Southwestern Advantage

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Southwestern Advantage Reviews

Updated December 17, 2014
Updated December 17, 2014
125 Reviews
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125 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.  

    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
  2.  

    Amazing, challenging, and completely life-changing experience

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    Current Employee - Student Manager
    Current Employee - Student Manager

    I have been working at Southwestern Advantage (less than an year)

    Pros

    1. The culture of this company is amazing. The people you work with do not care about your results they care about you as a person and helping you to develop into the best possible version of yourself. You will love the people you work with.
    2. You have the opportunity to do as well as you want. We are paid directly by how well we preform as well as on the performance of the people you recruit. This teaches you a lot of responsibility and self motivation.
    3. You have the opportunity to grow and develop this as a career or simply have it as a summer job. It is exactly what you make of it.
    4. You can interview, hire, and train individuals while you're still in college
    5. Opportunity for travel. You relocate to a different part of the United States for 3 months of the year. There are a variety of trips throughout the rest of the year for various meetings and conferences that take you anywhere from Mexico to Vegas to Tennessee.
    6. You learn a lot about your strengths and weaknesses and have the opportunity to improve on them
    7. Job opportunities after interning with Southwestern are amazing. 90% job placement after 1 year and 98% after 2 years
    8. Honestly I could continue this list but those are the main ones...

    Cons

    Other people won't understand your job. We do door-to-door sales. It's weird. Your family, friends, and people you're selling to probably won't understand it because it's not a typical salaried 9-5 office job. That is the biggest downside to this job. We also work a lot of hours and deal with a lot of challenges.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I have none, management of this company is phenomenal.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    Sales manager

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    Former Employee - Sales Manager
    Former Employee - Sales Manager

    I worked at Southwestern Advantage full-time

    Pros

    You are taught an incredible amount of resilience, determination, how to run a business, hard work and never giving up.

    Sounds cliche, but it was definitely a life changing experience and opened doors to a range of careers after I had left Southwestern.

    Cons

    Not for the faint hearted. It is an extremely tough job to do, both physically and mentally but extremely rewarding what you can get out of it!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be supportive of those that do end up leaving the business i.e. recommendation to other employers or even other Southwestern sister companies.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great place for people who likes challenging job, broad responsibilities and growth opportunities.

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    Former Employee - Student Manager in Odessa, TX
    Former Employee - Student Manager in Odessa, TX

    I worked at Southwestern Advantage as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    One of the best sales and management training systems can possibly find.
    Growth-supporting environment.

    Cons

    Have to be ready to take all the responsibility.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Student Manager

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    Former Employee - Independent Contractor in La Crosse, WI
    Former Employee - Independent Contractor in La Crosse, WI

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

    Pros

    Success minded culture, entry level direct sales, independent contractor position. This organization taught me to figure it out, to put your head down and drive through the hard times. I can honestly say that I learned more working two summer with Southwestern than two years of business classes. It teaches one how to run there own small business.

    Cons

    For most college students working 6 days/ 80 hours a week is a concept they have heard and studied, however putting it into practice is different. This is a very challenging position to but oneself in. What one puts in is what they get out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Tell more details of what is to come.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Best experience of my life. Besides the money, my 6 years with sw yielded invaluable GROWTH.

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    Current Employee - Summer Sales/Recruiter in Athens, GA
    Current Employee - Summer Sales/Recruiter in Athens, GA

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

    Pros

    *best sales and leadership training in the world for college kids...really...speakers are legit.
    *travel to a cool part of the country
    *met some of my best years through incentive trips, management training trips, etc...
    *made <$260k (between personal sales and team check) over 6 summers
    *helped thousands of families in the summer
    *LEARNED FUNDAMENTAL SALES TECHNIQUES, MANAGEMENT PRINCIPLES, & LIFE LESSONS that have shaped me into the 25yo woman that I am today
    *Hardest possible challenge I could have chosen for my summers (yes, a pro)

    Cons

    *(see last pro) This was freakin HARD
    *tons of rejection
    *straight commission
    *must have a problem-solving mentality
    *work ethic matters...no one is there to hold your hand
    *your success (or failure) is 100% up to you...which I consider a pro..

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be transparent and open with kids about personal weaknesses, challenges, and doubts. Hierarchy never promotes long-term trust. I was very grateful that my manager was that way with me. We're all growing together every day:)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    The best and quickest (although not easiest) way to grow and stretch yourself.

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    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Shelby Township, MI
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Shelby Township, MI

    I have been working at Southwestern Advantage as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    There are so many great reasons to work for Southwestern Advantage. The biggest reason for me is, although I am technically my own boss, the mentorship and comradery I receive from my coworkers and superiors is well, superior. Southwesterns genuinely cares about the growth of the individual. It helps that the company is structured so that superiors don't get paid unless employees perform well. We all know that the best way to get employees to perform well is to make them happy by caring about them and training them well.

    Cons

    Lots of leadership early on. First with leading yourself, then with leading others to do what you literally JUST did. Again, a great way to grow but definitely challenging.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Thanks for caring about me and challenging me to grow!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Best college internship

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    Former Employee - Student Manager
    Former Employee - Student Manager

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

    Pros

    Great people and coaching for support

    Cons

    Hardest work ever and facing lots of rejection

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    amazing

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

    I worked at Southwestern Advantage as an intern (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
  11.  

    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 (less than an 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

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