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Updated May 11, 2021

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3.1
48%
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Lawson Products President and Chief Executive Officer 	Michael G. DeCata
Michael G. DeCata
96 Ratings
Pros
  • "Lawson allows our sales reps to earn as much as they are capable of(in 10 reviews)

  • "If you are a eager individual who wants an opportunity to advance in your career, Lawson is a great company for you(in 9 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Depending on territory size, you may have a lot of windshield time but you receive a car allowance(in 8 reviews)

  • "There is currently no "career ladder" unless you just want to be a sales rep and slowly grow your own business(in 7 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Great company to work for.

      May 11, 2021 - District Sales Manager in Indianapolis, IN
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Strong compensation package, excellent leadership, good benefits.

      Cons

      None that are worth mentioning.

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    2. 2.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      Not so great...

      May 9, 2021 - Outside Sales Representative 
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      District manager is great and always supports the team, autonomy, make your own schedule.

      Cons

      No PTO for sales reps. Higher prices than all the competitors with marginal quality differences, which means less sales or smaller commissions. Logistics nightmare, cannot get any products in a timely manner due to lack of vendors, manufacturers or outside support. Corporate communication of any kind takes multiple days due to lack of head count.

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    3. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      Could be a lot better

      May 5, 2021 - Territory Sales Representative in Anchorage, AK
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Independent you get out what you put into the business. Quality products and good business model

      Cons

      Pay is poor based on what it takes to be successful with the company. Shop clean ups are hard and time consuming. Price go up so fast to keep business you have to lower your commissions

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    4. 1.0
      Former Employee

      Bright beginning turned to dismal end

      May 10, 2021 - Outside Sales Representative 
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Make you own schedule. Earn an education in hardware, and maintenance solutions. Sell to some really cool professional mechanics and maintenance people who teach you what they do thru the things they order. Good health insurance and 401k is ran well.

      Cons

      Car allowance is a joke. Too low for the type of demand mgmt makes to be out in the field selling Not covid proof or for a true work remote situation. To sell you have to be out in front of prospects demonstrating product or showing your customers value by being on site. No expenses covered for buying donuts, leaving candy or buying pizzas for lunch. For customers or targeted prospects. Too low a base salary. Commissions are low. No territory protection. Product prices are high. Sometimes making as little as 2% on sales. Fair monthly bonus structure but your quota is unreachable, so not obtainable after the first couple of years. 1st couple of years got a $25 gift card for Xmas then it turned to a donation to charity. I felt like Clark Griswold in Christmas Vacation. Not really, but taking a small gift to a donation to charity where you know the company gave less than what the g cards cost; just spelled CHEAP at the expense of their employees. Even though Lawson made a sizable profit last year, per their SEC filing; they withheld company contributions to 401k plans. Hard to make 50k here now. Ceiling is way too low for the type of work they expect. Lawson made big changes to compensation in the last 2 years and I believe they are going to see a mass exodus of reps here soon.

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    5. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Awesome place to work at

      May 5, 2021 - Project Manager in Chicago, IL
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Salary friendships management work life balance

      Cons

      None at all! Great place

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    6. 5.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      good company

      Mar 23, 2021 - Sales Associate in Cleveland, OH
      Recommend
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      Pros

      It was a fair work environment. nice people

      Cons

      ceiling too low for me

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    7. 1.0
      Former Employee

      Bad pay

      Apr 14, 2021 - Sales Representative 
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Extensive product line to offer.

      Cons

      Base salary 32k with 1st year Potential of making 55k and thats with nonstop hustling. A monthly vehicle allowance of $200 only. That is to include all your maintenance as well as fuel. You will exceed that dollar amount in fuel alone with the territory you are expected to cover.

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    8. 4.0
      Current Employee

      Great Place to work

      Mar 10, 2021 - Territory Manager 
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      {Plenty of leverage to set your own schedule

      Cons

      It can be hard at times bringing on new customers

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    9. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Great

      Jan 29, 2021 - Warehouse Worker 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great job friendly people very professional

      Cons

      None great company to work for

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    10. 2.0
      Current Employee, more than 10 years

      Low pay

      Mar 2, 2021 - Sales in Lakewood, CO
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Still have some freedom but not like 20 years ago when we were independent reps

      Cons

      Pay, restricted in just about everything important

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