W.W. Grainger

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W.W. Grainger Reviews

Updated 15 December, 2014
Updated 15 December, 2014
590 Reviews
3.5
590 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.  

    I feel I am growing with the company, and have seen so much positive change over the last 4.5 years here.

    • 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

    I am always enabled to work towards and achieve my career goals here.

    Cons

    Growing diverse population, opportunity to improve workforce planning, slow to change (though change for improvement is ALWAYS a focus)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ensure to take pride in developing & promoting those on your team.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    A company that wants to be their employees #1 choice.

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

    I have been working at W.W. Grainger full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great salary, supportive of growth, lots of potential to move forward, and a very rewarding job knowing that you're helping to support critical jobs via industrial supplies.

    Cons

    That we are so big and so focused on data to help us better help our customers, we have created a relatively difficult internal system to navigate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep being as transparent and accessible as you have been and focus on simplifying our systems.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Overall a great place to work but things are changing.

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

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

    Pros

    Good compensation and solid benefits.

    Cons

    As with any company Grainger has some individuals who are questionable and unfortunately some are in leadership positions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Capital investments sometimes seem a bit short sighted.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Room to grow

    • 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

    Opportunities for growth and development

    Cons

    Unrealistic goals and not always clear

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep focusing on people and you'll keep growing

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fast Paced Customer Service Driven

    • 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 10 years)

    Pros

    Great Benefits, awesome Supervisor and no overtime
    Profit Sharing
    Financial strong

    Cons

    High Volume of Accounts to manage
    Quantity over Quality
    Hard to Advance

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Excellent!

    • 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

    Insurance can't be beat! Work environment is A+

    Cons

    Hours are long, corporate can be difficult

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great Company

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

    I have been working at W.W. Grainger full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Grainger pays competitively, the benefits are good, and it is great to work for a dominant market leader in your industry.

    Cons

    Advancing through the company is very political and opportunities seem to come rarely. There seems to be no focus on hiring internally and often well qualified internal candidates are passed over for seemingly under qualified external hires.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to focus more on the evolution of the company instead of age-old performance drivers. Embrace technology and embrace internal hires when qualified.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great place to work in 2014

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

    I have been working at W.W. Grainger full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    For a large corporation the work environment is relaxed and focused on getting the most out of every employee using their strengths. The benefits are also very solid.

    Cons

    Career growth at times has not been at the forefront but there has been a shift with leadership and management to focus on growing team members from not only the day-to-day but long term career goals.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great company to sell for, but a lot of internal politics

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Manager
    Current Employee - Account Manager

    I have been working at W.W. Grainger

    Pros

    Profit sharing, company financials, vacation time

    Cons

    Hard to get promoted or paid, unfair goal setting to sellers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employee survey results.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Not worth it!

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

    I have been working at W.W. Grainger

    Pros

    Great company to work with. They care about your performance and want to help.

    Cons

    Pay and daily balance of work. Customers reach out for stupid things.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Raise pay for job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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Outside a W.W. Grainger branch, this one located at 2915 Boardwalk Ann Arbor Michigan 48104-6765 (Photo attributed to Dwight Burdette - licensed under the CCL Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0)
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Grainger Industrial Supply (Photo thanks to Flickr user rbieber, available under by-nc-nd v2.0)

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