W.W. Grainger

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W.W. Grainger Reviews

Updated 19 August 2014
Updated 19 August 2014
504 Reviews

3.5
504 Reviews
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W.W. Grainger Chairman, President, and CEO Jim Ryan
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Cohesive Strategy integrated throughout the company, Great Benefits (Profit Sharing (in 115 reviews)

  • Company strives for work/life balance and provides opportunities for growth (in 25 reviews)


Cons
  • The company projects a strong work/life balance, but in reality this is hardly the case (in 13 reviews)

  • Middle and upper management was very disappointing (in 16 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great company!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Reporting Analyst  in  Fort Worth, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Reporting Analyst in Fort Worth, TX (US)

    Pros

    Healthy, supportive workplace. Leaders really value their employees. Great benefits package and competitive pay.

    Cons

    Promotions are usually based on soft skills (leadership) so simply being effective as your role will not get you promoted by itself.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value 'hard skills' and individual contribution beyond just a person's job title. Too often I see great employees in the same pay grade as mediocre employees. I would like to see a difference in pay scale, not simply a difference in raises. An exemplary employee who has been with the company for 2-3 years should not be paid less than a poor performing employee who has been with Grainger for 10 years.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Excellent development opportunities. Excellent income potential.

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

    Pros

    Great people, great leadership who truly care about helping the customer. There were many initiatives and programs that seemed to have successful implementations and resulted in overall growth.

    Cons

    Very little to say about Grainger in this section. It did sometimes feel as if the big ship took a while to adapt to industry needs and demands.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I feel that management should continue to stay ahead of industry needs and demands and look to continue to develop their talent from within.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Good company

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

    Pros

    Good individual development opportunities. Well-planned internship structure. Very good accommodation for interns. Many intern activities to help form a community. Lunch & Learns with senior leaderships are very beneficial

    Cons

    Company pace is slightly slow. Other than that, there is not much to complain about.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Well Rewarding - Yet watch out for Career Growth

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

    Pros

    Good Compensation Package.
    Challenging assignments & good responsibility/empowerment
    Tends to stay on the Cutting Edge of Technology - drives interesting work.
    Adequate time off upto 8 weeks depending on years of service ( starts at 3 weeks)

    Cons

    Career Planning. Growth and promotions take too long.
    Grooming for positions is lacking, practices need to improve significantly
    Need to be in the "inner circles" to get promoted
    Recent leadership changes in IT causing significant turmoil and departures

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stabilize IT. Improve Career Growth Practices.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great place to work

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

    Pros

    Great benefits including top of the line profit sharing

    Cons

    Not always able to advance up

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote within before hiring from the outside

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Awesome company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Territory Sales Representative  in  Denver, CO (US)
    Former Employee - Territory Sales Representative in Denver, CO (US)

    Pros

    Generous PTO
    Profit Sharing is great!
    Ability to grow within company
    Having many many resources available at all times
    The company genuinely cares about you
    Great co workers and people, the culture is full of employees who are like minded individuals

    Cons

    If you don't live in the Illinois region, there are not too many jobs for you to go other than sales.
    Seems to be a good amount of turnover in the sales area

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing the right things, and treating the emoployees the right way.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great place to work

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

    Pros

    I believe that the work I do makes a difference. Leadership is open to new ideas; there's tolerance and understanding that trying new ideas sometimes results in mistakes. Leadership seems consistent from what they say to what they do. I feel good about going to work each day.

    Cons

    Typical corporate politics, IT department going through massive change

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Share IT strategy with the internal business customers

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Good

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Fair Hours for the job

    Cons

    Poor Training/ I had no manager

  10.  

    Great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Commercial Account Manager  in  Baltimore, MD (US)
    Current Employee - Commercial Account Manager in Baltimore, MD (US)

    Pros

    Progressive, Dynamic, Aggressive, Strong, Innovative

    Cons

    Distributor, Pricing Structure, Commodity, Competition

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Typical large company politics, but a company working to constantly improve itself

    Current Employee - Commercial Account Manager  in  Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Commercial Account Manager in Chicago, IL (US)

    Pros

    Benefits, resources, many opportunities for career growth including branching into other departments

    Cons

    COmpensation structure for sales, employee development from management

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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