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CDW Reviews in Chicago, IL

Updated August 13, 2014
Updated August 13, 2014
628 Reviews

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628 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • There is also a great work life balance as long as you prove that you are a high performer (in 59 reviews)

  • Many coworkers have the ability to work from home a day or two a week (in 16 reviews)


Cons
  • Base salary could be higher to attract better talent in the beginning (in 33 reviews)

  • There is sometimes quite a bit of turnover among the inside account managers (in 33 reviews)

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  1.  

    nice

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    Current Employee - Account Manager  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at CDW full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    great environment lots of growth

    Cons

    low salary, month to month business is like a rollercoaster

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    work from home privaledges

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    One of the best...period! Top notch co-workers plentiful.

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    Current Employee - Operations Manager  in  Vernon Hills, IL
    Current Employee - Operations Manager in Vernon Hills, IL

    I have been working at CDW full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    WLB & Co-Worker recognition second to none. This place truly cares & puts co-workers first in many ways. Work hard, play hard mentality very prevalent here, very cutting edge, progressive management styles also abundant.

    Cons

    On the Services side not many, but conscious that there are different LOB's & not all operate at the same level. Do your homework upfront.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stock up 100% since IPO!! Keep up the great work...

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Extremely satisfying, equally as challenging.

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    Current Employee - Account Manager  in  Mettawa, IL
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Mettawa, IL

    I have been working at CDW full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    It is very hands on training, along with highly intelligent sales instructors. They help you along every step of the way to ensure you are a factual, polished, ready to take on the world type of Account Manager.

    Cons

    4 weeks of classroom, 8-5 training (which is a pro too) then 5 months of being in the academy (which is more of a pro as well)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you're doing. You are making this sales training so enjoyable.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Walks the Walk

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    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at CDW full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    * Good company that *truly* works to ensure the needs of co-workers are met
    * Good pay; good benefits
    * Nationwide + Canada with potential to re-locate from current area
    * Lots of supported opportunities to learn and grow your career
    * Company size
    * Vision and drive to becoming *the* IT service provider
    * Home-grown company from Chicago (eBay before eBay; Amazon before Amazon)
    * Stellar relationships with Cisco, MSFT, Google, HP, Apple and more
    * Promotes, and stands behind, diversity in the workplace

    Cons

    * Company size (also included as a "pro") Currently ~6,000 co-workers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    * Keep the "home-grown" feel of CDW as we continue to grow
    * Keep doing what you do Tom Richards

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    My experience was amazing!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at CDW full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Constant follow up. Upbeat and exciting

    Cons

    Not one con comes to mind. Best experience I have ever had

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up what they are doing

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great coworker environment; very positive growth within the industry and for the individual too.

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    Current Employee - Project Coordinator  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Project Coordinator in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at CDW full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Large company that has the perks of a close-knit smaller company as well; great benefits and knowledgeable management; great learning environment and development opportunities.

    Cons

    None that I have seen so far.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the fantastic work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    The people and the culture are the best in the industry!

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    Current Employee - Corporate Account Manager  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Corporate Account Manager in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at CDW full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The people! They really want to help you. The culture truly promotes the coworker and you do have a say in a large company.

    Cons

    Large company with information all over the map. Needs to be centralized per dept. and position. It takes months to learn the back-end. This would save many hours for every coworker.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the employees and please keep sales to push the services. This is where we will survive in the long run.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great Place to Work, Promotes Work/Life Balance

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    Current Employee - Talent Acquisition  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Talent Acquisition in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at CDW full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Work/Life balance, interesting work, great coworker base - overall the people that work here are great!
    High Character Leadership, strong values throughout the organization.

    Cons

    Compensation, slow to adopt change

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    CDW Response

    May 28, 2014Senior Manager

    We’re glad to hear you value CDW’s leadership. We know that strong leaders inspire others to perform at their best.

  10.  

    CDW provides a great opportunity for someone to build a long term career with strong work/life balance.

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    Current Employee - Management  in  Vernon Hills, IL
    Current Employee - Management in Vernon Hills, IL

    I have been working at CDW full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Competitive compensation, growing technology industry and fun/social environment

    Cons

    Coworkers are expected to perform. CDW invests heavily in training. CDW pushes coworkers to exceed customer expectations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Company needs to continue to recognize contributions from long tenured coworkers. Need to make sure they know they are appreciated.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    CDW Response

    May 28, 2014Senior Manager

    Thank you for the review. CDW believes feedback can help make our organization an even better place to work.

  11.  

    Happy AM

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    Former Employee - Inside Sales Account Manager  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Inside Sales Account Manager in Chicago, IL

    I worked at CDW full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    They have a great Onboarding program for new hires in sales that gets you immersed properly into the technology side as well as into the sales side of things. You can really hit the ground running.

    Cons

    All the sales training is focused on transactional style selling, but that is only one part. Spend more time with LOS12+ on strategies and skills to sell higher and wider within their largest and/or most strategic accounts.

    Recommends
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