W.W. Grainger - Good company, needs to move into the 21st century | Glassdoor
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"Good company, needs to move into the 21st century"

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Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Lake Forest, IL
Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Lake Forest, IL
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Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

I have been working at W.W. Grainger as a contractor (Less than a year)

Pros

Headquarters facility is beautiful, lots of amenities. Strong customer base and brand.
Lots of opportunity for strong talent to make a difference.
Great work-life balance.

Cons

Fear of decision-making at lower mgt levels - a lot of upward delegation of decision-making.
Very silo'ed - not much collaboration between (and sometimes within) teams and departments.
Inexperienced front line managers.
Stratification of employees: exempt vs. non-exempt, manager vs. individual contributor. High stripe consciousness.

Advice to Management

Take advantage of your diverse workforce's ideas and suggestions, which are likely different from your own.
Let go - don't be so controlling.
Hire baby boomers on a part-time basis all across your organization (both exempt and non-exempt) - you need broader, experienced thinking and risk-taking in order to achieve!

Other Employee Reviews for W.W. Grainger

  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great Company, a little slow moving for someone young in their career."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Lake Forest, IL
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Lake Forest, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good retirement benefits, good work life balance. People are generally reasonable about workloads.

    Cons

    Slow moving, older population, compensation not always even across departments.

    Advice to Management

    You risk losing a lot of young talent by leaving the main offices in Lake Forest.


  2. "Account Manager"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, strong training, and consistent approach to selling.

    Cons

    Too focused on metrics and not on strategic consultative approach.

    Advice to Management

    Allow more flexibility in weekly schedule to deliver on committment to be more consultative

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