CDW

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CDW Reviews in Chicago, IL

Updated 28 October 2014
Updated 28 October 2014
662 Reviews
4.0
662 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • There is also a great work life balance as long as you prove that you are a high performer (in 69 reviews)

  • Many coworkers have the ability to work from home a day or two a week (in 19 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance - great if you are single, not if you have a family (in 18 reviews)

  • Base salary could be higher to attract better talent in the beginning (in 36 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great place to build a foundation for a career in the technology industry.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Operations Supervisor in Chicago, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Sales Operations Supervisor in Chicago, IL (US)

    I worked at CDW full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    -Positive work environment, very friendly people
    -Excellent training program
    -Great variety of functions in which you can work and explore your interests

    Cons

    -The benefits are great but salary growth is a challenge in functions outside of sales.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the great work, some differentiation will be necessary with the increased commoditization of the products CDW sells over time. Growth in the services practice will be key, but more competitive advantages will need to be developed to succeed in the long term.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Excellent Interview and Training Process!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Chicago, IL (US)

    I have been working at CDW full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    I've only recently started at CDW but even two weeks in I can tell the culture here is like no other. From day one, all of our trainers and guest speakers have been very enthusiastic and knowledgeable. Everyone I speak to in the company I ask them how long they have been here and what do they love. Unanimously I am told they love the atmosphere. They encourage participation, continuous training and everyone says there a huge salary potential.

    Cons

    Like many jobs, it's not going to come easy. They do expect us to put in the time to become knowledgeable about technology and still manage to communicate what we know to customers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great, forward thinking company that is the best at what they do

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Account Manager in Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Sales Account Manager in Chicago, IL (US)

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

    Pros

    There is unlimited earning potential (all based on how hard you are willing to work and how well you work with others), flexible management, ability to work from home, varied internal and external career paths (including partner companies)

    Cons

    large corporations have many layers of bureaucracy, some sales / leaders teams have a narrow and selfish view causing conflicts, turnover for new hires is high (many don't give it a chance long enough or put in the work the build the book of business)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Vendor Specialist

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Partner Specialist in Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Partner Specialist in Chicago, IL (US)

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

    Pros

    Great corporate culture, lot's of perks, good training/development

    Cons

    Below industry pay pretty much across the board, which is why they have problems retaining talent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You can't keep losing all you top salesmen, managers, and specialists without it eventually effecting your bottom line. Pay people what they deserve.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    My experience at CPE was excellent. They take care of their employees.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales and Use Tax Auditor in Vernon Hills, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Sales and Use Tax Auditor in Vernon Hills, IL (US)

    I have been working at CDW as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    You will learn a lot there if you are willing to put in the work.

    Cons

    There were really no cons to working there.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    I enjoyed my time at CDW

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Vernon Hills, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Vernon Hills, IL (US)

    I worked at CDW full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    I was in a non-sales position. The benefits are great, time off is generous once you hit 3 years. In my department office culture was great as was work-life balance (2 work from home days per week).

    Cons

    no more than 10% increase in pay no matter what type of promotion or position you were going to.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great company culture

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing in Vernon Hills, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Marketing in Vernon Hills, IL (US)

    I have been working at CDW full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    -Excellent work life balance
    -Supportive Management
    -Great Benefits
    -Friendly Coworkers

    Cons

    I can't think of any cons at this time.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Good company with lean back office

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vernon Hills, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vernon Hills, IL (US)

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

    Pros

    Strong culture focused on execution and success. There is a true commitment to giving back to the community and worthy charities. Benefits are good but not the best out there.

    Cons

    Back office functions like Finance, HR, IT are very lean organizations in terms of resources and dollars but expectations on delivery and service are still very high. Many systems and processes feel like they're 'bandaged and duct taped together'.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    team placement is key

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Vernon Hills, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Vernon Hills, IL (US)

    I worked at CDW full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The academy training was a great way to jump into corporate sales after graduating college. I acquired many skills I continue to use in my current job. Positive office culture with nice perks day to day.

    Cons

    The long-term compensation really depends on how hard you work to sell. The sector you sell into is a big determinant of where the opportunity is to sell. Can you make money in all sectors? Sure, but it it will be much harder in others.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure you see everyone.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Place to Start

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL (US)

    I have been working at CDW full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    CDW is a great place to start. You get top notch training and chances to work your way into technical positions that otherwise might be closed off to you.

    Cons

    Salary is low and senior management hasn't changed in years. New managers keep cycling through because they have no chance of promotion.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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