W.W. Grainger

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  1.  

    Decent company

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

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

    Pros

    Decent compensation packages. Hard to get fired from.

    Cons

    Disjointed management team. No clear career path

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Supplier Performance Analyst

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at W.W. Grainger full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    - Nice campus (fitness center and café on site)
    - Flexibility to work from home

    Cons

    - Not a lot of opportunity to grow within the organization
    - Senior Management played favorites and cherry picked associates for growth

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    A Growing industry leader

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    • 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 5 years)

    Pros

    Great opportunities for advancement. Very focus on developing people for roles of greater responsibility. Safe work environment. Leader in the industry with stable career outlook.

    Cons

    Very focused on Wall St. Perception and shareholder value while loosing sight of employee satisfaction. Cuts in profit sharing, hours for hourly team members and focus on "optimizing" staffing levels has made the work environment more stressful and less fun.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change is good but too much too quick is hard on morale. Even the strongest teams can only take so much in a short period of time.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

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

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    • 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
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    account manager

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    Former Employee - Account Manager in Wilmington, DE (US)
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Wilmington, DE (US)

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

    Pros

    Great support from branch staff & sales team, profit sharing was great if you planned on being there long enough to benefit from. Challenging but fun when you start establishing relationships with your accounts.

    Cons

    coaching from sales manager was non existent, too much time spent documenting activity (by the hour). This is not an effective way to coach, will not make you a better sales consultant. Work / Life balance was a major challenge, expect to work 60+ hrs per week with all of the reports needed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    coach your team, there is a huge difference in coaching vs. micro-managing. When someone asks for help, respond & help them so that they can find success. Sales managers here don't always come with prior sales management experience...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Overall a great place to work but things are changing.

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    • 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
  8.  

    Room to grow

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    • 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
  9.  

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

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    • 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 a 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
  10.  

    Great Company just needs to review it's leadership team!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - HRG in Lake Forest, IL (US)
    Former Employee - HRG in Lake Forest, IL (US)

    I worked at W.W. Grainger full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Strong Brand with a solid value proposition. The Sales leadership team is very talented and would exceed more if the corporate office could change it ways on how it handles its process.

    Cons

    The corporate office is very much removed from the field.
    The HR leadership team lacks leadership and the ability to show up for the business. They really do not share the pains within the business. You have leaders who are currently in leadership role who have no line of sight to the business or its people in the workforce.
    Work life balance - Leaders expect their staff to response to emails when they on PTO or on their off days.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would advise the executive leadership team to take a very strong look at your HR leadership team. There is a significant amount of waste within that function that is hurting the overall business.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Warehouse employee

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at W.W. Grainger

    Pros

    It was a wonderful place to work.

    Cons

    Management has such a change of culture. It's all about the money.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bill Grainger would not be pleased with the way the company is now.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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