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CDW Reviews in Chicago, IL

Updated 14 September 2014
Updated 14 September 2014
624 Reviews
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624 Reviews
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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)

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  1.  

    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
  2.  

    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
  3.  

    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
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  5.  

    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
  6.  

    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
  7. 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
  8.  

    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
  9.  

    Extremely satisfying, equally as challenging.

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    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
  10.  

    Helpful for the first 8 years

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    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
  11.  

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

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    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

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