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"Great company"

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Former Employee - Maintenance in Lake Forest, IL
Former Employee - Maintenance in Lake Forest, IL
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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

Pros

Work/Life Balance, Company Culture. Great pay

Cons

Too many liberals. Too much "entitlement."

Advice to Management

Fix the sense of entitlement that plagues the company.

Other Employee Reviews for W.W. Grainger

  1. Helpful (2)

    "So so"

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    Current Employee - Customer Service Associate in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Customer Service Associate in Baltimore, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Profit sharing is the only perk , and for several part time employees isn't even worth it . More beneficial to full time tenured employees .

    Cons

    No room for lateral growth, since the company has become a corporation I see unfair merit increases, and budget cuts to the peons who bring in the bulk of business, benefits only reflect on the corporate managers BIG BOSSES , hiring temp phone reps before offering more hours to the part time tenured employees who actually know there job, and doing things for show on the branch and corporate level ie recognitions when higher up reps come into the office , congratulating and acknowledging workers only when your boss is there to impress....things like this are way too common .

    Graingers way of business is trial and error....they're business plans suck and forecasting of business volume is never accurate . They need to do better

    Advice to Management

    Create room for growth, there's discrimination, several a employees are over worked and under paid ,


  2. Helpful (1)

    "If you can handle the pressure you can be very successful as a territory sales rep..."

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    Current Employee - Territory Sales Representative in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Territory Sales Representative in Chicago, IL
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours, potential for great pay, amazing people to work for.

    If you do well and network well there is room for growth.

    I like the company a lot, just not my position and it is different to make lateral movements in terms of entry level opportunities. The benefits, especially the profit sharing, are phenomenal.

    More relationship based than transactional, which is great except Grainger marks items up so much that you must discount items to win the business which comes straight out of the sales rep's pockets.

    Cons

    The base pay is pretty low and if you don't hit your goal you lose hundreds of dollars in commission by no fault of your own.

    About 30% turnover and it is clear if you don't make goal for the year there is little chance that you will be promoted. It is difficult to get out of the sales track and you're paid significantly less than account managers even though territory sales reps have hundreds of more accounts.

    The goals are extremely aggressive in the Chicagoland area and don't take into account one time project and hits that you can't count on the next year. You are evaluated every month so I feel like I'm starting from scratch every month.

    Overall it's a great sales job, but only if you can handle the extreme pressure of having to hit your numbers every single month. It is easier if you come into a "healthy" territory or one where it wasn't neglected by the precious rep.

    Advice to Management

    The goals are too aggressive in the Chicagoland and Southern California area. You're setting the bar low for sales expansion and they blow up their numbers while established areas have a tougher time finding new business in this economy.

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