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CDW Reviews

Updated August 27, 2014
Updated August 27, 2014
628 Reviews

4.0
628 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. 1 person found this helpful  

    A great place to build a career

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  2.  

    Good place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Solution Architect  in  Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Solution Architect in Indianapolis, IN

    I worked at CDW full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    large company that has many opportunities. Has both an inside team and an outside field team that work well together in Indiana. They take care of their people well. Good opportunities to work with many different technologies. there is a good level of communication from management to the field.

    Cons

    there are limited paths for advancement, Compensation might be a bit on the low side. The ability to deliver on solutions is excellent in some areas but is lacking in others, I don't see this changing soon.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would not presume to give advice, I don't have the big picture. Things are what they are and there is no place that is perfect to work.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great Culture/a little light on compensation

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Field Account Executive
    Current Employee - Field Account Executive

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

    Pros

    Very innovative, excellent support and resources and wonderful work environment

    Cons

    Still a little committed to inside model while build field. Models are not compatible

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Rather than push inside management to field roles, bring in some new blood for fresh perspective. No doubt successful inside personnel deserve advancement but field management should have field experience.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    nice

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 for more than a year

    Pros

    great environment lots of growth

    Cons

    low salary, month to month business is like a rollercoaster

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    work from home privaledges

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    It is excellent, great experience

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CDW

    Pros

    The professional experience that you gain in this internship is amazing. Meeting with department heads and other higher ups at the school as a student is a wonderful experience

    Cons

    The pay is constant no matter what. You work around other peoples schedule and it is hard to get hours some weeks

  7.  

    Overall, a good place to work.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Lots of career opportunities. Newly-posted positions, including management roles are often filled from within.
    The company takes employee learning and development seriously (though the execution varies a bit from manager to manager).
    A dream team of IT industry experts works here (at least in the S3 division), so it's a great place to work if you are eager to learn about the industry.

    Cons

    Very sales-oriented company. This is not necessarily a con, but it permeates everything and is a big part of the culture. Even if you don't work in a sales role per se, you have to understand and embrace the philosophy or you will not get anywhere.
    Some politics and infighting between divisions (about as much as you would expect for a company of this size).
    Competition for internal management positions is incredibly tough, especially for anyone wants to make the leap to management from individual contributor (again, what you might expect at a Fortune 500 company).
    Mentoring is encouraged but spotty at best -- if you want a mentor other than your immediate supervisor, you really have to network and hunt for one on your own.
    Work/life balance varies a lot. Some roles work much longer hours than others.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    CDW- Good stepping stone

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Manager  in  Herndon, VA
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Herndon, VA

    I worked at CDW full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Self starter environment, opportunity to make good money, nice people to work with

    Cons

    Don't expect great training initially or any additional training, extremely low base salary, Account Managers are expendable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find ways to retain your better AMs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great Sales Experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CDW

    Pros

    High ceiling for growth and income

    Cons

    Defined territories make it a waiting game as there are a finite number of accounts out there in most territories. Many lazy people there 5+ years sit on accounts without growing them, while many younger reps are chomping at the bit to grow any account they can get.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Good Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Manager  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with

    Cons

    Too long to get promoted

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give ability to junior acc managera to grow

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Is What it is

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 for less than a year

    Pros

    Coworkers are independent and given the opportunity to make their own success however that is extremely difficult with the tiny commissions on sales., it can be down though with the right personality.

    Cons

    HR is pretty much non-existent and really do not care for employees, policies or conduct. Although an industry norm, its overwhelmingly male dominated which is good depending on how you take it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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