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CDW Reviews

Updated April 27, 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)

More Pros and Cons

  1. "Moderate to Good place to start career"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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. "Good for right out of college, stepping stone for your career"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Herndon, VA
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Herndon, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fun atmosphere, young coworkers, lots of free stuff and prizes from vendors

    Cons

    terrible starting salary, unrealistic goals, commission structure isn't as good as they lead you to believe

    Advice to Management

    higher starting salary, realistic goal setting, more structure, better training on things that actually matter


  3. "Account Executive"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in Cleveland, OH
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in Cleveland, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Company! Great People! Great Partnerships! Great Resources! Make it easy to succeed.

    Cons

    a lot of internal systems and paperwork


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  5. "Great work culture and great networking"

    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
    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


  6. "Software Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • 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


  7. "Account representative"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • 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


  8. "Great Place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Network Consulting Engineer in Glendale, CA
    Current Employee - Network Consulting Engineer in Glendale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There is great culture that puts employees first. An infinite amount of opportunity to grow in your role or into other roles.

    Cons

    I have been with the company for a while now and have not had much to complain about.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up!


  9. "I know a little about a lot."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Representative in Herndon, VA
    Current Employee - Account Representative in Herndon, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The ability to have unlimited access to solution/product knowledge through partners and trainings.

    Cons

    Base Salary + Commission Pay Scale

    Advice to Management

    Stability


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Best company I’ve worked for, Hands Down."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Enterprise Architect in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Enterprise Architect in Milwaukee, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Having consulted for over 100+ companies, you get to see a lot of culture and company dynamics. CDW is hands down the best organization that I’ve worked for. Between the associate programs, and opportunities to grow personally and professionally, they care about their work force. It shows too. CDW ranks in the top 10% during the annual surveys for employee satisfaction. The talent that CDW has on their workforce is superlative, and you always have someone to go to with questions – at any level of your professional career. While CDW is a large organization, the individual branches provide a smaller organization feel. Freedom of schedule and trust as a consultant is one of my favorite things at CDW. You truly can work autonomously, as a trusted professional should be able to do. If you want to work for a company, STRONGLY consider CDW. You won’t regret it.

    Cons

    CDW does see a bit of turnover in the HMS side of the house. While this is common with data centers, it may be indicative of needed change. Also, customers of CDW do require you to sacrifice some of your weekends, and nights. If this is a problem for your work/life balance, CDW may not be the best fit. Management promotes work life balance, but its ultimately up to you to enforce it.

    Advice to Management

    Keep investing in your employees and keep listening to what they have to say. We truly appreciate having a voice, and having it be heard through the upper tiers of the organization. Keep the upper management accessible, and keep the local team feel. We all love being part of something great.


  11. "It is what you make of it"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Consulting Engineer in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Associate Consulting Engineer in Milwaukee, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    As an engineer you make your own way. If you're new, solid mentorship can be hit or miss depending on your management.

    Cons

    The pros are also the cons.


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