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W.W. Grainger Reviews

Updated August 21, 2017
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  • Hardworking individuals who understand work / life balance (in 112 reviews)

  • good profit sharing and bonus plan (in 296 reviews)

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  1. "excellent"

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    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. Helpful (3)

    "Fast decline into chaos"

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

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

    Pros

    Benefits are still good. Corporate is a great place to work.

    Cons

    Since the implementation of Salesforce and a new CEO, Grainger has become a micro-managing company with reagards to their seasoned sales professionals.

    We had independance before, now our every move is watched. Even if you are exceeding your goals, you are to review your number requirements every month. You will be held accountable at your review. The statistics are more important than meeting your goal. They are trying to turn their sales staff into robots. It is a calculated move to ultimately decrease staff by attrition as good salespeople are leaving in droves.

    It is next to impossible to move possitions unless you have a very strong network. Moving within Grainger is about who you know, not about how you work. Unless you have a cheerleader, you are not moving anywhere within Grainger. Even if you have a stellar reputation within your region.

    Advice to Management

    Trust your talent and do not try to analyze your way into increased stock price and marketshare.

  3. "Solid company"

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    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits good income.

    Cons

    Too much middle mgmt. Getting in each others way. Complicated system which means longer process to running on your feet.

    Advice to Management

    Think of the cost of training employees and the lost of revenue when they leave. Hire from the inside.


  4. "Long Time Employee Looking for a Better Fit"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Salary and Benefits, Profit Sharing (in the past, but not now)

    Cons

    Slow to evolve and getting outpaced by Amazon, slow leadership response, frequent leader changes creating disconnects.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Account Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Positive culture, treated with respect and dignity, very fair to employees. Adequate benefits and salary.

    Cons

    The company is going through major changes at the moment and the current market is extremely competitive. It remains unclear whether the current leadership team can keep the ship on track for the long run.

    Advice to Management

    Relook your overall business strategy. As it relates to HR matters there needs to be more focus on skills and qualifications as it relates to hiring and promotion.


  6. "Collections Rep"

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    Current Employee - Collections Representative
    Current Employee - Collections Representative

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

    Pros

    Wholesome company to work for

    Cons

    Very strict on Time coming in.


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Too much status quo"

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    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Long history, great people to work with. Huge customer base and so much opportunity out there for the taking.

    Cons

    Each group is too siloed and only looks out for themselves. Not a lot of trust that people will make the right decisions.

    Advice to Management

    Take the blinders off and see it is 2017

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Warehouse Associate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at W.W. Grainger part-time

    Pros

    Great people and processes to keep work efficient. Encouraged lean process development and suggestions from employees.

    Cons

    Not much room for growth and mediocre wage.


  9. "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.


  10. "Grainger is a great company to work for"

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    Current Employee - Daytime Picker in Roanoke, TX
    Current Employee - Daytime Picker in Roanoke, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent team to work with. Tons of benefits provided when working for Grainger.

    Cons

    Not much room for advancement at Grainger


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