I worked at McMaster-Carr full-time (More than a year)
I worked in the McMaster Carr warehouse for a couple years while I was going back to school. Some people like working here but I can’t see why. Yes, the salary and benefits are excellent for what is essentially unskilled labor, but overall it just felt like a really sad way to live.
The company brags about how they only hire exceptional people, but really, the only thing you need to cut it here is the ability to walk fast and count. You will spend your days doing repetitive, robotic tasks with no real chance to use your mind. You may start off your “career” putting away containers as they come in on the conveyor belt. If you do well, in a couple months they may offer you the “opportunity” to stuff wrapping paper into cardboard boxes for 8 hours a day. The company does not promote to management from within, so there’s nothing to aspire to and no goals to work towards.
It’s easy to fall into the trap of doing simple tasks for a nice paycheck, but I felt bored, uninspired, and unfulfilled. So do many others, as the turnover here is incredibly high. If you’re not concerned with opportunities for growth and just want to make some quick cash, give it a shot. I, like many before me, got burned out and disillusioned very quickly.
Advice to Management
These people actually think Amazon can’t compete with them. You think they want to hear my advice?
The process took 1 day. I interviewed at McMaster-Carr in January 2010.
initial phone interview. Then invited for an in- house visit. Consisted of a tour of the warehouse an 4 in person interviews.