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The people make Grainger the great company that it is. State of the art technology in all areas. Business is always growing.
Supervisor, Shift Operations (Former Employee), Niles, ILMarch 7, 2014
Grainger is the global MRO distributor with over 1,000,000 products and a Fortune 500 company. This world wide corporation is supported by 715 branches and 29 distribution centers though out the world and E Commerce business. This world class data center runs the largest installation of SAP in North America, utilizing 79 SAP modules across a Production, – more... Quality and Development landscape. The system is compromised of over 282 (Solaris, Linux, Windows) physical servers, 1681 virtual servers and 780 Tera Bytes of storage (EMC, DMX, VMax). The Production system runs 1,375,000 jobs per month via Cronacle and 1,000,000 jobs per month via Cron. As the Data center supervisor, I was responsible for making all of this flow, monitor all landscape environments - batch - network, get problems resolved, work on corporate initiatives, plan for future and keep the operations staff trained, motivated, on target. – less
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Okay company
Project Manager (Current Employee), Lake Forest,ILMarch 2, 2014
Depends on the team you are in. Not much flexibility. Growth is there and pay scale is good
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Great Atmosphere
Receiving Associate/Auditor (Current Employee), Minooka, IllinoisFebruary 26, 2014
Pros: enviroment and decent starting pay.
Cons: usually have to start off working night shift.
Grainger is a great company. I wish I would have landed a job there before I went back to school, or had a family. You are constantly busy and time flys by.
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Enjoyable
Packager (Former Employee), Janesville, WIFebruary 26, 2014
Pros: grainger was very much about the employees, the many hours of pto given. the ease of getting days off
Cons: the last few years would be the health insurance, high deductibles and amount paid out before it would be 100%
We would come in, have a meeting, stating how the day before went. We would go to our stations and pack orders. Our managers were caring and considerate of us. They valued our working. As most places, co-workers get along, some better than others, but we got along to get the job done. The hardest part of the job was not knowing when the day ended. We – more... knew what time we started, but we worked until we were done. The most enjoyable part, would have to be part of the team and the relationships developed over the years. – less
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Grainger is a great place to work
Sales Team Leader (Former Employee), Colorado Springs, COFebruary 24, 2014
Pros: great benefits and excellent hours
Cons: disconnected leadership.
A typical day at Grainger consists of helping genuine, hard working individuals get the parts they need to get their jobs done! I learned that there are still honest, hardworking people out there trying to make a living and that, in general, Grainger has some of the best employees I have had the pleasure of working with. The management left a little – more... to be desired, as my Branch Manager stayed in her office 90% of the day and had very little interaction or influence on her team. The hardest part of the job was learning their out dated computer system. There are many areas there, where Grainger can improve. The most enjoyable part of being a member of that team was the team itself. I loved being around those guys and gals everyday. The tenure at the branch I worked at was unbelievable. There were 5 gentlemen on my team and three of them have been with Grainger for more than 25 years! – less
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Big Fortune 500 Company Good Standards Great place to get experience at a young age.
Office Supervisor (Former Employee), Warminster, PAFebruary 21, 2014
Pros: people, customers
Gave me inspiration and commitment to do my job to the best of my abilities!
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Unstable Job Security
Sales Representative (Current Employee), Oklahoma City, OKFebruary 11, 2014
Pros: good work enviroment
Cons: no job security
The position was very seasonal where the bulk of sales were done during three months
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Great Place to work
Global Leader (Current Employee), San FranciscoFebruary 3, 2014
Grainger is one of the best companies to work for in the world!
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Very productive and honorable place to work.
Shipment Specialist (Former Employee), Niles, ILFebruary 3, 2014
Pros: profit sharing. pay. health care.
Cons: unable to assist in job placement once they decided to move.
Unfortunately i was unable to transition with the companies move. Had it not been for the transition of the building i would have loved to stay with Grainger for many years to come. Great company to work for. Grainger is very flexible and understanding to the needs of all team members. My years spent there were more like going to work everyday with – more... people you could call your family. The only downfall was that the company did not do more to fill slots in smaller branches for the team members who would not be able to transition over 60 miles away. Sadly i will miss my job, but do encourage others (if able) to seek employment at Grainger. – less
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Solid and Stable company
Sales and Service Consultant (Current Employee), Victoria, TXJanuary 30, 2014
Pros: good work life balance
Cons: advancement opportunities are limited
Solid performing company with a good work/life balance. Daily job includes account management and sales calls with customer site visits.
