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Updated March 15, 2017
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Pros
  • company benefits are great; culture is very focused on a healthy work-life balance (in 140 reviews)

  • Flexible work from home arrangements (in 41 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. "Moderate to Good place to start career"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.


  2. "Software Engineer"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vernon Hills, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vernon Hills, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Stable job and Stable company

    Cons

    NO clear vision for IT folks, Health Plan is costly

    CDW Response

    Mar 14, 2017 – Senior Manager

    Thanks for sharing your perspective on the stability of your role and the organization. I would encourage you to connect with your boss or your boss's boss to learn more about their vision. You can ... More


  3. "Account representative"

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

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

    Pros

    Good contacts to be made with partners

    Cons

    Work life balance you will take it home with you

    Advice to Management

    None


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  5. "CDW Review"

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

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

    Pros

    Great work life balance, Fantastic CEO, Leadership is great

    Cons

    Salary is typically lower than similar positions at other jobs


  6. "Events Coordinator"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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


  7. "Great work culture and great networking"

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    • 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
    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


  8. "CDW Account Manager"

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

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

    Pros

    Fun environment, great incentives

    Cons

    Base pay is low - incentives can make up for it until you get your book of business going.


  9. "Microsoft Licensing Specialist"

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

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

    Pros

    All and all CDW is a great company to work for. They do pay less than some of our competitors, however the company is much better then our competitors. Great job security and benefits.

    Cons

    Bonus/Commission structure fluctuates annually, which is difficult to deal with.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "More Like a Glorified Internship"

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    • 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
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at CDW full-time

    Pros

    Partner events, lot of chances to win free tech or vacations, culture is great, everyone is willing to help eachother out.

    Cons

    The nation's leading IT Solutions Provider pays some of the lowest bases and commissions. I performed in the top 10% consistently in my one year here and I did not even pull 35k in year one. This is a glorified internship and if you have IT and sales experience I would stay away. I'm headhunted by competitors and startups on a weekly basis who are offering 45 to 55k bases and commission structures much more generous than CDW's 3% of gross profit. You're now expected to do an unrealstic amount of work in 8 hours because overtime is never approved. The successful ARs many times work while clocked out.

    Advice to Management

    It is 2016 and your office is in Chicago. When you put your employees in a position where they can't pay their bills and have to work 2 jobs, you're going to have high turnover. The high performing people who are actually good at selling in the IT industry have no reason to stay here and make half as much as they would at direct OEMs or competitors. Pay your employees well and they will actually stick around and hit those numbers you set for them.


  11. "Very Good Company Overall"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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

    CDW does care about it's employees and their career advancement. There are always open positions for you if you decide you'd like to move to different parts of the company. Most of the employees are very friendly and easy to get along with. There are also added bonuses of Happy Hours put on by vendors, and other small perks. The benefits are also very good.

    Cons

    Though there is advancement within the company. The pay structure is not nearly as competitive as other companies. Raises for the new position are based on a percentage increase over your previous position instead of a set starting wage for that position. This does cause some qualified people to look elsewhere.

    Advice to Management

    Create a better pay scale for employees. Especially for those that work in the back bone departments.



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