W.W. Grainger Reviews

Updated 27 August 2014
Updated 27 August 2014
517 Reviews

3.5
517 Reviews
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W.W. Grainger Chairman, President, and CEO Jim Ryan
Jim Ryan
339 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Cohesive Strategy integrated throughout the company, Great Benefits (Profit Sharing (in 115 reviews)

  • Company strives for work/life balance and provides opportunities for growth (in 25 reviews)


Cons
  • The company projects a strong work/life balance, but in reality this is hardly the case (in 13 reviews)

  • Middle and upper management was very disappointing (in 16 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Helped me to grow into a professional

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    Current Employee - Procurement Executive  in  Mumbai
    Current Employee - Procurement Executive in Mumbai

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

    Pros

    Had 5 years of work experience in a span of 2 years

    Cons

    Work culture has no cons as such

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    good

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Sales Executive  in  Mumbai
    Current Employee - Senior Sales Executive in Mumbai

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

    Pros

    the best part to work with grainger is we get week ends off.

    Cons

    no cons for this company

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Bosses are wrong here

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Manager  in  Mumbai
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Mumbai

    I worked at W.W. Grainger full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    my Boss was too good

    Cons

    i dont want to say any thing

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    remove high rank Bosses from here

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    It was a good experience but for a new joinee would not have that much of exposure.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Executive  in  Ahmedabad
    Former Employee - Sales Executive in Ahmedabad

    I worked at W.W. Grainger

    Pros

    It is a MNC company with a good product portfolio & dealer network.

    Cons

    Company is totally dependent on Vendors & dealers, doesnot have any power.
    The employees have been squeezed in making balance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Should have a good control & bargaining power, that we can have some power in hand.

    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Micro managed. Only make base pay.

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    Former Employee - Commercial Account Manager  in  San Francisco, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Commercial Account Manager in San Francisco, CA (US)

    I worked at W.W. Grainger full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Profit sharing and leader in industry.

    Cons

    Micro managed and treated poorly and can be abusive. Still have old customers calling me on mobile phone.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat Account Managers as human beings.

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

    Excellent place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Manager  in  Niles, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Niles, IL (US)

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

    Pros

    professional company with many resources

    Cons

    Slow moving to make big descisions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be yourself

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Grainger is a great company that treats employees more than fairly.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Operations Manager
    Current Employee - Operations Manager

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

    Pros

    Great PST. Opportunities to advance

    Cons

    Travel or Relocation needed to advance.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    good pay and good benefits

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Real Estate Project Manager - Field Construction  in  Lake Forest, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Real Estate Project Manager - Field Construction in Lake Forest, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    great benefits and competitive pay. office culture in my dept is very good. personal growth is dependent on the department you're in

    Cons

    some people are too used to easy times and complain alot.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great Company to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager  in  Crystal Lake, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Manager in Crystal Lake, IL (US)

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

    Pros

    Benefits and work satisfaction for

    Cons

    slow career but great team

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    create opportunities for employee growth

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great company!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Reporting Analyst  in  Fort Worth, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Reporting Analyst in Fort Worth, TX (US)

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

    Pros

    Healthy, supportive workplace. Leaders really value their employees. Great benefits package and competitive pay.

    Cons

    Promotions are usually based on soft skills (leadership) so simply being effective as your role will not get you promoted by itself.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value 'hard skills' and individual contribution beyond just a person's job title. Too often I see great employees in the same pay grade as mediocre employees. I would like to see a difference in pay scale, not simply a difference in raises. An exemplary employee who has been with the company for 2-3 years should not be paid less than a poor performing employee who has been with Grainger for 10 years.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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