Southwestern Advantage
4.0 of 5 107 reviews
www.southwesternadvantage.com Nashville, TN 150 to 499 Employees

Southwestern Advantage Reviews

Updated Jun 9, 2014
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4.0 107 reviews

                             

94% Approve of the CEO

Southwestern Advantage Chairman & CEO Henry Bedford

Henry Bedford

(53 ratings)

84% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    learn life skills, but at a cost

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Plano, TX

    ProsPersonal 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.

    Conspay: 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 Senior Managementwhen 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.

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    Miniature Cult

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGives you great experiences
    Puts you out of your comfort zone

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe more honest about how much you can earn during a summer.

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

    Independent Contractor (Former Employee)
    Joplin, MO

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

    ConsOn 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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Being a salesperson is very tough.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsYou can make some money.

    ConsThey take the life out of you.

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    Summer of Craziness

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGood friends, the possibility of good money

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementSpend the time to look after your first year before the summer starts

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

    Book Salesperson (Former Employee)
    Nashville, TN

    ProsTons 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.

    ConsExtremely 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 Senior Managementbe 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)

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    not worth the time for an engineer

    Student Manager (Former Employee)
    Haddonfield, NJ

    Prosbuilt character and the leaders were good.

    Consdidn'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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    DO NOT DO IT

    Door-to-Door Sales (Former Employee)
    Nashville, TN

    ProsYou COULD make some money

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    really challenging summer

    Independent Contractor (Current Employee)
    Nashville, TN

    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 Senior Managementno 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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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

    Student Manager (Former Employee)
    Nashville, TN

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

    Consrelation between hard work and salary

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe trustworthy and fair with employees

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