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CDW Reviews in Chicago, IL

Updated December 12, 2014
Updated December 12, 2014
682 Reviews
3.9
682 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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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Vendor Specialist

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Partner Specialist in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Partner Specialist in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Great corporate culture, lot's of perks, good training/development

    Cons

    Below industry pay pretty much across the board, which is why they have problems retaining talent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You can't keep losing all you top salesmen, managers, and specialists without it eventually effecting your bottom line. Pay people what they deserve.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    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
  3.  

    My experience at CPE was excellent. They take care of their employees.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales and Use Tax Auditor in Vernon Hills, IL
    Current Employee - Sales and Use Tax Auditor in Vernon Hills, IL

    I have been working at CDW as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    You will learn a lot there if you are willing to put in the work.

    Cons

    There were really no cons to working there.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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
  6.  

    I enjoyed my time at CDW

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Vernon Hills, IL
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Vernon Hills, IL

    I worked at CDW full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    I was in a non-sales position. The benefits are great, time off is generous once you hit 3 years. In my department office culture was great as was work-life balance (2 work from home days per week).

    Cons

    no more than 10% increase in pay no matter what type of promotion or position you were going to.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great company culture

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

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

    Pros

    -Excellent work life balance
    -Supportive Management
    -Great Benefits
    -Friendly Coworkers

    Cons

    I can't think of any cons at this time.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Leadership Fails, Tools Lacking

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

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

    Pros

    Some flexibility concerning work from home.
    Decent benefits.
    Direct supervisors very approachable.

    Cons

    Main leadership is lacking and communicates one stated goal while going another way.
    Claims toward caring about coworkers are less impressive when they are completely ignored during engagement surveys.
    Tools are lacking and frustrating to use.
    Many people are poor at communication skills and lack the basic sense to read an email before responding (internally).
    Pay structure is poor.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A toxic culture is cultivated when an open door policy is supposedly in place, but in effect is anything but. There is a clear marketing spin being given to employees in a way that is almost cultish.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Place to Start

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

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

    Pros

    CDW is a great place to start. You get top notch training and chances to work your way into technical positions that otherwise might be closed off to you.

    Cons

    Salary is low and senior management hasn't changed in years. New managers keep cycling through because they have no chance of promotion.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    There is not a lot of support and movement from current role.

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

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

    Pros

    Location is nice, right downtown by the river. Benefits are OK, office culture is usually decent depending on your floor. A few lunch options right in the building so you don't have to walk outside on rainy or snowy/cold days to eat.

    Cons

    In my current role, Sales Manager Assistant, there is no room for growth. They keep you in this spot for years and then you realize you have no where to go but outside of CDW. The raises in this position are laughable. The amount of work I do each day makes is almost impossible for me to take a lunch. This position is hourly so we have to take a lunch, I clock out and work and clock in and work. Never get away from my desk. Their is not a lot of team work here, many of the people on my team will not help. If they do help you they will talk about how stupid you are behind your back and to your manager, so it's not worth asking for help. No one really cares about you here when you're the assistant...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management should know how to run the reports too, so they can help us if needed. Management should have a monthly meeting with each employee to check in. Management should find solutions for over-worked employees instead of just offering over-time.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    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

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