Southwestern Advantage

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Southwestern Advantage Reviews

Updated September 9, 2014
Updated September 9, 2014
114 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.  

    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

    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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Building character is not for the fainthearted.

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    Former Employee - Independent Contractor
    Former Employee - Independent Contractor

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

    Pros

    Personal growth: more opportunities than you have ever seen packed into a summer or if you decide to "full-time" as they say or work all year long recruiting as well as selling. Southwestern is for people that "work hard/play hard". People that want and need to push themselves and believe in what they are doing. There are many amazing, beautiful, people who believe in the mission and values of SouthWestern. There are some absolutely fabulous skills that can be learned if you apply yourself. There is also the opportunity incredible profit within a short period of time.

    Cons

    There is a real disregard for driving safety (driving too fast without seat belts to "keep momentum") and personal safety (cold calling late at night without appointments). In order to make the kind of profits that high producers make students/interns work themselves silly. I know people that were in car accidents because they fell asleep at the wheel. Many students get sick, because they don't handle the stress well. That kind of risk can carry a high reward, however, personal safety is very important.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think that driving safety needs to be an important part of sales school. It needs to emphasized to org leaders that their first years need to have an emergency kit, spare tire, and good insurance---with a rental car clause. I know so many people who wrecked their cars or had to buy new cars in the middle of the summer.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Best internship to do while in college

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    Former Employee - Salesperson/Student Manager  in  Johnstown, PA
    Former Employee - Salesperson/Student Manager in Johnstown, PA

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

    Pros

    meet some of the best, hard working and motivated young people. This internship really prepare you for life after college and gives you the tools and intangibles to be successful. You are you're own boss and get out what you put in(experience, profit, etc.). President, CEO, Executives and managers are all really approachable and down to earth.

    Cons

    really long hours but you are not forced to work them. Although they are necessary to be successful in this internship

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great work! Continue to look for ways to expand the company

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    A job not everyone can do

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    Former Employee - Sales Representative  in  Ewing, NJ
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Ewing, NJ

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

    Pros

    I really like that the company gives college kids the opportunity to run their own business and potentially make a lot of money. You'll also get the chance to make a lot of really good friends, meet a lot of cool people and even meet and keep in touch with families you otherwise would've never met.

    Cons

    It's definitely a job that takes a certain kind of person to finish. You'll have to be very independent and be able to keep yourself motivated and positive throughout the day. You'll get a lot of doors slammed on you but you have to keep positive and go on to the next one on your own.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I wish there was free housing so that we didn't have to worry about paying rent while being on commission only.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    hardest lesson learned = one you remember

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Southwestern Advantage

    Pros

    The principals that they teach you and the enthusiastic people around you provides a great atmosphere to work. Most if not all the lessons are not provided by but learned through hard work and dedication. Gives college students a chance at genuinely getting communication skills. Hardest thing I've ever done but absolutely the best thing I've could've done for myself.

    Cons

    You're selling books door-to-door, 80 hours a week, on straight commission, by yourself, in a place you've most likely never been to, for the whole summer.

  7.  

    Great opportunity in college

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Learn to work hard, friendships, and emotional intelligence.

    Cons

    It's tough, the hours are long.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put more effort into people building.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    worth it

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    Former Employee - Sales Representative  in  Cincinnati, OH
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Cincinnati, OH

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

    Pros

    Teaches necessary skills to be successful professionally. The things I learned with southwestern have gotten me countless job interviews and is an amazing talking point in interviews.

    Cons

    the hardest summer internship you will do (and as such the most rewarding)
    you will want to quit at some point, and powering through gives an amazing sense of accomplishment

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Opportunity to Learn Your Strengths and Weaknesses

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    Former Employee - Corporate Recruiter
    Former Employee - Corporate Recruiter

    I worked at Southwestern Advantage full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    One of the most life changing experiences you will ever have! No other internship will allow you to have so much control over what you do on a daily basis. There is no filing papers, data entry, or making coffee runs. If you want to do something with your summer that most people either can't or aren't willing to do, this is the place for you. Easy to advance in the company and the pay is phenomenal if you just go to work and follow the directions of your leadership. The people that you meet will become your lifelong friends and you will have more fun than you can possibly imagine.

    Cons

    It can be difficult to maintain balance between your life before SW and how much you will love being a part of the SW culture. When you are not selling you are probably partying in Mexico, New Orleans, Nashville, or at a local get together. Also make sure that you make an effort to find volunteer opportunities or other internships during the fall and spring inside of your desired career field. SW will make your resume stand out but it will not provide you with your dream career if it is all you do.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You are the leaders, your students will follow in your footsteps. Make sure that you are living a life that others should want to emulate. Don't become so focused on money that you forget about the people who got you there. And stop the gossip

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great experience to learn and gain skills that will help you succeed in life

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    Former Employee - Student Manager  in  Lexington-Fayette, KY
    Former Employee - Student Manager in Lexington-Fayette, KY

    I worked at Southwestern Advantage as an intern for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Incredible work environment, great people, awesome mentors.

    Cons

    this is based off opinion

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Awesome growth and great relationships

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Corporate Recruiter
    Former Employee - Corporate Recruiter

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

    Pros

    Amazing growing opportunities - personal growth + resume.
    Lots of support from sales managers and student managers.
    Amazing leaders and role models
    Phenomenal training on cycle of selling - prospecting, product knowledge, close.
    Great transitional job between college and career.
    Sky is the limit, great commission rate.
    Great network of alumni looking to help one another.

    Cons

    Long hours in selling and recruiting.
    Product needs to improve, especially the online component.
    Public relations - just nature of the job (direct selling), difficult to deal with people negatively talking about you on Facebook.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Thanks Dan, Lee, Henry, and all the other leaders for caring a lot about the students you work with. Your leadership and example are amazing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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