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"Culture Clash in Lake Forest"

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Former Employee - Human Resources in Lake Forest, IL
Former Employee - Human Resources in Lake Forest, IL
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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

Pros

Dedicated passionate employees; above average benefits plan; great financial rewards if you can manage to stay in for the long haul (i.e. 5 years or more).

Cons

Extremely narrow minded workforce that hire for outside perspective then dismiss it because it doesn't fit in with the way they do things. Majority of managers and leaders are not equipped to perform effectively in their role and lack basic managerial and leadership skills. Every project and initiative is planned to take 5+ years as the company culture and pace of working is extremely slow. First year employee turn over is extremely high compared to industry norms due to culture fit, disappointment with managers ability and lack of career opportunity and potential growth.

Other Employee Reviews for W.W. Grainger

  1. Helpful (1)

    "Excellent Company with cutting edge approach to Distribution and Value Added Services"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Account Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Industry leader in the MRO market, Best there is in supply chain management to insure customer has what they need when they need it. Noone better in driving costs out of customers operating budgets through competitive products and no cost value added services, Understanding the customers business goals and objectives and developing a true business partnership is the cornerstone of what Grainger is all about

    Cons

    Being relevant to your customer base often results in additional initiatives and increased hours on the job, Maintaining a life balance can be challenging. Not necessarily a con--more of a challenge

    Advice to Management

    Great progressive and forward thinking from HQ. A very bright and insightful team.

    Great ideas can get misdirected or diluted when filtered through less experienced regional and district level positions.

    Increased local presence by ULM and skip level discussions would help in insuring that the spirit and intent of the companies intiatives remain the same from originator to customer


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Payroll/staffing game"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Store Worker in Fairfield, NJ
    Current Employee - Store Worker in Fairfield, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A well established company, decent pay and benefits.

    Cons

    Currently the company not replacing lost staff in branches. Instead its trying to continue to do business without new workers. Its the same thing that's been done in other retailers a 50%-50% full timer to part timer model. What it means at the stores is less customer facing employees, longer customer wait time, and employee burn out. Everyone at my store with the exception of the branch manger wants to leave. Most are currently looking. For the first time in years with its current no advancement policy and more and more work with less staff I am looking elsewhere for future employment.

    Advice to Management

    Management is trying to boast the stocks at all cost, but cutting the part timers hours and not replacing staff in branches (while creating admin positions in the district) going into the inventory season does not make sense. It seems like the company really doesn't care about the staff or customers who visit the stores. If we made a billion dollars over the previous year why are you leaving the stores to die on the vine?

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