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CDW Reviews in Chicago, IL

Updated 17 September 2014
Updated 17 September 2014
636 Reviews
4.0
636 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 66 reviews)

  • Many coworkers have the ability to work from home a day or two a week (in 16 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance - great if you are single, not if you have a family (in 17 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    Sales Capability

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    Current Employee - Sales Capability  in  Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Sales Capability in Chicago, IL (US)

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

    Pros

    CDW is the best company to work for. The training and onboarding programs, as well as wide array of resources, provide employees all the tools to be successful. The pay, promotions, benefits, perks, values, and culture, make CDW the best company to be apart of.

    Cons

    I do not believe there are any cons to working at CDW

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    If you work hard you can go far in this company.

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    Current Employee - Learning Environment Advisor  in  Mettawa, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Learning Environment Advisor in Mettawa, IL (US)

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

    Pros

    The best thing about this company is the way they develop their employees. There is a world of knowledge that can be learned and easily accessed. I have been in the Sales industry for almost 25 years now and never received the kind of training that CDW offers to their employees.

    Cons

    The biggest challenge to overcome working for CDW is often compensation. There is a lot of incentive if you are doing everything you can to close deals, but the biggest battle comes from fighting the internal processes in order to make money. The constant fight to keep your deals profitable is easily the most daunting aspect of joining a sales team at CDW. That being said if you learn the system and leverage the right partner relationships the overall experience can be very rewarding.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees like the individuals they are and try to avoid alienating the company's best resource in the shuffle of corporate minutiae.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Account Manager

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    Current Employee - Account Manager  in  Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Chicago, IL (US)

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

    Pros

    This company is a great company it's a place where you get rewarded for hard work - through help from superiors and/or through higher wages you earn from your hard work through sales. In my experience you are not micromanaged and I often times go days without seeing or speaking to my manager. This largely due to the fact that I work extremely hard and he hasn't have to motivate me to work.

    Cons

    Mediocrity is too commonly accepted. Unfortunately there are far too many people that do not work hard or put in the needed work to truly be successful. This isn't really a CDW thing, however as I'm sure this is common at most places in the country.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I don't have much to say here as I think most things are in a good place. I'm in sales, so I'll always say that the commission plan should always be higher!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Relatively Good experience

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    Current Employee - Brand Manager  in  Vernon Hills, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Brand Manager in Vernon Hills, IL (US)

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

    Pros

    Good work life balance mostly, great team members

    Cons

    Pay well below the market unless you are in sales warning good commission. Poor recognition

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Actually act on feedback from employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great company

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    Current Employee - Business Development  in  Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Business Development in Chicago, IL (US)

    I have been working at CDW full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Strong benefits and culture where co-workers are well taken care of. It's a reward for performance type of culture. A lot of perks and events to be a part of in a Tech Sales organization.

    Cons

    Still a large company and the machine is still a machine.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue promoting from within, but also let our vendor partners have access to the CDW employee pool as well.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Big promises, but much of it has nothing to do with talent and a lot to do with random company placement.

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    Current Employee - Account Manager  in  Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Chicago, IL (US)

    I have been working at CDW full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Location, friendly, great coworkers, training

    Cons

    Company size, growth opportunity, monotony, cubicle, salary

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Not as great as I expected

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Chicago, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL (US)

    I worked at CDW full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Lots of freebies, lack of structure which encourages innovation, vendors buy free lunches once or twice a week. Some departments let their employees work at home a 1 or 2 days a week. My opinion is that this should be consistent across the board or eliminated since it causes resentment.

    Cons

    It's a very hierarchical culture, not very modern in my opinion.
    Very inexperienced supervisors, CDW is usually the only company they've ever worked which makes it very difficult for people who come in with a lot of experience.
    I've observed a lot of childish behavior and infighting which makes it an uncomfortable place to work at times. Immaturity seems to be part of the culture and widely accepted.
    Outside of sales, the training is disorganized and lacking.
    Too much favoritism although that's probably everywhere.
    I wish leadership would walk their talk.
    Not enough work/life balance. We were forced to take an unpaid hour lunch. I would have rather cut that in half and go home earlier. It made for a long day with a long commute.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    nice

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    Current Employee - Account Manager  in  Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Chicago, IL (US)

    I have been working at CDW full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    great environment lots of growth

    Cons

    low salary, month to month business is like a rollercoaster

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    work from home privaledges

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Just ok

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    Current Employee - Accounts Receivable Specialist  in  Vernon Hills, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Accounts Receivable Specialist in Vernon Hills, IL (US)

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

    Pros

    Good Benefits, reasonable opportunity to advance.

    Cons

    Pay could be better, management could be more consistent.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Is What it is

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    Current Employee - Account Manager  in  Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Chicago, IL (US)

    I have been working at CDW full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Coworkers are independent and given the opportunity to make their own success however that is extremely difficult with the tiny commissions on sales., it can be down though with the right personality.

    Cons

    HR is pretty much non-existent and really do not care for employees, policies or conduct. Although an industry norm, its overwhelmingly male dominated which is good depending on how you take it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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