Southwestern Advantage

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Updated January 27, 2015
Updated January 27, 2015
35 Reviews
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Pros
  • Great people, willing to help you better yourself (in 9 reviews)

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


Cons
  • long hours: these taught me how to work hard regardless of my emotions (in 21 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    Amazing experience to grow and learn.

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    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    5 Years of Experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Organization Leader
    Former Employee - Organization Leader

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    Amazing learning experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    It's a LOT of work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    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)

    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.

    Recommends
  6.  

    Learn what you need at an exponential rate.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Southwestern Advantage full-time

    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.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  8.  

    Building character is not for the fainthearted.

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    Former Intern - Independent Contractor
    Former Intern - Independent Contractor

    I worked at Southwestern Advantage as an intern (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

    Southwestern Advantage Response

    Feb 26, 2015Director of Communications

    Great feedback! The Director of Communications will cover driver safety in Sales School training prior to the start of the students running their business. While it assumed the students are ... More

  9.  

    Best internship to do while in college

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Salesperson/Student Manager in Johnstown, PA
    Former Intern - Salesperson/Student Manager in Johnstown, PA

    I worked at Southwestern Advantage as an intern (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
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    A job not everyone can do

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Sales Representative in Ewing, NJ
    Former Intern - Sales Representative in Ewing, NJ

    I worked at Southwestern Advantage as an intern (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
  11.  

    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.

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