Southwestern Advantage

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Southwestern Advantage Reviews

Updated Jul 20, 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
  • 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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    Building character is not for the fainthearted.

    Independent Contractor (Former Employee)

    ProsPersonal 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.

    ConsThere 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 Senior ManagementI 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.

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

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    Best internship to do while in college

    Salesperson/Student Manager (Former Employee) Johnstown, PA

    Prosmeet 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.

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementGreat work! Continue to look for ways to expand the company

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    A job not everyone can do

    Sales Representative (Former Employee) Ewing, NJ

    ProsI 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.

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    hardest lesson learned = one you remember

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsThe 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.

    ConsYou'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.

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    Great opportunity in college

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsLearn to work hard, friendships, and emotional intelligence.

    ConsIt's tough, the hours are long.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPut more effort into people building.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    worth it

    Sales Representative (Former Employee) Cincinnati, OH

    ProsTeaches 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.

    Consthe 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

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

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    Great Opportunity to Learn Your Strengths and Weaknesses

    Corporate Recruiter (Former Employee)

    ProsOne 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.

    ConsIt 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 Senior ManagementYou 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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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

    Student Manager (Former Employee) Lexington-Fayette, KY

    ProsIncredible work environment, great people, awesome mentors.

    Consthis is based off opinion

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

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    Awesome growth and great relationships

    Corporate Recruiter (Former Employee)

    ProsAmazing 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.

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

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

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    No better way to develop professionally and personally than through a summer or two with Southwestern Advantage

    Sales Representative (Former Employee) Nashville, TN

    Pros- travel to a different part of the country (exchange program)
    - great sales and marketing training from the best in the industry (over 100 hours of training)
    - you earn 40% commission on all the products you sell plus monthly residual payments from their online website services
    - get to meet some of the best people who will become some of your closest friends and future colleagues
    - the managers really pour into you and care about you and your future
    - increases your professional marketability to future employers

    Cons- top students that make over $6,000 in the summer tend to work 80+ hours per week

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

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