CDW Reviews

Updated April 24, 2015
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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. Featured Review

    Helpful (2)

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

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    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. Flexible work and coworker-friendly atmosphere

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    • Senior Management
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    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.

  3. A great place to begin a technology career.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CDW full-time

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

    Pros

    A fast paced environment for people who like to sell. Compensation is largely based on the sales you produce. Exposure to many brands of leading technology,

    Cons

    This can be the best job when one is doing well but can be the worst job when one is not doing well.

    Advice to Management

    Consider a cost of living salary adjustment for remote positions.

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  5. Great Place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at CDW full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Professional environment, with lots of support

    Cons

    Very large org needs a little more attention to process.

  6. Helpful (1)

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

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    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

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    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. Helpful (1)

    Great first job!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CDW full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    So much to learn!
    Amazing training program
    Great Coworkers

    Cons

    Low pay but after your third year and consistent hard work theres a lot of money to be made!

  9. Account Executive Intern

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    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I have been working at CDW as an intern (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Great corporate culture, and truly amazing management team. There are a tremendous amount of resources dedicated for you to succeed in your role as a Account Executive Intern.

    Cons

    Nothing that I can note.

  10. Helpful (2)

    GREAT PLACE to work and GR8! Friends!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
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    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

  11. Helpful (1)

    Account Manager

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    Current Employee - Account Manager in Chandler, AZ
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Chandler, AZ

    I have been working at CDW

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

    Pros

    excellent onboard training, perks, great work environment, uncapped commission structure

    Cons

    None I can think of

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