Southwestern Advantage

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Updated September 2, 2015
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Southwestern Advantage Chairman & CEO Henry Bedford
Henry Bedford
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Pros
  • Great people, the best training ever (in 9 reviews)

  • Personal growth: working 80 hours a week for 6 days a week as a college student really showed me the value of time and how much you can accomplish (in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • Long hours, hard work, some uncertainty in pay (in 21 reviews)

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

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  1. Helpful (5)

    Nothing More Than A Sales Cult

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Direct Sales Representative in Newburgh, NY
    Current Employee - Direct Sales Representative in Newburgh, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Southwestern Advantage full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    You will either gain a greater understanding of the tactics of a cult or simply be a member of one.

    Cons

    -Cult-like tactics -Sugarcoated rationalizations of backward thinking -Duping others into buying products that you wouldn't buy yourself -Working 80 hours a week for possibly nothing -Possibly spending the next year of your life in a depressed state of mind, engaging in alcoholism and other bad habits -Engaging in the door-to-door industry, a dying business model that only makes money for the higher ups because of the multiple people who get sucked into the gig

    Advice to Management

    Quit

    Southwestern Advantage Response

    Feb 26, 2015 – Director of Communications

    I would personally like to discuss your experience if you are willing to engage with me. Trey Campbell, Director of Communications 888-602-7867


  2. Helpful (2)

    Horrible experience, horrible people

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Independent Contractor in Louisville, KY
    Former Employee - Independent Contractor in Louisville, KY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Southwestern Advantage part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I don't have anything good to say about this experience besides the fact that I made best friends because any form of communal suffering bonds people.

    Cons

    They are very sketchy and unclear about what the job entails. I did not know what I would be doing until I showed up at sales school several months later. They try to brainwash you by telling you if you don't finish, you will forever be a failure. They took my phone from me, read all of my messages, tried to control what I ate, when, what and when I slept, showered, etc. this is a horrible company and the managers are absolutely awful. I would spend all day hanging out with families that I met and we would figure out how to get me out of this. Awful experience please don't do it. I wish someone would have told me these things before I went.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the people you are working with. Not everyone can adapt to being robots and not having emotions.

    Southwestern Advantage Response

    Feb 26, 2015 – Director of Communications

    We are very sorry to hear about your experience. We work hard to make sure everyone who intends to participate and run a business selling our educational products has full knowledge prior to ... More


  3. Helpful (3)

    A SCAM beyond SCAM ... A great bait for college students. I don't really comprehend why they have a high review.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Field Sales Leader
    Former Employee - Field Sales Leader
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Building relationships and traveling to a different state with other college students --- like a mini road trip until the work starts.... Makes you learn who to trust and I got stronger mentally because I realize that companies like Southwestern company may look fancy with their big office but in the end, the college students are nothing but baits. Shouldn't work here once you have a degree because you are better than that.

    Cons

    They drop me off on the streets at the ghetto area at 9 am and then pick me up around 9-10 pm at night (and yes, still on the streets). The managers do not really care for your personal situation as long as you are giving them a positive result on your sale. I've had police officers told me that what the company is doing is unsafe especially because the area has a lot of gangs, registered sex offenders etc... They sometimes send me to the firefighters office and they demand that the manager need to start picking me up there for safety reasons. (My manager was really upset and told me I should've just waited on the streets by the bench). I've had families help me by providing food, drinks and a shelter since we are pretty much walking outside from 9 am - 10 pm You basically go door-to-door and hope that someone will let you in or answer the door without threatening to call cops or let you know you are trespassing. The company gives you a set of notes to memorize whenever there's an objection responded to you. You don't get paid weekly. You have to knock on people's house and beg them to let you live-in with them for a summer. (They give you notes for that by the way). You get paid at the end of the summer after you go back to Nashville. They will charge you for the sample books that you show to potential customers and once you get your check, you realize that you can actually do this in any other job.

    Advice to Management

    You have to show sincerity for your employees. Stop talking bad about other college students especially freshmen students who decides to leave the program... It's like a hypocritical action. Managers want to do all the chants like: You can do it! Sell and think positive. Don't Give up!" but then when someone leaves, the manager will say: "Some people are just quitters and that's a failure."


