Ex-sales manager files 'whistleblower...

Ex-sales manager files 'whistleblower' lawsuit vs. W.W. Grainger

There are 28 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Feb 8, 2008, titled Ex-sales manager files 'whistleblower' lawsuit vs. W.W. Grainger. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

A former W.W. Grainger Inc. sales manager has filed a lawsuit against the Lake Forest company, alleging the industrial-supply distributor repeatedly over-billed the U.S. government on its supply contracts.

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Duluth, GA

#22 Oct 1, 2010
Grainger is definitely a crook and treat africian american and monority employee,like dirt. Racism starts at the very bottom of the pile all the way up to
James Ryan, CEO. They over-charge customers and often double bill them. Grainger makes the bulk of their money when a disaster strikes, yet they don't give anything back to the community. The Government should shut the company down.
Former Grainger employee

Athens, GA

#23 Jan 27, 2011
This doesn't surprise me at all. I worked 2.5 years at Grainger, in that time I was taken advantage of. I quit my position because management does not care that I was only working part time, needed full time, driving 40 miles to get to work only to be made to work 4 hour days 5 days a week. Not sure if you have noticed but gas is outrageous, I had to quit and get a position closer to home. Grainger is out for themselves, raising prices to increase profit is a constant. The prices are raised yearly when the new catalog prints, then by July prices raise again! I caution anyone thinking of working for Grainger!

Sherman, IL

#24 May 2, 2011
As a Grainger employee that has worked for the company for over six years, I can tell you, like any company, Grainger is what you make it.

I have been promoted twice, on company trips for the last three years, met some extremely capable and intelligent people in mgt, etc.

This is a great company that takes care of the people that perform (as most sales organizations are). I have a lot of examples of Grainger helping employees, their families, the community etc..

Is it perfect?? NO..Is any company?? not that I have found. But they do have a heart and make an effort.

I understand that everyone has different experiences with the company you work for based on who your manager was, your position in the company, your performance, expectations, etc...but take some time and look at the company as a whole and I think you will find this is a great company, with good people...and most of us are very proud to be here.

Racine, WI

#25 Nov 5, 2011
I would love to talk tina. I know this is a longshot, but I am on the way out at Grainger for being HONEST; get that! Need stories like yours for proof.
Tina wrote:
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I worked for Grainger for 6 years. Not only did they use their weight to pressure their suppliers to lower prices to Grainger, but they also pressured these same suppliers to raise prices to Graingers competition. They are one of the most unscrupulous company's I have ever seen. They are predatory to the core.
Their sales people walk into a customer site, see something that a customer is buying from another supplier, find out who makes it, then go after the manufacturer and promise huge sales, then force the price up to the current supplier so they can't sell in the same area. Grainger pays "Incentives" (Bribes) to numerous customers' corporate purchasing agents. And if, as a customer, you try to go elsewhere, they pressure you to the point of trying to lay a guilt trip on you and to the point of confrontation.
I now work for a former large customer of Graingers, which I recently encountered one of their sales people on the prowl attempting to interfere with a supplier that we have had a relationship with for years, and we took particular delight in escorting the whore out the door!
Another Neutral Observer

Milwaukee, WI

#26 Feb 8, 2012
You can choose to work wherever you want and Grainger does treat some people well and others very poorly. In this case Grainger was proved to be wrong, conducted themselves in an unethical manner and paid the price for it. Of course this was swept under the rug now with no follow-up stories or follow-up investigations, but all the records and original documents are public, read them for yourself.

If you are being targeted, get out fast. There is little forgiveness, even if you are performing and they want you out. Some really great people, but some real aweful ones too.

Mason, MI

#28 Jun 9, 2013
Grainger is too Fat, someone needs to take this company back to reality. Pigs Get Fat Hogs should be slaughtered.
Grainger intengrity NOT

Hubert, NC

#29 Jan 23, 2014
This company has a daily meeting that discusses loyalty to customers, employees and company! What a bunch of bull. Grainger fired over 3000 ARMs who's salary came to 80K annually each and made room for a new team called TSR's and the current salary starts at 34k for profitable gain. This is just one section of the company that were let go, there are other sections as well and more to come. The company has started sourcing out internal work employment to foreign entity leaving less for U.S. Americans! Sure it makes sense for the CEO's but what about all the people who lost there job? For the person who said survival of the fittest, your day will come! This is a Giant of a company who has a team of Lawyers to help protect there integrity but thank Goodness that there are a few Lawyers who can stand up against the Goliath's of this corrupt world and win! Get the facts straight and look up Grainger Law suits. it is written Giants do fall although it may seem that it takes forever but they fall eventually!
another neutral observer

United States

#30 Mar 11, 2015
Grainger had to pay over $70 million because of this lawsuit..

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