W.W. Grainger
3.3 of 5 418 reviews
www.grainger.com Lake Forest, IL 5000+ Employees

W.W. Grainger Reviews

Updated Apr 16, 2014
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3.3 418 reviews

                             

85% Approve of the CEO

W.W. Grainger Chairman, President, and CEO Jim Ryan

Jim Ryan

(272 ratings)

62% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Great benefits, reputable company, The profit sharing plan is very strong"
    in 99 reviews
  • "Very professional environmnet and great benefits"
    in 43 reviews
Cons:
  • "work/life balance is a challenge at times"
    in 11 reviews
  • "Upper management all the same---and that's not a complement"
    in 14 reviews
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Great summer internship, learned a lot and gained a lot of experience. Learned about how big corporations function

Field Support (Current Employee)
Lincolnshire, IL (US)

I have been working at W.W. Grainger as an intern for more than a year

ProsEveryone was very friendly, easy to talk to, not intimidating, and willing to help.

ConsVery boring, tedious work. Received no training the first summer I was there and was expected to learn things very quickly and on my own.

Advice to Senior ManagementCheck on the interns more, make sure they know what they're doing, ask if they need help

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Hard work pays off. Effort and results are rewarded.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at W.W. Grainger

ProsAdvancement opportunities and management that cares about the customer as well as employees

ConsWorking away from colleagues in market away from branch

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Seven great years with a great company

Commercial Account Manager (Current Employee)
Indianapolis, IN (US)

I have been working at W.W. Grainger full-time for more than 5 years

ProsGreat products, great customers, and a great professional team

Conswork life balance and goal setting

Advice to Senior ManagementMake improvements to sales credit known if they were made

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Grainger is a good place to work

Manager (Current Employee)

I have been working at W.W. Grainger full-time for more than 8 years

ProsFriendlt co-workers and everyone cares about the customer

Conschange management needs improvement overall

Advice to Senior ManagementMake sure the leaders in place are more than data crunchers

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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No issues

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

ProsStrong company that is successful with a good sales training

ConsSalary is low, and the comission structure is not great.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Territory Manager (Current Employee)
Regional (Peru)

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

ProsProfit Sharing is a big proponent people stay long term.

ConsFocused on agressive growth, and alot of turnover at the entry level rep roles

Advice to Senior ManagementCareer Development within is very strong.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great culture and total compensation

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Lake Forest, IL (US)

I have been working at W.W. Grainger full-time for more than 8 years

ProsProfit sharing is beyond amazing
Many opportunities to advance or try different jobs
Highly ethical leaders

Conslong hours due to doing more with less but people still love what they do most of the time. work/life balance is a challenge at times.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Excellent Company To Work For

Commercial Account Manager (Former Employee)
Denver, CO (US)

I worked at W.W. Grainger full-time for more than 3 years

ProsPeople, processes, training and support network.

ConsNone to mention. Very good place to work and learn.

Advice to Senior ManagementKeep doing whatever you're doing.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Customer Service Associate (Current Employee)
Boston, MA (US)

I have been working at W.W. Grainger part-time for less than a year

ProsGreat Profit Sharing benefits, flexible work schedule, good industry experience,

ConsCan be challenging to advance, slow moving growth, lateral moves are much easier than vertical

Advice to Senior ManagementGive your employees more opportunities to succeed. Be more honest with you employees for the opportunities that they will be able to receive. Pay for performance rather than for seniority

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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A great learning experience, but times are changing

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Lake Forest, IL (US)

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

ProsPST, work life balance, great co-workers

ConsOffice politics stink, favoritism shown with many employees, many not held to the same standard as others

Advice to Senior ManagementI love the motto "do more with less"... to work more efficiently, but Directors and Managers do not understand it this way, and are asking us to do more with less tools to do our job, less training to do our job, and less people to do our job. Very stressful!!

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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