Southwestern Advantage

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Southwestern Advantage Reviews

Updated January 27, 2015
Updated January 27, 2015
129 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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Be Ready to Work... A lot

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Student Dealer/Direct Sales
    Current Employee - Student Dealer/Direct Sales

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

    Pros

    Overall, it was a good experience. I learned a lot and finished as a top first year employee and even got the President's Club award.
    You have the opportunity to make a lot of money.
    It looks great on your resume.
    All expenses paid vacation for top performers.
    Got a lot of job offers from sister companies after I graduated college, but I didn't want to make a career in this type of environment.

    Cons

    100+ hour work week if you want to be successful.
    Cult-like company culture (But a lot of good people).
    A lot of employers have never heard of the company, so you need to spend a lot of time explaining it on future interviews.
    The exaggerate how good their company looks on a resume.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think the management does a good job at training and keeping employees motivated. They just need to better explain that the job is very difficult and go into more detail on the day-to-day before hiring people.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Best College Experience in the United States!

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

    I worked at Southwestern Advantage full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    World-class sales and management training. Phenomenal mentors. Incredible opportunity to develop skills, habits and attitudes that opened many doors after leaving Southwestern!

    Cons

    Hard work. Sacrifice summers. Freedom and flexibility to determine own schedule. Requires an individual to continually test mental and emotional boundaries and step outside comfort zone.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    This experience changed my life-seriously

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    Former Employee - Corporate Recruiter
    Former Employee - Corporate Recruiter

    I worked at Southwestern Advantage full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    I interned with this company for two years in college and worked for them full-time for an additional two years. I could go on for days about the amount of growth you receive from this experience-both personally and professionally. It is a challenging work environment that helps you to exemplify your true work ethic to future employers through the experience you're able to put on your résumé. You also receive hours of thorough sales and management training that makes you more knowledgeable than most sales people with 15 years of experience. You develop an international network, travel the country and the world, and are lead by mangers who truly care about your goals, growth, and success.

    Cons

    As for the summer internship, it is the single best opportunity for motivated college students. It is work-based, so if you work harder than everyone else at your current waitressing job, you will most definitely excel at this if you apply the same work ethic.
    The only "con" I experienced was that as a Corporate Recruiter, I struggled to maintain a good work-life balance and felt the need to constantly work around the clock. Other than that, yes it is a very challenging work environment but that is where the growth comes from. If work was meant to be easy, it wouldn't be called work!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep continuing to grow and adapt to the changing times!
    Listen to your ASLs, FSLs, and CRs for valuable feedback! "Times" are not the same as they were "back in the day" when the DSMs were selling.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Could not have challenged myself more or put myself in the company of greater people. Game Changer.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Student Manager in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Student Manager in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Southwestern Advantage part-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Extensive and continuous personal growth and improvement.
    Build a deep foundation of skills and character
    Supportive and encouraging environment of coworkers so will challenge and encourage you
    Great opportunity for financial gain

    Cons

    Very challenging and truly requires exceptional work and commitment
    Not glamorous
    Requires moving to a different state for the summer (negative for some)
    Not conducive for maintaining romantic relationships without much sacrifice and understanding

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to invest in your employees, they are the future makers of America

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    not a bad experience

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    Former Employee - Salesperson in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Salesperson in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    The job gives you the opportunity to see yourself clearly, especially your weaknesses. If you keep working your hardest, you will get a decent result.

    Cons

    Not everyone is suitable for the kind of working environment. It may be rewarding but the working conditions could be really harsh. You spend a lot of time on tedious stuff and you may not get the kind of results that you thought you would get.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    good mentorship available management is good

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Awesome growth and great relationships

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Corporate Recruiter
    Former Employee - Corporate Recruiter

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

    Pros

    Amazing growing opportunities - personal growth + resume.
    Lots of support from sales managers and student managers.
    Amazing leaders and role models
    Phenomenal training on cycle of selling - prospecting, product knowledge, close.
    Great transitional job between college and career.
    Sky is the limit, great commission rate.
    Great network of alumni looking to help one another.

    Cons

    Long hours in selling and recruiting.
    Product needs to improve, especially the online component.
    Public relations - just nature of the job (direct selling), difficult to deal with people negatively talking about you on Facebook.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Thanks Dan, Lee, Henry, and all the other leaders for caring a lot about the students you work with. Your leadership and example are amazing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Wonderful leadership and amazing employee's

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Corporate Recruiter in Nashville, TN
    Current Employee - Corporate Recruiter in Nashville, TN

    I have been working at Southwestern Advantage full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The opportunity for personal growth is uncapped. The leadership and training is great.

    Cons

    If you do not work hard you won't make any money.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    No better way to develop professionally and personally than through a summer or two with Southwestern Advantage

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Nashville, TN
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Nashville, TN

    I worked at Southwestern Advantage as an intern (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    - travel to a different part of the country (exchange program)
    - great sales and marketing training from the best in the industry (over 100 hours of training)
    - you earn 40% commission on all the products you sell plus monthly residual payments from their online website services
    - get to meet some of the best people who will become some of your closest friends and future colleagues
    - the managers really pour into you and care about you and your future
    - increases your professional marketability to future employers

    Cons

    - top students that make over $6,000 in the summer tend to work 80+ hours per week

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Huge Growth, Huge Challenge,

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    Former Employee - Salesperson/Student Manager
    Former Employee - Salesperson/Student Manager

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

    Pros

    Super Positive energetic environment, good pay, supportive

    Cons

    Be careful which "team" you get plugged into. They all have the same core values, but each goes about teaching them differently, and emphasizes different aspects.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more transparent, and/or stick to what you say.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    All work no play

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    Former Employee - Bookman
    Former Employee - Bookman

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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