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Updated April 24, 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. Featured Review

    "Great place for a career!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lincolnshire, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lincolnshire, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at CDW (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    So many pros... Top down support and engagement in your career development, Coworkers who genuinely care about one another, company culture simply can't be beat! CDW was my second job out of college and I wish it was the first - high expectations and a hard working culture where great work is handsomely rewarded! Executives are easily accessible and easy to talk to - they care about coworkers and making the best decisions for coworkers, customers and the company.

    Cons

    Very hard to think of cons... Probably the volume of work - but I'd much rather have strong business and lots of work than the opposite!

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing - it is very much appreciated!

    CDW Response

    Oct 3, 2016 – Senior Manager

    Thank you for taking the time to share your perspective. We value your insight and are happy you are here.


  2. "Sales"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at CDW full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good pay if you work hard. If you efforts are high, you will get rewarded by getting assigned larger accounts that may make you more $. Perks such as cubs suites, fancy dinners, blackhawks tickets are frequent.

    Cons

    Compensation in the beginning is a joke at $30K base... but in years past, you raise to six figures within 3yrs if you are driven. Recently, CDW has decided to scale back on the spiffs causing compensation to level out and decrease to meet more of the industry standard. This will likely more many high producers to look elsewhere as they have built a life on being compensated generously for high performance.

    Advice to Management

    Don't cap spiffs. Or, if that is the route that the company chooses to go, raise the base salary to meet the level of output an individual brings to the company.


  3. "Account Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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


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  5. "Solutions Specialist"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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.


  6. "Great place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Lincolnshire, IL
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Lincolnshire, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at CDW full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Extremely successful company which provides for a rewarding working experience and room for promotion.

    Cons

    Not everyone receives stock options


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

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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.


  8. "Friendly Finance Dept"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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


  9. "Marketing Department at CDW offers growth opportunities"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing Coordinator in Vernon Hills, IL
    Former Employee - Marketing Coordinator in Vernon Hills, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Variety of work was deep and offered marketing employees the opportunity to learn/use new methods and tools for marketing the solutions CDW sells.

    Cons

    Some "Old Guard" supervisory-level employees have a tendency to make working there a popularity contest.

    Advice to Management

    Move your supervisory-level employees around within the organization, teach them how to be motivating and supportive to those they manage. Recognition and monetary rewards are better solutions than free bagels and ice cream.


  10. "Fantastic Company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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


  11. "Associate Consulting Engineer (ACE)"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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.


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