Datalink Reviews

Updated July 9, 2015
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Datalink President, CEO, and Director Paul F. Lidsky
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  1. Pretty good culture.

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

    I have been working at Datalink

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Pretty good work life balance.

    Cons

    Very corporate feel. Negative compensation structure.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Terrible for sales people

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Datalink full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    None after you actually start to work

    Cons

    Commission only and when you get paid is ridiculous. The company takes zero risk for their sales people and only pay after they get paid. The engineering support is minimal and the regional management is probably the worst I have ever seen. This company has an aggressive growth plan in place but there is zero chance it succeeds because top talent will stay away.

    Advice to Management

    You can't expect sales people to turn over account contacts and then not pay them on specific products sold.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Consultant

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

    I worked at Datalink full-time

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

    Pros

    The salary was decent and that's it, but not worth the troubles. Things look nice from the outside.

    Cons

    Management is sorry that they are not sorry. Sales team are placed in a tight spot as well as a result the people delivering the deals are also placed into executing on very unreasonable terms. The values are a farce as well and the lead by example is not apparent here.

    Advice to Management

    Perform true 360 reviews. The details are not there.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Great company

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

    I have been working at Datalink full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    succesfull, forward-thinking, want to do the right thing

    Cons

    expectations can be too high for some prospective workers

    Advice to Management

    more attention to top performers and quicker to act on low ones


  6. Top Notch Employer that values employee contributions

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


  7. Helpful (9)

    One of the worse places to work, ever!

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


  8. Good company, but not without its challenges

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  9. Company going through growing pains

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  10. Helpful (1)

    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.


  11. Helpful (4)

    You're on your own

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



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