W.W. Grainger

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  1.  

    Gave a lot and received a lot over the years.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Service Associate in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Customer Service Associate in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Great Profit Sharing and vacation time.

    Cons

    Can be about who you know for advancement opportunities. Benefits can be better.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to work on not just taking employee input surveys but more implementation of their ideas.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Front End Developer at Grainger

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at W.W. Grainger

    Pros

    The people at Grainger are awesome.

    Cons

    Grainger is a large corporate environment.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Government Account manager

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    Current Employee - Government Account Manager in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Government Account Manager in Portland, OR

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

    Pros

    Flexibility. Good pay. Laid back atmosphere. Easy going. Transparency.

    Cons

    Slow. Too bureaucratic. Promotions happen among good old boy network and few on merit.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Empower employees. Empower the younger generations to take on bigger responsibility and cast a new innovative vision which could result in the company's best interest and competitive advantage.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great company!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lake Forest, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lake Forest, IL

    I have been working at W.W. Grainger

    Pros

    Strong financial performance, strong profit sharing program and competitive base salaries. Great people... Hard working and smart folks.

    Cons

    Politics, hard to navigate if you are new to the company. Archaic systems. work life balance a challenge with so many competing priorities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to invest in systems to enable growth.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Turn and Burn

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    Former Employee - Account Manager in Baton Rouge, LA
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Baton Rouge, LA

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

    Pros

    Benefits and pay is decent if you perform

    Cons

    Most Unethical company in the world. HR department is a JOKE..... Micro Management was invented here. All about numbers. Cheat if you have to managers. You better learn to drink the Kool-Aid if you plan on staying more than two years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have the balls to do what is right....

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  7.  

    Good Old Boy Network

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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

    Base pay was great until a new management decided that they could get cheap labor.

    Cons

    Leadership is not what you know but who you know. Good old boy network and if you are not in the club it doesn't matter if your a shinning star they will not promote you. Company was humming right along until about 4 years ago and then the bottom fell out by hiring "disposable" people that would do the job for less. Very political here and NO balance because you literally are on call 24/7 as an account manager.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire substance instead of empty shells. Just because someone knows someone does not make them the best candidate. And stop hiring FAMILY. That's just crazy insane wrong.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good company if you have no desire to advance your career

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Onsite Service Consultant in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Onsite Service Consultant in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at W.W. Grainger

    Pros

    Somewhat competitive pay. If you do your job you will have job security. Retirement benefits in the form of Profit Sharing

    Cons

    No room for advancement. No incentive to promote from within. glass ceiling. Being the best at your current role and qualified to advance doesn't mean anything to hiring managers. It is all about who you know and not what you know.,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote from within. Identify current "leaders" who do not need to be in their role and replace them with talented, smart and ambitious professionals who want to develop a career.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Big company, does not care about the individual.

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    Former Employee - Territory Sales Representative in Salt Lake City, UT
    Former Employee - Territory Sales Representative in Salt Lake City, UT

    I worked at W.W. Grainger

    Pros

    Big company with steady growth

    Cons

    Horrible management, middle management particularly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep top talent by hiring from within.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Account Manager

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at W.W. Grainger full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great training and PTO plus profit sharing if you stay long enough. Great starting point to the industrial sales area. Most co workers were friendly.

    Cons

    Hire experienced managers who managed a team and not a little league baseball team. The blame game is always on the account manager even if you have no control of a situation as a contract with another company. Watch out for your Onsite Service Consultants. They will throw you under the bus if they want your position.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Motivate and mentor your employees. A lot of managers are not qualified to lead. They are qualified to make themselves look better only. People are leaving or being forced out. Wake up or leave your head in the sand.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Going Down

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great lower level strategy and vision

    Cons

    Horrible corporate structure and too quick to jump on whats "trendy"

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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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