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Lawson Products Reviews

Updated January 27, 2015
Updated January 27, 2015
49 Reviews
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Lawson Products President and Chief Executive Officer Michael G. DeCata
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  1.  

    Outside Sales Beware!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Outside Sales Representative
    Former Employee - Outside Sales Representative

    I worked at Lawson Products

    Pros

    Good Products and people at corporate that care but often are unable to help due to policies.

    Cons

    100% commission. 100% funded by you no gas, car, clothing, entertainment, or other reimbursement. Push you to purchase samples to show customers but you have to buy the samples and pay shipping. Prices higher than competitors in the same market. YOUR commission has to be cut in order to get sales and then it hardly pays to go to customers due to automotive expenses.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give all reps car allowances like you do in California. Look at pricing in different markets and lower them without starving out the salesperson. Get the managers to learn the complete sales process from cold call to install and maintain so they can support the sales force. I mean ALL the managers DSM to national. Choose samples to send o reps that everyone can sell then send enough to give out to customer to try. Your profit margin is plenty high to be able to do this.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Transforming culture for the better!

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    • 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
  3.  

    Salary a joke

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Outside Sales Representative
    Former Employee - Outside Sales Representative

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

    Pros

    Great intermediate bosses who support you.

    Cons

    They give you a sliding salary as they expect you to make your salary on commission. Unless you get an established customer base you will never make it. To many competitors and you sell products sold by them all.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Unless the representative has a fighting chance you will always be looking for new sales people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  5.  

    Territory Rep

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Russellville, AR
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Russellville, AR

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

    Pros

    Flexible Schedule, ability to make extra commission

    Cons

    Use of personal vehicle, no fuel reimbursement, out of pocket expenses with no help from upper management, upper management lack of knowledge and know how.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more skilled DSM and RSM. Allow for company vehicle to reps and fuel expense. You cannot expect the reps to take 100 percent of the risk.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  6.  

    Review of Lawson Products through Cyber Meadows

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical Consultant in Schaumburg, IL
    Former Employee - Technical Consultant in Schaumburg, IL

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

    Pros

    Wonderful people to work with and challenging assignmentsLong hours and hard work

    Cons

    Wonderful people to work with

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more people oriented !

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Good company

    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Des Plaines, IL
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Des Plaines, IL

    I worked at Lawson Products (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits, promot within if qualifications match. Friendly and caring.

    Cons

    Software n computer system needs updating.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Help to coach employees to exceed and grow.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Terrible Upper Management

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Representative
    Current Employee - Sales Representative

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

    Pros

    Great local management. Plenty of freedom.

    Cons

    Poor business practices. The people in accounting have no people skills.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pull your heads out of your you know what.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Great Company!

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    • 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

    Lawson Products is a great company for any motivator sales person.

    Cons

    No the right company for you if you aren't motivated and a self-starter

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great company and nice people to work with !

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical Consultant in Schaumburg, IL
    Former Employee - 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
  11.  

    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

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