W.W. Grainger Reviews

Updated 1 October 2014
Updated 1 October 2014
543 Reviews
3.5
543 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 132 reviews)

  • Company strives for work/life balance and provides opportunities for growth (in 32 reviews)


Cons
  • The company projects a strong work/life balance, but in reality this is hardly the case (in 19 reviews)

  • Middle and upper management was very disappointing (in 19 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company that provides great opportunity.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - DC Associate  in  Dallas, TX (US)
    Current Employee - DC Associate in Dallas, TX (US)

    I have been working at W.W. Grainger full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great pay, benefits , encouragement to grow.

    Cons

    Long hours sometimes but provides overtime oppurtunities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great job.

    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great company.

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

    I have been working at W.W. Grainger full-time

    Pros

    Great long term strategy.

    Cons

    Work life balance can be a challenge at times.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    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 for 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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  5.  

    Benefits are awesome pay was great too.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at W.W. Grainger full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Profit sharing is amazing. Wish I never left the company!

    Cons

    Office Politics. Lack of individual creativity everything is ISO by the book

  6.  

    You Determine Your Destiny

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

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

    Pros

    I love my autonomy with guide direction here. This company really focuses on the improvement of their employees. I have noticed the longevity of the senior associates and that really describes something about a company.

    Cons

    Your management will determine your experience, but I think in the end it is up to you, to put yourself in the best position to win.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find the strengths in your team and truly focus on cultivating those and you will not only succeed, but you will thrive.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great Company, Poor Work/Life Balance

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - On Site Service Consultant  in  Kansas City, MO (US)
    Current Employee - On Site Service Consultant in Kansas City, MO (US)

    I have been working at W.W. Grainger full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Huge company, very stable
    Great benefits.
    Comp'ed phone/laptop
    Mileage remibursement
    Good local leadership
    Flexible schedule, great deal of autonomy

    Cons

    Market managers (direct supervisor) are overloaded to the point of paralysis and given no real authority
    Upper management is only concerned with making goal/lining their own pockets
    It's nigh impossible to get fired (could be a pro if you're that type of person)
    Colleagues/peers tend to be clueless
    Poor work/life balance - taking work home is the norm, 1-2 hours/night
    LOTS of drive time.
    Advancement opportunities are VERY few and far between.
    Very much a good ol' boys' club.
    The company WILL lowball you on salary offers and raises.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop being concerned with lining your own pockets by driving goals ridiculously high year after year. Stop overloading your local leadership to the point where teams have to be formed to prioritize work because nothing is getting done. Put more power in the end users' hands to nullify the retardation that is System Support.

  8.  

    Time with GRainger

    • 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

    Pros

    Good stable company and a good stock

    Cons

    Senior Management is disconnected from the sales force.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Learnt Project Sales

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager - Sales  in  Ahmedabad (India)
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager - Sales in Ahmedabad (India)

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

    Pros

    Organization culture, very motivating and energetic

    Cons

    Limited Brand Awareness in local market

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Brand Awareness

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Grainger Pros and Cons

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

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

    Pros

    Great team environment.
    Personal Growth.
    Time-off policies.
    Benefits.
    Management.

    Cons

    Compensation.
    Inconsistent Direction by Management..
    Monthly goals.
    Work-life balance.
    Inconsistent Promoting.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Raise salaries for new sellers.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Good Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Distribution Center Associate  in  Plymouth, MN (US)
    Former Employee - Distribution Center Associate in Plymouth, MN (US)

    I worked at W.W. Grainger part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Nice people nice people nice people

    Cons

    Some mean people mean people

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire nice people

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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