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Southwestern Advantage Nashville Reviews

Updated December 18, 2017
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Pros
  • You learn a lot about people skills, communication and sales (in 18 reviews)

  • Good opportunity for college students who are interested in sales careers after school (in 20 reviews)

Cons
  • To really enhance the communication going door to door gives students a unique opportunity to talk with a diverse group of people (in 19 reviews)

  • The best results come from long hours and lots of rejection (in 41 reviews)

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  1. "Independent Contractor"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Internship in Nashville, TN
    Former Contractor - Internship in Nashville, TN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Southwestern Advantage as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    It's like sales Bootcamp, your success is entirely in your own hands. The company provides all the back-office required to do well.

    Cons

    Rewarding jobs are generally very difficult. This is no exception. Long working hours and all the wonders that come with door to door sales.


  2. "Best Business Internship Around"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Student Manager in Nashville, TN
    Current Contractor - Student Manager in Nashville, TN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Southwestern Advantage as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    You will gain amazing soft skills, business skills, skills employers look for, and some of the best guidance and friendships that are possible.

    Cons

    It takes hard work and overcoming fear.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up

  3. "Great opportunity for college students"

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    Former Employee - Independent Contractor in Nashville, TN
    Former Employee - Independent Contractor in Nashville, TN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great opportunity for college students to go and learn leadership skills, direct selling.
    You can learn and travel, communicate with different people.
    Learn people skills - needs etc.

    Cons

    The only con - the job might be hard, because it is direct selling.

    Advice to Management

    :)


  4. "Salesperson/Student Manager"

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    Former Contractor - Salesperson/Student Manager in Nashville, TN
    Former Contractor - Salesperson/Student Manager in Nashville, TN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Southwestern Advantage as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    No cap on potential
    Leadership skills that are transferable to life skills

    Cons

    You make your experience what it is so there will only be cons if you allow it, it's your own business


  5. "The most challenging job for college students."

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    Current Intern - Dealer in Nashville, TN
    Current Intern - Dealer in Nashville, TN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    People in the Company. All the other college students
    Personal Growth
    It will open your eyes to the world. Really

    Cons

    Its not really a con. More of a benefit really but you've gotta work hard. Period. You get out what you put it. If you aren't committed or think you can work hard, just don't do it. You will save yourself and someone else from big disappointment.


  6. "Salesperson"

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    Former Contractor - Independent Contractor: Salesperson/Recruiter in Nashville, TN
    Former Contractor - Independent Contractor: Salesperson/Recruiter in Nashville, TN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Southwestern Advantage as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    -Rigorous and challenging job that pushes you harder than you've ever been pushed
    -Learn valuable life and social skills
    -Often a great team of motivated people to work with

    Cons

    -Easy to enter group think and for people to be scared by the intensity of the job

    Advice to Management

    - Look for more ways to provide internal motivation for first years, it is easy for people to think that they are being brainwashed by the intense motivational prepwork that is required for the job


  7. "Incredible Experience"

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    Current Employee - Independent Contractor in Nashville, TN
    Current Employee - Independent Contractor in Nashville, TN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Southwestern Advantage part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    If you approach the job with the right mindset, it's a lot like a highly immersive leadership and growth seminar that you get paid to attend.
    Amazing people.

    Cons

    No guarantees
    Long hours
    Away from family

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing your thing.

  8. "Great Experience"

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    Former Employee - Student Manager in Nashville, TN
    Former Employee - Student Manager in Nashville, TN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    +Best people to work with
    +Great support from team
    +Great training

    Cons

    -Long Hours constantly
    -No guaranteed salary

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up - you are all amazing


  9. "Great Experience"

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    Former Intern - Student Manager in Nashville, TN
    Former Intern - Student Manager in Nashville, TN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    One of the few internships, or jobs for that matter, that will challenge you beyond your limits. A great opportunity for massive amounts of personal and professional growth. You make friends here that you'll have for life. You have many resources to coach you and train you along with training events throughout the year. Work hard play hard culture. You will get to travel for training and for work and you have the chance to win trips for being a top performer.

    Cons

    It's a business, and it's sales so the bottomline is money. That's what's most important to the company although they may present themselves in a different light. The products and (books and websites/online sources) do not get used by the families as much as you think. In fact, many families don't use the products at all once they purchase them. It is hard to be truly convicted in selling a product that doesn't get used often, if at all. The career services team is helpful...if you are looking for a job/career closely related to sales. You are a 1099 independent contractor so you get no benefits and you have to take care of all your expenses even ones related to required training.

    Advice to Management

    Start selling solar.


  10. "Great you only care about your goals and money"

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    Former Intern - Independent Contractor in Nashville, TN
    Former Intern - Independent Contractor in Nashville, TN

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

    Pros

    Great support and guidance from your team and managers
    You learn a lot about people skills, communication and sales
    It makes you a very strong person
    You becoma a real problem solver

    Cons

    The vibe feels mostly fake
    No guarantees
    Your managers and teammates are not really the person they show you they are
    The products are overpriced
    You have to be selfish to make real money

    Advice to Management

    Maybe be more realistic on what the whole thing is really about.
    Teach the staff more about the boundaries on soliticing and when it can become more of a harassment.


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