Southwestern Advantage

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Southwestern Advantage Reviews in Nashville, TN

Updated February 21, 2015
Updated February 21, 2015
31 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.  

    Been with company 16 years and have grown exponentially both personally and professionally.

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    Current Employee - In Management At Southwestern Advantage in Nashville, TN
    Current Employee - In Management At Southwestern Advantage in Nashville, TN

    I have been working at Southwestern Advantage

    Pros

    Able to impact young people to help then achieve their goals, share life skills, build character through running a business

    Cons

    Very challenging way for a college student to spend a summer. Takes dedication, not for everyone.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    As part of management, we continue to listen to the students and build a culture consistent with growth, excellence and success.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Not the most luxurious summer job...

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    Former Employee - First Year Salesperson in Nashville, TN
    Former Employee - First Year Salesperson in Nashville, TN

    I worked at Southwestern Advantage

    Pros

    ...but there are a number of things worth considering about the summer internship. For those of us who actually abided by the proven sales techniques that we learn in sales school we fared significantly better than those who didn't. These are incredibly valuable skills that can be utilized in many professional settings. The opportunities for making a high profit are virtually all up to the individual: you can make as much money as you're willing to work for. The company also relocated all of the interns such that one would most likely work in a region of the country that they're not familiar with. There is a lot to learn about people and oneself on this internship.

    Cons

    Tough the company would argue otherwise, some regions are poorer than others and if you're put in one of these regions you're apt to make less money than someone else in another region will. That can be frustrating at times. Drama within the teams can also affect personal performance and morale. Internship much easier for people that already have good communication and presentation skills, and it gets even easier if you have a way to pay for your expenses while on the internship since the company pays for virtually nothing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Organization leaders and district sales managers need to find ways to improve relations between managers and first years and between OLs and the managers under them. Inter-organization drama was rampant during my first summer.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Southwestern Advantage Response

    Feb 26, 2015Director of Communications

    Feedback is always welcome! As an independent student representative, the summer sales and leadership program is certainly challenging in many aspects. It tends to attract college and university ... More

  3.  

    Best growth experience a college student could experience!

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    Former Employee - Organizational Leader in Nashville, TN
    Former Employee - Organizational Leader in Nashville, TN

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

    Pros

    -learned a ton about myself
    -learned how to run all aspects of a business
    -made decent money (all college loans paid off)
    -pay and time in between summers allowed me to travel the world
    -made some of my best friends in the world

    Cons

    -long hours
    -cold calling
    -completely self driven
    (these are all how you grow though :) )

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    People don't care how much you know until they know how much you care :)
    keep focusing on that

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    You get out what you put into it

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    Former Intern - Sales Intern in Nashville, TN
    Former Intern - Sales Intern in Nashville, TN

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

    Pros

    Chance for lucrative compensation in or right out of college

    Cons

    Difficult, not structured, company mentality can sometimes verge on cultish.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    spend more time training recruits, and provide more emotional support.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great life experience

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    Current Employee - Organizational Leader in Nashville, TN
    Current Employee - Organizational Leader in Nashville, TN

    I have been working at Southwestern Advantage full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    great company values and work culture, gives opportunity to reveal one's potential and grow as much as possible

    Cons

    time consuming, very intense adn challenging

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Yes, its challenging, but absolutely worth it.

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    Former Employee - Field Sales Leader in Nashville, TN
    Former Employee - Field Sales Leader in Nashville, TN

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

    Pros

    SWA brings College Students in as Interns and offers immediate employment after college, providing you did well in the position in the previous year. The seminars and coaching are outstanding. Seriously, I have never left a seminar NOT feeling inspired to do my job. The leaders all started where the interns did and walk the walk. This place offers true Sales and Management Experience for those willing to work. The people are quality and will be the movers and shakers of this generation.

    Another thing; this company welcomes positive change and listens to its employees. Within my employment there, many ideas that I either had, or that were discussed were put into action within years, sometimes months of the idea forming.

    Cons

    Selling Books/ Recruiting/ Managing Teams can be very challenging and you are expected to put in the hours. 80+/weekly during the summer/selling and 60+/weekly while recruiting. The system works though. Everything that is taught, is through the experience that yielded success from another Employee. The work/ life balance is not equal. Consider certain parts of this job an investment in your career bank account.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep listening to younger employees and staying current on what future customers want in education

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great experience

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    Former Employee - District Sales Manager in Nashville, TN
    Former Employee - District Sales Manager in Nashville, TN

    I worked at Southwestern Advantage full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    great leadership, grow a lot, build a good resume

    Cons

    Not a lot. You have to work hard. And that is actually a positive

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find ways to have alumni more involved.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not worth the time and money

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    Former Contractor - Independent Contractor in Nashville, TN
    Former Contractor - Independent Contractor in Nashville, TN

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

    Pros

    Looks good on a resume
    You will work harder than you ever thought possible and finish your summer feeling very accomplished
    I wasn't even close to a top producer and didn't buy into the cult-like mantras, etc., and I still made great money

    Cons

    Greatly exaggerate how many kids actually break even/make any money at all
    Unrealistic work schedule- I slipped a disk in my back and couldn't walk, but was berated by my manager for not putting in 80 hours that week
    You only have one day off per week, but you spend most of that day in meetings
    Hidden costs- you have to buy receipts, training materials, etc.
    Cult-like company culture- you're made to feel like if you aren't succeeding, it's because you're deficient in personal qualities (hard work, motivation, etc.)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please be realistic about what the day-to-day job looks like in the early stages of the recruiting process and be honest about the expenses that they will incur (gas, training materials, etc.); these often make it hard for employees to even break even, let alone earn money

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Wonderful leadership and amazing employee's

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    Current Employee - Corporate Recruiter in Nashville, TN
    Current Employee - Corporate Recruiter in Nashville, TN

    I have been working at Southwestern Advantage full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The opportunity for personal growth is uncapped. The leadership and training is great.

    Cons

    If you do not work hard you won't make any money.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Sales Representative in Nashville, TN
    Former Intern - Sales Representative in Nashville, TN

    I worked at Southwestern Advantage as an intern (more than 5 years)

    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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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