W.W. Grainger - They do not promote based on competence or talent, but by "who you know." | Glassdoor
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"They do not promote based on competence or talent, but by "who you know.""

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Former Employee - Sales Support Department in Northbrook, IL
Former Employee - Sales Support Department in Northbrook, IL
No opinion of CEO

Pros

Benefits are outstanding. Some departments do a great job of developing their people, evaluating talent, and promoting accordingly. The trick is to be in one of those departments.

Cons

One's experience at Grainger is completely dependant on 2 things: what department one happens to be in; and how connected one is to management. There are pools of people that all came from several other companies and they tend to isolate positive opportunities amongst themselves. There is a hypocrisy when management preaches continuous improvement but rejects suggested changes for the better in favor of status quo.

Advice to Management

Please re-evaluate the "management" in the Sales Support Department. Also, take a look at HR and how they fail to assist employees in career development. Don't over play the diversity concept at the expense of what would be best for the company.

Other Employee Reviews for W.W. Grainger

  1. Helpful (1)

    "Decent place to start out, no long term future."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Customer Service Associate in Teterboro, NJ
    Current Employee - Customer Service Associate in Teterboro, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Competitive base pay within the industry. Profit sharing plan.

    Cons

    Little room for advancement unless willing to move to corporate in Lake Forrest IL.
    Pay advancement is minimal.
    Advancement is based on who you know rather than performance.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the branch employees more instead of only focusing on reports and numbers.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "if you know somebody it's a great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Waterloo, IA
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Waterloo, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    retirement benefits are more than fair

    Cons

    not much room for advancement unless you know somebody. If you get sick or injured, company makes it hard to work for

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