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Its something to put on your resume

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Former Intern in Nashville, TN
    Former Employee - Former Intern in Nashville, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    -You become a better communicator -You can talk about your experience in an interview -If you're a born salesman or have nothing else to do and are desperate, then you got yourself an internship -I had moderate success so I was recognized, feels good but doesn't amount to much

    Cons

    -You become emotionally numb from 90+ hours each week of rejection -Managers only look out for their interests and that of the company -They expect incredible sales abilities with one week of "formal" training aka sales school -Company treats you like a number, rather than a person, because when you think of it, they can always find some other college student to do their work -Company loves to blame the individual for a bad experience by saying "we have plenty of campus wide meetings, or manager meetings, or workshops to help with that..." instead of owning up to their own lack of attention to their most valuable asset (their people) -After a summer they'll try to recruit you again by saying you had a great summer on paper, and they'll even have the nerve to make you feel bad for refusing

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on the individual, even though your process is designed around the elite, it doesn't always work for everyone. Also focus more on training your managers to lead, seems like all that managers do on phone calls and Sunday meetings is ask for numbers and offer little to nothing else. SW leaders seem great at recruiting but really bad, but i mean bad at leading from all the other dealers I've spoken to confidentially. I guess they are learning but not too sure if they are really improving...

    Southwestern Advantage Response

    May 26, 2015 – Director of Communications

    Thank you for sharing your experience with the summer sales program. All feedback helps us improve as individuals and as a company. Please contact me if you would like to elaborate - Trey Campbell ... More


  6. Sales manager

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Field Sales Leader in Omaha, NE
    Former Employee - Field Sales Leader in Omaha, NE
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Southwestern Advantage (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Networking, traveling, driving across the country, meeting fake people, and false confidence

    Cons

    A cult in all ways. This company is all about control. They want to control every aspect of your daily life and give you nothing more than a sense of urgency to work harder for them and the advancement of their culture.

    Advice to Management

    Spend 6 months completely away from the company and anyone associated with the company and you will begin to realize the koolaid is poison.

    Southwestern Advantage Response

    Jun 22, 2015 – Director of Communications

    We will be happy to listen to what led you to feel the way you do. Please contact at 888-602-7867.


  7. Great example how U.S. corporation works and manipulates people.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Student Manager in Nashville, TN
    Former Employee - Student Manager in Nashville, TN

    Pros

    Great example how U.S. corporation works and manipulates people.

    Cons

    relation between hard work and salary

    Advice to Management

    Be trustworthy and fair with employees


  8. really challenging summer

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Independent Contractor in Nashville, TN
    Current Employee - Independent Contractor in Nashville, TN
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    -visiting USA and different state of it -upgrade your communication skills -some US and UK Big Companies recognize working in SW company, so they understand how tough is it and if you have finished your summer than you might be really strong interpersonally -Salary really depends on your skills and how successful you are -sometimes you can meet really nice customers

    Cons

    -long hours - 80 hr a week (6 from 7 days) -such work is pushing down your morality etc -mostly you're walking around all day long -be ready to hear "not interested" in 80% -many crapy things happen during your summer -as for European it's kinda hard at first to understand how Americans think -even if there's raining - go and work for yourself.

    Advice to Management

    no advice. Everything for what managers tried to get ready students ... everything happened. no offence. But I won't do one more time, however gained experience is really helpful


  9. Helpful (1)

    DO NOT DO IT

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Door-to-Door Sales in Nashville, TN
    Former Employee - Door-to-Door Sales in Nashville, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Southwestern Advantage full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    You COULD make some money

    Cons

    So many hours (80 per week)! Not guaranteed any money


  10. Helpful (1)

    Summer of Craziness

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

    Pros

    Good friends, the possibility of good money

    Cons

    Extremely long hours, unsafe territory, inexperienced management, no guarantee of money

    Advice to Management

    Spend the time to look after your first year before the summer starts


  11. Helpful (1)

    Being a salesperson is very tough.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    You can make some money.

    Cons

    They take the life out of you.



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