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CDW Madison Reviews

Updated September 1, 2017
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  • Sometimes difficult to work/life balance (in 47 reviews)

  • base salary is not competitive with other entry level sales jobs (in 82 reviews)

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  1. "Fabulous people and culture"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Madison, WI
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Madison, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at CDW (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    As the title says, the folks at CDW were some of the best I have ever worked with, at all levels of employee, from new hires to senior management. There was a sense of team effort and leveraging each other's abilities that was very refreshing and empowering.

    Cons

    None, really, other than the occasional labyrinthine processes that any large institution that is growing rapidly encounters.


  2. "CDW is a great place to work for a safe, strong start into the IT world"

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Madison, WI
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Madison, WI

    I have been working at CDW as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great mentorship
    Decent Pay
    Great job security

    Cons

    Slightly boring projects
    Work can fluctuate from day to day

    Advice to Management

    Nothing

  3. "Managed Services"

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    Current Employee - Supervisor in Madison, WI
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Madison, WI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with at CDW. Benefits and compensation seem to be above competitive. Great growth and learning opportunities.

    Cons

    Engineering teams sometimes seen understaffed. Engineers are pushed pretty hard and put in long hours. Senior Management seems disconnected at times and don't seem to care about the concerns of the employees.

    Advice to Management

    Get down and dirty and work directly with the Engineering teams on their concerns and let them advise on the direction of the company.


  4. "Software Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Symfony Developer in Madison, WI
    Current Employee - Symfony Developer in Madison, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at CDW full-time

    Pros

    It is a very good company.

    Cons

    It is a very big company.


  5. "Managed Services"

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    Current Employee - Managed Services Supervisor in Madison, WI
    Current Employee - Managed Services Supervisor in Madison, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits, people, salary and culture

    Cons

    None to name at the moment


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Consulting Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Madison, WI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Madison, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place to work if you are a Cisco engineer. Cisco has a great relationship with CDW because CDW sells lots and lots of Cisco equipment. Unfortunately, I am a Microsoft engineer.... read the cons. Overall, it's a good place to work, but not for a Microsoft guy.

    Cons

    I am a Microsoft Consultant and Microsoft does not sell little green things that go in racks (Cisco stuff) and CDWs value added reseller (VAR) approach is not in alignment with Microsoft's cloud partner approach which is to build reoccurring revenue streams, not "do a project and get out". I was told my a senior CDW manager that "Microsoft is a necessary evil". Rather than embracing the change, my direct PSM said "Microsoft is stealing all of our customers"

    Advice to Management

    Most of your PSMs (Professional Service Managers) are Cisco guys. I think CDW should just get out of the Microsoft business, management admitted that they don't have a good partner relationship. Send the business to a partner that likes Microsoft.


  7. "Big Company that doesn't feel big"

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    Current Employee - Business Development in Madison, WI
    Current Employee - Business Development in Madison, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at CDW full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    visibility of and access to top leadership. I am only a supervisor, yet I routinely have opportunities to interact with SVP's and executive leadership. The culture not only allows for change, it promotes change... fixing things that are "broken" is typically impossible in companies this size; that's not the case at CDW... There is an sentiment here that, while things are very good, they could be better - and we are all responsible & empowered to change things & fix things.

    Cons

    health benefits are mediocre. Growth of the services segment is coming mainly through use of more contractors, which limits some of the "team" atmosphere to services groups. Being public equates to the classic Q-end push to sell anything that's not bolted down

    Advice to Management

    Services segments need to grow even faster if we expect to hold onto profit margins. This isn't unreasonable given the size of the sales force. Continue to stay visible & approachable.

  8. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Technical Lead in Madison, WI
    Current Employee - Technical Lead in Madison, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at CDW full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    I like the flexibility and work/life balance. I make on my schedule, I work remotely when I need to. The management team is great and there for me to provide guidance and direction when I need but at the same time I am my own boss. Plenty of locations that I can move to if I want. The company truly appreciate the employees and willing to go out of their way to make things right.

    Cons

    Sometime it takes too long to implement a change. Moving up can be a challenge since there are limited positions available unless you are looking to change area.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great Company - NOC not so much"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Madison, WI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Madison, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Exposure to great Engineers in all IT groups. Lots of company sponsored events.

    Cons

    Advancing beyond NOC can be a challenge.
    Corporate does not focus enough resources to keeping the NOC adequately staffed.


  10. "Facilities Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Facilities Engineer in Madison, WI
    Current Employee - Facilities Engineer in Madison, WI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great team, challenging work, delivering incredble IT service to customers around the country. Great benefits. Cutting edge technical work in the IT field.

    Cons

    Scheduling is a challenge. Few entry level positions available. We are a ways away from the corporate headquarters in Vernon Hills, IL. No opportunity to do overseas work.

    Advice to Management

    Please work hard to support all the teams in the company. Our team is floundering because we aren't getting the help we need from the corporation at large.


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