CDW Reviews

Updated June 30, 2015
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  1. account manager

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Very good at using a cookie cutter approach to assure good results

    Cons

    9 hour work day. Micromanagement.


  2. Executive Account Manager

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Ability to make a tremendous amount of money with the right dedication

    Cons

    You aren't supported the same across all segments and there is no ability to move across segments once you're placed. For example, the top earners in Corporate and Health Care can make 800k+ per year where the top earners in SLED make 300k or less. It's not due to their talent but simply addressable market. There needs to be a career path to allow the top performers in SLED to move to other segments

    Advice to Management

    Provide the same level of technical support (ISR, FSA's, AE's, ATAE's) across all segments or even allow AE's/FSA's cover multiple segments. There comes a point where it's impossible to sell enterprise type solutions without any local field support.


  3. Love it here!

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mettawa, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mettawa, IL

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

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

    Pros

    Great work/life balance
    Sales training program fantastic
    Benefits are competitive

    Cons

    Can get stuck if not self driven


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  5. Good place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Finance Supervisor in Vernon Hills, IL
    Former Employee - Finance Supervisor in Vernon Hills, IL

    I worked at CDW (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    A lot of opportunities to learn and prove yourself.

    Cons

    Not too much room for advancement


  6. Account Manager

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

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

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

    Pros

    Laid-Back Work Environment, Fun Culture

    Cons

    Low Base, Constantly reliant on others to answer questions and respond to requests

    Advice to Management

    Develop an easier, more efficient way to provide vendor support to sales


  7. Account Manager

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

    I have been working at CDW

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

    Pros

    Culture is the best ever!!!

    Cons

    Base salary is extremely low! You definitely live below the poverty line the first year.

    Advice to Management

    Think about raising the salary!


  8. Big Company

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Brand Manager in Carpentersville, IL
    Former Employee - Brand Manager in Carpentersville, IL

    I worked at CDW (More than a year)

    Neutral Outlook
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great People, Diverse Technology Education and Experience. Excellent Networking opportunities. Gain a solid understanding of reseller and distribution channels

    Cons

    Compensation is very subpar compared to similar positions in market. Unless in the direct sales force with tenure under your belt, compensation does not come close to the experience level and depth of positions.

    No clear career path outlined or assisted by managers. Management desire to keep teams intact versus helping team members move up in a desired career path.


  9. Treasury

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

    I worked at CDW full-time

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

    Pros

    Company is growing rapidly and looks good on your resume.

    Cons

    CDW wants talent, needs talent, but has clue what to when they get it. Hold onto your wallets because CDW employees have no idea what the term Sarbanes Oxley Act means, literally. You cannot be a public company without public experience in treasury management. The culture is a recipe for a surpise audit:

    Ingredients:

    Ego
    Selfishness
    Greed
    Insecurity

    Instructions:

    1st, be selfish and take someone's ideas are share without recognizing your team member.

    2nd, boost your ego with a locker room culture and hand shake deals.

    3rd, add more insecurity by constantly whispering, making unnecessary condescending and negative comments.

    4th, mix in greed with a hefty dose of a don't ask don't tell culture.

    5th, stay put for years and years, learn nothing new, wait for the heat to rise and say hello to the suits when they arrive.


  10. The Culture is gone

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Chicago, IL

    I worked at CDW full-time (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    The people who originally came from PS in Berbee

    Cons

    Executive management and sales management have lost their way due to money. I just left as a Program Manager of eight years in CDW and it is very sad to see the company you once loved now despise. I fear the culture is long gone and the new sales machine is the new norm. Clients are suffering across the board as are coworkers. CDW gets a big deal here and there and management acts as if this is utopia. They forget about the hundreds of others that are just as important and need as much care as the large projects.

    Advice to Management

    Come back to the original culture that made CDW great.


  11. Work life balance needs improvement.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at CDW

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

    Pros

    Strong culture, good benefits, tuition reimbursement. Ability to buy company stock at reduced price.

    Cons

    Work like balance in my department is very difficult. Not enough time to handle workload. Very difficult to hire help.

    Advice to Management

    Doing more with less ends up burning out coworkers who do everything thing they can to keep on top of all their responsibilities.



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