Southwestern Advantage

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Updated July 23, 2015
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  1. Learn what you need at an exponential rate.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Southwestern Advantage full-time

    Pros

    Great people, willing to help you better yourself. You get what you put into it. Its all on you to succeed.

    Cons

    Hard work, long hours. No base salary. All commission. The product seems to be growing out dated. Pay for your own travel.


  2. Helpful (1)

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

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Student Manager
    Current Employee - Student Manager
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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


  3. Helpful (5)

    Nothing More Than A Sales Cult

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    • 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


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  5. Yes, it is worth the committment

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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 Management

    Lester Crafton's groups seem to be the happiest employees


  6. Helpful (4)

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

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    Former Employee - First Year Seller in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - First Year Seller in Philadelphia, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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


  7. Helpful (3)

    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.


  8. hardest lesson learned = one you remember

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The principals that they teach you and the enthusiastic people around you provides a great atmosphere to work. Most if not all the lessons are not provided by but learned through hard work and dedication. Gives college students a chance at genuinely getting communication skills. Hardest thing I've ever done but absolutely the best thing I've could've done for myself.

    Cons

    You're selling books door-to-door, 80 hours a week, on straight commission, by yourself, in a place you've most likely never been to, for the whole summer.


  9. Great life experience

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Organizational Leader in Nashville, TN
    Current Employee - Organizational Leader in Nashville, TN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Southwestern Advantage full-time (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


  10. Helpful (1)

    Yes, its challenging, but absolutely worth it.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Field Sales Leader in Nashville, TN
    Former Employee - Field Sales Leader in Nashville, TN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Southwestern Advantage full-time (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 Management

    Keep listening to younger employees and staying current on what future customers want in education


  11. Helpful (1)

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

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Sales Leader
    Current Employee - Associate Sales Leader
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Southwestern Advantage full-time (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 Management

    Thank you!



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