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"It's not what it used to be"

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Current Employee - Small Business Account Manager in Mettawa, IL
Current Employee - Small Business Account Manager in Mettawa, IL
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

The money is definately there if you're willing to work for it. The people that you meet there are for the most part fun loving and you're pretty much assured to find yourself a very solid group of friends. Depending on your skill sets, ambition, and patience there are more than just a few positions there that will certainly earn you more than a six figure salary. There is an overall feeling of friendly competition and commaradery that serves well for any sales driven individual.

Cons

Because the company is over 25 years old, the larger accounts that have real potential to spend are pretty much taken. That being the case, you have to work a LOT harder these days starting out to build a book of business. They don't do anything for you in bringing you new (good) leads so you're pretty much on your own. Even if you decide you want to purchase your leads, you still have to take into account that there is a very real possibility that those organizations are already in the system and most likely being worked. There is also a lot of "red tape" for lack of a better word that you'll end up dealing with internally to fill orders for your customers. More than you should have to deal with working for an organization with our capabilities that is. Your manager can make or break you. In the event that you get one with a "hands off" approach or one with a "by the book" attitude, you will find yourself VERY frustrated and finding a way to work around that will put a lot of stress on you.

Advice to Management

Retaining talent was listed as one of the goals for 2010. CDW needs to do a lot more to take a proactive approach in assessing who they consider worth retaining, and working with them in a no nonsense manner to correct the issues that they bring to the table. You'll find that the ones that are ready to leave, still love what they do, they simply are losing faith in their companies ability to or willingness to help us do what we tell our customers we're going to do for them.

Other Employee Reviews for CDW

  1. "stereotypical corporate environment - with tons of perks"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Federal Account Manager in Vernon Hills, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Federal Account Manager in Vernon Hills, IL
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    great benefits, good money earning opportunity, ongoing training, great resume builder, turnover means better accounts frequently

    Cons

    lost in the mix, strict rules, little insight to upcoming changes (little time to prepare), no insight into promotion criteria

    Advice to Management

    just increase the communication, and increase training on the more complicated product offerings. Perhaps introduce more sales specialists to augment account managers


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Research"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Manager in Vernon Hills, IL
    Current Employee - IT Manager in Vernon Hills, IL
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good company to work for

    Cons

    60 hour work weeks most weeks

    Advice to Management

    Work life balance is not fair especially for IT. The top management seems to ignore that IT folks are constantly working overtime.


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