Southwestern Advantage

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Southwestern Advantage Reviews

Updated September 9, 2014
Updated September 9, 2014
112 Reviews
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112 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.  

    amazing

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    Former Employee - Field Sales Leader
    Former Employee - Field Sales Leader

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

    Pros

    allowed me to develop the attitude and work ethic I would need for the rest of my life

    Cons

    long hour
    no guarantee of success

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    adapt to the changing times faster

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    I sold books for one summer in California

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    Former Employee - Direct Sales Executive  in  Monterey, CA
    Former Employee - Direct Sales Executive in Monterey, CA

    I worked at Southwestern Advantage as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    No place like Southwestern to build character, meet motivated people and learn Sales

    Cons

    I wasn't prepared for the sales territory that I was sent to (predominantly Mexican and unable to speak English) and occasionally it would have been nice to see more support from individual managers who didn't seem to care if you were struggling for a bit.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend more time in field with beginners.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Yes, it is worth the committment

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Southwestern Advantage

    Pros

    Great success skills learned and you will never regret it.

    Cons

    Potentially poor leadership if organization leaders are motivated by units more than student growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lester Crafton's groups seem to be the happiest employees

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  5.  

    Best internship you can get while on school

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Southwestern Advantage part-time

    Pros

    Great collective
    Amazing training
    very good personal compensation
    you acquire good working habits

    Cons

    not for everybody
    long working hours - 80h+

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get more to know what you are selling and less focus on profit

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Sw Advantage taught me success principles at an early age that helped me develop better habits and thought processes.

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    Former Employee - Salesperson/Student Manager
    Former Employee - Salesperson/Student Manager

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

    Pros

    Some of the best training around. The leaders of this company really take an interest in nurturing young minds and making leaders out of each person. I have never met a more charismatic leader than Dan Moore; his philosophies and empathy are awe-inspiring.

    Cons

    It is incredibly hard, every aspect of every job in this company. Some people don't like to step outside the box and work tirelessly toward a goal. I don't see this as a con for the company, but more something that some people find intolerable.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    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 for 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
  8. 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 for 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
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great learning experience, especially if you want to stand out and acquire a good background in sales. Hard work.

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    Former Employee - Independent Contractor
    Former Employee - Independent Contractor

    I worked at Southwestern Advantage as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Supportive managers, positive environment, encouraging, great teammates and co-workers. You get a week of training in Nashville before you go out to work, and they provide you with your starting materials. Weekly Sunday meetings are fun and constructive, since that is where managers give you feedback on your week. Competitions are motivating and friendly as well. If you are willing to put in the work, you will get results and learn a ton about yourself, working with people, and about sales.

    Cons

    Commission based, long workday, very hard work, lots of rejection, working on your own for most of the day. Lots of people quit because they couldn't handle the job, or had other life issues that interfered. Managers don't accept excuses for not working as hard as they believe you should.

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  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    SW Advantage is truly helping young people develop the skills they need to achieve their goals in life, 100%.

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    Current Employee - Associate Sales Leader
    Current Employee - Associate Sales Leader

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

    Pros

    Plenty of room for growth and GREAT loads of money to be made for those who earn it. In 12 weeks I made $20,000.

    Cons

    It's hard work... which is great because everyone else wants the easy way out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Thank you!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    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 for 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

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