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  1. 2 people found this helpful

    learn life skills, but at a cost

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Plano, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Plano, TX

    I worked at Southwestern Advantage full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Personal growth: working 80 hours a week for 6 days a week as a college student really showed me the value of time and how much you can accomplish. also, i learned not to take rejection as seriously, which has helped.

    Cons

    pay: as a first year of course there's a learning curve, but it's straight commission. you only make 40% of what you sell. considering you put in 80 hours a week, it's usually below minimum wage if you're a first year

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    when i considered quitting, i told my manager i had trouble staying motivated. instead of providing me with solutions and advice on how to stay motivated and addressing the problem, he just blabbed about why i should stay. on the other hand, the other leaders in the organization were very good listeners and provided me with way better advice.

  2. 1 person found this helpful

    Miniature Cult

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Southwestern Advantage

    Pros

    Gives you great experiences
    Puts you out of your comfort zone

    Cons

    Pay is based solely on commission, less than 30%
    No downtime for anything else

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more honest about how much you can earn during a summer.

  3. 1 person found this helpful

    Being a salesperson is very tough.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Southwestern Advantage

    Pros

    You can make some money.

    Cons

    They take the life out of you.

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  5. 2 people found this helpful

    Long-hard days that help you know yourself and your limits

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    Former Intern - Independent Contractor in Joplin, MO
    Former Intern - Independent Contractor in Joplin, MO

    I worked at Southwestern Advantage as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Cold-calling, work-ethic, entrepreneurship, push you to the limit every day, sales pitch given to you, get in shape and a tan

    Cons

    On your own, they do not care about each individual except the high earners, home-life depends on the people they put you with, the full cost of the program is not disclosed until you are forced to pay

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful

    Summer of Craziness

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Southwestern Advantage

    Pros

    Good friends, the possibility of good money

    Cons

    Extremely long hours, unsafe territory, inexperienced management, no guarantee of money

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend the time to look after your first year before the summer starts

  7. Very good if you are cut throat, cold, emotionless business person

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    Former Intern - Book Salesperson in Nashville, TN
    Former Intern - Book Salesperson in Nashville, TN

    I worked at Southwestern Advantage as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Tons of connections, lots of personal success, very funny and highly motivating, definitely has the charisma to motivate people and make them think that all the factors of sales come down to them.

    Cons

    Extremely deceitful, thinks of company first. Southwestern Advantage profits come before EVERYTHING, even your own safety. Dishonest at times, more in a sense that he will trick you into thinking everything negative is your fault. He can seem slightly sexist at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be honest with your interns. You preach accountability but don't nesc accept it when you have failed to provide an intern with a safe place to live. Stop teaching your interns DANGEROUS WORK HABITS such as map making while driving, this is a lawsuit waiting to happen (assuming it hasn't already which im sure it has)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  8. 2 people found this helpful

    not worth the time for an engineer

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    Former Intern - Student Manager in Haddonfield, NJ
    Former Intern - Student Manager in Haddonfield, NJ

    I worked at Southwestern Advantage as an intern (more than a year)

    Pros

    built character and the leaders were good.

    Cons

    didn't get a whole lot out of it in terms of professional skills. Not very good company if you wanna be an engineer. made my search for an internship/job hard after I finished the job since I didn't have engineering exp.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful

    DO NOT DO IT

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    Former Employee - Door-to-Door Sales in Nashville, TN
    Former Employee - Door-to-Door Sales in Nashville, TN

    I worked at Southwestern Advantage full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    You COULD make some money

    Cons

    So many hours (80 per week)! Not guaranteed any money

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  10. really challenging summer

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    Current Employee - Independent Contractor in Nashville, TN
    Current Employee - Independent Contractor in Nashville, TN

    I have been working at Southwestern Advantage

    Pros

    -visiting USA and different state of it
    -upgrade your communication skills
    -some US and UK Big Companies recognize working in SW company, so they understand how tough is it and if you have finished your summer than you might be really strong interpersonally
    -Salary really depends on your skills and how successful you are
    -sometimes you can meet really nice customers

    Cons

    -long hours - 80 hr a week (6 from 7 days)
    -such work is pushing down your morality etc
    -mostly you're walking around all day long
    -be ready to hear "not interested" in 80%
    -many crapy things happen during your summer
    -as for European it's kinda hard at first to understand how Americans think
    -even if there's raining - go and work for yourself.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    no advice. Everything for what managers tried to get ready students ... everything happened. no offence. But I won't do one more time, however gained experience is really helpful

    Doesn't Recommend
  11. Great example how U.S. corporation works and manipulates people.

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    Former Employee - Student Manager in Nashville, TN
    Former Employee - Student Manager in Nashville, TN

    I worked at Southwestern Advantage

    Pros

    Great example how U.S. corporation works and manipulates people.

    Cons

    relation between hard work and salary

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be trustworthy and fair with employees

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