W.W. Grainger

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W.W. Grainger Reviews

Updated 18 November 2014
Updated 18 November 2014
578 Reviews
3.5
578 Reviews
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W.W. Grainger Chairman, President, and CEO Jim Ryan
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The profit sharing is very generous and it is a good reason to stay with the company (in 135 reviews)

  • Company strives for work/life balance and provides opportunities for growth (in 33 reviews)


Cons
  • The company projects a strong work/life balance, but in reality this is hardly the case (in 19 reviews)

  • No room for advancement if you do not have your Bachelors's degree (in 10 reviews)

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  1.  

    Grainger Pros and Cons

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

    I have been working at W.W. Grainger full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great team environment.
    Personal Growth.
    Time-off policies.
    Benefits.
    Management.

    Cons

    Compensation.
    Inconsistent Direction by Management..
    Monthly goals.
    Work-life balance.
    Inconsistent Promoting.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Raise salaries for new sellers.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great Company! Can be hard to move up.

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

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

    Pros

    Good Benefits, Good Retirement, Good Company, Good People. They training you will recieve is second to none and will help launch your career.

    Cons

    Very Micro-managed. They have GPS in the Vehicles and can trace basically every move you make. It is difficult to move up, much hard then they portray.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great Company!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Commercial Account Manager in Indianapolis, IN (US)
    Current Employee - Commercial Account Manager in Indianapolis, IN (US)

    I have been working at W.W. Grainger full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Training and Profit Sharing! You can really see why they are a Top 100 Company to work for.

    Cons

    The way they set up your sales quota, very difficult to hit goal.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great Company to Work For!!!!!

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

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and the sky is the limit for advancement as long as you are willing to relocate.

    Cons

    No room for advancement if you do not have your Bachelors's degree... Always changing the way they do things in order to appease the stock price.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay on revenue instead of paying on your ridiculous plans.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Distribution Center Associate in Plymouth, MN (US)
    Former Employee - Distribution Center Associate in Plymouth, MN (US)

    I worked at W.W. Grainger part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Nice people nice people nice people

    Cons

    Some mean people mean people

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire nice people

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    "The Best Company I Have Ever Worked For"

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Denver, CO (US)
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Denver, CO (US)

    I worked at W.W. Grainger full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    My 8 years at this Fortune 500 Company included a journey of personal & professional growth in a culture of team-work I have not experienced since then. It was a real work family and I had a very positive work experience overall working alongside some of the hardest working people I have ever met. Benefits were excellent and I had the privilege to work under managers who supported work-life balance. Teamwork and professional development were constantly promoted by the leadership at Grainger as it was clearly demonstrated in the morale of all departments working together. It was a memorable experience and I would highly recommend this company if you have a strong work ethic and you are a team player.

    Cons

    Advancement opportunities may be limited unless you are willing to relocate to another region.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No advice just encouragement to continue the teamwork culture between the office and warehouse that exist to get it done. Continual communication between operations and sales is also key. End Result will always be Excellent Customer Service.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Awesome place to work. Loved every second.

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

    I worked at W.W. Grainger

    Pros

    The work-life balance was great. They really care about you as an individual.

    Cons

    There was not really any.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Micro managed. Only make base pay.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (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
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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

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

    Pros

    Great PST. Opportunities to advance

    Cons

    Travel or Relocation needed to advance.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Significant marketing Growth across a broad platform of marketing and media channels

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at W.W. Grainger

    Pros

    A strong, differentiated Value Proposition to take to market, along with great brand recognition. Able to target multiple market segments with a host of services and products.

    Cons

    Still somewhat silo'd and conservative even though they want to be more aggressive.

    Approves of CEO

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