W.W. Grainger Reviews

Updated 24 April, 2015
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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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  1. CSA

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    Current Employee - CSA
    Current Employee - CSA

    I have been working at W.W. Grainger

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible Schedule, fun atmosphere, don't feel micro-managed

    Cons

    Certain processes that seem unnecessary and take lots of time.

    Advice to Management

    Give employees room to use their imagination to make the workplace better. Consider their ideas and maybe even give them a chance to try them out.

  2. ossc

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great to move up if you put in the work

    Cons

    Not a lot of positions to move up because they have a lot of long time employees. you will have to move to move up.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work, but keep your focus on the employees who are on the front line and not so much on the ones stuck in the office not in touch with what is really going on.

  3. Great experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waterloo, IA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waterloo, IA (US)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The culture of the company is great to be apart of

    Cons

    No cons that I can think of

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work

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  5. Commercial account manager

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    Former Employee - Commercial Account Manager in Shreveport, LA (US)
    Former Employee - Commercial Account Manager in Shreveport, LA (US)

    I worked at W.W. Grainger full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great company, great compensation...advancement opportunities abound, education reimbursement with very high expectations for continual improvement.

    Cons

    Continual unnecessary reporting, too much validity placed on unimportant statistical data

  6. Marketing Associate

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at W.W. Grainger

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great company to work for, benefits are awesome.

    Cons

    I don't have any cons to add for this company

  7. Account manager

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at W.W. Grainger

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great company to work for , people are great and benefits are good

    Cons

    The pay could be a little better

    Advice to Management

    Communicate a little better

  8. Oh It Hurts

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Healthcare Account Manager in Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Healthcare Account Manager in Los Angeles, CA (US)

    I have been working at W.W. Grainger (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    You create your own schedule and you have an opportunity to work with some great people (both internal and external).

    Cons

    Too many initiatives, tedious processes, not enough support and I don't know how people can stay in this role for a long period of time and not get burned out.

  9. Order Support

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at W.W. Grainger

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Above average compensation
    Laid back atmosphere
    Nice people
    Room for advancement

    Cons

    Training sucks
    Most likely you need to know someone to get hired here
    The work is repetitive

  10. Great Company to grow and develop your carier path. Inclusive and diverse.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Team Information Specialist in Panamá (Panama)
    Current Employee - Product Team Information Specialist in Panamá (Panama)

    I have been working at W.W. Grainger

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Inclusive and diverse. In our department the Leadership is very strong and solid.

    Cons

    No to much benefits for employee in Panama

    Advice to Management

    Work on benefits for employee.

  11. Lots of opportunity.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Plenty of room for advancement and to change position if you are driven. Local Managers are supportive.

    Cons

    High level Management keeps looking to cut benefits and costs.

    Advice to Management

    Leave PST alone.

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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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