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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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    Good place to get a solid work experience!

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsWent thru an SAP implementation

    ConsGrowth opportunity was not available.

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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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    Company is turning the corner. It's growing and the future looks bright.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Chicago, IL

    ProsGreat, fun hardworking people. Hardworking and fun. Leadership is taking positive actions to better the business and build for the future. Solid reputation in the marketplace. Sales are up. 401(k) is great.

    ConsPace can be fast and priorities many. A few people (not the executives) still reluctant to changing with the times.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep the positive momentum going.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsThe people and values are traditional

    ConsDeclining Sales over past several years

    Advice to Senior ManagementFocus on basics

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

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    Great company before the founder died

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGood culture from the founders
    Used to be family owned
    Friendly working environment
     Great co-worker to work with
    Employees used to work their whole life with the company

    ConsChanges of management and ownership
    Change of culture

    Advice to Senior ManagementMake strategic decisions with more due diligence rather than making important changes and business acquisition quickly. Especially those that will substantially impact your employees and their families.

    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

     

    Changes for the worse

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Prosthe people working in my district were good people. the drummond chemicals and cronatron welding are really good products.

    Consnew ceo is dealing with the disasters of the previous ceo. they are in a tough battle.

    Advice to Senior Managementfigure out if you are using the order pad or not. if you are going to lay people off, try the district managers.

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    A long way to go to get back on track.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Pros- Superior Products to be sold, which cost more than the competition, but the cost/benefit is justified.
    - Good work/life balance. Company is supportive of family life and works with you in terms of keeping both aspects of your life positive.

    Cons- Misguided leadership past, present, and based on the current path, in the future.
    - They tried to do too much too fast: the company needed an overhaul in software, personnel, customer pricing, brand new website, etc - necessary changes, poorly executed.
    - 4 rounds of layoffs in 2 1/2 years, with no 'big picture' plan being obvious. They cut then hire, cut then hire. People who are holding their departments together lose their jobs, then they try to figure out what those people did after they are gone and give their work to new hires.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPlace more value on the employees you have, and keep them happy.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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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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