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McMaster-Carr Reviews

Updated April 15, 2019
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  • "Little to no room for advancement" (in 19 reviews)

  • "No room for advancement, Expect to much from employees" (in 18 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Pretty great, some entitlement mentality exists but you'll work with some awesome high performing coworkers."

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    Current Employee - Business Generalist
    Current Employee - Business Generalist
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at McMaster-Carr full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    They give lots of people opportunities other companies wouldn't. The work is interesting and decent pay is a bonus. The diversity of ideas and backgrounds makes working here a joy.

    Management is increasingly promoted from within and culture has improved significantly over the past 5 years.

    Cons

    Sometimes the company hires people who aren't a good fit. This includes hiring people who have never worked in warehouse or office settings (even people where McMaster-Carr is their first job ever). It can be uniquely challenging for these folks, especially if they don't have a good backup plan or other options. I could see how someone with a degree in dance, or history, or dance history might feel like they're only path to financial security is working for McMaster-Carr...

    For others, those with more lucrative backgrounds/careers, pay may be comparable to other opportunities. That being said, the humble culture, interesting work, and relatively low-stress working environment make staying worth it.

    Schedules can be pretty rigid for non-management employees but the recent work from home and strict schedules can also aid in work-life balance. You'll be working during working hours.

    Advice to Management

    The more you can do to increase transparency the better. Sometimes guidance can be good, relying on social norms and personal judgement can be stressful for some people especially when they feel they might be (or are) graded on their ability to conform. Clear guidelines help employees focus on their job.

    Don't let benefits slip. McMadter-Carr shows it care about its employees through its actions and it's generous provisions to employees. Benefits have an extremely important impact on maintaining and improving employee morale.


  2. Helpful (5)

    "Great Benefits; Terrible Culture"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Supervisor
    Former Employee - Supervisor
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at McMaster-Carr full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    -above average pay
    -strong insurance benefits
    -support for workers families

    Cons

    -unnecessarily aggressive and competitive environment created by upper management
    -feedback is only top-down rather than down-up too, creating a situation where management can easily throw people under the bus
    -highly exclusive atmosphere that doesn't seem to know how to incorporate the outside world

    Advice to Management

    It's great to pay people well. But forming loyalty among employees goes beyond money. It needs to include a culture that nurtures rather than instilling fear. They way you operate currently, you'll largely retain people who are willing to be molded to follow orders than think creatively and collaboratively. As a company, this is your biggest let down and flaw.

  3. "Great Benefits"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Robbinsville, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Robbinsville, NJ
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at McMaster-Carr full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, and most people working there.

    Cons

    Work is very repetitive, very little chance to move up into management. You have to be willing to put up with BS if you want to stick around.


  4. "Great benefits and work/life balance in a fast-paced work environment"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at McMaster-Carr full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Hires really smart, interesting people with diverse backgrounds, which makes for a fascinating set of coworkers. Benefits including 100% tuition reimbursement (with 0 repayment time), generous retirement savings and insane year-end bonus are unmatchable by other employers.

    Cons

    It's a wide-and-flat organization, so if you're interested in title or advancement to a specific role, it's probably not the right fit for you. No internal job postings, so it can take some getting used to that people are rotated between various departments over time.


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Clueless and Childish Management. Stay Away"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at McMaster-Carr full-time

    Pros

    Great pay and benefits. Consistent Schedule.

    Cons

    No room for advancement outside of management. Management itself is pompous, out of touch, without people-skills, and only value the opinion of other managers despite never having done the work that they supposedly facilitate.

    Advice to Management

    Your own salaries are the biggest waste of company funds. Truly consider the work you do, and if it is truly worth the salary you take, the expensive education you hold, and the stagnation and degredation of the non-management "FOLKS" who teach you how to do your job. Learn to actually listen to the people you are leading. Trust those you manage, and support them. Accept that your place at the company comes from nowhere but your pedigree and your willingness to be placed wherever the company will.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "All about Processes"

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    Former Employee - Supervisor in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at McMaster-Carr full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The company offers great benefits and competitive salary. Departments run on extremely tight and efficient processes, which can be a great learning opportunity for an employee early in their career.

    Cons

    Senior management is highly risk averse and changing processes is difficult with the company's outdated, internally built technology. There's little to no opportunity for non-management employees to rise into management roles.


  7. Helpful (8)

    "Experienced hire in the Management Trainee program"

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    Former Employee - Supervisor in Santa Fe Springs, Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Santa Fe Springs, Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at McMaster-Carr full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Some of the smartest people I've met in the workplace were part of the Management Trainee program at McMaster-Carr. The majority of people in my hiring class went on to make a big impact at McMaster-Carr or other organizations. You will build a close bond with your co-workers since the environment was so toxic.

    Cons

    Toxic environment. You will meet some of the smartest and down-to-earth individuals in the Management Trainee program. On the other hand, you will also meet the some of the most slimy individuals in this program as well. Very political (nobody is immune to it) and cliquey. If you work for the wrong manager, good luck... You may not last here over 1 year. McM is not a bad place to start off your career but you definitely don't want to work here long-term.

    Advice to Management

    Create a better culture. If your manager is toxic, you need to move them out ASAP.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Good Pay for Minor Work"

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    Current Employee - Entry Sales Operations in Elmhurst, IL
    Current Employee - Entry Sales Operations in Elmhurst, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at McMaster-Carr full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    High pay for minimal work

    Cons

    Incredibly repetitive and often times lacking in promotional benefits

    Advice to Management

    Increase abilities to move vertically rather than laterally


  9. "great work life balance"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at McMaster-Carr full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    great for parents with kids

    Cons

    not many job opportunities to advance


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Accounts Payable"

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    Current Employee - Operations Specialist in Elmhurst, IL
    Current Employee - Operations Specialist in Elmhurst, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at McMaster-Carr full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Yearly Bonus ,100% Tuition reimbursement

    Cons

    Not Fulfilling. Extremely repetitive work. IMPOSSIBLE to move up in management. Feel like your walking on egg shells everyday and you’re always being watched. You will fill stagnant and underwhelmed with your work.

    Advice to Management

    Challenge your associates. Treat them like people. Give your associates projects to work on outside of their daily work. Don’t only hire only Ivy League students into your management program.