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CDW Reviews in Chicago, IL

Updated September 17, 2014
Updated September 17, 2014
631 Reviews
4.0
631 Reviews
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CDW Chairman and CEO Thomas E. Richards
Thomas E. Richards
268 Ratings

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. 1 person found this helpful  

    One of the best...period! Top notch co-workers plentiful.

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    Current Employee - Operations Manager  in  Vernon Hills, IL
    Current Employee - Operations Manager in Vernon Hills, IL

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

    Pros

    WLB & Co-Worker recognition second to none. This place truly cares & puts co-workers first in many ways. Work hard, play hard mentality very prevalent here, very cutting edge, progressive management styles also abundant.

    Cons

    On the Services side not many, but conscious that there are different LOB's & not all operate at the same level. Do your homework upfront.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stock up 100% since IPO!! Keep up the great work...

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Extremely satisfying, equally as challenging.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Manager  in  Mettawa, IL
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Mettawa, IL

    I have been working at CDW full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    It is very hands on training, along with highly intelligent sales instructors. They help you along every step of the way to ensure you are a factual, polished, ready to take on the world type of Account Manager.

    Cons

    4 weeks of classroom, 8-5 training (which is a pro too) then 5 months of being in the academy (which is more of a pro as well)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you're doing. You are making this sales training so enjoyable.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    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

    I have been working at CDW full-time for more than 10 years

    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
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  5.  

    Walks the Walk

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

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

    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
  6.  

    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

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

    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
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    For the most part CDW is a good company

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    Former Employee - IT Manager  in  Vernon Hills, IL
    Former Employee - IT Manager in Vernon Hills, IL

    I worked at CDW full-time

    Pros

    Solid corporate culture
    People love their work
    Finance Area is one of the most energetic areas of the company
    Sales Team works hard
    Warehouse Team is awesome

    Cons

    It is an IT company but is mired in a political and tech doldrums in the IT area
    IT is one of the worst areas of the company:
         Stagnant leadership
         Uses blame game problem solving
         Dictator type of leadership style is valued - oppressive

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Follow the management rotation of the Finance Area
    Sr Leadership should take a real look at their IT area

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Account Manager

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

    I worked at CDW full-time for more than a year

    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
  9. 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

    I have been working at CDW full-time for less than a year

    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
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Plenty of career opportunities within CDW to advance in your career

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manager Business Systems  in  Vernon Hills, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Manager Business Systems in Vernon Hills, IL

    I have been working at CDW full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The company is constantly pushing the envelope on getting results and because of that most of the years I've been here we've been successful, have exceeded our numbers and get recognized for that as well. Even as the company has grown significantly it still feels like a small business with a family owned feel to it. There are also many opportunities to expand your career whether that's to other teams within your same department, switching to a different department all together or progressing up the chain in your department. Also, the ability to have a flexible schedule to meet work and family needs helps tremendously.

    Cons

    The CDW culture is a unique one and at times can be grueling between the extra hours of effort that are needed to make sure things get done and the political landscape that has to be executed just right.

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

    I have been working at CDW full-time for less than a year

    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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