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Grainger Overview

Chain offering a broad range of industrial equipment, maintenance supplies, tools & parts.
The staff at Grainger come from unusually diverse demographic backgrounds. The company is 33.7% female and 38.9% ethnic minorities. Despite its diversity in other areas, Grainger employees are noticeably lacking in political diversity. It has an unusually high proportion of employees who are members of the Democratic Party, at 66.4%. Employees seem to enjoy working in an otherwise diverse workplace that is dominated by members of the Democratic Party. Grainger has great employee retention with staff members usually staying with the company for 4.8 years. The average employee at Grainger makes $48,327 per year. In comparison, some of its highest paying competitors, like Discover Financial Services, Fastenal, and GHC Specialty Brands, pay $61,363, $51,997, and $51,724, respectively.
Based in Illinois, Grainger is an industry leader with 25,700 employees and an annual revenue of $10.4B.


Industrial Distribution





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Lake Forest, IL


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The Team At Grainger

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  • D.G. MacPherson (CEO, Director)
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Grainger, Inc. is an American Fortune 500 industrial supply company founded in 1927 in Chicago.

The Culture At Grainger

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We involve the right people at the right time. We build authentic, transparent and honest relationships with our customers. We embrace success and failure with humility. We make the things that matter better. We create a welcoming, inclusive culture that accepts and respects all people.
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ZORO is creating innovative digital solutions that are transforming the MRO Industry. We are looking for passionate, driven people who want to join a high energy, uber growth team.
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We know that only by acting with integrity, working as a team and doing more than what's expected, we will be an even better company tomorrow.
Encourage all team members to think out of the box to arrive at the best solution and to look for improvement opportunities.. Collaborates and influences at all levels of the organization (up, across, and down) as a team player; makes the team better.
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Grainger Reviews

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Great work life balance and endless opportunity. Show More

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Lots of org changes and management shifts Show More

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Great building. Show More

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The people, overall, were very nice, but it's extremely cut throat and it can feel like you aren't able to trust anyone. Show More
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The work culture and working with great talent. Show More

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Limited opportunities due to location. Show More

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Travel and the profit sharing. Show More
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Opportunities for growth within the organization. Show More

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Working the day after Thanksgiving Show More

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Profit sharing Show More
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Profit sharing, benefits, co workers Show More

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Most managers do not know the processes or how to do the job and are completely replaceable Show More

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Profit sharing, morning shift Show More
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Frequently Asked Questions about Grainger

When was Grainger founded?

Grainger was founded in 1927.

How many Employees does Grainger have?

Grainger has 25,700 employees.

What industry is Grainger in?

Grainger is in the industrial distribution industry.

What type of company is Grainger?

Grainger is a public company.

Who are Grainger's competitors?

Grainger competitors include Fastenal, MSC Industrial Direct, C.H. Robinson, The Home Depot, WESCO Distribution, HD Supply, Expeditors, Harbor Freight Tools, United Airlines, Delta Air Lines, GHC Specialty Brands, Veritiv, Alaska Airlines, JetBlue Airways, McMaster-Carr, Northern Tool + Equipment, Southwest Airlines, Land O Lakes, Ryder System, Discover Financial Services.

Who works at Grainger?

D.G. MacPherson (CEO, Director)

Where is Grainger's headquarters?

Grainger's headquarters is in Lake Forest, IL.

What is Grainger's website?

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Updated December 31, 2020

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