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CDW Reviews in Vernon Hills, IL

Updated July 12, 2014
Updated July 12, 2014
628 Reviews

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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 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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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    One of the best...period! Top notch co-workers plentiful.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Operations Manager  in  Vernon Hills, IL
    Current Employee - Operations Manager in Vernon Hills, IL

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

    Pros

    WLB & Co-Worker recognition second to none. This place truly cares & puts co-workers first in many ways. Work hard, play hard mentality very prevalent here, very cutting edge, progressive management styles also abundant.

    Cons

    On the Services side not many, but conscious that there are different LOB's & not all operate at the same level. Do your homework upfront.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stock up 100% since IPO!! Keep up the great work...

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    For the most part CDW is a good company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT Manager  in  Vernon Hills, IL
    Former Employee - IT Manager in Vernon Hills, IL

    I worked at CDW full-time

    Pros

    Solid corporate culture
    People love their work
    Finance Area is one of the most energetic areas of the company
    Sales Team works hard
    Warehouse Team is awesome

    Cons

    It is an IT company but is mired in a political and tech doldrums in the IT area
    IT is one of the worst areas of the company:
         Stagnant leadership
         Uses blame game problem solving
         Dictator type of leadership style is valued - oppressive

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Follow the management rotation of the Finance Area
    Sr Leadership should take a real look at their IT area

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Plenty of career opportunities within CDW to advance in your career

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manager Business Systems  in  Vernon Hills, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Manager Business Systems in Vernon Hills, IL

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

    Pros

    The company is constantly pushing the envelope on getting results and because of that most of the years I've been here we've been successful, have exceeded our numbers and get recognized for that as well. Even as the company has grown significantly it still feels like a small business with a family owned feel to it. There are also many opportunities to expand your career whether that's to other teams within your same department, switching to a different department all together or progressing up the chain in your department. Also, the ability to have a flexible schedule to meet work and family needs helps tremendously.

    Cons

    The CDW culture is a unique one and at times can be grueling between the extra hours of effort that are needed to make sure things get done and the political landscape that has to be executed just right.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    CDW provides a great opportunity for someone to build a long term career with strong work/life balance.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Management  in  Vernon Hills, IL
    Current Employee - Management in Vernon Hills, IL

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

    Pros

    Competitive compensation, growing technology industry and fun/social environment

    Cons

    Coworkers are expected to perform. CDW invests heavily in training. CDW pushes coworkers to exceed customer expectations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Company needs to continue to recognize contributions from long tenured coworkers. Need to make sure they know they are appreciated.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    CDW Response

    May 28, 2014Senior Manager

    Thank you for the review. CDW believes feedback can help make our organization an even better place to work.

  6.  

    Can't all be bad right?

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing  in  Vernon Hills, IL
    Current Employee - Marketing in Vernon Hills, IL

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

    Pros

    Benefits are good love that CDW thinks about their employees. Management tries to be flexible with work life balance. Coworkers are considerate of each other. The company shares important info with us to keep us in the loop as to what is happening with CDW as a whole. There are a lot of dedicated employees. The atmosphere here is good.

    Cons

    Pay is low. I know there are standards for how compensation is handled here at CDW but maybe things should change with that process, it isn't working. It feels like some folks are punished for the position they are in based on "job title and description" to the lower end of the pay scale and then others make out by getting rated to the higher end of the pay scale for that position.Seems kind of like a double standard in some cases. Sometimes people end up in positions they should not have especially at the management level. Seems that some folks in management get their position by default and my not be as qualified as others and they don't have the training or knowledge to be in that position. The training program for sales reps is very deep and thought out to make them the best they can be but for backbone employees and management no effort is put into that training and maybe this should be evaluated and upgrades to training should be made. A lot of folks feel short changed in the training area. We are a tech company but the equipment that we are provided sometimes is not the best.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Tom Richards is doing a great job for CDW. He is a breath of fresh air and is a very thoughtful and considerate boss. He has great values and having those values has helped him to guide us and make us the
    company we are today. I think time off is basically good for me since I have been here for a long time not sure what it is for shorter term employees. Training needs to be stepped up for backbone employees, and process for determining compensation needs to be revamped.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great company with excellent growth potential

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Vernon Hills, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vernon Hills, IL

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

    Pros

    Unique culture of respect and inclusion
    Fast-paced
    Clear strategy for growth
    Engaging leadership

    Cons

    If you don't like working hard, you won't like working here

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue sharing your vision for the future along with the needs of today

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    CDW is a family friendly company that supports the community and allows for it's employees to do so too.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Management - Finance  in  Vernon Hills, IL
    Current Employee - Management - Finance in Vernon Hills, IL

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

    Pros

    Family friendly, supports charity events/groups

    Cons

    Finance has a disorganized structure, no clear direction in finance on department's goals and objectives. Systems are archaic and do not support the growth of the business.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Positive and rewarding

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager  in  Vernon Hills, IL
    Current Employee - Manager in Vernon Hills, IL

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

    Pros

    Challenges at every corner :)

    Cons

    Too much politics affecting coworker's moral and efficiency

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be honest with people

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    A great place to start and build a career

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Purchasing Operations Specialist  in  Vernon Hills, IL
    Current Employee - Purchasing Operations Specialist in Vernon Hills, IL

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

    Pros

    Opportunities to stand-out (some times you have to make it happen, but they are there). Good benefits, and great team environment

    Cons

    Due to size, (having started when we were in one building), we have lost the personal connection CDW coworkers once had, but with growth things must change.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A better way to note standout coworkers. Maybe more than one coworker of the month since we are pretty large, and spread out across the country.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Fantastic company. Coworkers truly enjoy working for a company that includes their coworkers in so many of the decision.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Purchasing Manager  in  Vernon Hills, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Purchasing Manager in Vernon Hills, IL

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

    Pros

    Fast pace work environment
    Plenty of opportunities to grow
    Bonus plans could be more aggressive, but overall is OK

    Cons

    Fast pace work environment!! You need to be ready for this environment
    IT resources for projects needs to increase
    Limited seating for growth

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    IT resources for projects needs to increase
    Need a much larger campus, in Lake County

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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