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"CDW is a gateway company to build a plethora of skills to introduce yourself to more niche sales jobs."

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Current Employee - Inside Sales Account Manager in Chicago, IL
Current Employee - Inside Sales Account Manager in Chicago, IL
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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

Pros

CDW has a great work environment. Coworkers help each other out. Have the ability to build a lot of strong relationships with coworkers. Managers are available to guide and strategize. Lots of availability to migrate to other roles within CDW or through their vendor partners. The potential to make a lot of cash within 3-4 years at the company.

Cons

1st year at the job is very poverish salary-wise. 2nd and 3rd year will get better. Some sectors within the company are better than others i.e. depending where you are placed in the company and who you sell to, you could make a lot of money or you could make very little. It's all relative though, the harder you work and the longer you stay, the more rewards you will see.

Advice to Management

Upper management can either be completely micro-managers or completely unavailable. As a coworker, you must try to maintain the relationship with the manager in order to redeem awards with accounts and advice.

Other Employee Reviews for CDW

  1. "Great place to work for Cisco engineers"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Cisco Delivery Engineer
    Current Employee - Cisco Delivery Engineer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some of the top minds in the industry work here
    Lots of opportunity to expand technical skill set, but you must be willing to put in some extra effort
    Not competitive - coworkers are always willing to lend a hand
    Get access to Cisco technologies before they hit they market

    Cons

    Upper management seems out of touch, and getting further away from those doing the work by creating more levels of management
    Management very focused on cutting costs - this may stifle growth in emerging technologies
    IT doesn't understand the need of field engineers

    Advice to Management

    Shake up IT a bit and listen to the needs of the field engineers.
    Flatten the organization - growth does not require more levels of management
    Allow managers to coach direct reports instead of delivering sales numbers


  2. "Senior Account Manager"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Account Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Account Manager in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company with great benefits. Wonderful place to start your technology career. Exposure to many company becaue of the name CDW to open doors.

    If you want to move up in the company? Be prepared to move to a new city.

    Cons

    Lack of accountability. Will not let someone go if they are horrible at their job. They would rather keep someone who is a potential threat to other exmployees than risk a law suite for wrongful termination.

    You also need to realize that this is an inside sales job. Just because you make 200K or a 100K a year doesn't mean you can get any job you want if you choose to leave. You have no outside sales experience.

    If you live in Chicago, it's very hard to move up in the company because everybody wants the same job. Better make some connections and market yourself well.

    As a sales person, you have no input on your goals.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the fat that's holding the company back.

    Realize that accounts don't always grow.

    Give your sales team the ability to give input about the goals and why they are what they are.

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