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Updated December 7, 2017
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Pros
  • And you hear about work-life balance everywhere you interview, but at CDW it's the real deal (in 152 reviews)

  • Flexible schedule - work from home 90% of the time (in 47 reviews)

Cons
  • Sometimes difficult to work/life balance (in 49 reviews)

  • base salary is not competitive with other entry level sales jobs (in 84 reviews)

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  1. "A Special Place to Work, Hands down!"

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

    I have been working at CDW full-time

    Pros

    CDW walks the walk they talk! From the awesome coworkers to the company culture, perks/benefits, CDW is really a place where people can call home. I was provided with all the tools I need to be successful day one, management is very invested in the success and development of their teams. Here you will work hard but you definitely reap the harvest. In addition, having the autonomy to create and try new things is awesome! Also, having a WFH option, onsite gym and Café days are a great plus!

    Cons

    Can't think of anything.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work!


  2. "Best there is in this industry"

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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 5 years)

    Pros

    Great place to work if you actually work hard and hit your targets. Do that long enough and your income potential is unlimited.

    Cons

    Very long training process, but they make it fun.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing!

  3. "Section Manager"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Section Manager in Gurnee, IL
    Former Employee - Section Manager in Gurnee, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at CDW (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Many opportunities for advancement with hard work.

    Cons

    Up management not was not always fair to all employees


  4. "Good place to start..."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at CDW full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great learning experience for technology sales industry
    Very good reputation
    Great for networking to meet lots of people in the industry

    Cons

    Little room for growth within company
    Must be motivated by money to succeed (as in, that's your ONLY motivation)

    Advice to Management

    Stop thinking about your top/bottom line so much and try to make the employees a little happier


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Great company with a performance driven culture. Fun place to work with a lot of perks"

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

    I worked at CDW full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The people and culture at CDW are fantastic. There is a great mix of a lot of entry level professionals in sales along with very seasoned professionals. There is a lot of opportunity for driven professionals who are results focused. The Talent Acquisition team has amazing professionals that is far ahead of industry trends and continues to evolve.

    Cons

    CDW historically pays below market and industry averages across the board for most roles. There are some perks and vendor incentives that do make up for this. If you are one that loves challenging work and working with other high performing individuals this can make up for the salary. The hours can be very demanding for all when there are deadlines, end of month, etc.

    Advice to Management

    Look for ways to increase compensations earnings (especially for entry level talent in year 1 and 2). Keep focusing on the culture and engaging your coworkers.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great company to work for!"

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

    I worked at CDW full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good leadership, opportunity to advance career, good relationships with vendors.

    Cons

    Comp plan changes often, large company can be slow to implement changes


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Great Pay. Lack of team comradery"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Vernon Hills, IL
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Vernon Hills, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great pay. Benefits. Clean working environment.

    Cons

    Drama. Backbiting. Expectations from management is not clear.

    Advice to Management

    Promote team comradery. Address issues. Make sure that expectations on clear.

  8. "Sales Internship Experience"

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    Former Intern - Sales Intern in Chicago, IL
    Former Intern - Sales Intern in Chicago, IL

    I worked at CDW as an intern (More than a year)

    Pros

    CDW has a great company culture that emphasizes both personal success and teamwork. The office environment is relaxed and friendly. There is a lot of opportunity for horizontal movement with CDW.

    Cons

    The internship program wasn't particularly well organized. It seemed like the company bit off more than they could chew in having over 90 interns. We often had to make up projects for ourselves.

    Advice to Management

    Create solidified tasks for interns and the intern program with clear instructions for managers.


  9. "Amazing place to have a career, a lot of growth potential and professionalism"

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

    I worked at CDW full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Growth potential, professional, a lot of training, many resources, and networking

    Cons

    If you don't like sales, this is not the place for you.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Account Manager at CDW"

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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
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Opportunities to learn new technology and flexibility to grow your own book of customer business, customer focus and strong ethic, lots of resources and potential to grow.

    Cons

    Takes some time to ramp up, compensation doesn't scale well at higher seniority levels, so unless you position yourself for a promotion it plateaus, bloated middle management.

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on retaining senior talent who are actively driving numbers instead of expanding with new hires who don't have the experience to sustain yet.


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