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Grainger plc Reviews

Updated May 2, 2017
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  1. "Very sad time for a great business"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great heritage and name in the market. Historically good pension and share schemes, albeit they are being cut now.

    Cons

    Executive Management team are sadly out of their depth, which can be fine but rather than acknowledge the skills of many in the group they have taken the attitude they have nothing to learn. This has led to some of the best people in the business leaving the company in the last 18 months, feeling mistreated and unable to see any benefit in staying. Those that remain at the top are in the majority all 'yes' people and do not have the correct mindset to lead or create real value, this is not a leadership team their army wish to follow.

    Advice to Management

    You chose the wrong exec team, everyone makes mistakes, you were under pressure when the new strategy arrived, nobody could have expected you to get it absolutely right. It's the successful leaders who don't feel embarrassed to admit their mistakes and take action before it's too late. Be brave, remove that exec leadership team, mix it up with some new, and I suppose if you want to show you are leaning, bring back someone that left.

    The company just feels like a wasted opportunity at the moment, I really hope the non-execs can seek to understand the issues, and the execs can learn it's not all about them that makes success, you guys talk a good game but it's a shop front and not a deep one.

    With incredible competition in the market, we are facing difficult times and must use this final period of having an enviable track Record to secure opportunities where we have a niche that allows us to compete. We are not the best managers, we can struggle to compete with institutional investors but I understand we have been considered the best partner both on the investment and development side, lets use that... oh wait, those guys left the business because we let them..agghh,

    So much promise in this business, and it COULD be very exciting, but it's not.

    Oh and lastly, how do you justify those pay packets guys, especially when you 'haven't met your objectives'; come on, that's a lot of salt on a big wound. (Refer to latest report and accounts).


  2. "Poor company to work for especially in the last 3 years"

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    Former Employee - Manager in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Manager in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Great share schemes on offer as well as a decent salary though not sure about other members of staff.

    Cons

    Directors are detached from whats really going on within the company and change policies without any discussion or actual experience in the job.
    To many directors and not enough ground staff.
    To much out sourcing.
    Staff members have lost all respect for the company name and directors

  3. "Experience"

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    Former Employee - Manager
    Former Employee - Manager
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good corporate culture and good employees

    Cons

    Lack of attention from senior staff


  4. "not bad"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Grainger plc part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    decent pay and bosses are alright

    Cons

    boring at times. Lots of gossip

    Advice to Management

    get involved a lot more


  5. "great company to work for..."

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    Current Employee - Salesman
    Current Employee - Salesman
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    the hours people and benefits are amazing.

    Cons

    Can be a drag around month end.

    Advice to Management

    keep it up.


  6. "Well paid but frustrating"

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    Former Employee - Director in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Director in London, England (UK)
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Leading business in the sector by size
    Many different strands to the business
    Interesting deals and assets to work with

    Cons

    Poor senior management
    Bad communication about the business strategy
    Disfunctional management team
    Poor line management to the lower parts of the business

    Advice to Management

    I am not in a position to offer any advaice to the current management. They are aware of the issues but it depends on how they decide to deal with them.