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CDW Reviews

Updated September 18, 2014
Updated September 18, 2014
631 Reviews
4.0
631 Reviews
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CDW Chairman and CEO Thomas E. Richards
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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 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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great company. Great resources. Great people.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Field Account Executive  in  Nashville, TN
    Current Employee - Field Account Executive in Nashville, TN

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

    Pros

    Complete IT portfolio: Hardware, Software, Professional Services, Networking Services, Cloud Services

    Cons

    Preconceived ideas of CDW.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Career paths are a must.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Awesome

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Branch Office Administrator  in  Ada, MI
    Former Employee - Branch Office Administrator in Ada, MI

    I worked at CDW full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Perks, great coworkers, great work environment.

    Cons

    Corporate management not familiar with field positions and how field offices work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Industry best training enables sellers to succeed in a sink or swim environment, and make a ton of money!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Medlar Account Manager  in  Cherry Hill, NJ
    Current Employee - Senior Medlar Account Manager in Cherry Hill, NJ

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

    Pros

    Industry Best Training
    Tons of lateral and vertical career opportunities
    Food, events and perks are constantly provided
    For those willing to work hard and swim in a sink/swim environment, the compensation is fantastic

    Cons

    Very large company - sometimes you feel "like a number"
    Sink/swim environment - those not willing to work very hard will make very little money - not enough to "get by"

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    In regards to the compensation plan: Upper Management needs to recognize that as a sales organization, sellers need to be put first. While we understand that a publicly traded company is focused on EBITDA - we also understand that human beings go through ups/down in life and in a sales role, the downs sometimes affect work performance. Dealing with outrageous goal hikes and making half as much money as the previous year due to goal-penalties leads to poor morale of what is sometimes top talent, rather than compensation being a motivating factor. More times than not, compensation becomes a "fear factor" rather than a "motivating driver" for many new CDW sellers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Cares about the coworkers more than any company I've every worked for.

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

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

    Pros

    - Work life balance
    - Work from home

    Cons

    - Upward mobility can be a challenge

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Better leverage the talent by bringing together silos

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    If you work hard you can go far in this company.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Learning Environment Advisor  in  Mettawa, IL
    Current Employee - Learning Environment Advisor in Mettawa, IL

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

    Pros

    The best thing about this company is the way they develop their employees. There is a world of knowledge that can be learned and easily accessed. I have been in the Sales industry for almost 25 years now and never received the kind of training that CDW offers to their employees.

    Cons

    The biggest challenge to overcome working for CDW is often compensation. There is a lot of incentive if you are doing everything you can to close deals, but the biggest battle comes from fighting the internal processes in order to make money. The constant fight to keep your deals profitable is easily the most daunting aspect of joining a sales team at CDW. That being said if you learn the system and leverage the right partner relationships the overall experience can be very rewarding.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees like the individuals they are and try to avoid alienating the company's best resource in the shuffle of corporate minutiae.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Relatively Good experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Brand Manager  in  Vernon Hills, IL
    Current Employee - Brand Manager in Vernon Hills, IL

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

    Pros

    Good work life balance mostly, great team members

    Cons

    Pay well below the market unless you are in sales warning good commission. Poor recognition

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Actually act on feedback from employees

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

    Great company

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Development  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Business Development in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at CDW full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Strong benefits and culture where co-workers are well taken care of. It's a reward for performance type of culture. A lot of perks and events to be a part of in a Tech Sales organization.

    Cons

    Still a large company and the machine is still a machine.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue promoting from within, but also let our vendor partners have access to the CDW employee pool as well.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    A good place to learn about the IT world

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CDW

    Pros

    Good benefits. decent work life.

    Cons

    the transition from private to public lost some good employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    A great place to build a career

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Account Manager  in  Chandler, AZ
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Account Manager in Chandler, AZ

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

    Pros

    Because of CDW's uncapped commissions, people who put in the time and effort can see serious paychecks after a couple of years. Vendors will also constantly bring in food and host happy hours and other events. I also enjoy a great deal of control how I build my business- I get to decide which customers I want to work with and which technologies I want to talk about.

    Cons

    The pay early on can be difficult, but what I dislike most about CDW is how arbitrary and inconsistent account growth can be. While a coworkers success is ultimately decided by their skill and effort, it can be frustrating to see people on one team get great accounts reassigned to them, while being on a team where there are very few accounts to go around.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Excellent place with excellent people.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CDW

    Pros

    At CDW I feel appreciated an challenged to perform at the highest levels. It is an amazing place to work.

    Cons

    Communication could be improved, but every year the leadership conducts a survey to find out what they can do better.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your vision and care for your employees is a stellar example that other companies should strive to achieve. Keep up the good work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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