W.W. Grainger

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W.W. Grainger Reviews

Updated 30 January 2015
Updated 30 January 2015
623 Reviews
3.5
623 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The profit sharing is very generous and it is a good reason to stay with the company (in 134 reviews)

  • Company strives for work/life balance and provides opportunities for growth (in 33 reviews)


Cons
  • The company projects a strong work/life balance, but in reality this is hardly the case (in 21 reviews)

  • The flat out lies people tell you especially upper management is so bad people do not believe anything (in 20 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great place to work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at W.W. Grainger

    Pros

    good pay, company car, changing environment

    Cons

    Some bad management, micromanaging, others in the industry make more

  2.  

    good company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Warehouse Associate in Miami, FL (US)
    Former Employee - Warehouse Associate in Miami, FL (US)

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

    Pros

    good company
    good salary
    flexible schedules

    Cons

    unclear communication
    managers are very confused

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    communication should be clearer

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Good Company with a strong foundation and model for growth

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Corporate Sales Manager in Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Corporate Sales Manager in Chicago, IL (US)

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

    Pros

    Grainger is a large company with a strong business sense of what it will take to success in the market. They have excellent benefits packages.

    Cons

    The company has incredibly high expectations of all employees, which is great. It is challenging to complete work in under 60+ hours a week, making a balanced life difficult

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find ways to simplify the work - remove obstacles for success in delivering to customers

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    MBA Intern

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - MBA Intern in Lake Forest, IL (US)
    Current Employee - MBA Intern in Lake Forest, IL (US)

    I have been working at W.W. Grainger as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent culture, nice people, growing company, health center

    Cons

    Location, not many promotions from within

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please promote your people more often - they deserve it

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Grainger has treated me very good and the Profit Sharing Plan is unrivaled. Sales goals can be overwhelming.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - On Site Service Consultant
    Current Employee - On Site Service Consultant

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

    Pros

    Great company workdays consist of 8-5:00 Monday through Friday. The people you work with often have been there for 15 plus years.

    Cons

    There is not a lot of room to grow unless you want to move to Chicago or move into sales.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create an atmosphere conducive to promoting growth within the company. If you do not do this you will have talent leaving the company.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Look no further, you can retire with this company!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Warehouse Associate in Niles, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Warehouse Associate in Niles, IL (US)

    I worked at W.W. Grainger full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Grainger hires the best, enjoyed working there many years, great benefits. I worked in a distribution center which
    gives its employees the opportunity to advance if you have the desire to learn new skills.

    Cons

    I don't think there's a company out there that doesn't get some kind of bad rap, and that includes Grainger. You can't satisfy all the people, I think the usual complaints are pay, benefits, policies, leadership skills of the supervisors, etc.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Pays well but you will work like a dog for it.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Logistics Specialist in Robbinsville, NJ (US)
    Former Employee - Logistics Specialist in Robbinsville, NJ (US)

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

    Pros

    Pay is competitive for warehouse work. Overtime was plentiful. Benefits are solid.

    Cons

    This is from a distribution center perspective. No respect for personal time, mandatory weekend overtime. You will come home sore every day. Night shift treated like second class citizens. Some supervisors are straight out of college and clueless when it comes to leading a team.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have corporate employees actually see what a distribution center looks like. Give more flexibility to the managers in the distribution center.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Aggressive pay, hard work and many management changes

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 5 years)

    Pros

    Benefits are really great and if you are in the right circles you can move up quickly with someone on the inside pushing you forward.

    Cons

    Good old boy network, not female friendly, diversity is a smoke screen. Working 60 to 70 hours a week isn't healthy. Goals are not realistic for certain areas and there is no real sense of loyalty to customers anymore.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Actually listen and implement what your AM's say. They are the ones in the trenches. Stand by your teams and back them up instead of backing a bus over them to save face.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Company just bad situation

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

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

    Pros

    Great benefits package and for the most part building I worked at people were ok. They did give us doughnuts.

    Cons

    Building I worked in had huge management turnover. Three buliding directors and human resources managers in three years. No continuity. Always having to adjust to new regime.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More consistency and spend some time to get to know your people.

    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Not so great experience, leadership flaws

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - TSR in Salt Lake City, UT (US)
    Current Employee - TSR in Salt Lake City, UT (US)

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

    Pros

    Great products to sale, fun sales team.

    Cons

    work life balance is tough

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find out how to motivate sales $$$

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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Outside a W.W. Grainger branch, this one located at 2915 Boardwalk Ann Arbor Michigan 48104-6765 (Photo attributed to Dwight Burdette - licensed under the CCL Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0)
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