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Lawson Products Reviews

Updated June 14, 2017
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Lawson Products President and Chief Executive Officer Michael G. DeCata
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Pros
  • Lawson allows our sales reps to earn as much as they are capable of (in 10 reviews)

  • Great Benifits, uncapped earning potential, and overall a outstanding company to work for (in 8 reviews)

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

  • Can be hard work if you're in the field but it's a very rewarding career (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "INDUSTRIAL DISTRIBUTION"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Proud company history. Good people. Strong Sales force.

    Cons

    Too much politics for type /size of company

    Advice to Management

    Hire often, bring in new talent and skill sets. Be open to change. Be willing to make tough decisions.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "sales"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Albuquerque, NM
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Albuquerque, NM
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Supportive management , great schedule....

    Cons

    no car no expense no phone ....making changes for sake of making changes.

    Advice to Management

    leave the sales force be for a few yrs. let them sell.

  3. "Sales rep"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mobile, AL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mobile, AL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Autonomous. Ability to sell a lot in the right area

    Cons

    Declining salary. High priced. Time spent on setups

    Advice to Management

    Company car. Base salary


  4. "Good stepping stone"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Outside Sales Representative in Huntington, WV
    Current Employee - Outside Sales Representative in Huntington, WV
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great management and leadership, great pay, awesome benefits, base salary to help you out when first starting.

    Cons

    Really unorganized system of ordering, territory layout could be improved, no credit card for sales expenses


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Sales"

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    Former Employee - Sales in Saint Charles, IL
    Former Employee - Sales in Saint Charles, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Lawson Products (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great flexibility and earnings potential

    Cons

    None that i can point to

    Advice to Management

    More national business


  6. "warehouse operater"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Warehouse Operator in Fairfield, NJ
    Current Employee - Warehouse Operator in Fairfield, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    well pay with good benefits

    Cons

    no room to grow in company


  7. Helpful (1)

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

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    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. Helpful (2)

    "A Fair and balanced review from a current Outside Sales Rep"

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    Current Employee - Outside Sales Representative in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Outside Sales Representative in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    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.


  9. "Good company"

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Des Plaines, IL
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Des Plaines, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    Help to coach employees to exceed and grow.


  10. "Busy"

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    Former Employee - Credit/Collections Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Credit/Collections Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Took advantage of extra training opportunities. Flexible work schedule.

    Cons

    No opportunity for advancement. No recognition of working beyond what was expected.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate better with work force.


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