Datalink Reviews

Updated August 8, 2014
Updated August 8, 2014
20 Reviews
3.2
20 Reviews
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Datalink President, CEO, and Director Paul F. Lidsky
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  1.  

    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 an year)

    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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    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.

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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    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 an year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    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 an year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Continue focus on strategy that has employee investment at forefront

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Just keep doin' what you're doin'!

  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    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 an year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    hold all employees accountable to the vision you are presenting.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    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 an year)

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Aggressively growing company with a sink or swim approach to employees.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Datalink

    Pros

    At Datalink, we are fairly independent in terms of how we manage our business as Account Executives. Management lets us develop our own clientele, pipeline and drive business activities.

    Cons

    With the independence comes little help in the way of lead generation, marketing support, or sales campaigns. Datalink assumes each individual can grow their business on their own yet keeps a lions share of the profit on deals done

  11.  

    Amazing Company and Talent

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Solutions Engineer in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Solutions Engineer in Dallas, TX

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

    Pros

    The people you work with are true ROCKSTARS. These guys are the best of the best at what they do. When vendors you are dealing with come to you as a reseller for your engineer's technical knowledge you know you are a ROCKSTAR.

    Cons

    The onboarding process and coming up to speed is a little lacking but still not as bad as I have seen elsewhere.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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