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3.6
Average Rating
(based on 7 McMaster-Carr Review Ratings)
Company Culture
3.1
Growth Opportunities
3.0
People You Work With
3.9
Person You Work For
4.0
Rewards You Receive
4.4
Support You Get
3.7
Way You Work
4.0
Work Setting
2.9
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McMaster-Carr Employee
in Norwalk, CA

"Great company with great benefits. The work environment can be stressful and very-high paced. Starting pay is good with yearly raises. Don't recommend staying as a lifer, too physical."

Person You Work For 4 / 5 People You Work With 3 / 5 Work Setting 1 / 5
Support You Get 3 / 5 Rewards You Receive 5 / 5 Growth Opportunities 1 / 5
Company Culture 1 / 5 Way You Work 5 / 5
McMaster-Carr Employee
in Elmhurst, IL

"I've worked for McMaster-Carr for a year and a half. This company has amazing benefits and truly values their employee's careers and lives outside of work."

Person You Work For 5 / 5 People You Work With 5 / 5 Work Setting 5 / 5
Support You Get 5 / 5 Rewards You Receive 5 / 5 Growth Opportunities 5 / 5
Company Culture 5 / 5 Way You Work 5 / 5

Company-Industry Rating Comparison

3.6
McMaster-Carr (19)

4.4 Highest Rated in this Industry is OSI Consulting (5)
2.9 Lowest Rated in this Industry is AVI Foodsystems (12)
3.6 Average of All Companies in this Industry (2,005)
McMaster-Carr Employee
in Chicago, IL

"I've worked for McMaster Carr for about 2 years. I was skeptical about accepting their offer (because of all the bad reviews) but I decided to try it anyway. This was a bad idea in retrospect but a good learning experience. McMaster Carr demands perfection from every employee and will fire those that make a single mistake (management included). I still come to work every day and have no clue if I'm on the verge of getting a bonus or being fired. Management is taught to look down on everyone else. Almost everyone is afraid to challenge the status quo (abusing employees). The two management trainees that did stand up to management were promptly fired. You are never allowed to take sick days and you work many more hours than advertised. I recently read a book on Amazon called McMaster Carr: The Interview Process and Work Experience. I can't comment on the current hiring process but the description of the culture of fear is spot on. Think carefully before coming here. I feel trapped but don't have many meaningful skills now, and it's hard to find another job."

Person You Work For 4 / 5 People You Work With 3 / 5 Work Setting 1 / 5
Support You Get 3 / 5 Rewards You Receive 4 / 5 Growth Opportunities 1 / 5
Company Culture 1 / 5 Way You Work 2 / 5
McMaster-Carr Employee
in Elmhurst, IL

"McMaster-Carr is a great place to work with regard to compensation, but the overall experience leaves a lot to be desired. Although there is not a lot of red tape for a large company, it's very conservative and has little need to move quickly; thus, projects often do not move as quickly as you'd like due to a tendency to meet and discuss every aspect of a project. This conservatism extends to the workplace environment and lifestyle as well. You also have little ability to steer your career."

Person You Work For 4 / 5 People You Work With 4 / 5 Work Setting 2 / 5
Support You Get 4 / 5 Rewards You Receive 5 / 5 Growth Opportunities 3 / 5
Company Culture 3 / 5 Way You Work 4 / 5

Average McMaster-Carr Ratings in the Past 3 Years

Year Salary
2011 $2
2012 $4
2013 $4
McMaster-Carr Employee
in Elmhurst, IL

"McMaster-Carr is a great company that treats their employees great. Teamwork is stressed and the company provides different activities to create that team atmoshpere."

Person You Work For 4 / 5 People You Work With 4 / 5 Work Setting 4 / 5
Support You Get 4 / 5 Rewards You Receive 4 / 5 Growth Opportunities 4 / 5
Company Culture 4 / 5 Way You Work 4 / 5
Customer Service Specialist
in Santa Fe Springs, CA

What do you like about working at McMaster-Carr?

"I like the team work, friendships, and the working environment with various departments within the location."

