Southwestern Advantage

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Updated April 11, 2015
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Southwestern Advantage Chairman & CEO Henry Bedford
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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. Door to Door Solicitor; If that's what you want to do, this is your calling

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Summer in Wilmington, DE
    Former Intern - Summer in Wilmington, DE

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    I achieved some of my best personal growth under the work schedule and stress that this job has offered me.

    Cons

    I hated how this company handles and recruits their interns. The company was just focused about numbers and gave no real advice, and even though I worked till starvation, they had the nerve to tell me that I wasn't working hard enough. Its not a job for everyone obviously I get it, but to treat people like they are failures because they aren't born salesman is just a terrible feeling. Seriously all these other reviews look so computer generated its crazy. Company definitely doesn't deserve to be so highly rated

    Advice to Management

    Tell people the truth, lets face it not all of us are born salesmen. It shouldn't give you the right to call those who aren't born to sell a failure in life. For the 1% that this program works well with it, congrats.

    Southwestern Advantage Response

    Apr 27, 2015Director of Communications

    We are very sorry to hear you feel this way and would like to help you in any way. Obviously, more than 1% have success in the program. In fact most students do. Keep in mind, success is defined in ... More

  2. Helpful (1)

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

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Field Sales Leader
    Former Employee - Field Sales Leader

    I worked at Southwestern Advantage

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    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."

  3. Horrible experience, horrible people

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Independent Contractor in Louisville, KY
    Former Employee - Independent Contractor in Louisville, KY

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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, 2015Director 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

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  5. Helpful (3)

    Nothing More Than A Sales Cult

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Direct Sales Representative in Newburgh, NY
    Current Employee - Direct Sales Representative in Newburgh, NY

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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, 2015Director 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

  6. Helpful (5)

    My Southwestern DISadvantage "Internship"

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Intern in Austin, TX
    Former Intern - Intern in Austin, TX

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    I learned to stop being so trusting of people, especially recruiters.

    Cons

    I don't even know where to begin when thinking back when I thought I had accepted an "internship" at the end of my freshman year. My recruiter was charming, and painted a much different picture of what my summer selling books would be like. Let's just say, I arrived at Sales School and discovered the cult I was talked into being a part of. After a week of brainwashing, I left for my "HQ" in Kentucky where I was going to live with 2 peers and 1 student leader. My manager lived about an hour away from me in another house with a few other team members. The house I stayed in was barely livable and smelled of dog pee. I had to wake up at 6 am and couldn't return to the HQ til 11 pm. My territory to sell was in the rural area of Kentucky in 100 degree weather. I left before my first week finished and my only regret is attending the first info session when I first got lured into the scheme. I didn't believe all of the bad reviews until I got to experience it for myself. For those of you reading my post, you've been warned.

    Advice to Management

    I would give constructive criticism here, but when I think about it, upper management is clever. They hire naive, broke college kids who are desperate for job opportunities. Then, they talk up the program, lie to the poor kids and parents, and isolate the candidates away from their support system. Meanwhile, the upper management sit pretty in their cubicles, offices, and air conditioned buildings. Well played.

    Southwestern Advantage Response

    Feb 26, 2015Director of Communications

    Please give us a call to talk about your experience. I would like to know more. Trey Campbell, 888-602-7867

  7. Helpful (3)

    Cult Company! Do not fall for their trap! NO NO NO NO NO NO NO! YOU WILL DIE!!!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Independent Contractor
    Former Intern - Independent Contractor

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    People will be impressed that you actually did this job, on your next interview. Or they will think you are stupid for falling for it.

    Cons

    Everything. 80+ hour workweek. The place is a cult. All the positive reviews are by people who have been brainwashed. You have no free time and are treated terribly by team leaders. They disregard your safety and wellbeing. Can be put in dangerous areas/situations. Can lose money if you don't sell enough because of transportation/gas money, if you do operate out of a car (as opposed to on foot or bike). They encourage you to basically go the whole summer without eating a real meal. Talk about 1 minute showers in the morning. No base salary/pay.

    Advice to Management

    Find a new business model. Stop ripping off college kids and putting them in harm's way. Focus on the product itself. Or just give up on business, all businesses have a life cycle and Southwestern's is clearly over.

  8. Helpful (1)

    All work no play

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

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

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

    Pros

    you learn a lot about yourself, you meet new fun people. You also get good training and positive reinforcement.

    Cons

    Where to start...
    You are a door to door salesman who is supposed to wake up by 5:59am Monday through Saturday and work until 10pm. 100% commission and you are away from friends and family. You are encouraged to wake up ppl in the morning and night. You will lose money if you are not good

    Advice to Management

    Stop with the RIDICULOUS hours for these kids and give them a base salary.

  9. Helpful (2)

    learn life skills, but at a cost

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Plano, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Plano, TX

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

    Pros

    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. also, i learned not to take rejection as seriously, which has helped.

    Cons

    pay: as a first year of course there's a learning curve, but it's straight commission. you only make 40% of what you sell. considering you put in 80 hours a week, it's usually below minimum wage if you're a first year

    Advice to Management

    when i considered quitting, i told my manager i had trouble staying motivated. instead of providing me with solutions and advice on how to stay motivated and addressing the problem, he just blabbed about why i should stay. on the other hand, the other leaders in the organization were very good listeners and provided me with way better advice.

  10. Helpful (1)

    Miniature Cult

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Southwestern Advantage

    Pros

    Gives you great experiences
    Puts you out of your comfort zone

    Cons

    Pay is based solely on commission, less than 30%
    No downtime for anything else

    Advice to Management

    Be more honest about how much you can earn during a summer.

  11. Helpful (1)

    Being a salesperson is very tough.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Southwestern Advantage

    Pros

    You can make some money.

    Cons

    They take the life out of you.

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