CDW Employee Reviews about "base salary"

Updated Oct 31, 2019

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CDW CEO Christine Leahy
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193 Ratings
Pros
  • "The company takes coworker surveys to heart and implements changes to support Work Life Balance constantly(in 188 reviews)

  • "Great place to learn great social environment(in 96 reviews)

Cons
  • "The only con is the base salary for AM's(in 92 reviews)

  • "not enough exposure to different Account Managers unless you go looking for it(in 69 reviews)

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  1. "Student"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    CDW Canada - Account Manager in Mississauga, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at CDW

    Pros

    Health benefits and additional benefits...they pay 10% on all sold items per year and that grants the worker extra money throughout.

    Cons

    They have a non negotiable base salary and don't acknowledge your value based on previous work experience and such.. You are equal to everyone else

    CDW2016-06-02
  2. "Fair Company"

    3.0
     

    I worked at CDW

    Pros

    Good company culture, good IT training

    Cons

    Low base salary, inexperienced Sales Managers

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    CDW2016-04-20
  3. Helpful (4)

    "stay away! you might as well work in retail!"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Etobicoke, ON
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - depending on your manager, you can have a very rewarding and engaging team - great if you have absolutely zero experience on your resume, put in a year and get out - great potential income, if people on your team leave

    Cons

    - first 2-4 months are classroom training where the company tries to thin the herd and you make base salary only! - once you get on the phones, prepare to make 80+ cold calls daily with maybe 2 of them turning into customers - 8-5 work day, unpaid lunch, basically hourly compensation. (wanna leave 1hr early for doctors appointment? you get docked 1hr pay!) - you have to clock in/out for work - cannot work from home - be prepared to receive your monthly income in the form of gift cards to stores you would never otherwise visit - you might as well work retail cause you'll make the same amount of money - no short term disability plan! - backstabbing and stealing accounts is a necessity to even keep your job here! - absolutely zero growth options, if you DO decide to apply elsewhere in the company your current supervisor starts to treat you differently - senior management doesn't know my name and I've been there for almost 2 years - the rich get richer and management shows preferential treatment for them

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    CDW2014-05-27
  4. Helpful (1)

    "Good stepping stone, no long term future"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Toronto, ON
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Strong initial sales training Continuous vendor trainings Vendor prizes and incentives to sell their products are constant

    Cons

    No career future. You can do the same job for the next 30 years Low possibility of raises, company culture is to keep base salary at a minimum level to "incentive" sales force to get money from vendor spiffs and contests High turnover

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    CDW2013-04-14
  5. "Low Base Salary"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Reston, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Culture Incentives In Market Events Paid Time Off Benefits

    Cons

    Base Salary Commissions Spiffs Onboard Training Turnover Human Resources Remote Location

    CDW2019-10-31
  6. "Summer Internship 2019"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Corporate Sales in Cherry Hill, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at CDW for less than a year

    Pros

    The people are awesome. Everyone was super nice and helpful. The trainings were really helpful and I feel like I learned a great deal about sales as well as IT. Overall great experience.

    Cons

    The only con is the base salary for AM's

    CDW2019-07-26
  7. Helpful (6)

    "A Great Place to Start Your Career - An AM Review"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Executive Account Manager in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The training program is one of the best in the industry. Even with no background in IT hardware/software/services sales, CDW does an excellent job of preparing you to be successful and giving you the tools & resources to do so. The culture is also top notch. Almost everyone is extremely willing to help you be successful, and your engineering talent & Solution Architects will give you the blueprint to qualify opportunities as an Account Manager. If you land in the right patch, there is a genuine opportunity to make money. I was an Account Manager for 6 years and made six figures for the last 4 of the 6. That said, you do have to exercise patience and know that those first two years will be extremely challenging. Likely 45-55K total pay. But, if you can stick it out and prove yourself, you will get opportunities to be successful. There are constantly vendors in the office giving free lunches, swag, happy hours after work, and promoting vacations & prizes for being top sellers of a specific product. The vacations are amazing, and always extremely well put together. Speaking of, the vacation time and benefits are adequate. Nothing will wow you, but nothing will make you feel like you are being taken advantage of, either. Sales Managers tend to be extremely flexible, friendly, and willing to help you succeed if you demonstrate a desire to. I had 5 managers in 6 years, and only one borderline negative experience that did not last long. Overall, this is a fantastic place to begin your career if you have little to no sales experience. The first 2 years may make it challenging for anyone with experience or major life expenses (car, mortgage, kids, etc.), but if you are just graduating and looking for somewhere to work while living with parents or sharing an apartment with people, CDW should absolutely be near the top of your list.

    Cons

    As odd as this may sound, it is possible to be TOO successful at CDW. The best Account Managers are extremely well compensated, but because of that, it makes a move to any other position internally a pay cut. Some choose to do it for more stability in terms of a higher base salary, but it can be challenging psychologically to accept a total comp cut to move “up” in to leadership. You do move on to a different comp structure after your first 4 years as a sales rep, one that effectively makes you 100% commission. You’re still guaranteed a base salary, but you have to sell to cover it. For me, this wasn’t an issue given the business I had developed but for some, it pushes them out of the AM role. The competition is fierce. There are many VARs out there, and all of your large accounts will be doing business with many of them. This can lead to eroding profit margins that make it difficult for you to make money until you develop a relationship with the customer, which can take years. The Cloud services practice needs more of an investment in personnel, etc. Other VARs are lapping CDW in terms of Advanced Technology services offerings, especially in the Cloud space. Many of your major accounts will still look at CDW as a “box pusher”, even as it has evolved to a complete solutions provider. Battling that stigma can be challenging. Depending on the territory you are assigned to, the first 2 years can be very mentally draining. You will likely start working with smaller accounts, ones that have been called on for years that don’t do business with CDW. You will fail, ALOT. You will lose, ALOT. Knowing and accepting that going in will help you to look long term at the role.

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    CDW2019-06-04
  8. "Wonderful Culture and People"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The company does a great job of hiring motivated individuals who are also very supportive and collaborative. The environment is great as the company really makes sure to think of coworkers as individuals with different needs and the company provides many resources to help support their coworkers. Also, the term coworker is used for all individuals, regardless of their role. The reason the company refers to employees this way is because it shows that everyone has a lot of value, no matter their role in the company. The company also does a lot for their coworkers by providing a lot of perks that go a long way towards saving money such as free food, clothes, housewares, etc. In addition, the company provides a lot of growth opportunities for your career and tend to promote from within. Overall, the company truly shows that it cares about their coworkers.

    Cons

    The main challenge that I've been aware of during my years with the company is that they could provide a higher base salary for many different roles and what compounds this is the fact that the company tends to run pretty lean in terms of overall headcount, particularly outside of sales. However, a lot of people tend to stay at CDW for many, many years and this says a lot about everything else the company offers given that people in a decent size city could likely find a similar role that pays a higher base salary.

    CDW2019-03-14
  9. "Great place to work"

    5.0
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Great training program and support system. You'll get out of this job what you put in

    Cons

    Low base salary and sales goals can occasionally be unrealistic. Not the norm though.

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    CDW2019-03-11
  10. Helpful (1)

    "A great company to work for"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Representative in Lincolnshire, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Management is very approachable and communicative. Great opportunities for advancement, or moving departments within the company. A work culture unlike any other I've been a part of.

    Cons

    Base salary is a little low, but is boosted from commissions

    CDW2019-02-09
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