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"Great place to work"

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Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

I worked at W.W. Grainger as an intern

Pros

- Grainger clearly cares about its employees, and shows this through profit-sharing and generally trying to empower people to succeed.
- Grainger has a lot of potential for growth

Cons

- A lot of potential for gridlock, as it is a huge organization

Other Employee Reviews for W.W. Grainger

  1. "Constantly changing and evolving to market conditions"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - TSR
    Current Employee - TSR
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits, PST, independence, Corporate is always evolving to market conditions, # of products, Product Support,

    Cons

    time spent outside of work, in my area the nearest co-worker was an hour away, corporate is always changing pay structure, expectations, the way things are done, etc..., Pricing

    Advice to Management

    The TSR program currently has a negative stigma attached to it and many people within Grainger do not understand what we do. DSM's and others still think we are a transaction model. They need to have an internal marketing campaign that the TSR program is the "minor leagues" for the account manager program. DSM's and MTS's need to work together to develop this talent. IMO, right now this is one of the biggest gaps for Grainger going forward with the TSR program. This stigma and gap has led to the TSR program having a lot of turnover and low morale.


  2. "Was Great But Has Been Sliding Year Over Year"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Manager
    Current Employee - Account Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at W.W. Grainger full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great customers, great offering, front runner in IT infrastructure, consistent profit sharing %age

    Cons

    Not a place for the money motivated seller. If you are satisfied with the same or less money each year...this is the place for you. Sellers are not compensated for year over year consistent performance. I have been over goal for 6 years in a row and between commision and expense account reductions I have gone from consistent 6 figures to not even considering 6 figures as a possibility. Grainger has its cake and eats it to by increasing sales "credit" goals twice per year so that it compounds and goals raise at an exponential rate. You are not rewarded for high Gross Profit sales year over year, rather you have to generat double digit revenue growth with 40% margins in order to make the exact same pay as the year before. This is an operations company that puts up with the nessesity of having a sales force. Grainger has taken full advantage of the static labor market and has used that to whittle away at what reductions in pay the sellers will put up with. Grainger also manages to the meteocre... If you are smart...stay away. Go somewhere that rewards intelligence. This is a company for sheep. Wolves starve here. Don't walk...Run! Run! Run!

    Advice to Management

    Reward the high performers and don't penalized them year over year by turning stellar growth into next years water mark. If you want people to shoot for the stars...don't starve them when they are still over the moon. The mass exodus of talent will continue as it has unless you relearn how to retain high performers by paying enough to take the issue of money off the table.

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