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Acklands-Grainger Reviews

Updated Feb 19, 2020

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3.6
70%
Recommend to a Friend
84%
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Acklands-Grainger Vice President and General Manager Dave Lagoner (no image)
Dave Lagoner
60 Ratings
Pros
  • "Great people (on both sides of the border), who are committed to making things better(in 16 reviews)

  • "self managed, work life balance and wonderful people(in 14 reviews)

Cons
  • "There were no cons working for AGI(in 8 reviews)

  • "They only regurgitate the new and ever changing policies upper management has fed them(in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Great company to work for"

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    Current Employee - Account Manager 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Acklands-Grainger full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Company strategy, offer solution selection, resources, and growth opportunities

    Cons

    Growing pains due to company’s recent pivot in strategy

    Acklands-Grainger2019-11-01
  2. Helpful (1)

    "Great company to work for and grow with."

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    Current Employee - Account Manager in Toronto, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Grainger Canada really invests in their sales force. I've been with Grainger for 5 years now and have had very extensive ongoing sales training where we spend time out of market improving ourselves as sales people in training. I have been am given the tools and support I need to be successful, make money and to keep my customers happy.

    Cons

    There really are no cons - if you do your job and apply the methodologies learned in training you will be successful and will make money. The opportunities for growth are endless.

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    Acklands-Grainger2020-02-20
  3. "Company Review"

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    Current Employee - Warehouse Associate in Dartmouth, NS
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Supportive environment with co-workers and Supervisors

    Cons

    Be more effective with daily communication and present in daily warehouse operations

    Acklands-Grainger2020-02-14
  4. "Recertification and repair of Saftey equipement"

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    Current Employee - Technician in Anjou, QC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Getting to work with great clients and insure there safety needs .

    Cons

    A lot of travel

    Acklands-Grainger2020-02-13
  5. "A great place to work!"

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    Current Employee - Analyst 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A company that values diversity and each individuals talents. Provides opportunity to grow and advance. An environment that strives to continuously improve and empowers team members to share in it's success.

    Cons

    With the business reset, customers lost faith in our service capabilities and looked to other supplier partners for their MRO needs.

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    Acklands-Grainger2020-02-13
  6. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Saskatoon, SK
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Acklands is a great career choice learning is endless the team is great Management helps you succeed in future goals there is always room to advance

    Cons

    need more consistency for holding team members accountable

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    Acklands-Grainger2020-02-12
  7. "Decent"

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    Current Employee - Communications Systems Engineer 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Acklands-Grainger full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Good Base pay Good Benefits Good management team no micro-managing room for growth

    Cons

    Too many changes budgets were not achievable commission structure vendor meetings were not helpful metrics

    Acklands-Grainger2020-01-25
  8. "OSSR Specialist"

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    Current Employee - OSSR Specialist 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Learning experience, competitive pay, growth potential.

    Cons

    Overworked schedules, no commission, downsized role in 2020

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    Acklands-Grainger2020-01-26
  9. "Great people, tons of products, confused in the market approach"

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    Current Employee - Branch Manager 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Acklands-Grainger full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Really great peers and people to work with Have so many products and access to so many more Base pay is good Core product offering is in stock and quick to get

    Cons

    Really difficult to get anything outside of the catalogue Pricing is centrally controlled and can be incredibly, incredibly high Bonuses potential is pretty low and not paid out at the full rate Bonuses are strictly tied to corporate performance Benefits are very average Retirement package is average Takes months to load a new product in the system Website search is not very good and filters out lots of products you are trying to find Confused in how to execute the strategy senior management want to execute Not nimble or adaptive outside of the core product offering

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    Acklands-Grainger2020-01-14
  10. Helpful (1)

    "Too bad there are a lot of lost souls with bad intentions."

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    Current Employee - Operations Manager in Montreal, QC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Acklands-Grainger full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The hours are pretty good. You don't work weekends, and have all of your statuary holidays off. You get three weeks vacations the first year, but remember that at any time should you leave or move on, you owe AGI back for the time taken in the present year (meaning, if you take 3 weeks off the first year you work, and you leave at the before the year is over, you are clawed back for your paid vacations. So it is misleading when AGI says, three weeks paid vacation when you start... that is simply not the case). You get benefits (caveat). Most people are okay to work with, as long as they are not direct reports.

    Cons

    HR is lost, they do not know or have the desire to do what any solid company should have, a solid HR. They are great at passing the buck, and sitting idle. Too many individuals working at HR forget the importance of people, and the importance of doing their role. Taking ownership... something HR does not do. Most companies handle the hiring, all in house. Not AGI, they choose to use a third party company who are simply hired to fill bodies. What about taking charge, I mean, isn't that your job? Some individuals are laid back, and like to cruise and pass the buck when it comes time to work. Sense of urgency is non existant, and those individuals are low performers. Too many employees are still feeling the sting directly or indirectly after the massive closures and restructuring. They live in the past, and fail to move forward. Too much wallowing in self pity and yet your coworkers are demotivating and disillusioned with reality that they continue to be heard for there griping and nobody holds them accountable by cleaning house. You got to spend money on your work staff in order to make the changes required to move forward. Until you do so, you will continue to drift along until you crash and burn. Eventually the good managers and people you come across move on, simply because they are ousted or choose to no longer fight the bureaucracy and resistance from within the organization. Senior American Leaders are clueless, self righteous, all knowing, closed minded, and simply cannot hear or listen. They talk the talk, but have no clue how to walk the walk. Lynching someone or finding someone to sacrifice is a defeatist way of learning and moving forward. They just don't get it. The rah! rah! rah! is a culture thing, and in Canada that simply is laughed at by your people. Slowly the company erosion persists, and good people find themselves being appreciated at the competition. Nice way of having your employees better themselves. Learn at AGI, and then move on to benefit your competition. The benefits package is there for window dressing, but it is pale with the standard in the industry in terms of what is covered and the amount. Most items from within the catalog is overpriced. So much so, that most items are above msrp, no wonder your customers choose to purchase from many other distributors. This doesn't have to be that way, but the red tape and dinosaur mentality makes this the norm.

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    Acklands-Grainger2020-01-16

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