Southwestern Advantage

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Southwestern Advantage Reviews

Updated October 22, 2014
Updated October 22, 2014
125 Reviews
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125 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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.  

    If you want to change your life, do it.

    Current Employee - Sales Representative
    Current Employee - 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
  2.  

    Learn what you need at an exponential rate.

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    • 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
  3.  

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

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    • 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
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  5.  

    Building character is not for the fainthearted.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Independent Contractor
    Former Employee - Independent Contractor

    I worked at Southwestern Advantage as an intern (more than an 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
  6.  

    Best internship to do while in college

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

    I worked at Southwestern Advantage as an intern (more than an 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
  7. 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 (less than an 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
  8.  

    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.

  9.  

    Great opportunity in college

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

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

    worth it

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Cincinnati, OH
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Cincinnati, OH

    I worked at Southwestern Advantage full-time (less than an 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
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great Opportunity to Learn Your Strengths and Weaknesses

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Corporate Recruiter
    Former Employee - Corporate Recruiter

    I worked at Southwestern Advantage full-time (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

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