W.W. Grainger Reviews

Updated April 22, 2015
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  1. Helpful (3)

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

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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)

    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.

  2. Great place to develop sales skills

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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

  3. Helpful (1)

    Great team environment and incredible benefits

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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.

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  5. Account Manager

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    • Career Opportunities
    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

  6. 3 year DC Associate

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Warehouse Associate in Roanoke, TX
    Current Employee - Warehouse Associate in Roanoke, TX

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    PST if you are fully vested.
    Good benefits.

    Cons

    My direct leadership is un-professional and immature. A lot of favoritism. If you're not in their "clique" then you will not have great days at work. Daily conversation amongst employees are who is hiring and where at. First year turn over is horrible. Can't seem to keep new employees... I wonder why? Within the last year 4 managers have "stepped down" from their positions or left the company. When i was first hired with Grainger I was given a lot of opportunities to advance but all suddenly changed when I had a disagreement with a member of our leadership team.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees who are actually out there doing the work. Quit pulling strings from your desk and actually walk out and see whats going on.

  7. very bias and unfair

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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.

  8. Work work work

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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

    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 Management

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

  9. Great company, great pay and great benefits

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

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

    Pros

    Rewarding opportunities and advancement possibilities

    Cons

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

    Advice to Management

    Have more faith in new acquisitions.

  10. Helpful (1)

    Nice place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Independent Contractor in Lake Forest, IL
    Former Employee - Independent Contractor in Lake Forest, IL

    I worked at W.W. Grainger

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

    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 Management

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

  11. I like the company, but haven't had a good experience with direct management.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

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

    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 Management

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

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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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