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McMaster-Carr Overview

Elmhurst, IL (US)
1001 to 5000 employees
1901
Company - Private
Business Services
$100 to $500 million (AUD) per year
Amazon, W.W. Grainger, MSC Industrial Direct
McMaster-Carr operates a network of five facilities in Chicago, IL; Los Angeles, CA; Atlanta, GA; Cleveland, OH; and Princeton, NJ that serve customers all over the world. Using advanced technology, we offer businesses hundreds of thousands of items including fasteners, pumps ... Read more

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    I have been working at McMaster-Carr full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Work with very intelligent people
    Complete meaningful projects
    Learn plenty about people management
    Well paid

    Cons

    A lot of management do not have business-related backgrounds (english majors, teachers, etc.)
    Expectations raised each year, even if your job function or title has not materially changed
    Expectations aren't always clear
    Can be managed by someone who has no management experience, or doesn't have the people skills required to be a manager
    Placed on teams without thought for team synergies (who would work best with who)

    Advice to Management

    Hire more people who have business backgrounds to solve business strategy related problems. Just because you had a high GPA in college does not mean you'll make for a good manager, operate well in teams, or suggest and evaluate solutions to problems effectively.
    You're not experts in everything. Listen to the employees and take a ground up approach to problem solving. The employee's see and experience the problems our company faces each day, and often have better solutions than the ones that are brainstormed for hours by a group of managers sitting in a room.
    If you're not an expert in a particular area, outsource it. An example is data storage, data gathering, and data manipulation. You've got systems people from the 1980s who are still pushing the use of an ancient IBM program, when outside companies such as EMC can do a better job for an annual fee (because they specialize in it). Invest in the technology needed to propel the company forward, or fall by the wayside.

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McMaster-Carr Interviews

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    The process took 1+ week. I interviewed at McMaster-Carr.

    Interview

    The Recruiter came across my resume and contacted me. I had not applied for the position. She didn't explain the role well, just that it was a management position. Some of the interview questions were worded strangely.

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McMaster-Carr Awards & Accolades

  • Best Employers for Latinos to Work For in the West, Latinos For Hire, 2012

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