Lawson Products

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Lawson Products Reviews

Updated February 24, 2015
Updated February 24, 2015
12 Reviews
4.0
12 Reviews
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Lawson Products President and Chief Executive Officer Michael G. DeCata
Michael G. DeCata
12 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • No cold calling, unless you uncover a prospect that you want to call (in 3 reviews)

  • Management at the Cleveland Call Center has drastically improved (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • No one seems to be on the same page, a lot of underhanded activities (in 3 reviews)

  • Poor communication between corporate office and sales force (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Very good company

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Lawson Products

    Pros

    Lots of pros, treats employees well

    Cons

    Cannot think of any cons

  2.  

    Good

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Outside Sales Representative in Roanoke, VA
    Former Employee - Outside Sales Representative in Roanoke, VA

    I worked at Lawson Products full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Freedom to do what you need

    Cons

    No gas or car allowance

  3.  

    Very nice company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Very Good Company in Great Bend, KS
    Current Employee - Very Good Company in Great Bend, KS

    I have been working at Lawson Products

    Pros

    Good working environment with friendly people

    Cons

    Hard work and long hours

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more people orientated

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Transforming culture for the better!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Lawson Products full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Open top down communication, focus on positive and inspiring culture, promote from within, cross-training, supportive of families and work life balance.

    Cons

    Some indecision at upper management level can make for inefficiencies at the "worker" level.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Culture change takes time but you're on the right path. Make decisions and stick with them.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    Great company and nice people to work with !

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Technical Consultant in Schaumburg, IL
    Former Contractor - Technical Consultant in Schaumburg, IL

    I worked at Lawson Products as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great company and nice people to work with !

    Cons

    Hard work and long hours

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more people oriented

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Focus on the field people

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - DSM
    Current Employee - DSM

    I have been working at Lawson Products full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Management recognizes that everyone in the company depends on the success of the sales reps in the field. Quality products, excellent service and fill rates. New system gives reps ability to set prices locally to ensure they are competitive.

    Cons

    One separate department is used to source all special orders instead of staff who are familiar with particular product categories or vendors.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great Place to work and learn

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Lawson Products

    Pros

    Great place to work. Friendly staff, not a political environment. The location is great if you live in the city or suburbs. The management at the company is relatively flat so there can be a lot of exposure to senior executives.

    Cons

    The company has been going through some rough times but everything seems to be on the up trend now.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Company experiencing change, but for the better

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Inside Sales in Independence, OH
    Former Employee - Inside Sales in Independence, OH

    I worked at Lawson Products full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Management at the Cleveland Call Center has drastically improved
    No cold calling, unless you uncover a prospect that you want to call
    Co-workers are knowledgeable of the products
    Casual work environment
    Opportunity to earn high commissions
    Work in tandem with outside sales team

    Cons

    Company wants 50 calls per day to accounts
    Challenges with implementation of SAP system
    Inventory management was an issue that was improving
    Sales goals were often increased 20% from prior year, making it difficult to hit numbers
    Only receive commission if you hit a certain percentage of your goal

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management in Cleveland was getting better. Very fair and professional call center manager. Advice to upper management would be to drive inside sales and outside sales partnering.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Reliable paycheck, co-workers and middle management good to work with.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Production Artist in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Production Artist in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Lawson Products full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Transitioning to e-commerce and modern data management and inventory control systems. Opportunities for people with the skills to help with the shift in business model.

    Cons

    Going through major transition in corporate culture as they modernize infrastructure.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Good Experience chance to earn great money if in right area

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales in Syracuse, NY
    Former Employee - Sales in Syracuse, NY

    I worked at Lawson Products

    Pros

    Good commision structure, great product selection, good pricing, i enjoyed working and having the freedom of being on my own

    Cons

    Hard to earn money if in wrong territory, there is no protected territories and i had five people workin in my area

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Protect territories and evenly distribute customers i had 30 and other guys had 60-70 customers made it hard to make money

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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