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Datalink Reviews

Updated April 27, 2017
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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 (1)

    "Nice place to work if you enjoy being a scapegoat"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Cary, NC
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Cary, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Datalink full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good compensation & benefits. Was fair regarding work/life balance.

    Cons

    Management is horrible as is their service sales methodology. PM's are brought into projects AFTER the pre-sales process and AFTER the SOW is written, and BEFORE any thought to professional resources are addressed. You are constantly fighting low budget and under-scoped projects and have to fight other projects for resources. The result is most commonly protracted or missed deadlines, failure to meet margins and quarterly revenue numbers, constant change orders, unhappy customers, and the blame being placed solely on you the PM.

    Advice to Management

    Assign PMs to the service sales process at the beginning and manage your technical resources' time and availability much much better. Start enabling your PMs to do their jobs instead of ignorantly booby trapping their success, and the success of the project.


  2. "IT Recruiter and Residency Specialist"

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    Former Employee - IT Recruiter in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - IT Recruiter in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Solid place to work for senior IT network and infrastructure consultants. They just were acquired by Insight, so there is potential for growth with added resources.

    Cons

    Just acquired by Insight. Who knows how this will play out long term? Datalink already felt like a large, yet unstable, company with a disconnect between employees and management. They keep their employees in the dark. The merger with Insight may help with this long term, but at this point it has only made it worse. Insight made the acquisition so job security within Datalink's departments is non existent.

    Advice to Management

    Datalink department managers need to be more transparent with their department's employees. Perhaps the lack of transparency comes from the new leadership at Insight. Either way, the lack of transparency and therefor job security will inevitably lead to a lack of focus among current talent which will effect overall production of the organization, and will surely lead to increased turnover.

  3. Helpful (6)

    "Meh..."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great pay. Work flexibility. Exposure to lots of vendors.

    Cons

    Management has a laissez-faire attitude. What they say sounds good, but it's not followed-up by any meaningful policies or procedures (and most of the time, not followed-up at all). There's pockets of good people, but no unified culture - just a handful of acquired companies. Training is non-existent. Lots of people have left recently...guessing because they don't think management can pull off the transition from VAR to solutions provider.

    Advice to Management

    Manage top-down. It's not a company of 100 people anymore. More effort needs to go into leading the troops.


  4. Helpful (6)

    "Leadership refuses to address core issue"

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    Current Employee - Solutions Architect in Irving, TX
    Current Employee - Solutions Architect in Irving, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Datalink full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Datalink has hard working and talented engineers and there are a pockets of strong sales executives. The companies overall services suite is on target and well received by clients.

    Cons

    Leadership refuses to deal with lazy and underperforming sales executives. In general they seem to turn a blind eye to poor performance if the employee has been at the company more than a few years.

    Advice to Management

    Conduct detailed reviews of your sales teams. Spend less time focused internally and more time with clients.


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Metrics driven and an on your own attitude."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Datalink has a large portfolio of products and services to sell with some of the premier OEMs. It can be a great place to be especially if you are in the Mid-west. The company has shown growth quarter over quarter and has a strong managed services offering.

    Cons

    Datalink has stringent forecasting requirements for a non-OEM along with a constant awareness of how reps are stack ranked within the organization. Management demonstrates a confrontational style as opposed to a collaborative style in sales meetings, quarterly business reviews and other internal sales related interactions. Datalink puts much of the onus on the reps for new business growth with scant resources to achieve that growth.


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Fair"

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    Current Employee - Solutions Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Solutions Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Learning is good and knowledge is shared.

    Cons

    Career advancement is limited here.

    Advice to Management

    Promote from within. Stop favoritism.


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