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Updated Jul 17, 2014

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2.4 33 reviews

67% Approve of the CEO

Lawson Products President and Chief Executive Officer Michael G. DeCata

Michael G. DeCata

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21% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Lucrative and productive until the company lawsuit affected industry perception

    Independent Agent (Former Employee) Jacksonville, FL

    ProsNo micromanagement; Independence (set your own work schedule, appointments and work flow). I've won many awards and the company is great about acknowledging your hard work. You can work from a residential office but this requires discipline in order to meet/exceed your quotas. Consumer perception of company is well recognized in the industry. Quality product lines. I was proud to represent this company amongst competition.

    ConsDespite hiarchey of managment, competition between agent and district mgr is condoned since they have their own personal book of business and territory overlaps. High priced product line makes it difficult to secure bid awards. Company's indeciveness and financial upheavals impacted a loss of tenured, valuable agents up to corporate heads and CEO. Realignment of regional mgrs and district managers caused a mass exodus as the company attempted to downsize their salesforce after the $35 million lawsuit. Inquire about their turnover now. Based on repetitive current job openings, they still have issues with retention..at least in this area.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFormerly a great company to work for until company MO changed. Very disheartening to see valued, tenured volume producers leave. Take stock in your most valuable asset-your Lawson employees (the review ratings could be bolstered)

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Lawson Products

    Sales Agent (Former Employee)

    ProsUsed to be Independent Agents

    ConsAgents no longer are independent agents

    Advice to Senior ManagementGo back to Independent Agents-- They have more to gain if they are independent and work much harder

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Not a great place to work

    Finance (Current Employee) Chicago, IL

    ProsThere are very little pros at this company

    ConsPoor management, they do not interact well with underlings
    The company appears to be in a bit of financial trouble, so many rounds of lay-offs have occurred, and more to come
    No one seems to be on the same page, a lot of underhanded activities
    No communication between departments, no filter of information from management to employees
    A lot of departments are changing leadership all the time, tough to get a handle on who is in charge at any given time
    Sales are not doing well, company seems to be headed for disaster

    Advice to Senior ManagementHaven't been here very long, but I can see nothing is going right around here. Get some good solid leaders in place. Poll the employees to get a mindset of how people are feeling. No one seems happy here, so that means they won't work hard for you. Work on developing the talent pool you have, offer advancement opportunities and listen to the little people. The management around here seems at a loss.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    A place where time, and your career, stand completely still

    Professional (Former Employee) Des Plaines, IL

    ProsThe environment was fun. There wasn't a lot to do there because the company is a sinking ship. Everyone just sort of goofs off waiting to get their name called for the next lay-off.

    ConsManagement in every facet of the business (Customer Service, IT, HR, Sales, etc) was completely inept. No one talked, no one got along, and no one agreed on anything.
    There is ZERO room for career advancement. They take the same people, shift them around, give them different titles, no pay increase and call it a promotion.
    They switched to SAP, the implementation proved to be a financial disaster.
    The family who owns the company is feuding, so the future for the company does not look good.
    If you were to walk around there today, most people would say they are extremely unhappy there. That the working conditions are below standards, and they don't believe in their management team.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSell the company. For a while you were bringing in outside, high-priced talent to try to turn the ship around. At this point there is no hope. It is clear that a once semi-strong company is now plagued with poor sales, no market presence, employees who have just given-up and don't trust who they are working for. So just stop the madness and close the doors. You sold all of your real estate, you let go all of your talented people who cared deeply for the company. Now it is just a bunch of strangers who don't work well together and are hoping not to get caught up in the next RIF,.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsA learning experience in the beginnng with room to grow

    ConsNo valid training, or if you do get any sort of formal training it is very minimal. Had SAP installment and that almost ruined the compnay for mgmt didnt look into the installment very well. It was a time thing and they installed the whole comany in a few months...The systems left were antiquated and there was no formal training.

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to your old time sales staff when Sid Port was living and the founder of the company...He knew how to run the company...Not run to the ground...

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    20 plus years experience in outside sales.

    OUTSIDE SALES (Former Employee)

    ProsIndependent - did not have to punch a time card. Some products were exceptional. Didn't have to work in an office. Pay check was stable. Some product innovation.

    ConsUpper management changes constantly. Sales goals unachievable in a down economy. Pricing way out of line. Shipping costs passed on to customers killed many sales. Management just not in touch with reality. They act like Washington politicians.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStart implementing some of what made Lawson great many years ago. Superior training of sales force made for superior customer service in the field. Currently there is little to no training whatsoever.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    A place where sub par talent goes to die and those whose are intelligent enough to know better run away while they can.

    Financial Analyst (Former Employee) Des Plaines, IL

    Pros- Compensation - There is a reason they are willing to give you exactly what you or your recruiter ask for and that is because this is their biggest selling point to get you in the door... and let me tell you... there is a reason for that.

    Wish I had more to say here but honestly there are some decent people but they are so far overshadowed by those who are awful its hard to even consider that a positive

    ConsMind you I am writing this as someone a year out from leaving and I left on my own accord:

    - Poor "leadership" just trickles down - its hard to achieve a vision when your fearless leaders don't even understand what that means, not to mention no one is actively measured against goals

    - Management isn't even something that I would consider an active practice by most that call themselves managers at Lawson

    - Growth / Opportunities - when I was hired in I started with 4 other people - 3 of us left in under a year - working here is taking a backseat to growth while just sitting at your desk for 10-12 hours a day doing nothing or anything to just collect a paycheck - needless to say if you would like to regress in your career this is the place to do it

    - Corporate Culture - I will say it again - people go here to die - so if you can wake up for the next 40 years in the same thankless job, with the same problems everyday, and no way of getting any traction of fixing anything this is the place to do it

    Advice to Senior ManagementI have worked at a handful of place, some good and others not so much, but Lawson was hands down the absolute worst place I have worked in terms of people development, feedback, and overall rapport between employees. My advice would be to honestly assess the way in which your people feel and the promises that have been made upon walking into roles but beyond that look at the way in which management is assessed in their abilities, most people managing here don't even offer constructive feedback when its solicited.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Not a place to grow your career

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Des Plaines, IL

    ProsYou learn how to get a tough skin

    ConsManagement consistently puts you down. Lots of backhanded compliments. They discourage taking time off. You will work 12+ hour days and are "encouraged" to work on the weekends. Advancements are based on based on skill level but how much you have in common with the management. ie... golfing

    Advice to Senior ManagementTreat your employees with respect.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    straight commission--small salary and commission in the future

    Sales (Current Employee)

    ProsIf you can sell and make cold calls you can be successful.

    Consvery little training. If you are not experienced don't apply

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't turn the company into MSC or Grainger

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Terrible place to work.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsYou can do whatever you want.

    ConsTerrible culture. There are no consequences for incompetence.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThere needs to be more accountability.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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