CDW
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CDW Reviews in Vernon Hills, IL

Updated Feb 19, 2014
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3.5 60 reviews

                             

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CDW Chairman and CEO Thomas E. Richards

Thomas E. Richards

(26 ratings)

71% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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great company

Marketing (Current Employee)
Vernon Hills, IL

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

Prosflexible, good work-life balance, fair compensation

Consno cons to speak of

Advice to Senior Managementnone

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Good Experience Right Out Of College...Awful After That

Inside Sales Account Manager (Former Employee)
Vernon Hills, IL

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

ProsI worked at CDW in Vernon Hills back in 1998 when they started to get serious about growing/hiring. I was part of the first big training class with the company going through serious changes. The initial training was excellent. It was "get your stuff together and pass these tests or we aren't hiring you" type of attitude. Several people in my group of 60 didn't make the cut. As a result, I still use a good portion of the computer training and information they taught me today. CDW is huge and vendors do whatever they can to win over the sales reps at CDW. As a result, you get a ton of free stuff. One day I was called in to my manager's office and Reggie Jackson was there. They asked me if I wanted a memory chip or his autograph on a ball. It was October and the decision was easy.

ConsCDW is a well oiled corporate machine. You will not make it here if you don't know about corporate structure, micro managing, meetings, ridiculous sales goals, etc. This is in inside sales gig. You are expected to sit at your desk, all day, and make calls. It can be exhausting and the pay can be difficult. Competition inside and outside CDW to sell all things computer has to be recognized.

Advice to Senior ManagementYour employees know what and who are being "loyal" and "genuine" to them. Are you?

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Mediocre

Technical Specialist II (Current Employee)
Vernon Hills, IL

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

ProsThey will pay for certification training and flip the bill for the cert.

ConsMy dept. lacked good managerial skills. They are, however, making an effort to fix this problem. Only time will tell.

This place may be a decent first step toward a career in an IT field.

Advice to Senior ManagementListen to what we have to say and think about our needs before you make ANY decision(s) that will effect us. Also, include our input before any decisions are made.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great environment

Account Manager (Current Employee)
Vernon Hills, IL

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

ProsFree food, easy to move up. You get to work in the same building as the CEO of the company. Friendly co workers

ConsQuotas are high, commission structure is not what I thought it was when I got hired. Long classroom training.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great company to work for and best in the industry

Project Manager (Current Employee)
Vernon Hills, IL

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

ProsFlexible schedule, top notch coworkers

ConsNeed better role definition and ownership of tasks

Advice to Senior ManagementMake sure middle management has enough time to address issues

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great people and an increadible culture

Manager (Current Employee)
Vernon Hills, IL

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

ProsVery customer focused company with an entrepreneurial attitude. I am a recent hire and everyone goes out of their way to make me feel welcome and help me acclimate to the company.

ConsOrganizations can be siloed and decision making slow.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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CDW cares about you as a person and your development

Brand Manager (Current Employee)
Vernon Hills, IL

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

Prosdevelopment, room for advancement, benefits, salary, flexibility

Consnot really so much of a con just a struggle, its hard to determine which person to go to to get what done, training wasnt the greatest

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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PMO Project Manager (Former Employee)
Vernon Hills, IL

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

ProsIt's a small shop so you get exposure to a wide variety of enterprise projects. If you're new in your career or out of work, give it a try. Otherwise, try to avoid it.

ConsIT Managers have a culture of bullying. It's a "do what I say" mentality based on political pressures from the top. I noticed that all the positive reviews were from Account Managers. (In that area if you get your numbers you get paid.) IT is a different world where middle managers are trying to protect themselves from being blamed by higher ups.

Advice to Senior ManagementNA - You can't teach an oblivious dog new tricks

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great place to work!

Marketing Manager (Current Employee)
Vernon Hills, IL

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

ProsGreat company to work for, good benefits and perks (like on-site gym and daycare)

ConsA lot of people "retired in place"

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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A company that cares.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Vernon Hills, IL

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

ProsVolunteer opportunities, community give back, and management that cares about further developing and advancing the careers of people.

ConsA reluctancy to let go of people who are not pushing the company forward.

Advice to Senior ManagementCut the dead weight. If someone isn't getting it done or is doing things that keep other people from being good at their jobs - don't be afraid to let them go.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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