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CDW Reviews in Chicago, IL

Updated February 22, 2015
Updated February 22, 2015
328 Reviews
3.8
328 Reviews
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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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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great first sales job - Unbelievable Training Program

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

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

    Pros

    The account manager training program is an industry best. I was 100% prepared for this position after the "Academy".

    Cons

    Low base pay, long hours - but you get out of it what you put into it!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to hire from within, and nurture young talent.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great workplace

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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

    Pros

    compensation, professional development, and benefits

    Cons

    management in some departments are lacking in leadership skills

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Love working for CDW

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

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

    Pros

    Great benefits package. The onboarding process is very streamlined. Coworkers are eager to help new employees get up to speed. Managers allow you to explore and learn the first 90 days without micro managing your daily schedule. You are encouraged to walk around and say hello to coworkers and learn the business. Many opportunities to learn about new technology and trends. I was allowed to use a decommissioned server blade for testing at home. I felt that I was a part of my team the first week. If I had an issue gaining access to something my coworkers and immediate manager worked quickly to address it. Senior management took time to introduce me to key professionals across the IT organization. I find the work culture is great and responsive to the business. Their are many online training courses available for free and technology companies come into headquarters to discuss there latest software and hardware products.

    Cons

    I can't think of any negative issues through my first 90 days. Love the work environment so far.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep developing talent for future growth. Sky is the limit.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great Company

    Current Employee - Solution Architect in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Solution Architect in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at CDW

    Pros

    Great people. Fast paced working environment. Culture of winning. High standards. Competitive compenation packages. Flexible work from home arrangements.

    Cons

    No real cons. I have had a great experience thus far

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    CDW

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    • 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 a 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
  7. 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
  8.  

    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 a 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
  9.  

    Great, forward thinking company that is the best at what they do

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  10.  

    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
  11.  

    Relatively Good experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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

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