Southwestern Advantage

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Southwestern Advantage Reviews

Updated January 21, 2015
Updated January 21, 2015
128 Reviews
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128 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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.  

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  2.  

    Best college internship

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  3.  

    Incredible learning experience applicable to any industry, regardless of your professional goals.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Student Manager
    Current Employee - Student Manager

    I have been working at Southwestern Advantage full-time

    Pros

    Excellent leadership and training. You have the opportunity to develop skills that are normally not present in entry level positions. Extremely competitive and the individuals who work here are outstanding.

    Cons

    Incredibly hard work and extremely risky. Expenses are completely dependent on you and it's a 100% commission job, so there's a big possibility that financially you won't want to be where you want, but at the end of the day, it's all about how hard you work

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Nothing More Than A Sales Cult

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    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 an 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 ManagementAdvice

    Quit

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    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
  7.  

    Personal Growth WILL occur

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    Former Employee - Independent Contractor in Cave City, KY
    Former Employee - Independent Contractor in Cave City, KY

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

    Pros

    Grew personally, learned a lot about people and sales

    Cons

    no time to yourself except for when you're working. You burn out quickly! It was not good for my health afterwards.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    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
  9.  

    Building character is not for the fainthearted.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Independent Contractor
    Former Employee - Independent Contractor

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

    Pros

    Personal growth: more opportunities than you have ever seen packed into a summer or if you decide to "full-time" as they say or work all year long recruiting as well as selling. Southwestern is for people that "work hard/play hard". People that want and need to push themselves and believe in what they are doing. There are many amazing, beautiful, people who believe in the mission and values of SouthWestern. There are some absolutely fabulous skills that can be learned if you apply yourself. There is also the opportunity incredible profit within a short period of time.

    Cons

    There is a real disregard for driving safety (driving too fast without seat belts to "keep momentum") and personal safety (cold calling late at night without appointments). In order to make the kind of profits that high producers make students/interns work themselves silly. I know people that were in car accidents because they fell asleep at the wheel. Many students get sick, because they don't handle the stress well. That kind of risk can carry a high reward, however, personal safety is very important.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think that driving safety needs to be an important part of sales school. It needs to emphasized to org leaders that their first years need to have an emergency kit, spare tire, and good insurance---with a rental car clause. I know so many people who wrecked their cars or had to buy new cars in the middle of the summer.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    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

  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    It was the hardest work that I would never want to do again

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - First Year Seller in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - First Year Seller in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at Southwestern Advantage full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    great lessons on attitude, hard work and dealing with rejection and failure

    Cons

    13+ hour work days, no support during the week and too much driving

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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