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CDW is a gateway company to build a plethora of skills to introduce yourself to more niche sales jobs.

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Current Employee - Inside Sales Account Manager in Chicago, IL
Current Employee - Inside Sales Account Manager in Chicago, IL

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

Pros

CDW has a great work environment. Coworkers help each other out. Have the ability to build a lot of strong relationships with coworkers. Managers are available to guide and strategize. Lots of availability to migrate to other roles within CDW or through their vendor partners. The potential to make a lot of cash within 3-4 years at the company.

Cons

1st year at the job is very poverish salary-wise. 2nd and 3rd year will get better. Some sectors within the company are better than others i.e. depending where you are placed in the company and who you sell to, you could make a lot of money or you could make very little. It's all relative though, the harder you work and the longer you stay, the more rewards you will see.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Upper management can either be completely micro-managers or completely unavailable. As a coworker, you must try to maintain the relationship with the manager in order to redeem awards with accounts and advice.

Recommends
Positive Outlook
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  1. Great place to work for Cisco engineers

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Cisco Delivery Engineer
    Current Employee - Cisco Delivery Engineer

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

    Pros

    Some of the top minds in the industry work here
    Lots of opportunity to expand technical skill set, but you must be willing to put in some extra effort
    Not competitive - coworkers are always willing to lend a hand
    Get access to Cisco technologies before they hit they market

    Cons

    Upper management seems out of touch, and getting further away from those doing the work by creating more levels of management
    Management very focused on cutting costs - this may stifle growth in emerging technologies
    IT doesn't understand the need of field engineers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Shake up IT a bit and listen to the needs of the field engineers.
    Flatten the organization - growth does not require more levels of management
    Allow managers to coach direct reports instead of delivering sales numbers

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Great company to start at, but you better leave once you have ANY experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Solution Architect
    Current Employee - Solution Architect

    I have been working at CDW full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    The training you can get if you are motivated is amazing
    The work life balance is good if you are tenured
    great place to network

    Cons

    The salary is deplorable,
    they pillage their vendor partners for money for fruitless en devours and will only let ones in that contribute big marketing dollars get face time with sales
    Ever since MDP took over the culture has been turned inside out.
    most people are miserable and the atmosphere is toxic, only the extreme heavy hitters seem happy
    The company has lost the human element and everything is a portal or a SharePoint.
    most architects have antiquated hardware that wont run most configuration tools

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay your people better wages or you will continue to hemorrhage talent. Get rid of your sales portals and invest in systems that actually work (e.g. Sales Force). Be more liberal with work from home days. Ease up on using your partners as a profit center.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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