Best Places to Work in IT 2010 Employer Profile

No. 99

CDW Corp.

Vernon Hills, Ill. [North Central]

Why you want to work there

A recent big (and complex) IT project involved an upgrade of this Vernon Hills, Ill., computer product reseller's sales system. IT employees started the project by brainstorming in design sessions internally to see how they could logically group the functionality spread throughout the tool. The improved system usability and navigation has helped increase sales productivity. Rewards and recognition: The company offers a host of programs, including peer-based recognition through the REACH (Rewarding Excellence, Achievements, Commitments, and Helping Others) program, which gives public praise and tangible awards for extraordinary performance. Leadership-based recognition earns employees financial incentives. All IT employees are encouraged to take advantage of training; the process begins during the annual performance review, when managers and employees collaborate on a development plan. Training includes managerial and communication classes, courses offered through the internal CDW University, and a continuing education reimbursement program. Project Soar is a training initiative for IT employees to help transition developers of legacy application systems to modern object-oriented technology with Java- and .Net-based skills.

Rank by company size:
Medium, No. 30

Employee Statistics

Total U.S.-based employees: 5,917

Total U.S.-based IT employees: 254

IT employee turnover in 2009: 6%

IT promotions in 2009: 2%


Training days offered per IT employee in 2009: 5

Training budget per IT employee in 2009: $4,192

Women in IT

Total percentage of women within IT: 26%

Percentage of IT managers who are women: 24%

Percentage of IT staffers (non-managers) who are women: 27%

Minorities in IT

Total percentage of minorities within IT: 30%

Percentage of IT managers who are minorities: 19%

Percentage of IT staffers (non-managers) who are minorities: 32%