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CDW Reviews

Updated August 20, 2014
Updated August 20, 2014
623 Reviews

4.0
623 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 Culture/a little light on compensation

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Field Account Executive
    Current Employee - Field Account Executive

    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
  2.  

    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

    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
  3.  

    It is excellent, great experience

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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

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  5.  

    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

    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
  6.  

    Great Opportunity, Great Place to to being and establish a career in technology

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Strong culture and balanced focus on core, customers, partners, development opportunities and work/life in general. CDW has clout in the industry and it will help you open doors and get things done.

    Cons

    Some business units can operate in a vacuum. Field sales and the inside sellers can compliment each other greatly or seemingly operate as two different organizations. Nothing too concerning

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Glad to work here.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Security  in  Las Vegas, NV
    Current Employee - Security in Las Vegas, NV

    Pros

    Personal Growth. Leadership, perks, Work-life balance

    Cons

    I am too new and have not found anything negative.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good Company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Manager  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Washington, DC

    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
  9.  

    Great Sales Experience

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

    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.  

    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

    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
  11.  

    You are never better than the model...

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Field Account Executive
    Current Employee - Field Account Executive

    Pros

    established company, expenses paid on time, lots of resources (if you can find them, but they will not be accountable)

    Cons

    model costs too much (up to 4% before they pay sales, minimum of 2%). Too many overlay positions, entitled and overpaid, INSIDE team, yes, that is right, way overpaid inside account managers. No accountability anywhere but sales. As a sales person, who work against every other department.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your top performers with respect and dignity- we don't accept being another number, which is why we are top performers. The CDW system is not more important than your top producers. Hire and motivate managers- don't just hire average sales people who want out of sales. Empower your managers to make decisions. Mediocrity is the norm at CDW when it used to be frowned upon.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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