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CDW Reviews in Chicago, IL

Updated August 18, 2014
Updated August 18, 2014
623 Reviews

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623 Reviews
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CDW Chairman and CEO Thomas E. Richards
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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

    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.  

    Is What it is

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Manager  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    Coworkers are independent and given the opportunity to make their own success however that is extremely difficult with the tiny commissions on sales., it can be down though with the right personality.

    Cons

    HR is pretty much non-existent and really do not care for employees, policies or conduct. Although an industry norm, its overwhelmingly male dominated which is good depending on how you take it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Good place to learn and work on enterprise class problems and build up skills

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing/Ecommerce  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Marketing/Ecommerce in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    Good people and Friendly management. You get recognization for your work. Good work/life balance. Busy days mixed with slow days. Good benifits.

    Cons

    Outdated processes and tools, however they are making big investments to change this, but change still slow. Slow promotions and below industry base salary due to vauge job titles. Bonus is non existant. Behing the curve when it comes to technology adoption for a technology reseller. Poor infrastructure and you are given sluggish hardware to work with

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you want to attract and retain top talent, you have to be competative on pay

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    The good and bad.

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

    Pros

    A lot of sale incentives and benefits. Their are allot of events that partners have for you.

    Cons

    Very low base pay. You really make all your money on the book of business you have.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management is on point, no improvement needed

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Helpful for the first 8 years

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Account Manager  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Account Manager in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    Good company to start with and helpful to get you started

    Cons

    You need to get on top quickly and than move into other positions. If you don't you get lost and forgotten

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Even if someone been their for more than eight years don't think of them as a number think of them as a person

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Walks the Walk

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

    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
  8.  

    CDW has helped me grow on a professional and personal level.

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    Current Employee - Sales Operations Supervisor  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Sales Operations Supervisor in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    There is a lot of opportunity to grow and a plethera of job opportunities after you complete 1 year of sales.

    Cons

    The compensation is not competitive with other companies in our industry.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Account Manager

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

    Pros

    Good position to get entry level experience. If in small business get in and get out. Free outings and happy hours. Many times you get free lunch hosted by company partners. Young environment and you get to wear jeans on Friday. You also get to work downtown in the loop.

    Cons

    Low base salary, strict management who don't understand for 25K base salary many people simply don't care. Getting stricter and more micromanaging, including pipelining, forecasting, and monthly meetings with boss.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase the base salary. If you really value employees pay them better and give them more flexibility. Don't micromanage.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 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

    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
  11.  

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

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Coordinator  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Project Coordinator in Chicago, IL

    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

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