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Updated Nov 24, 2021

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CDW CEO Christine Leahy
Christine Leahy
575 Ratings
Pros
  • "Our people are everything at CDW(in 436 reviews)

  • "Strong leadership - great work life balance(in 224 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "There is nothing negatives about CDW(in 280 reviews)

  • "Low base salary for Chicago area(in 120 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Good

      Jul 8, 2021 - Account Manager in Chicago, IL
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Great place to work in the tech industry.

      Cons

      Low base salary for Chicago area.

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    2. 4.0
      Former Employee

      Good 1st job

      Nov 24, 2021 - Account Manager in Chicago, IL
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Great place to start. A lot of quality training and a good culture.

      Cons

      Low base pay, and it takes time to get quality commission checks.

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    3. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Great place to start, but not to stay

      Oct 16, 2021 - Consulting Engineer in Minneapolis, MN
      Recommend
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      Business Outlook

      Pros

      CDW is a great place for people to change careers and get started in IT. The ACE program offers great training and learning opportunities. You gain a lot of valuable experience in a short amount of time.

      Cons

      - Pay is way below market rate - CDW's sales model is broken. Sellers have a hard time selling services and many projects are poorly scoped. - Your manager is powerless to help you. Too many levels of approval to get things done. - CDW cares more about hiring and appeasing outside hires versus their homegrown talent. - Projects are very repetitive and offer little in terms of change of pace.

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      4 people found this review helpful
    4. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      Great Opportunity

      Sep 30, 2021 - Account Manager in Tampa, FL
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Great place to gain a lot of experience.

      Cons

      Work life balance can become difficult once your business grows.

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    5. 4.0
      Current Employee

      CDW

      Sep 22, 2021 - Sales Representative in Chicago, IL
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Great place to work for anyone

      Cons

      Very big in terms of size of company

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    6. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Great Company

      Sep 15, 2021 - Consulting Engineer in Seattle, WA
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Great place to develop and flexible working environment.

      Cons

      Pay is below market. They don't pay engineers to the industry standard.

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    7. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Solid company with leadership that cares

      Jun 3, 2021 - Principal Solutions Consultant 
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Great communication from leadership. They make you feel valued and welcomed. Great place to expand your horizons.

      Cons

      Very large org. You can get lost in the shuffle at times.

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    8. 2.0
      Former Contractor, less than 1 year

      Bad experience

      May 26, 2021 - Desktop Support Technician in Vernon Hills, IL
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Great place for tech career advancement

      Cons

      Discrimination at the work place

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      CDW Response

      Manager, Talent Acquisition

      Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback on your experience. We assure you it does not reflect CDW’s values or corporate culture and take any claims not in line with The CDW Way very seriously. We would like to know more details about your situation, so we can look into this further. I encourage you to contact us via one of the following options: a. CDW Ethics and Compliance Office directly by calling (847) 419-6160 b. Ethics Helpline at (877) 723-9929 or c. Coworker Relations, Sr. Manager Keith Arnold at (312) 547-3028

    9. 5.0
      Former Employee

      Progressive, Forward-Thinking

      Apr 19, 2021 - Vice President 
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Great place to grow your career!

      Cons

      None to note -- a true career destination

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    10. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 5 years

      Good Place to Learn the IT Industry and Grow Your Skills that Can Also Limit Career Opportunities

      Apr 1, 2021 - Senior Brand Manager in Chicago, IL
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      If you have not worked in the IT Industry before CDW is a great training ground, and the PPM department is a great place to get cross-functional experience across multiple departments in the company inclusive of sales, procurement, finance, and marketing. This experience is invaluable in understanding the interconnectivity of the departments, and how they can be leveraged to differentiate your brand or product. Overall employees vested in your success and the success of the company. A lot of people really love CDW and that feeling can be contagious. There are a lot of company outings and activities (pre-COVID) with many genuine friendships developed over time. There are many education and training opportunities. Partnerships with colleges such as CLC and DePaul enabled several employees to earn advanced degrees. Lean Six Sigma trainings occur regularly. Linkedin Learning encouragement. Most anyone is willing to help you pick up a new skill so if you don't have a ton of experience you can get it pretty quickly. When the company says family first they do mean it. I never had an issue leaving for a doctor appointment, injured dog, or working from home last minute because kids were sick. Much of the PPM team has kids so there is a mutual understanding and respect for this. If you have young kids this is a really good department to be in. You will work with some of the top technology brands in the world. By understanding how those organizations work and interact with different channels you get a better understanding of the industry in aggregate and not just where CDW plays. Recent leadership changes in the department bode well for the future. They are hiring strategic leaders with the necessary experience to make meaningful change to better leverage resources.

      Cons

      Pay is significantly below other types of positions in the IT industry (At least 25% less). It is repeatedly highlighted in company surveys and the line is they understand, but believe their total benefits outweigh the salary. The challenge with this line is my wife's insurance was less at 3 separate companies. Maternity/Paternity Leave is far less generous (2 weeks for dads up from just 3 days 2 years ago for example compared to several months). You do not get days off like MLK Day, day after Thanksgiving, etc... that other companies have off and/or schools are closed meaning you have to dip into PTO to accommodate these days. Job titles in partner and product management make it hard to leave. Brand Managers and Senior Brand Managers should be called "Partner Managers" because the responsibility is working with the assigned partner to grow the business. Brand Managers in other industries are responsible for the P&L for their assigned lines inclusive of manufacturing, supply chain, promotions, etc... P&L ownership does not occur until you reach Category Manager. Your job title responsibilities will not line up with other companies with similar titles decreasing your mobility to other companies and industries in the long term. Another challenge is you can be blocked from moving to companies in the same industry. Moving to a manufacturer is possible, but approval is often required and more often than not is denied. While PPM leadership will say they have no problem with you leaving to a manufacturer (several have worked there themselves) when push comes to shove they make sure external opportunities are limited. If you are looking for a career that is marketing focused, PPM is not the best department to be in. A large portion of the department are former sales people who transitioned over making it feel more like a sales organization than partner and product marketing. Marketing is a separate department and PPM roles are responsible for getting partners to invest more heavily in marketing. Marketing is pre-packaged and often leans more towards velocity products like laptops/monitors instead of solutions based products that have longer sales cycles. Regardless of how effective the marketing is you are responsible for selling it to partners. As CDW has grown the flexibility of PPM roles to influence their business has decreased. 2 years ago you had ability to invest funds however you wanted to grow the business within reason. Today all activities are heavily regulated and scrutinized making marketing and events very cookie-cutter. Your success in PPM greatly depends on your manager and department. The onboarding process for sales is highly structured, but PPM is hodge podge. With a good manager this can be overcome, otherwise you can easily get lost in the shuffle at the start.

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