CDW Reviews

Updated April 26, 2015
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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (2)

    It is a fast-paced, winning culture that allows you to positively affect many people, both personally and professionally

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

    I have been working at CDW

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    1. The People - At CDW, relationships matter...with Customers, Partners, Community and each other
    2. The Culture - Every day is different, and there is never a dull moment
    3. The Values - Everything we do revolves around the Customer. Success means never being satisfied and we operate our business with passion and integrity.

    Cons

    The pace of change in our industry is, at times, overwhelming, and we are often asked to do more with the same amount of resources...or sometimes less. But, with the right mix of time management, prioritization and communication, successfully navigating constant change is achievable.

    Advice to Management

    Within a performance-based culture, such as CDW's, the focus on success is important. Allowing our Coworkers to maintain a positive work/life balance is also important to prevent overload and burnout.

  2. District Sales Manager

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Company has great values. Truly a unique player in the B2B IT Reseller space, long term direction of the company is very solid.

    Cons

    Very little to truly complain about at CDW. Management pay is probably not commensurate with the amount of responsibility. That said, the pay is probably competitive to some extent with the marketplace.

    Advice to Management

    Great company and values. We need to attract and keep better talent within the organization, there is a good amount of young talent at the organization and CDW can continue to get better at retaining and attracting the best talent.

  3. Flexible work and coworker-friendly atmosphere

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good work/life balance and hours flexibility, including working from home and flexible hours. Very few job security worries for good performers. Good office culture, including fun events and networking opportunities. Lots of opportunities to take on new responsibility and learn new skills.

    Cons

    Salary. Definitely below market average salaries and benefits. Internal transfer compensation issues mean the longer you work at CDW, the greater the gap is between what you earn and what new hires earn. The best and brightest tend to leave for the partner community. Also not much opportunity for promotions.

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  5. Account Manager

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

    I worked at CDW full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    There was a lot of great training on the different technologies and products on an ongoing basis.

    Cons

    The company wanted you to be chained to your desk. I felt guilty getting up to use the restroom. The company was constantly hiring as people were constantly leaving.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your workers the way you would want to be treated.

  6. Helpful (1)

    Work hard to build book and build relationships the rest is fairly easy

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Easy to run your own business and lots of ways to make money with various solution offerings and many vendor partners.

    Cons

    routine work, not very many new challenges or room for professional growth past certain tenure

  7. Helpful (1)

    Supervisor

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

    I have been working at CDW

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The culture is very dynamic with strong leaders across the board. There is a culture of family with constant collaboration to solve an issue or manage a project. I have been at CDW close to 8 years and love going to work every morning.

    Cons

    I have none in my experience.

  8. Strong relationships, lots of opportunity, high pressure.

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

    I worked at CDW

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good commissions, strong relationships with customers.

    Cons

    Micromanagement, not enough time spent with management.

    Advice to Management

    Spend more time with your employees.

  9. Account Manager

    • 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 (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    -Extensive Training Program
    -Great Career Growth Opportunity
    -Bunch of Perks from Channel Representatives

    Cons

    -Must generate your own leads
    -Predatory atomosphere

  10. A/R Specialist

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Benefits are very good here.

    Cons

    Management could have a better attitude towards employees

    Advice to Management

    Hiring supervisors and promoting seniors should be based on skill level and experience, not based on how likable individual is to the direct managers.

  11. Helpful (2)

    GREAT PLACE to work and GR8! Friends!

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

    I have been working at CDW

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I have been working at CDW for 15 Years and looking to stay here for another 15!
    - Very rewarding at the same time can be Very challenging
    - Great work life balance as long as you prove that you are a performer
    - Positive Attitude is the key to success at CDW
    - Love the people I work with, great group.
    - You Make it Happen Attitude

    Cons

    Sometimes, you feel like management’s urgency level is not properly synchronized with others.

    Advice to Management

    No advice, love the company, love the Culture. The Sales Account manager career is for quality, productive and hardworking professionals --as it should be. Excellent job

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