W.W. Grainger Reviews

Updated 30 October 2014
Updated 30 October 2014
562 Reviews
3.5
562 Reviews
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W.W. Grainger Chairman, President, and CEO Jim Ryan
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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 135 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 19 reviews)

  • No room for advancement if you do not have your Bachelors's degree (in 10 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Overcooked

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

    I have been working at W.W. Grainger full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Pretty good pay & benefits

    Cons

    Overcooked, and over managed.... micromanagement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop being managers and start being leaders, coaches, and motivators.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great company to work for

    • 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

    Pros

    The total compensation package is very competitive

    Cons

    selling in the economy can be difficult because end users are very price sensitive

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep up the good work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    CSA

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at W.W. Grainger

    Pros

    Benifits are not too bad. They are definatly getting better

    Cons

    Compensation does not always seems like it adds up for the work you are doing.

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  5.  

    Great Place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Service Associate
    Current Employee - Customer Service Associate

    I have been working at W.W. Grainger part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    I came into the industry with virtually no experience. My boss hired me and I started out making $14/hour. As an 18 year old college kid, this was amazing. There pay is significantly hire then competitors. They treat part timers very well. Eligible for benefits. 4 weeks of vacation after a year. Great hours. No weekends. The work is very easy. Classes to improve your knowledge. Ride alongs with sales reps and managers. Profit sharing. Great place to start your career.

    Cons

    Not a whole lot of bad things I can say about Grainger. It'd be nice if they did tuition reimbursement for part timers. I know Id be alot more loyal if they were paying for my school. Also, there is a lot of opportunity for growth... if you're willing to move. Turn over is very low so on the local level there is not a whole lot of room for advancement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not a whole to say. Keep up the good work. Prices could be a little lower. It's hard to explain to customers why our drill is $75 more than the exact same one at competitors. Also, maybe rethink the RCC business model. When customers call, they want to talk to somebody locally and with a little bit of industry knowledge.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Solid Company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Warehouse Associate
    Current Employee - Warehouse Associate

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, great pay for entry level work

    Cons

    bad working conditions in the summer time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    One bad leader can ruin a flawless 5+ year career of consistent top level performance...

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Commercial Account Manager in Sacramento, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Commercial Account Manager in Sacramento, CA (US)

    I worked at W.W. Grainger full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The company is one of the best companies I have had the pleasure of working for, It provided an excellent opportunity to develop and grow professionally and personally. I can honestly say that the people and especially those on my team and in support, are the most talented individuals in the business.

    Cons

    Inconsistent Leadership/Lack of Leadership can dramatically impair your ability to do your job to the best of your ability. You very well at some point in time may receive a new leader. Possibly one without any experience leading a strategic sales team. They may be below average at strategic selling themselves. Beware of leaders who are non supportive, and especially those who may display dishonesty. That being said, In the 5 years I had been at this company I have around 5 different leaders as I advanced my career. Granted a couple were bad, but overall I experienced and developed under 2 of the best leaders I have been blessed enough to work for and learn from. These were not just managers.....These were truly inspiring, motivating, enabling, leaders who spent time to coach and develop you to your next level of success. I would not trade that experience for anything in the world.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bad Leadership is not the reason talent is leaving. My experience and belief is that the root cause is actually organizationally related. Current structure does not support talent retention. However, there is a simple solution that can be test marketed and the direct impact of which is easily measurable......

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great Company, Great Culture

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Lake Forest, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Lake Forest, IL (US)

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

    Pros

    Work-Life Balance is great, co-workers go above and beyond, sense of family

    Cons

    Leadership changes and lack of communication

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work with all levels of employees to establish a sense of security and morale

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Sales

    • 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

    Pros

    Good company... Offering you better opportunity to growth .. And best place to have work life balanced..

    Cons

    Need to sinergizing among department to increase customer satisfaction level

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great Place to work

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

    I worked at W.W. Grainger full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    People are great- fantastic benefits

    Cons

    Very corporate company is sometimes slow to move on change.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be nice to everyone and you will go far.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great benefits!

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

    I have been working at W.W. Grainger full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Senior Executive Leadership strong
    Attracts world class talent and suppliers - good opportunities for networking
    Reasonable work life balance
    Strong profit sharing offer

    Cons

    Corporate Divisional Leadership lacks focus and vision
    Frequent reorganizations create internal apathy
    "Me too" activities frequently disguised as Innovation
    "Smile & nod" culture encouraged

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen and hear...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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