Southwestern Advantage

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Southwestern Advantage Reviews

Updated July 31, 2014
Updated July 31, 2014
113 Reviews
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Southwestern Advantage Chairman & CEO Henry Bedford
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The opportunity for personal growth is uncapped (in 9 reviews)

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


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

  • 80 hours a week through torrential downpour or blistering heat waves during the summer (in 13 reviews)

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  1.  

    Personal Growth WILL occur

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    Former Employee - Independent Contractor  in  Cave City, KY
    Former Employee - Independent Contractor in Cave City, KY

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

    Pros

    Grew personally, learned a lot about people and sales

    Cons

    no time to yourself except for when you're working. You burn out quickly! It was not good for my health afterwards.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

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

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    Former Employee - First Year Seller  in  Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - First Year Seller in Philadelphia, PA

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Very challenging internship. Think twice before you enroll

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    Former Employee - Student Dealer/Direct Sales  in  Reading, PA
    Former Employee - Student Dealer/Direct Sales in Reading, PA

    I worked at Southwestern Advantage as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Good 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.

    Cons

    Very 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    You get out what you put into it

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    Former Employee - Sales Intern  in  Nashville, TN
    Former Employee - Sales Intern in Nashville, TN

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

    Pros

    Chance for lucrative compensation in or right out of college

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    spend more time training recruits, and provide more emotional support.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not worth the time and money

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

    I worked at Southwestern Advantage as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Looks 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

    Cons

    Greatly 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 ManagementAdvice

    Please 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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Be Ready to Work... A lot

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    Current Employee - Student Dealer/Direct Sales
    Current Employee - Student Dealer/Direct Sales

    I have been working at Southwestern Advantage as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Overall, 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.

    Cons

    100+ 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 ManagementAdvice

    I 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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    not a bad experience

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    Former Employee - Salesperson  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Salesperson in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Not 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 ManagementAdvice

    good mentorship available management is good

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Extremely challenging, builds character like no other.

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    Former Employee - Sales Representative  in  Lancaster, PA
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Lancaster, PA

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Summer internship

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    Former Employee - Independent Contractor  in  Norfolk, VA
    Former Employee - Independent Contractor in Norfolk, VA

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

    Pros

    Everyday 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.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be yourself, work ambitiously, be motivated, be goal-oriented

    Recommends
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    Former Employee - District Sales Manager  in  Nashville, TN
    Former Employee - District Sales Manager in Nashville, TN

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

    Pros

    Direct 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

    Cons

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

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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