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W.W. Grainger Reviews

Updated July 20, 2017
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Pros
  • Hardworking individuals who understand work / life balance (in 112 reviews)

  • good profit sharing and bonus plan (in 294 reviews)

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  1. "excellent"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at W.W. Grainger full-time

    Pros

    benefits are great. hours are optional.

    Cons

    room for advancement is not available.


  2. "Good Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work-life balance. People are nice. Good career development opportunities.

    Cons

    Layoffs, frequent re-organization, manager turnover.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing but think about your people/employees first when re-structuring and eliminating roles.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Changing to be even better"

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Lake Forest, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Lake Forest, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    This company cares about its people like no other.

    The CEO is focused on moving the company to win more business – even if it’s painful short-term.

    Current leaders are the best I have ever seen.

    Cons

    If you're not the type that welcomes change - the new Grainger is not the place for you.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up - the last year has been amazing.


  4. "On site service representative"

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    Current Employee - On Site Service Consultant in Louisville, KY
    Current Employee - On Site Service Consultant in Louisville, KY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent personal life/work balance. Incredible leadership. Benefits package is great. I love the positive, close knit, team environment.

    Cons

    Constant change with technology can be a negative for some. Must have the ability to learn on your own/teach yourself the tools of the trade.


  5. "Field Account Representative"

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    Current Employee - Field Account Representative
    Current Employee - Field Account Representative
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Invest heavily in its people for training, and sales strategies

    Great benefits, great work life balance, industry leader

    Adapts to market to allow sellers to have the best tools

    Heavy investment into SalesForce - new sales strategy

    Great company to build a career for now and long term

    Cons

    Due to change there has been a lot of turn over by long tenured personnel. Does make it difficult to have a strong network

    Leadership and management turnover has made learning curve longer for new members

    Change in programs makes it hard to keep up, without making the customer confused or wondering when something can be set in stone

    Compensation changes 1 - 3 times a year

    Advice to Management

    Limit the turnover - make it to where profit sharing and benefits are too good to turn to a new career. Tenured staff are so valuable to new members to get acclimated to the "Grainger Way" and best practices.

    Turn over creates a negative, stressful environment for other teams members to pick up there slack

    Look to add more checks and balances to management. SalesForce is a great tool for sellers, and a measurement for productivity but (some) managers are not held responsible to their role.


  6. "D.C. Associate"

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    Former Employee - DC Associate in Minooka, IL
    Former Employee - DC Associate in Minooka, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits that start Day 1

    Cons

    Once you start in a position you change advance until at least 6 months are up

    Advice to Management

    Open up Tuition Rem to part timers plz


  7. "Great company"

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    Former Employee - Missouri in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Missouri in Kansas City, MO

    I worked at W.W. Grainger (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Grainger is awesome and room for advancement exists.

    Cons

    Changes are constant with the company

    Advice to Management

    Management was great no advice to give

  8. "Great company"

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    Former Employee - Territory Sales Representative in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Territory Sales Representative in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at W.W. Grainger (More than a year)

    Pros

    Very established company with good benefits, stable customer base and a competitive edge in the market.

    Cons

    Not as hip or fun as so other companies.

    Advice to Management

    Internal image makeover


  9. "Sales Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at W.W. Grainger full-time

    Pros

    Lot of benefits Lot of benefits

    Cons

    aggressive goal increase doesnt matter the market


  10. "Great Company!"

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

    I worked at W.W. Grainger as an intern

    Pros

    Hardworking individuals who understand work / life balance
    Dedicated leadership

    Cons

    Location, age gap between entry-level and mid-level associate


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