CDW

  www.cdw.com
Work in HR? Unlock Free Profile

CDW Reviews in Chicago, IL

Updated 18 August 2014
Updated 18 August 2014
628 Reviews

4.0
628 Reviews
Rating Trends

Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
CDW Chairman and CEO Thomas E. Richards
Thomas E. Richards
259 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • There is also a great work life balance as long as you prove that you are a high performer (in 59 reviews)

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


Cons
  • Base salary could be higher to attract better talent in the beginning (in 33 reviews)

  • There is sometimes quite a bit of turnover among the inside account managers (in 33 reviews)

More Highlights

296 Employee Reviews Back to all reviews

Sort: Popular Rating Date
  1.  

    nice

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 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
  2.  

    Is What it is

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 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
  3.  

    Good place to learn and work on enterprise class problems and build up skills

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing/Ecommerce  in  Chicago, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Marketing/Ecommerce in Chicago, IL (US)

    I worked at CDW full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good people and Friendly management. You get recognization for your work. Good work/life balance. Busy days mixed with slow days. Good benifits.

    Cons

    Outdated processes and tools, however they are making big investments to change this, but change still slow. Slow promotions and below industry base salary due to vauge job titles. Bonus is non existant. Behing the curve when it comes to technology adoption for a technology reseller. Poor infrastructure and you are given sluggish hardware to work with

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you want to attract and retain top talent, you have to be competative on pay

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  4. We want your feedback – Are these company reviews helpful to you?  Yes | No
  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    One of the best...period! Top notch co-workers plentiful.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Operations Manager  in  Vernon Hills, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Operations Manager in Vernon Hills, IL (US)

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

    Pros

    WLB & Co-Worker recognition second to none. This place truly cares & puts co-workers first in many ways. Work hard, play hard mentality very prevalent here, very cutting edge, progressive management styles also abundant.

    Cons

    On the Services side not many, but conscious that there are different LOB's & not all operate at the same level. Do your homework upfront.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stock up 100% since IPO!! Keep up the great work...

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Extremely satisfying, equally as challenging.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Manager  in  Mettawa, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Mettawa, IL (US)

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

    Pros

    It is very hands on training, along with highly intelligent sales instructors. They help you along every step of the way to ensure you are a factual, polished, ready to take on the world type of Account Manager.

    Cons

    4 weeks of classroom, 8-5 training (which is a pro too) then 5 months of being in the academy (which is more of a pro as well)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you're doing. You are making this sales training so enjoyable.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Helpful for the first 8 years

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

    I have been working at CDW full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Good company to start with and helpful to get you started

    Cons

    You need to get on top quickly and than move into other positions. If you don't you get lost and forgotten

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Even if someone been their for more than eight years don't think of them as a number think of them as a person

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Walks the Walk

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

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

    Pros

    * Good company that *truly* works to ensure the needs of co-workers are met
    * Good pay; good benefits
    * Nationwide + Canada with potential to re-locate from current area
    * Lots of supported opportunities to learn and grow your career
    * Company size
    * Vision and drive to becoming *the* IT service provider
    * Home-grown company from Chicago (eBay before eBay; Amazon before Amazon)
    * Stellar relationships with Cisco, MSFT, Google, HP, Apple and more
    * Promotes, and stands behind, diversity in the workplace

    Cons

    * Company size (also included as a "pro") Currently ~6,000 co-workers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    * Keep the "home-grown" feel of CDW as we continue to grow
    * Keep doing what you do Tom Richards

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    CDW has helped me grow on a professional and personal level.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Operations Supervisor  in  Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Sales Operations Supervisor in Chicago, IL (US)

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

    Pros

    There is a lot of opportunity to grow and a plethera of job opportunities after you complete 1 year of sales.

    Cons

    The compensation is not competitive with other companies in our industry.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    The good and bad.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 for more than a year

    Pros

    A lot of sale incentives and benefits. Their are allot of events that partners have for you.

    Cons

    Very low base pay. You really make all your money on the book of business you have.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management is on point, no improvement needed

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    For the most part CDW is a good company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT Manager  in  Vernon Hills, IL (US)
    Former Employee - IT Manager in Vernon Hills, IL (US)

    I worked at CDW full-time

    Pros

    Solid corporate culture
    People love their work
    Finance Area is one of the most energetic areas of the company
    Sales Team works hard
    Warehouse Team is awesome

    Cons

    It is an IT company but is mired in a political and tech doldrums in the IT area
    IT is one of the worst areas of the company:
         Stagnant leadership
         Uses blame game problem solving
         Dictator type of leadership style is valued - oppressive

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Follow the management rotation of the Finance Area
    Sr Leadership should take a real look at their IT area

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

Worked for CDW? Contribute to the Community!

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.