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CDW Chicago Reviews

Updated April 21, 2017
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Pros
  • company benefits are great; culture is very focused on a healthy work-life balance (in 141 reviews)

  • Depending on what department you work in, work from home flexibility is nice (in 42 reviews)

Cons
  • If this is a problem for your work/life balance, CDW may not be the best fit (in 46 reviews)

  • base salary is not competitive with other entry level sales jobs (in 80 reviews)

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  1. "Account Manager"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Freedom, food everyday, networking with hundreds of IT channel partners

    Cons

    Hard to make a lot in your first year or two


  2. "Solutions Specialist"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Solutions Specialist in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Solutions Specialist in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work life balance, Pay is very fare, Amazing Leadership, Resources are all around you to help you succeed, Growth opportunity's within the company regularly. I personally started off in sales and enjoyed being a CDW Account Manager for 4 years. Recently moved to the Solutions Specialist role and it's been a very smooth transition. CDW gets IT and I would recommend working here to anyone who is looking for a company who truly cares about their co-workers. Great benefits and loads fun work perks regularly.

    Cons

    I honestly can't think of anything I don't like about CDW.

    Advice to Management

    CDW encourages its coworkers to continued internal growth and will pay for a VERY large portion of schooling for those who want further their education.

    CDW Response

    Apr 19, 2017 – Senior Manager

    Congrats on your new role and thanks for your review.


  3. "Coworker's are great, salary and vacation below industry standards."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at CDW full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Depending on what department you work in, work from home flexibility is nice. Relaxed dress code, company outings, free food most of the week, and coworkers are encouraged to volunteer. Top rated veteran employer.

    Cons

    Salary starts low and vacation is outdated. They don't really negotiate on either, so take that into consideration; you won't get paid and you won't really get time off. Sometimes feels like a frat house, which can make you feel out of place if you're not a "bro." High turn over, pretty much across the board, so it can feel like you're on a sinking ship at times, when lots of people are leaving.

    Advice to Management

    Stop brushing off coworker survey comments regarding salary and vacation. It's no just a typical complaint, CDW is below industry standards almost across the board in these areas. While sales is the major factor, don't forget that ALL departments and coworkers are needed for sales to succeed.


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  5. "Friendly Finance Dept"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at CDW full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Very friendly culture. You can tell that everyone works hard and loves their job here.

    Cons

    Have not run into any so far


  6. "Fantastic Company"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Development Specialist in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Business Development Specialist in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    If you put in the time and effort, the reward will follow.

    Cons

    Can be some negativity on the floor which causes others to follow suit. Just do your work and you will be rewarded.

    Advice to Management

    None


  7. "Associate Consulting Engineer (ACE)"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Consulting Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Associate Consulting Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at CDW full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great Company, Great culture and very motivating in advancing in your career

    Cons

    Management is spread amongst too many people and not enough pressure is placed on the Team Lead's to help the Associates that are part of the program.


  8. "Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at CDW full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    A great first start to your career and to learn about VAR operations.

    Cons

    Lack of diversity, lack of investment, unfair treatment, cliquish.

    Advice to Management

    Pros: Free food, work from home opportunities.Cons: Lack diversity, lack of investment, unfair treatment, and low pay.CDW has an excellent culture on the surface. Cliques are heavy at and no matter how hard you work, you are subjected to how people perceive you and perception may not always be a reality. Leadership has these monthly and quarterly "check ins" just to check off a box but have no real investment in your future. Diversity and Inclusion is a SERIOUS problem at CDW but it varies by department. There isn't a lot of minority leaders and they feel that having a women group (primarily white) solves the issues with diversity. Its feels like more of a fraternity house-either you're in or you're out-and if you're not "in" you are made to feel that way. The pay isn't competitive and they try hard to realign departments to make the company more attractive. Would I recommend CDW, sure, if you are fresh out of college and is looking for a first step. Otherwise, I would be apprehensive-especially if you're a minority.

    CDW Response

    Apr 7, 2017 – Senior Manager

    Thanks for taking the time to provide feedback on your experience. Many roles at CDW provide great insight into the various aspects of the technology industry. CDW is incredibly committed to ... More


  9. "Events Coordinator"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Event Coordinator in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Event Coordinator in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at CDW full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    company benefits are great; culture is very focused on a healthy work-life balance

    Cons

    consistently changing, almost too quick, to really get processes in place

    Advice to Management

    communication throughout the whole company is important


  10. "Moderate to Good place to start career"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at CDW full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    moderate amount of advancement opertunities, but only if you are on sales side of the business

    Cons

    Don't see a good outlooks for the professional services side of the business. Lot's of really good talent has been lost lately.


  11. "Great work culture and great networking"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    If you do your job, within 3 years you can make great money. The culture is great. There isn't another sales company out there like it, as many other coworkers have gone away and come back stating this.

    Cons

    Only thing I can say is it's a big corporation, so systems and backbone departments can be an obstacle sometimes



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