W.W. Grainger

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W.W. Grainger Reviews

Updated 27 February 2015
Updated 27 February 2015
645 Reviews
3.4
645 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 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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Amazing Experience

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

    I worked at W.W. Grainger as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Grainger does a great job providing opportunities to its interns to interact with coworkers and upper management. They are a great example of a world class business that cares about the relationship it has with its employees.

    In the eCommerce department, I was able to feel part of something much bigger than I could have ever imagined. Having the opportunity to work on projects of various scopes helped make the internship much more diverse and exciting as well.

    Management is easily accessible and helpful throughout the entire program. Everyone in my office was very down-to-earth and made the internship that much more memorable.

    Cons

    While projects are varied, it may take some time to see changes occur due long development cycles. However, this is unavoidable and is normal in positions that have development cycles that require long development and QA/QC stages.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep at it! The program is amazing and garners plentiful opportunities to new people.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Great company but has some flaws.

    • 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

    Profit sharing is a great incentive, salaries are competitive, no weekends, great professional atmosphere.

    Cons

    Mileage reimbursement needs improvement, it does not account for the depreciation of your new vehicle

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fix the runzheimer program in terms of compensation.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great company

    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at W.W. Grainger

    Pros

    Career build up and great leadership

    Cons

    its a corporate company so they all have their cons

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    make the sales more rewarding

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  5.  

    Great Company to work for!

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

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

    Pros

    Profit Sharing. Work hours. Employees. Large catalog to engage customers. Location

    Cons

    Commission structure changed frequently along with new territories every year. Made it difficult to sustain relationships.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay true to your employee territories because the customers take note and are not happy with the frequent change of sales reps.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  6.  

    A lot of work!!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Houston, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Houston, TX (US)

    I worked at W.W. Grainger

    Pros

    Pay
    Great environment with co workers

    Cons

    Training Sucks
    Attendance policy
    Favoritism is always shown

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees better and offer commission to phone agents

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    A great place to work.

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

    I worked at W.W. Grainger

    Pros

    A great place to work, they take care of their people with great benefits.

    Cons

    I believe they are too quick to act when dealing with acquisitions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Mgmt should take more time to learn about their acquisitions and understand the roles they play.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Productive and fast paced

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Collections Coordinator in Niles, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Collections Coordinator in Niles, IL (US)

    I have been working at W.W. Grainger

    Pros

    Healthcare, compensation, hours and PST

    Cons

    Off shoring of jobs, money driven in all decisions

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Services Team Lead

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

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

    Pros

    Profit sharing is good.
    Medical benefits are good
    Weekday hours are a plus
    PTO hours build fast.
    Company focusing on future growth.

    Cons

    Not very many opportunity to move up from within. Seem to hire from outside company. Dental benefits could be better.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give internal candidates chance for advancement.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good company

    • 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 pay and upward mobility.

    Cons

    Corporate structure needs work, all over the place and a lot of job movement.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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