W.W. Grainger Reviews

Updated 24 April 2015
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  1. Great company

    • Work/Life Balance
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at W.W. Grainger

    Pros

    Career build up and great leadership

    Cons

    its a corporate company so they all have their cons

    Advice to Management

    make the sales more rewarding

  2. Helpful (1)

    Amazing Experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Ecommerce Intern in Chicago, IL (US)
    Former Intern - Ecommerce Intern in Chicago, IL (US)

    I worked at W.W. Grainger as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Grainger does a great job providing opportunities to its interns to interact with coworkers and upper management. They are a great example of a world class business that cares about the relationship it has with its employees.

    In the eCommerce department, I was able to feel part of something much bigger than I could have ever imagined. Having the opportunity to work on projects of various scopes helped make the internship much more diverse and exciting as well.

    Management is easily accessible and helpful throughout the entire program. Everyone in my office was very down-to-earth and made the internship that much more memorable.

    Cons

    While projects are varied, it may take some time to see changes occur due long development cycles. However, this is unavoidable and is normal in positions that have development cycles that require long development and QA/QC stages.

    Advice to Management

    Keep at it! The program is amazing and garners plentiful opportunities to new people.

  3. Great Company to work for!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Relationship Manager in Northbrook, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Account Relationship Manager in Northbrook, IL (US)

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Profit Sharing. Work hours. Employees. Large catalog to engage customers. Location

    Cons

    Commission structure changed frequently along with new territories every year. Made it difficult to sustain relationships.

    Advice to Management

    Stay true to your employee territories because the customers take note and are not happy with the frequent change of sales reps.

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  5. Services Team Lead

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Services Team Lead
    Current Employee - Services Team Lead

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

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

    Pros

    Profit sharing is good.
    Medical benefits are good
    Weekday hours are a plus
    PTO hours build fast.
    Company focusing on future growth.

    Cons

    Not very many opportunity to move up from within. Seem to hire from outside company. Dental benefits could be better.

    Advice to Management

    Give internal candidates chance for advancement.

  6. Productive and fast paced

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Collections Coordinator in Niles, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Collections Coordinator in Niles, IL (US)

    I have been working at W.W. Grainger

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Healthcare, compensation, hours and PST

    Cons

    Off shoring of jobs, money driven in all decisions

  7. Helpful (1)

    Overall a good company to work for.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Territory Sales Representative
    Current Employee - Territory Sales Representative

    I have been working at W.W. Grainger

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

    Pros

    Work life balance, benefits, relevant products

    Cons

    undervalued, micro-managed, PST has been cut

    Advice to Management

    Give us our PST back or pay more in the front end.

  8. Helpful (1)

    Okay Company if you like to stay PT with no hours, and don't worry about needing to feed your family.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Warehouse Associate in San Jose, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Warehouse Associate in San Jose, CA (US)

    I have been working at W.W. Grainger part-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Great Profit Sharing
    Paid Time Off
    Flexible with life events
    Health Care for Part-Time Employee's
    Good 401K
    Employee discount

    Cons

    Lack of Hours
    No Advancement Opportunities in small Markets
    Management Favors Employee's
    Company is cheap when it comes to rewarding employees for good work.

    Advice to Management

    I have work for Grainger for almost 3 years. In that time, I have seen my hours slowly drop. When Grainger installed there new projected model for hours. My hours went from 30 to 15 per week. Which is not enough for anyone to live on. Bottom line is this company is loseing it's edge in the supply business. If o knew this when I started 3 years ago I would have never have started work for this company.

  9. Great company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Associate
    Current Employee - Sales Associate

    I have been working at W.W. Grainger

    Pros

    Great company to work for.

    Cons

    Politics involved at local branch

  10. If you're a corporate robot this jobs for you!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - TSR in Detroit, MI (US)
    Current Employee - TSR in Detroit, MI (US)

    I have been working at W.W. Grainger

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Company car and PTO accrues quickly. Make own schedule

    Cons

    Zero leadership. Terrible base pay of 32k a year and you're expected to work unconventional hours

    Advice to Management

    Hire leaders, current managers just micromanage and show favoritism.

  11. Helpful (1)

    Good Company that general care about employees

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Territory Sales Associate in Lincolnshire, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Territory Sales Associate in Lincolnshire, IL (US)

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

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

    Pros

    Good Benefits package, PST, Fortune 500 company, Very dedicated to development, large companies with many opportunities to move up.

    Cons

    Intro Sales positions do not have the most competitive salaries. It's more difficult to move to a position once within the company than it is to get a position from outside the company.

W.W. Grainger Photos

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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Grainger Industrial Supply (Photo thanks to Flickr user rbieber, available under by-nc-nd v2.0)

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