Do you have any tips for others interviewing with this company?

"It's a teamwork environment. Promotions will be slow and stressing; have patience."

What don't you like about working at McMaster-Carr?

"I dislike the advancement, and that well-qualified individuals worthy of promotions were overlooked."

What suggestions do you have for management?

"Do more hiring within, on a fair basis, with worthy senior employees."

Person You Work For 4 / 5 People You Work With 5 / 5 Work Setting 4 / 5
Support You Get 4 / 5 Rewards You Receive 5 / 5 Growth Opportunities 5 / 5
Company Culture 5 / 5 Way You Work 5 / 5
Sales Manager

What do you like about working at McMaster-Carr?

"I liked the good work environment."

Do you have any tips for others interviewing with this company?

"It is an extremely operationally-driven company. Be prepared to impress management with previous skills."

What don't you like about working at McMaster-Carr?

"The commute was too long."

Inventory Specialist
in Elmhurst, IL
Person You Work For 2.9 / 5 People You Work With 3 / 5 Work Setting 3 / 5
Support You Get 2.7 / 5 Rewards You Receive 2.6 / 5 Growth Opportunities 2.1 / 5
Company Culture 2.6 / 5 Way You Work 2.9 / 5
Warehouse Coordinator

"It's a hard company to get employed with. Usually, you have to go through a staffing agency for any work."

Director of Marketing

What do you like about working at McMaster-Carr?

"I liked the professional growth and learning, and the pay and benefits. I always got the best parking!"

What don't you like about working at McMaster-Carr?

"They wanted us to be to hard on our staff during work hours and evaluation."

Operations Specialist
in Aurora, OH

"McMaster-Carr is fabulous for a job, but not great for a career."

What do you like about working at McMaster-Carr?

"The benefits were phenomenal."

Do you have any tips for others interviewing with this company?

"Stress attention to detail."

What don't you like about working at McMaster-Carr?

"They only promoted people from their management trainee program."

What suggestions do you have for management?

"Where you get your degree is only one part of a well-rounded employee."

Sales Operations Specialist

"Brief overview of my six years with this company."

What do you like about working at McMaster-Carr?

"Great people. Good pay. Great Benefits."

Do you have any tips for others interviewing with this company?

"It was a good experience. Keep your options open."

What don't you like about working at McMaster-Carr?

"I dislike the high turnover and poor retention rate."

What suggestions do you have for management?

"I would encourage them to create more opportunity for vertical communication."

Management Development Specialist
in Elmhurst, IL

"McMaster is good for the skills, bad for the psyche."

What do you like about working at McMaster-Carr?

"It is amazingly profitable and well-run operationally. No other company I've experienced comes close to the execution and alignment found at McMaster. This is a good place to work a few years to learn best practices in distribution and operations."

Do you have any tips for others interviewing with this company?

"If you don't mind working in a hypercritical and micromanaged culture, the compensation and benefits are great. After a couple years, your skills are very McMaster-specific and won't translate well to another company. Don't stay past a few years unless you love it."

What don't you like about working at McMaster-Carr?

"I dislike the absolutely evil, micromanaged culture, which fosters paranoia and competitiveness. The great pay and benefits keep people around who are otherwise miserable."

What suggestions do you have for management?

"Be human."

Vehicle Filler

"Honest."

What do you like about working at McMaster-Carr?

"I like the salary and benefits."

Do you have any tips for others interviewing with this company?

"Keep your nose to the grind."

What don't you like about working at McMaster-Carr?

"I dislike the lack of teamwork."

What suggestions do you have for management?

"Remember, it is a team effort."

Sales Representative
in Elmhurst, IL

"Great benefits, and that's all folks!"

What do you like about working at McMaster-Carr?

"I like the benefits."

Do you have any tips for others interviewing with this company?

"Leave your ambition at the door, but your benefits will be among the best you have ever had."

What don't you like about working at McMaster-Carr?

"Positions are not posted, and there is zero professional development."

What suggestions do you have for management?

"Attempt to understand your workforce. Any training programs will be a start. Development is important, as is recognizing talent."

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