Lawson Products Reviews

Updated July 22, 2015
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Lawson Products President and Chief Executive Officer Michael G. DeCata
Michael G. DeCata
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Pros
  • 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. Decent Company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Outside Sales Representative in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Outside Sales Representative in New York, NY

    I have been working at Lawson Products

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Subsidized selling, good products and technology

    Cons

    DSM and RM's. Throw you to the wolves. Better get at it.

    Advice to Management

    Let the boys sell!


  2. Great Company

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

    I have been working at Lawson Products (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Lawson is a great place to work. You are given the responsibility to get your work done on your own without being micromanaged. Coworkers are great to work with.

    Cons

    Management is constantly changing and I have a new boss every couple months. The direction and priorities tend to change every so often but in all it is heading in the right direction.

    Advice to Management

    Get a set management structure. The company has a lot of potential and is heading in the right direction.


  3. Great products

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Lawson Products full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Company has high quality products but are on the expensive side.

    Cons

    Pay for your own gas while driving your territory


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Unorganized very hard company to work for and make a living

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Territory Account Representative in Baton Rouge, LA
    Former Employee - Territory Account Representative in Baton Rouge, LA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    I can't think of one positive thing to say. Government team director arrogant and demeaning, Engineering dept. knows less about product than new hires, basically flip through catalog to find products if not there they send you to specials which you cannot contact if you have been there less than a year. ridiculous strategies.

    Cons

    BDM's offer no help, instead suckle off the hard work of the individuals that actually bring revenue to the company. There is no accountability for BDM's.

    Advice to Management

    The training provided by the leaders in Chicago is a joke you all spend way to much on the top eight products and transactional sales. Focus more on VMI and what you profess separates Lawson from the competition.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Lacking advancement and recognition

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

    I worked at Lawson Products full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    -Every level of organization is accessible. -Wide selection of product for customers. -Nice facilities and able to work own schedule.

    Cons

    -Poor recognition. -Upper level management is vapor thin and less effective because of broad responsibilities. -Expensive benefits even with company covering large portion of the premium. -Being out paced by direct competition in the market in agent training, retention, profitability, fill rate, and more.

    Advice to Management

    Recognition is huge. All Pro, and a generic newsletter is hardly effective organization wide. Missing organic growth and retention opportunities daily because of the stale effort. Leaders come from within not anointed from outside the organization. Make a new leader earn his/her respect by doing a sales role or working in specials etc to learn operations. Keep your talent. How many more solid people have to leave before the knowledge base is completely gone? Get them back even if it costs more than an inexperienced person. Old habits are only bad when combined with a poor leader. So much can be done!


  7. Friendly environment, looking for a company to stay with for an extended amount of time, Lawson is it!

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

    I have been working at Lawson Products full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Family like atmosphere; each department interacts well, with the others. Most employees work at Lawson for an extended amount of time, 10 years plus. I think with all of changes this company has undergone, they may finally be moving in the right direction, but it will take a while to get them where they really can be.

    Cons

    All emphasis is placed solely on the sales force. Although the sales force may drive the business, the Corporate office also plays an integral role in maintaining the business. Also, the salaries are not as competitive as Lawson's competitors.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on ALL employees. Make every employee feel as valued as your sales force. Appreciation goes a long way. Although the attrition for more tenured employees is fairly low, it is not the same for newly hired employees (5 years or less). If you made ALL employees feel valued and appreciated, attrition wouldn't be as high. Last, change can be a great thing. Please work with the VP's and Executives to help them understand that.


  8. Supervisor

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Park Ridge, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Park Ridge, IL

    I have been working at Lawson Products (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Management is willing to teach and help individuals become better at their current job. Room to advance within the company.

    Cons

    Not all employees are serious about their jobs. Not all departments are willing to learn and have a "not my job" attitude.

    Advice to Management

    Bring in some new blood with management. Provide more training around other departments and if the employees aren't willing to learn and change then bring in new employees.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Job security

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Friendly people and great work/life balance. You have to be pretty horrible at your job to get let go.

    Cons

    Zero incentives for corporate employees. Low salary. Slow paced. Little room for growth.

    Advice to Management

    Replace some management with new innovative minds who think OUTSIDE the box. Stop trying to do programs in house, they have all been unsuccessful, purchase from a well-known company.


  10. Helpful (1)

    A Fair and balanced review from a current Outside Sales Rep

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Outside Sales Representative in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Outside Sales Representative in New York, NY

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Everyone for the most part is very approachable. There is much knowledge to be shared if you are in the right market. Freedom to make your own schedule, as long as you show results. They are a company that is growing, and seem to have direction.

    Cons

    Not everyone is one the same page with correct information. The PC training, and the information for general things like order placement, quoting, etc. is just horrible. Everyone is told a different way on how to do things. Prices are not competitive to say the least, no gas allowance.

    Advice to Management

    Its a great company, able to offer things that most of our competitors cannot. As much as they put into "other" trainings and get together s , there really needs to be a specific training for PC functions and overall procedure relating to anything PC. and GAS ALLOWANCE. Bottom line there is we are in our cars EVERYDAY..yes, commissions are made, but what good is it if you are putting it back in your tank and doing repairs on your vehicle? this is definitely an overall consensus among current employees.


  11. 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



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