CDW

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CDW Reviews in Chicago, IL

Updated November 28, 2014
Updated November 28, 2014
684 Reviews
3.9
684 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 71 reviews)

  • Many coworkers have the ability to work from home a day or two a week (in 19 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance - great if you are single, not if you have a family (in 18 reviews)

  • Base salary could be higher to attract better talent in the beginning (in 37 reviews)

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    CDW

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Vernon Hills, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Vernon Hills, IL

    I have been working at CDW full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Outstanding Leadership and company culture founded on the CDW Way. Company is totally committed to coworker engagement and development along with work/life balance. Truly listens to its coworkers and over the years has built a workout center on campus and offers hot lunches, dry cleaning services, coworker discounts, etc

    Cons

    Since I am relatively new to the Company I have not come across any Cons or negative issues after 3 weeks.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you are doing by modeling the CDW Way and being committed to Coworker development, engagement, and work/life balance.

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

    Great place to build a foundation for a career in the technology industry.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Operations Supervisor in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Sales Operations Supervisor in Chicago, IL

    I worked at CDW full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    -Positive work environment, very friendly people
    -Excellent training program
    -Great variety of functions in which you can work and explore your interests

    Cons

    -The benefits are great but salary growth is a challenge in functions outside of sales.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the great work, some differentiation will be necessary with the increased commoditization of the products CDW sells over time. Growth in the services practice will be key, but more competitive advantages will need to be developed to succeed in the long term.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Excellent Interview and Training Process!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at CDW full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    I've only recently started at CDW but even two weeks in I can tell the culture here is like no other. From day one, all of our trainers and guest speakers have been very enthusiastic and knowledgeable. Everyone I speak to in the company I ask them how long they have been here and what do they love. Unanimously I am told they love the atmosphere. They encourage participation, continuous training and everyone says there a huge salary potential.

    Cons

    Like many jobs, it's not going to come easy. They do expect us to put in the time to become knowledgeable about technology and still manage to communicate what we know to customers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Great, forward thinking company that is the best at what they do

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Account Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Sales Account Manager in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at CDW full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    There is unlimited earning potential (all based on how hard you are willing to work and how well you work with others), flexible management, ability to work from home, varied internal and external career paths (including partner companies)

    Cons

    large corporations have many layers of bureaucracy, some sales / leaders teams have a narrow and selfish view causing conflicts, turnover for new hires is high (many don't give it a chance long enough or put in the work the build the book of business)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Sales Capability

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Capability in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Sales Capability in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    CDW is the best company to work for. The training and onboarding programs, as well as wide array of resources, provide employees all the tools to be successful. The pay, promotions, benefits, perks, values, and culture, make CDW the best company to be apart of.

    Cons

    I do not believe there are any cons to working at CDW

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Relatively Good experience

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Brand Manager in Vernon Hills, IL
    Current Employee - Brand Manager in Vernon Hills, IL

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

    Pros

    Good work life balance mostly, great team members

    Cons

    Pay well below the market unless you are in sales warning good commission. Poor recognition

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Actually act on feedback from employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    nice

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at CDW full-time (more than an 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
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Operations Manager in Vernon Hills, IL
    Current Employee - Operations Manager in Vernon Hills, IL

    I have been working at CDW full-time (more than an 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
  10.  

    Extremely satisfying, equally as challenging.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Mettawa, IL
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Mettawa, IL

    I have been working at CDW full-time (less than an 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
  11.  

    Walks the Walk

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at CDW full-time (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

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