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Lawson Products Reviews

Updated November 3, 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. "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


  2. "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!

  3. "Sales"

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

    I worked at Lawson Products (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great if you are pals with management.

    Cons

    Management enforced draconian non compete clauses in the contract, ruining lives of many former reps, some of whom were fired for refusing to become employees, rather than keeping contractor status. Customers fleeing in droves. Products that are no longer the best, yet still expensive.

    Advice to Management

    None.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Poor Management"

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    Former Employee - General Warehouse
    Former Employee - General Warehouse
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay
    Nice benefits
    They have Union
    Good hard working team members in the warehouse
    Nice area good location
    Thats all

    Cons

    Management doesn't care about the employees. Tenure doesn't matter to management. Management doesn't have a clue on how all positions work in the warehouse. And when an employee quits instead of hiring someone to fill the position they have other employees doing job function that they are not getting paid for, nor is in the job description that they applied and hired for.

    Advice to Management

    Corporate should should look into why tenured employees are quiting and they can't get temps to become permanent. Management really needs to get in tune with the current employees before the Southern DC becomes no more!


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Sales"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Lawson Products (More than a year)

    Pros

    There are none to speak of

    Cons

    Poor training
    Poor management
    Poor leadership
    No money to be made....too many products

    Advice to Management

    Get better training, better management, and better leadership


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Unethical management - executive misconduct"

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    Former Employee - Outside Sales Representative in Kaneohe, HI
    Former Employee - Outside Sales Representative in Kaneohe, HI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Freedom of comm only rep and a good selection of products to sell.

    Cons

    Management is driven like a mafia organization.

    Advice to Management

    Get a clue


  7. Helpful (8)

    "Avoid this company like the plague."

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    Former Employee - Outside Sale
    Former Employee - Outside Sale
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Lawson Products full-time

    Pros

    Absolutely none
    They treat their people horribly

    Cons

    Just google Lawson Products versus and see all the old agents they let go, then stalked.
    then sued because they could and used it beat the remaining people into thier compliance.

    Advice to Management

    It should happen to you.

  8. Helpful (8)

    "Sales Agent 16yrs."

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    Former Employee - Outside Sales Representative in Van Wert, OH
    Former Employee - Outside Sales Representative in Van Wert, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Was THE company to sell for when I started in 1997
    The best product line, training, engineering help, - agents were treated like rock stars, you could literally call corporate and ask to speak to Sid Port (president and founder) and he answered his own phone!
    Top management reviewed your paycheck, and occasionally wrote a little note.
    You were respected - they knew where the money came from!

    Cons

    New management tried to make it Staples/Office Depot, cut training, product engineering built an imaginary wall between corp. and the sales force.
    Constant turnover in district managers ( I had 5 different ones in 16 yrs) the last one I was assigned to before I left wasn't allowed to work my territory! Big help!?
    SAP integration almost crippled the company, lost a lot of customers and sales reps in the process - you can't sell product they can't ship or bill or pay you for.
    I waited 2 yrs to write a review as part of my succession agreement
    I was with Lawson for 16 yrs, they have had to replace my successor twice in the 2-1/2 yrs since
    Transition from Independant Agent to co. employees was very poorly planned disaster

    Advice to Management

    Learn from the past, but take a good look at what used to work - it still might work.
    I honestly thought the Port family would have sold it by now.
    A lot of people were hurt, treat them better, remember where you paycheck comes from, and it's not from payroll!


  9. Helpful (4)

    "What a Joke"

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    Current Employee - Outside Sales Representative in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Outside Sales Representative in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits ..are the only pros of this company they should try to give the employees more compensation ..that would be a pro ...

    Cons

    Management is horrible pay is horrible no car allowance they only give you 500 dollars for a computer ...and expect you to go from there !! Trust me people you don't want to work for this company ever !!

    Advice to Management

    Learn to do things faster ...your the slowest people in the corporate world !


  10. Helpful (3)

    "sales agent"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    freedom of making and running your own schedule

    Cons

    This company is the reason unions exist. The agent carries the workload and constantly gets commissions reduced


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