W.W. Grainger

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W.W. Grainger Reviews

Updated 21 January 2015
Updated 21 January 2015
613 Reviews
3.5
613 Reviews
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W.W. Grainger Chairman, President, and CEO Jim Ryan
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397 Ratings

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  

    Great company, great benefits

    Current Employee - Account Manager
    Current Employee - Account Manager

    I have been working at W.W. Grainger

    Pros

    Really good benefits
    Good company

    Cons

    Pricings high for customers
    Reduction in profit sharing

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too much bureaucracy

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Best company i ever worked for

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

    I worked at W.W. Grainger

    Pros

    They treat you with respect and if you show interest in your own growth the company will show interest back in and help you grow

    Cons

    There is a handfull of negative people in different departmentys

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep empowering your TMs like you are

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Counter Sales

    • 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 full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great solid company to work for. Profit sharing is excellent.

    Cons

    Difficult to move up. Seems like they create positions for existing managers, the job is the same, they just change the title.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    Gave a lot and received a lot over the years.

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

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

    Pros

    Great Profit Sharing and vacation time.

    Cons

    Can be about who you know for advancement opportunities. Benefits can be better.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to work on not just taking employee input surveys but more implementation of their ideas.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Front End Developer at 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

    Pros

    The people at Grainger are awesome.

    Cons

    Grainger is a large corporate environment.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Government Account manager

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

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

    Pros

    Flexibility. Good pay. Laid back atmosphere. Easy going. Transparency.

    Cons

    Slow. Too bureaucratic. Promotions happen among good old boy network and few on merit.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Empower employees. Empower the younger generations to take on bigger responsibility and cast a new innovative vision which could result in the company's best interest and competitive advantage.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great company!

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

    I have been working at W.W. Grainger

    Pros

    Strong financial performance, strong profit sharing program and competitive base salaries. Great people... Hard working and smart folks.

    Cons

    Politics, hard to navigate if you are new to the company. Archaic systems. work life balance a challenge with so many competing priorities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to invest in systems to enable growth.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    A Growing industry leader

    • 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

    Great opportunities for advancement. Very focus on developing people for roles of greater responsibility. Safe work environment. Leader in the industry with stable career outlook.

    Cons

    Very focused on Wall St. Perception and shareholder value while loosing sight of employee satisfaction. Cuts in profit sharing, hours for hourly team members and focus on "optimizing" staffing levels has made the work environment more stressful and less fun.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change is good but too much too quick is hard on morale. Even the strongest teams can only take so much in a short period of time.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    The high stress was not rewarded.

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

    I worked at W.W. Grainger

    Pros

    Benefits are great, peers are

    Cons

    Management can be toxic and employee training/coaching is often misguided.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in your employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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