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Datalink President, CEO, and Director Paul F. Lidsky
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  • Sales people are unable to get the right conversations at the right levels (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Micro Management Company"

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    Former Employee - Solutions Architect
    Former Employee - Solutions Architect
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Datalink full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    It used to be a great company with a great culture

    Cons

    Managers care more about themselves than their employees

    Advice to Management

    restructure or you will lose ALL of your talent. Ask around, They have trouble hiring good talent, In my opinion DL is getting a terrible reputation as a place to avoid working.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Datalink management is clueless..."

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    Former Employee - Account Executive in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Engineering is solid, sales needs some work. Support staff is awesome. Pay and benefits are good. Good focus on customer needs.

    Cons

    DL wants to be a managed services company, but has no idea or direction to get there. Management is completely disconnected and seems like only one goal in mind is to sell and get the golden parachute.

    Advice to Management

    Top management disconnected from every day operations.

  3. Helpful (7)

    "Needs a lot of Restructuring"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Datalink full-time

    Pros

    - People you work with are usually fun and engaging
    - Almost unlimited expense budget
    - Good pay

    Cons

    Datalink needs a lot of restructuring to succeed in today's world. A lot of the company is a lot of talk with no action so if you can convince them you are worth their time, you have a rather good paycheck with minimal effort. The bosses are focused on old technology and do not have interest in adapting to the modern infrastructure. If they truly want to succeed and be a good company in the technology industry, the whole management, including CEO, needs to change his way of thinking and adapt to change better. Unless you are a lazy worker, I would not recommend this company to you as you will get much more out of your work elsewhere.

    Advice to Management

    Adapt to Changing Technology


  4. Helpful (7)

    "Horrible"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Datalink full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    There are not any more pros.

    Cons

    Favoritism and nepotism are rampant, some lower and mid level management should not be in positions of authority.They often do surveys on management which is supposed to be anonymous, it is not. If you're honest, you can count on retribution. Or you lie, and they take that as positive feedback.

    Advice to Management

    If you want to keep good people, you need to weed out the bad managers.


  5. Helpful (7)

    "Too busy posturing to get the work done"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    It's funny to see the profile rating plummet. I got a paycheck on time though.

    Cons

    These people are too into their own egos and insensitive. I watched a Senior colleague make a borderline racial comment about a new hire being asleep. The new hire looked perplexed at why they were being singled out since they had been actively participating and integrating with the rest of the new class. This is a small example of the culture that they breed here.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Senior Account Executive"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Franklin, TN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Franklin, TN

    I worked at Datalink full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Used to pay high commissions

    Cons

    Lower commissions after hitting targets


  7. Helpful (6)

    "Sales"

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    Former Employee - Sales
    Former Employee - Sales
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Datalink full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Decent vision, forward looking direction.....that's about it

    Cons

    Too many too list, but start with leadership at HQ.....is there any? Operations - who does that guy have pictures of to keep his job??!! Total lack of communication and when direction is set complete lack of support in the field.

    Advice to Management

    "National" support and "national" certs for local business doesn't work. Pull your heads out!!

  8. Helpful (8)

    "Senior consultant"

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    They pay well, don't let it fool you.

    Cons

    The consulting services organization is a good ok boys club from emc. Nobody knows how to do real work they are all good talkers. There is no leadership, regular meetings you answer to many chiefs. Run from this place

    Advice to Management

    Get your act together and start listening to the experts you hire. Stop brining in buddies from EMC/Accenture and start bringing in real talent.


  9. Helpful (8)

    "Discouraging experience"

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    Former Employee - N/A in Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - N/A in Charlotte, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some smart people, some ambitious, and work hard, it's a stepping stone to advance in a career elsewhere. There really isn't anything else to add.

    Cons

    Leadership is pretty poor, very passive aggressive. Seems like they put anyone into a manager role. HR is a joke, they without a doubt play favorites. The company has goals but haven't figured out how to get there. The word leadership is a joke and manager is even worse. People are leaving right and left and the question is why but no one really cares, it's a sweat shop mentality. Most people work too many hours and aren't compensated for it. Lots of backstabbing and unscrupulous behavior.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in all levels of management because all people are not meant to be in that role. Teach them how to communicate effectively and stop promoting for the heck of it. Figure out a way to retain good employees. Constantly push them to be the best they can and challenge them to look in the mirror and figure out ways to improve. Very disappointing experience and was too happy to get out.


  10. Helpful (7)

    "Consulting Services (formerly Advanced Services) is a joke"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    My time here started out great but a little slow. Some great people to work with....that's about it.

    Cons

    Projects are not well organized and half the time end up not completing the goals for the quarter. No training whatsoever beyond onboarding. Horrible HR. Played favorites for project assignments. Too laid back. Days at a time without any work to do. Limited opportunities for advancement. High turnover.

    Advice to Management

    Train and engage your employees.


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