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Lawson Products Reviews

Updated September 8, 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. "Great Company on the Rise"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Territory Sales Representative in Visalia, CA
    Current Employee - Territory Sales Representative in Visalia, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good customer relationships. Great product knowledge

    Cons

    A lot of empty territories in my area


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Company is turning the corner. It's growing and the future looks bright."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great, fun hardworking people. Hardworking and fun. Leadership is taking positive actions to better the business and build for the future. Solid reputation in the marketplace. Sales are up. 401(k) is great.

    Cons

    Pace can be fast and priorities many. A few people (not the executives) still reluctant to changing with the times.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the positive momentum going.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Great company to work for!"

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    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Rockford, IL
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Rockford, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lawson has the systems in place to succeed right away in this industry. I have been in sales with Lawson for 10 years and I love getting up every day and working for this company. Lawson has some of the best products in the industry, and customers appreciate that! They also provide you with the right amount of training and support behind the scenes to make the job easier every day.

    Cons

    The organization is getting better at consistently communicating with the sales force. The more that the corporate employees interact with the sales people and understand how the sales force works, the better this company will be in the long run.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Great Place to Work"

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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 10 years)

    Pros

    Lawson has made many changes is the past 5 years, all changes have been needed and improved the company.
    Lawson is growing and adding many new sales reps and growing its market share. Its a great place to grow your carrier.

    Cons

    Cant really say anything negative about the company.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Great things on the horizon"

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    Current Employee - Sales Representative
    Current Employee - Sales Representative
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lawson puts you in a position to REALLY earn a good living. It's not just pie in the sky. There are reps at Lawson that make a very good living. I was one of them.

    Cons

    They have gone through a lot of computer updates in the past few years and that has hurt a lot of the more seasoned reps. Change can be tough and the change that Lawson went through was very tough. The company has refocused its efforts to support the sales force and provide a great experience for its customers.

    Advice to Management

    Keep focused on how to help the reps make money. The reps at Lawson drive the business. If they are happy, they will keep the customer happy. Happy customers spend more.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "The Company has turned around and they are in growth mode. The transition with SAP was difficult but"

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    Current Employee - Sales Representative
    Current Employee - Sales Representative
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Lawson Products full-time

    Pros

    The company is growing which leads to future opportunities at many levels. If a sales rep stays with the structure of demonstrating products on every call they can earn commissions much higher than normal. You can place bins and cabinets at no charge which helps customers and the sales force. Organizing a shop and labeling everything makes it easy for repeat business.

    Cons

    The outside sales position is hard work, but for those willing to stay with it, they will earn a great income. Its easy to be become an order taker but if you do, your income will suffer

    Advice to Management

    increase product education


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Getting it right!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Many changes that had to be made to bring the company to the world class levels it can be. We are makign progress each dayt and most of the transistions are behind us. We are now growing our team, our sales, and building career paths for many new hires. It is an excitiing place to work

    Cons

    Still rebuilding from the many positive changes that have happened.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to invest in the sales team - many new hires in the last 3 years have to become industry experts, as we lost a lot of knowledge in the past few years. You have it going - stay committed

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Growing Company that is a great place to work"

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

    Pros

    Over the last few years the Company has made numerous investments that have led to improved financial performance and made the Company a better place to work. The Company is dedicated to growing and educating its sales force, as well as investing in the career paths of office employees. The overall work environment continues to become a more collaborative, team oriented approach.

    Cons

    There are still some aspects of job that could be more efficient, however, the Company is focused on continuous improvement of all job functions and operations.


  9. "Great Company!"

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

    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


  10. "Great Company"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lawson is a great place to work. You are given the responsibility to get your work done on your own without being micromanaged. Coworkers are great to work with.

    Cons

    Management is constantly changing and I have a new boss every couple months. The direction and priorities tend to change every so often but in all it is heading in the right direction.

    Advice to Management

    Get a set management structure. The company has a lot of potential and is heading in the right direction.


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