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Great company to work for

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

I have been working at W.W. Grainger full-time (more than an year)

Pros

They offer great benefits, you can get a consistent schedule with weekends off, Monday through Friday 7am to 5:15pm. They have dual annual reviews to help you know what you need to improve on to help with raises.

Cons

There are some people who seem to keep their jobs even though they are burned out and not working as good team members and pulling their weight.

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    Really liked Grainger, Management is a different story

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    Former Employee - Account Manager
    Former Employee - Account Manager

    I worked at W.W. Grainger full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Working at Grainger was a very good experience. The sales training in DPS was in-depth and applied to real world sales. The managers in the branches were great to work with and really helped with understanding customers tendencies. Fellow Acct Mgrs were truly there to help and did everything they could to help.

    Cons

    Immediate management's only concern was to increase their own political capital to further their own rise within the company. Zero concern for the well being of the Acct Mgrs assigned to them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Everybody is under pressue to perform, however, if you are truly interested in increasing sales, the stick approach only works so far. Learn to work with your sales force, understand their strengths and help them utilize those strengths to achieve better sales.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Was Great But Has Been Sliding Year Over Year

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Manager
    Current Employee - Account Manager

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

    Pros

    Great customers, great offering, front runner in IT infrastructure, consistent profit sharing %age

    Cons

    Not a place for the money motivated seller. If you are satisfied with the same or less money each year...this is the place for you. Sellers are not compensated for year over year consistent performance. I have been over goal for 6 years in a row and between commision and expense account reductions I have gone from consistent 6 figures to not even considering 6 figures as a possibility. Grainger has its cake and eats it to by increasing sales "credit" goals twice per year so that it compounds and goals raise at an exponential rate. You are not rewarded for high Gross Profit sales year over year, rather you have to generat double digit revenue growth with 40% margins in order to make the exact same pay as the year before. This is an operations company that puts up with the nessesity of having a sales force. Grainger has taken full advantage of the static labor market and has used that to whittle away at what reductions in pay the sellers will put up with. Grainger also manages to the meteocre... If you are smart...stay away. Go somewhere that rewards intelligence. This is a company for sheep. Wolves starve here. Don't walk...Run! Run! Run!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward the high performers and don't penalized them year over year by turning stellar growth into next years water mark. If you want people to shoot for the stars...don't starve them when they are still over the moon. The mass exodus of talent will continue as it has unless you relearn how to retain high performers by paying enough to take the issue of money off the table.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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