Datalink Reviews

Updated February 3, 2015
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  1. Top Notch Employer that values employee contributions

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

    I have been working at Datalink full-time (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Willingness to change and accept new ideas at highest levels of leadership. Amazing co-workers. Hard working. Talented people. Move from VAR to Services is an amazing new journey and will continue to put more emphasis on employees being primary value. My contributions are valued.

    Cons

    Work hard and long hours. Travel is a challenge for some. Resistance of account executives to accept vision to develop services as future driver of the business.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to ensure compensation is competitive and variable pay plans are attainable.

  2. Helpful (5)

    One of the worse places to work, ever!

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

    I worked at Datalink

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    After a few months of employment, it became clear there really aren't any pros with this company in its current state.

    Cons

    Datalink pays no salary to it's sales people. Sales people are paid via commissions only. Then, they don't pay commissions until 30 days after the company gets paid. It can take 6 months to a year for an employee to get paid, and that's if you're lucky. Datalink forces all sales people to sign an employment contract that allows the company to refuse to pay commissions if they so choose. They regularly refuse to pay employees commissions earned and then use these millions of dollars of profit to improve their bottom line prior to reporting their numbers.

    Advice to Management

    No hope for this company with the current management team in place. The worse in the industry and deserving of a class action lawsuit.

  3. Good company, but not without its challenges

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

    I have been working at Datalink full-time (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -Work/Life Balance
    -Solid Benefit Plan
    -Great peer support

    Cons

    -Lack of training program
    -Work with very large egos
    -Co-workers can be unfriendly -- many people walk right by you without acknowledgement
    -Bonus program is weakening
    -Cut-throat line of work

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  5. Company going through growing pains

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

    I worked at Datalink full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    excellent work life balance workplace. Great group of engineers.

    Cons

    too many products offerings. You can become a jack of all trades but master of none.

    Advice to Management

    none

  6. Metrics driven and an on your own attitude.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Datalink

    Pros

    Datalink has a large portfolio of products and services to sell with some of the premier OEMs. It can be a great place to be especially if you are in the Mid-west. The company has shown growth quarter over quarter and has a strong managed services offering.

    Cons

    Datalink has stringent forecasting requirements for a non-OEM along with a constant awareness of how reps are stack ranked within the organization. Management demonstrates a confrontational style as opposed to a collaborative style in sales meetings, quarterly business reviews and other internal sales related interactions. Datalink puts much of the onus on the reps for new business growth with scant resources to achieve that growth.

  7. Helpful (1)

    You're on your own

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

    I worked at Datalink full-time (less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Pay was higher than average for entry-level. Introduction to enterprise solutions.

    Cons

    Send you to training for a week, then expect you to know everything. There is no help for new hires. You have to do support over phone; there is not remote support. Constant boredom driven by frustration. Internal culture is terrible; employees complained about how bad it was on my first day. One-call is not a real support solution. Nobody cares. Nobody had any actual interest in technology.

    Advice to Management

    Don't pigeonhole talent. 3% pay increases are not motivating factors for long-term employment; there needs to be a career path within the company. Don't support solutions that you can't support.

  8. Successful focus

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

    I have been working at Datalink full-time (less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent leadership. It is refreshing to experience the results of authenticity ... actions that follow words. Customers love Datalink .... employees love Datalink ... partners love Datalink ... Why? Simple ... authenticity ... ethical behavior as cornerstone of culture ... There is no wavering from true north principles for this company. Very refreshing indeed from all the companies that do waver. It's great to see the investment community recognize this as well as is evidenced from the stock increase in double digits.

    Cons

    None at this time, thank you.

    Advice to Management

    Continue focus on strategy that has employee investment at forefront

  9. One of the best places to work in Minnesota

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Datalink

    Pros

    If you are familiar with one of the technologies that Datalink has oversold and under-delivered on qualified employees to actually work on that technology you are gold, gold Jerry...

    Cons

    Sometimes it take Datalink a while to comprehend that employees are working a side job on Datalink's dime but in the end that all sorts itself out...

    Advice to Management

    Just keep doin' what you're doin'!

  10. Helpful (1)

    It was Ok...

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

    I worked at Datalink full-time (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    good benefits, flexibility in work location

    Cons

    very strong in storage business. not so strong outside of the core NetApp / Hitachi Data Systems business.

    Advice to Management

    hold all employees accountable to the vision you are presenting.

  11. Hard Charging, Growing Company

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

    I worked at Datalink full-time (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent opportunities to work with IT Technologies and highly skilled professionals in the Engineering ranks.

    They spend money to make money...opportunities for travel and conference attendance are abundant.

    You are given a lot of responsibility but also a lot of leeway to be successful.

    Cons

    Datalink "motivates" mostly through negative reinforcement.

    Going through growing pains in the services organizations.

    Had a whacky revenue recognition model that impacted bonues and commission schedules.

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