Southwestern Advantage

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Updated July 23, 2015
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Southwestern Advantage Chairman & CEO Henry Bedford
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Pros
  • Great people, the best training ever (in 9 reviews)

  • 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 (in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • Long hours, hard work, some uncertainty in pay (in 21 reviews)

  • Working 80 hours a week for possibly nothing (in 15 reviews)

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  1. Sales Management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nashville, TN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nashville, TN

    I worked at Southwestern Advantage full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The company mission is outstanding. They do a terrific job with their college program, developing young people into contributors in various fields. They have also expanded into numerous verticals allowing those trained as undergrads, choices to remain in their family of companies.

    Cons

    Due to the above, can be incestuous. Sometimes companies need to "cross pollinate" to develop best practices. So hiring from outside the firm can be beneficial. It seems they do this in ops and accounting.

    Advice to Management

    See the above. Overall, it seems management has the ship pointed in the right direction.


  2. The Hardest Job You'll Ever Do, But One of The Best

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

    I worked at Southwestern Advantage (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -This job provides a lot of room for personal growth and professional growth. -Its a summer internship in sales, communication and leadership. -You have an opportunity to build your own team through recruiting and watch them succeed. -Your personal manager and all other managers in your organization are great leaders that you will highly respect at the end of the summer.

    Cons

    -Mostly recruited through Universities -This is the hardest summer job you will ever do, but if you complete it, it will be one of the most rewarding experiences. -It is really the hardest summer job you can ever do, do not take that sentence for granted. -If you are not open minded this job is not for you.

    Advice to Management

    -Keep doing what you are doing. This job helped make me the best version of myself and I am eternally grateful for working here.


  3. Over All Good Experience

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Student Manager
    Former Employee - Student Manager

    I worked at Southwestern Advantage (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Developing a work ethic at a young age is important, especially in a generation known for "being lazy". Southwestern pushes your ideas of what you think you're capable of and blows them out of the water. You learn to not let circumstance defeat you, and you learn to lead others with that mentality. Great mentorship inside the company as well.

    Cons

    It's door-to-door. If you aren't strong willed, don't apply. If you are strong willed, I would highly recommend it. It's long hours. (Wasn't an issue for me...but some people don't like to work.)

    Advice to Management

    Try not to be so pushy when talking about the personal lives of the students. Sometimes the advice you gave was in the interest of the company...not the student.


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  5. Once in a lifetime experience

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Independent Contractor
    Former Employee - Independent Contractor

    I worked at Southwestern Advantage

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    learned invaluable sales and marketing skills learned work ethic, accountability, communication, accounting positive work environment, very helpful managers

    Cons

    crazy long hours underprivileged areas unusual housing very little sleep competitive environment is rewarding, but not for everyone

    Advice to Management

    be more cautious about giving away extra turf to those performing well


  6. Amazing experience to grow and learn.

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    Former Intern - Student Manager in Washington, IN
    Former Intern - Student Manager in Washington, IN

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Money. Work ethic. Lots of opportunity if you succeed here. Gives you tangible success principles to succeed further in life.

    Cons

    If youre not willing to put in the hrs, youre just going to lose money doing it. Study hard and put your best foot forward.

    Advice to Management

    There should be a better mehanism in place to care for first years. They should be followed more etc.


  7. 5 Years of Experience

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    Former Employee - Organization Leader
    Former Employee - Organization Leader

    I worked at Southwestern Advantage full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Pay: Great when you're in college Resume: You will stand out as a self-starter and have PLENTY to talk about in interviews Community: Southwestern has perfected their incentive trips and get-backs throughout the year where students are able to get continual training, meet top producers form across the world and feel apart of a positive growth culture Competition: Pro/Con if you thrive on competition, you played sports or feel like you're able to continually push yourself to become better then it with be your key advantage in growing your personal business every year. Growth: If you follow the system, you will grow immensely personally and professionally

    Cons

    After College: Pay, not so great. Unless you have a team that did well over the summer or your personally kicked major butt in sales, it's difficult to live on that amount for the whole year if you want to save any or especially if you have any student loans. Only for Driven people: Unless you're committed to spending every day of your entire summer becoming better, building your business and learning a ton- then don't do it. This isn't for the weak minding individual who sees value in a low paying but secure job. It's for the type of person is who confident in themselves and their work habits. Organized: In order to get a big check, you need to be dedicated to filling out your business activity reports each night or its easy to lose track of your business expenses.

    Advice to Management

    If you don't like or don't trust your managers who are recruiting you. Don't do it. Each organization is different, I happened to be apart of a great one.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Amazing learning experience

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    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Door to Door Sales in Grand Rapids, MI
    Former Contractor - Door to Door Sales in Grand Rapids, MI

    I worked at Southwestern Advantage as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    This is the best way to prepare for future careers in anything.

    Cons

    It's a LOT of work.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up.


  9. If you want to change your life, do it.

    Current Intern - Sales Representative
    Current Intern - Sales Representative

    I have been working at Southwestern Advantage as an intern (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    You get to experience a new part of the country including the culture. Building interpersonal skills by interacting with so many different people creates a long lasting confidence you can't describe. Not to mention meeting families that you can help just by knocking on their door. It's an experience I said no to multiple times and my one regret is not doing it sooner.

    Cons

    It is hard. This job is not for everyone. It takes someone willing to work or that have a true desire to gain the skills that come from doing this job. If your the kind of person who likes a challenge and bettering yourself it is definitely something you should do.


  10. Learn what you need at an exponential rate.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Southwestern Advantage full-time

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people, willing to help you better yourself. You get what you put into it. Its all on you to succeed.

    Cons

    Hard work, long hours. No base salary. All commission. The product seems to be growing out dated. Pay for your own travel.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Incredible learning experience applicable to any industry, regardless of your professional goals.

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    Current Employee - Student Manager
    Current Employee - Student Manager

    I have been working at Southwestern Advantage full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent leadership and training. You have the opportunity to develop skills that are normally not present in entry level positions. Extremely competitive and the individuals who work here are outstanding.

    Cons

    Incredibly hard work and extremely risky. Expenses are completely dependent on you and it's a 100% commission job, so there's a big possibility that financially you won't want to be where you want, but at the end of the day, it's all about how hard you work



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