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Lawson Products Reviews

Updated November 12, 2017
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Lawson Products President and Chief Executive Officer Michael G. DeCata
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Pros
  • Great Benifits, uncapped earning potential, and overall a outstanding company to work for (in 8 reviews)

  • Lawson is a great company to work for that allows you maximize your earnings potential (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • No car allowance unless you are a new hire and it's only temporary (in 5 reviews)

  • Corporate office has priced us out of the market and its hard to be competitive with so many other choices out there (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Sales Support"

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    Former Employee - Sales Support Representative in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Sales Support Representative in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Lawson Products full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good values, culture and People

    Cons

    None that affected me personally


  2. "Great Career Oppurtunity"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Superior, CO
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Superior, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Lawson Products full-time

    Pros

    Upper Management wants you to succeed.
    Great training program for new hires.
    Unlimited opportunity for advancement with in the company.

    Cons

    No CRM for the sales team.

    Advice to Management

    None at this time

  3. "Sales rep"

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    Current Employee - Sales Representative
    Current Employee - Sales Representative
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You are in charge of your own schedule and have the freedom to plan your time.

    Cons

    Little to no support in the field. Commissions have little by little been going down over the years due to pricing structure. It is very hard to be competitive in the marketplace and make money because the products are so grossly overpriced. The company offers no support with expenses as in gas, auto, internet. It used to be a much better opportunity years ago, but things have definitely changed. The sales rep who is the bread and butter of this company has little or no support and they keep taking away from us and make it harder to earn a decent commission.

    Advice to Management

    Stop cutting our commissions through pricing structure and give us more support in the field. Also support the reps you have and stop hiring more in areas where we are already tripping over one another. We have enough competitors without having to compete with our own reps.


  4. "Terrible treatment of employees"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    None they use &abuse no future no recognition

    Cons

    Name it - pay stinks - worthless management


  5. "nice place to work at"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Lawson Products full-time

    Pros

    friendly environment, clean, caring management, fast paced

    Cons

    there were no real problems there

    Advice to Management

    Listen to employees more.


  6. "Sales Rep"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Lawson Products full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits, really good support from upper management

    Cons

    Not a lot of sales leads


  7. "One step above a demo salesperson at Costco!"

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    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Saint Louis, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    All the positive Glassdoor reviews are "encouraged" to be written week one of employment. HUGE turnover!

    Cons

    If you were hired in a "hiring event" i.e. cattle call do you really think they are looking for talent? No formal product training until you've closed a certain number of sales to prove yourself. We really have to buy our own sample materials to do the required demonstrations?

    Advice to Management

    Just sell the company already!

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Fantastic company to work for. Quality products, support and benefits"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Framingham, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Framingham, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lawson is well respected in the industry and informed customers appreciate the quality the name delivers.

    Cons

    Only thing I find challenging is the lack of car allowance. 20k miles a year is average.


  9. "Great Company!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I’ve worked at Lawson Products for over five years and can honestly say this is the best company I have ever been a part of. My fellow employees are the most supportive and friendly that I have ever known and the culture of teamwork is deeply ingrained within the organization.

    A large numbers of employees have stuck with Lawson for most of their careers because it’s such a great company and has lots of opportunities for upward mobility. They do a great job promoting from within the organization and I personally have earned two promotions in the past five years.

    Lawson offers many leadership and career development training programs to help employees develop their skillsets and grow within the organization. They also use Lean Six Sigma projects to encourage continuous improvement and it’s an exciting time to work at Lawson because we are growing rapidly. I would definitely recommend a pursuing a career at Lawson Products.

    Cons

    I don't really have any cons


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Brown is Going Down!"

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    Former Employee - District Sales Manager
    Former Employee - District Sales Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Lawson Products full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great Training and the products are excellent!!! You have a lot of freedom to make your own schedule and find your customers. The company offers a salary guarantee to new "field reps" but then it becomes commission only. Most managers don't believe in micro management and you have a great "family" culture. A lot of support from the product engineers and customer service!

    Cons

    The Company still thinks that they are in the 80's and some reps still think that they are independent agents making it hard for the company to grow. There can be several reps in a single geographical area making it a challenge to get new business let alone to compete against other MRO suppliers. Closing down a distribution center, minimizing the product lines, and the corporate downsizing only says one thing "Business For Sale"...Losing strategic accounts hurts the reps abilities to land the "Large Accounts" and the competitive edge to the big guys. There is currently no "career ladder" unless you just want to be a sales rep and slowly grow your own business.

    Advice to Management

    You should have never gotten rid of a great sales leader. He really motivated the sales teams! Rethink the growth process and put "true" sales leaders in charge of the sales teams and not an accountant. The current path looks like the end of the Dinosaurs...Couldn't adapt and became extinct!


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