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Updated July 19, 2017
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Pros
  • company benefits are great; culture is very focused on a healthy work-life balance (in 145 reviews)

  • Flexible schedule - work from home 90% of the time (in 44 reviews)

Cons
  • Sometimes difficult to work/life balance (in 47 reviews)

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

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Marketing Department at CDW offers growth opportunities"

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    • 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.


  2. "Fantastic Company"

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    • 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

  3. "Associate Consulting Engineer (ACE)"

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    • 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.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "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


  5. Helpful (3)

    "unfortunate"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Tech in Vernon Hills, IL
    Former Employee - Tech in Vernon Hills, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    the location is very nice

    Cons

    you work over 9 grueling hours a day. and asked to volunteer for overtime for 11 hrs
    Bad morale and tension between workers.
    Little reward, no encouragement nor support
    Managers full of apathy and use office politics to remove you.

    Advice to Management

    Learn how to listen to your subordinates. Even the temps. You were one once.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Manager"

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


  7. "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

  8. "Moderate to Good place to start career"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • 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.


  9. "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


  10. "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


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