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McMaster-Carr Reviews

Updated September 22, 2017
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  • No upward mobility unless you enter management trainee program (in 34 reviews)

  • No room for advancement, Expect to much from employees (in 15 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Eh, it's a job"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Bin Filler in Aurora, OH
    Current Employee - Bin Filler in Aurora, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at McMaster-Carr part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Pay, raises and bonuses are great. Benefits are fantastic and completely covered by the company. The people are really nice and management does everything it can to help you out in personal issues situations.

    Cons

    Communication is horrible, especially with part timers. The motto is "do more with less faster" at least in the departments in the warehouse. I was injured on the job and was treated like dirt by the floor HR person upon returning. Management as a whole, takes forever to make decisions on something as simple as choosing a permanent lunch time for each department even though they've been doing the same one for 3 months. Interdepartment policies for the same concept are different and should be uniform. Cross-training or at least shadowing should be done so there isn't so much animosity between departments. Managers and supervisors are in a rotation so every 6-12 months you get new ones which means they have to learn a whole new department in a short amount of time and there are definitely growing pains that directly affect the people in the department for a while. It causes resentment, morale to drop, bitterness and A LOT of bad attitudes.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate with your team members more. Listen to your workers, we're all for the most part intelligent, well educated people. Cross-train/shadow your hourly people also so they see/understand the processes upstream and downstream from their department and how they directly affect it. Learn not only your position, but also the positions within your department so you have a better understanding of how changes to a process or implementation of something new will affect everyone below you in the department.


  2. "Good company benefits - culture needs work."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at McMaster-Carr full-time

    Pros

    Amazing benefits, the employees are paid well and are very well taken care of. Health care, bonuses, etc are all pluses.

    Cons

    Management culture is very elitist. Very hard to move into management if you are hired in as a regular employee. Recent college grads are often placed in the management program that are paid much more than other new hires.

    Advice to Management

    Try to level the playing field between new and old employees, and employees with the same backgrounds.

  3. Helpful (4)

    "Get a degree and get out"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operations Specialist in Robbinsville, NJ
    Current Employee - Operations Specialist in Robbinsville, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at McMaster-Carr full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Pay. Free Health insurance for entire family. Work-life balance. Paid for grad school.

    Cons

    Management. No career advancement. While you work with a lot of smart people, there are also a lot of unmotivated people who do the bare minimum to meet expectations since they can't/won't move up.


  4. "Bin Filler"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at McMaster-Carr full-time

    Pros

    Great money
    Great benefits
    Tuition program

    Cons

    High turnover rate
    No management communication


  5. "Management Review"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operations Manager
    Current Employee - Operations Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at McMaster-Carr full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Great company where you get to lead smart people
    - You are set up for success and cared for. People want you to succeed and put a lot of effort into your development
    - You just worry about your job, compensation is great.
    - Expectations are very reasonable. You are expected to make incremental improvement, but nothing that will change the world

    Cons

    - You aren't expected to change the world, so sometimes your projects can feel a little menial
    - There is not a lot of career advancement for staff (non-management) positions, so you are dealing with a workforce that can be fairly frustrated. This is a leadership challenge.
    - mature company, so you don't get the chance to drive revenue growth

    Advice to Management

    None. It's a well run company. There are some drawbacks about innovation, but I wouldn't change anything.


  6. "Good company to work for with some considerations"

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    Current Employee - Hazards in Elmhurst, IL
    Current Employee - Hazards in Elmhurst, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at McMaster-Carr full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good compensation, benefits, work environment, bonuses

    Cons

    Work is repetitive. Strict management for the nature of the work. Technology is outdated.

    Advice to Management

    Put some of that money into updating the technology.


  7. "Warehouse Operations"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Fe Springs, Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Fe Springs, Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at McMaster-Carr full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great pay and benefits. You will be surrounded by excellent people who will help sharpen your skills.

    Cons

    Sometimes you feel like a cog in a machine

    Advice to Management

    Pay more attention to your operation and less on your project work

  8. "warehouse worker"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at McMaster-Carr full-time

    Pros

    hours that I worked was good

    Cons

    I came home dirty everyday


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Good Company with some Frustrating Tendencies"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in Aurora, OH
    Former Employee - Manager in Aurora, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Benefits, Awesome Coworkers, Work-Life Balance

    Cons

    Confusing Expectations, Slow to Change, Biased Promotions

    Advice to Management

    Be more transparent, set clearer expectations for management.


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Do not do it"

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    Former Employee - Large Packing in Aurora, OH
    Former Employee - Large Packing in Aurora, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at McMaster-Carr full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Competitive compensation and great benefits

    Cons

    There are countless pros to any position at the Aurora, Ohio Branch. Unfair and bias HR department, constantly wondering if you might get fired because of what someone said about you, being belittled by supervisors that have no knowledge of the job, unsafe working environments...

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees as the smart and experiences people that they are.


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