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Great place to work!
Picker/Packer (Current Employee), Plymouth, MNJanuary 27, 2014
Pros: pay..coworkers
Cons: long hours
Love it at Grainger! It's a big family. Everyone is accountable for the job that needs to be done every day. Management it very easy to work with.
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Great place to work and have a career
Territory Sales Representative (Current Employee), Gonzales, LAJanuary 20, 2014
Pros: great environment, great people, company car, freedom to run my territory as my own business
I really enjoy working for Grainger the current leader in the MRO industry. They provide great benefits and are constantly striving to make it a better place to work.
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Manager, Digital Marketing Operations (Current Employee), Lake Forest, ILJanuary 14, 2014
Grainger is a great company to work for. Everyone has the same goal which is the customer. The people I work with are great. There is a lot of tenure at Grainger as well as a good mix of new people, making the knowledge share that much greater.
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Productive work place, excellent staff with a sense of humor.
Warehouse (Current Employee), Kansas City, MOJanuary 14, 2014
Pros: set schdule, weekends off
Cons: short breaks, working sunday night
Working 7pm-5am Sun-Thur off on the weekends. Able to operate a variety of forkilifts such as standup, cherry picker, staddle, electric pallet jack etc. The hardest part of the job is trying to stay awake some nights. The most enjoyable thing about the job is working with the employees. Getting goals accomplished, customers are pleased & enjoy our services.
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Great place to work and grow
Account Relationship Manager (Former Employee), Northbrook, ILJanuary 6, 2014
Wonderful comnpany to work for and grow, with amazing benefitts
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Challenging work environment but you have to drink the cool aid to advance
Strategic Account Manager (Former Employee), Lake Forest, ILJanuary 5, 2014
Pros: good pay and pst
Cons: long hours and never ending stress.
They hook you with the large profit sharing and good pay. Then when things happen that go against your ethics and morals, you find it very hard to leave.
Lead by fear and intimidation.
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Incompetent Management and Poor Culture
Sourcing Specialist (Former Employee), Janesville, WIJanuary 3, 2014
Pros: wellness center
Cons: very authoritarian management
This is a terrible place to work. They pretend they care about employee satisfaction but they belittle their employees and do NOTHING to gain trust. They monitor your every move and give you occurrences (marks on your company record) if you punch in two minutes late. DO NOT THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX. Someone will find out you did and you will constantly – more... be harassed by management because they see any independence as downright unacceptable behavior. If you want to be a worker drone that never has to think for themselves, this is the place for you! On top of it all, everyone that works here doesn't trust the management so they are all miserable. If your coworkers are unhappy, you will eventually be unhappy too. – less
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Great Place
CSA/Warehouse Operator (Current Employee), Gilbert, AZDecember 17, 2013
Fun place to work. Great benefits, good people to be surrounded by.
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excellent
Multilevel Operator (Former Employee), Simpsonville, SCDecember 9, 2013
good place to work,great environment,competive pay,nothing bad to say ,great company
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Micro-Management At It's Finest
Account Manager (Current Employee), USADecember 5, 2013
Pros: competitive base pay, good bonus structure, great co-workers, fantastic company, incredible retirement package
Cons: management
Grainger is a great company with outstanding people and a phenomenal business strategy, but management lacks experience and leadership skills.

Your ride-alongs with your DSMs or District Sales Managers are advertised as "coaching" sessions to help maximize efficiency, nurture skills, develop talent, and inspire results, but the DSMs at Grainger are – more... there to criticize your mistakes, so if you fall short of your goals, they have everything well documented.

A good manager should have the ability to influence, motivate, and enable others to contribute toward the company's success, especially for new employees. Influence and inspiration separate leaders from Grainger DSMs, who manage through power and control.

I have seen new account managers be placed on Performance Improvement Plans within their first year. The purpose of this plan is to, supposedly, assist them in improving their performance, enabling them to become a more effective contributor to the team, and a personal commitment by their manager to support them in achieving success. In reality, it's a 30-day notice, giving the DSM a license to embarrass, ridicule, make the employee feel incompetent, and be set-up for termination.

Leadership is unlocking people’s potential to become better. People go to work to succeed, not to fail. It is the manager's job to understand people's strengths and weaknesses. Managers who strive to find the good in their people will achieve far more than managers who only find fault. – less

About Grainger

Grainger is no stranger to those in need of a wide variety of industrial products. W.W. Grainger distributes more than one million – Read more