Southwestern Advantage

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Southwestern Advantage Reviews

Updated Jun 12, 2014
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4.0 109 reviews

95% Approve of the CEO

Southwestern Advantage Chairman & CEO Henry Bedford

Henry Bedford

(55 ratings)

84% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • You have the opportunity to make a lot of money(in 5 reviews)

  • Your communication skills increase dramatically(in 8 reviews)


Cons
  • long hours: these taught me how to work hard regardless of my emotions(in 19 reviews)

  • Commission based, long workday, very hard work, lots of rejection, working on your own for most of the day(in 14 reviews)

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    It was the hardest work that I would never want to do again

    First Year Seller (Former Employee) Philadelphia, PA

    Prosgreat lessons on attitude, hard work and dealing with rejection and failure

    Cons13+ hour work days, no support during the week and too much driving

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Very challenging internship. Think twice before you enroll

    Student Dealer/Direct Sales (Former Employee) Reading, PA

    ProsGood for taking you out of your comfort zone. You will have to negotiate your own accommodation (by knocking door to door) and connect with residents in a wide range of towns for book sale.

    ConsVery tiring and dangerous. I have been harassed for more I can remember. A lot of my peers quit before they progress to the 1st month of sales. I had to relocate because both my roommates quit and build my relationship in a new town.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    You get out what you put into it

    Sales Intern (Former Employee) Nashville, TN

    ProsChance for lucrative compensation in or right out of college

    ConsDifficult, not structured, company mentality can sometimes verge on cultish.

    Advice to Senior Managementspend more time training recruits, and provide more emotional support.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Not worth the time and money

    Independent Contractor (Former Employee) Nashville, TN

    ProsLooks good on a resume
    You will work harder than you ever thought possible and finish your summer feeling very accomplished
    I wasn't even close to a top producer and didn't buy into the cult-like mantras, etc., and I still made great money

    ConsGreatly exaggerate how many kids actually break even/make any money at all
    Unrealistic work schedule- I slipped a disk in my back and couldn't walk, but was berated by my manager for not putting in 80 hours that week
    You only have one day off per week, but you spend most of that day in meetings
    Hidden costs- you have to buy receipts, training materials, etc.
    Cult-like company culture- you're made to feel like if you aren't succeeding, it's because you're deficient in personal qualities (hard work, motivation, etc.)

    Advice to Senior ManagementPlease be realistic about what the day-to-day job looks like in the early stages of the recruiting process and be honest about the expenses that they will incur (gas, training materials, etc.); these often make it hard for employees to even break even, let alone earn money

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Be Ready to Work... A lot

    Student Dealer/Direct Sales (Current Employee)

    ProsOverall, it was a good experience. I learned a lot and finished as a top first year employee and even got the President's Club award.
    You have the opportunity to make a lot of money.
    It looks great on your resume.
    All expenses paid vacation for top performers.
    Got a lot of job offers from sister companies after I graduated college, but I didn't want to make a career in this type of environment.

    Cons100+ hour work week if you want to be successful.
    Cult-like company culture (But a lot of good people).
    A lot of employers have never heard of the company, so you need to spend a lot of time explaining it on future interviews.
    The exaggerate how good their company looks on a resume.

    Advice to Senior ManagementI think the management does a good job at training and keeping employees motivated. They just need to better explain that the job is very difficult and go into more detail on the day-to-day before hiring people.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    not a bad experience

    Salesperson (Former Employee) Los Angeles, CA

    ProsThe job gives you the opportunity to see yourself clearly, especially your weaknesses. If you keep working your hardest, you will get a decent result.

    ConsNot everyone is suitable for the kind of working environment. It may be rewarding but the working conditions could be really harsh. You spend a lot of time on tedious stuff and you may not get the kind of results that you thought you would get.

    Advice to Senior Managementgood mentorship available management is good

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Extremely challenging, builds character like no other.

    Sales Representative (Former Employee) Lancaster, PA

    ProsIf you choose to do direct sales, you'll learn how to manage your emotion/schedule/behavior. The compensation can be great, 40% of sales.

    ConsExtremely physically draining, mental/psychological stress of a hard sales job can be overbearing.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Summer internship

    Independent Contractor (Former Employee) Norfolk, VA

    ProsEveryday you get opportunity to get used to American culture, you need to be independent, always bee able to solve every problem you meet. There is a great chance to win self'confidence and learn how to face rejection as well.

    ConsHard-working, long hours, very tiring job, involving to put maximum effort

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe yourself, work ambitiously, be motivated, be goal-oriented

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Southwestern is a good place to get Customer Service skills and build on your communication skills

    District Sales Manager (Former Employee) Nashville, TN

    ProsDirect contact with families
    Sales training
    Managers calling each day to see how your day is going
    Hands on meetings to go over your stats each week

    ConsLong hours 75+ hours to even get average earnings ($5000 for one summer)
    There will be expenses that you may not account for

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    Interesting experience, kind of boring at times

    Customer Service Representative (Former Employee) Nashville, TN

    Prosgreat people, hours, work/life balance

    Consmanagement, pay, customer service is not knowledgable

    Advice to Senior ManagementVisit customer service more often and give access to other departments for advancement

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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