your talent and take care of your people


  7. Outrages goal increases

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Account Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at W.W. Grainger full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Profit sharing and total compensation. Plenty of products and solutions to sell. Set territories and customer base.

    Cons

    Year over year goal increases! They continue to add double digit goal increase every half of year. Not a whole lot of room to grow if you're not "Graingerized".

    Advice to Management

    Look at total industry and reconsider what is a fair sales goal. Team equality would be a nice thought...


  8. Great company to work for

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Great company and great culture - people and company are very friendly

    Cons

    I can not think of any cons to working for this company


  9. Helpful (1)

    Healthy place to work at

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lake Forest, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lake Forest, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at W.W. Grainger full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    This company treats there employees with great respect and values the employees input. My past co-workers were great to work with.

    Cons

    The corporate office cubes are small than other corporate companies I have work for in the past. It seems like there facility department is trying to make more room for more people.


  10. Territory Sales

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Territory Sales Representative
    Current Employee - Territory Sales Representative
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    A well known company that has extablished its name. Great people that have been with the company for many years.

    Cons

    They do not consider the cost of living in their salary. Way below for the San Francisco area. A lot of changes are going on in the company therefore management is changing. They are trying to micromanage sales which is ridiculous.


  11. eCommerce Intern

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Ecommerce Intern in Whitewater, WI
    Former Employee - Ecommerce Intern in Whitewater, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The environment in the eCommerce department is incredible and hard to find.

    Cons

    Few and far between in regards to negative sides here.



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