W.W. Grainger - Terrible management, decent pay,forget about advancement unless you know someone | Glassdoor
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"Terrible management, decent pay,forget about advancement unless you know someone"

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Former Employee - Account Relationship Manager
Former Employee - Account Relationship Manager
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Disapproves of CEO

Pros

Grainger is an old company with a lot of money. They can pay people well and they do. Great benefits. That's about it. Good place for a new college graduate because you need years to work your way anywhere in the company.

Cons

The sales dept. is one big lottery. Even though a commission system is in place, you can't really effect your accounts much and are at the mercy of what you are given. This goes for the managers as well. Some are good people, most are pretty incompetent. Opportunity for advancement is pretty poor unless you know someone higher up or really enjoy kissing butt for years on end. There are a lot of people spending the majority of their time justifying their jobs rather than doing anything productive as there are a ton of jobs at Grainger that simply don't need to exist. They really over-complicate their business and that leads to a lot of catch-22's, micromanaging, and corporate red tape. They don't value quality people, they value people that play the corporate game. This is why if you don't get lucky with your accounts or your manager, you can end up being really miserable at Grainger when overall it's a good company in terms of the financials.

Advice to Management

Make the sales positions salaried and cut out a lot of the red tape ie. admin work that sales people need to do. Judge your people on how smart they are and how they can best benefit the company, not because they killed their numbers based on pure luck. You lose so many talented people because of this.

Other Employee Reviews for W.W. Grainger

  1. "Ok"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits are better than most fortune 500 compnies. Automatically enrolled in profit sharing which is great. Health insurance is average.

    Cons

    Micromanaged daily not a place where your views and ideas are welcomed. If you are an individual who is looking for advancement this may not be the company for you.


  2. "ARM's Are Going Away"

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    Current Employee - ARM
    Current Employee - ARM
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    PST is great, too bad we won't be around to enjoy it after June.30th 2012

    Cons

    The Midmarket ARM orginzation is the # 1 G.P. Profit center for Grainger and they are getting rid of them.

    No real room for advancement if you work inside sales.... If you say you're an ARM, it's like you said, you have the plague, and would you like a hug?

    They say it's about networking to get promoted.............true...........AND WHO DO YOU KNOW!!!!

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