W.W. Grainger Reviews

Updated July 26, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Get your one year and leave.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Territory Sales Representative
    Current Employee - Territory Sales Representative

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

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

    Pros

    Car, training is valued by other employers for some reason, freedom for the most part

    Cons

    Car is tracked, meaning your boss k ows exactly where you are every second of the day. Pay sucks, benefits suck. Upward mobility is reserved for those who kiss the most butt.

    Advice to Management

    Increase the salary. You can't expect an adult living on their own to live with this sorry salary.


  2. not a great place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, TX

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

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

    Pros

    decent benefits and pay nice people

    Cons

    diluted view of themselves, management unreasonable, prices way to high

    Advice to Management

    invest in your people and stop setting unrealistic goals


  3. Helpful (1)

    Good employer if you can figure out the culture

    • 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

    I worked at W.W. Grainger full-time

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

    Pros

    Smart people and very professional. They have special advancement programs for employees from top tier schools. In-house fitness center, health center, cafeteria and coffee shop. Benefits are top tier as well.

    Cons

    Corporate culture is a little weird. Very paternalistic so you have to show deference to anyone who is salary grade above you. Easy to get pigeon holed unless you have a management sponsor.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Tough Changes

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

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

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

    Pros

    Great people with a true focus on career development and advancement; The most training and professional development opportunities I've ever heard of

    Cons

    Most people have only ever worked at Grainger or have worked at Grainger for 20+ years so have never really been in the "real world" This is the first time the business has faced any sort of struggle and people have no idea how to adapt

    Advice to Management

    Really look at what you need to run the business. There are duplicative groups of people and team sizes that are larger than industry norms to accomplish the same tasks. Years of bloat have left us too large and inflexible to adapt to a changing business environment. You need to make hard choices if you really want to have a solid future.


  6. Operations Manager

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

    I have been working at W.W. Grainger

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

    Pros

    Great profit sharing program and benefits.

    Cons

    Horrible work/life balance. Field managers work spend 40/hours per week doing customer service tasks and then have to find a way to work more hours to get the managerial tasks completed.


  7. Grainger Danger

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Warehouse Associate in Robbinsville, NJ
    Current Employee - Warehouse Associate in Robbinsville, NJ

    I have been working at W.W. Grainger

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

    Pros

    Good job overall. Constant mind numbing work actually makes the day go by pretty fast. Pay is meh. It will suffice for the time being. Good for young adults.

    Cons

    Lots of lifting. Mind numbing work equals boredom. No ability to challenge yourself. No growth potential. Breaks are short. Hourly.

    Advice to Management

    Hire within. It seems like I never see management. Team leads do a great job but aside from them associates have no knowledge of what is going on behind the scenes.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Great Company

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

    Profit Sharing is awesome. Grainger Really takes care of their employees. Sales Training was top notch, total compensation is competitive. Management is a pleasure to work with. SR Management has an on point strategic vision. Grainger will tonig

    Cons

    Goals can be out of whack at times. Commission structure is not reflective to work load. A $5Mil territory at 100% to goal pays the exact same commissions as a $1M territory 100% to goal.


  9. Order Picker

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Order Picker in Simpsonville, SC
    Former Employee - Order Picker in Simpsonville, SC

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

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

    Pros

    If you need a job quick . but don't stay too long.

    Cons

    The management lies all the time. they will smile in your face and tell they will do something and the next day it is a whole different thing. its like you never even spoke with them. And this isnt with just some of the management, most of them are breed like that from the "leadership group" (upper management)

    Advice to Management

    Treat people with respect.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Territory Sales Representative

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Territory Sales Representative
    Current Employee - Territory Sales Representative

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

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

    Pros

    Grainger offers great benefits, there's a lot of good teamwork, and you can't beat a company vehicle you can use for personal use.

    Cons

    Salary is low compared to other companies but you get a car and phone.

    Advice to Management

    Work with employees more to identify their needs and help more with development.


  11. International Territory Sales Manager

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Latin America Territory Manager in Miramar, FL
    Former Employee - Latin America Territory Manager in Miramar, FL

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

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

    Pros

    Great company to work for. Investing in new technologies such as on line site.

    Cons

    Too many weekly reports that do not add much value to customers.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to Focus on the domestic market and investing in on line service.



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