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Southwestern Advantage Reviews

Updated June 8, 2017
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Southwestern Advantage Chairman & CEO Henry Bedford
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Pros
  • You learn a lot about people skills, communication and sales (in 16 reviews)

  • I enjoyed working about 13 hours a day and made a lot of money in 3 months (in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • pyramid scheme feel, long hours (in 37 reviews)

  • Pitched to be a great paying job, but instead its just a door to door sales job where you MIGHT make UP TO (in 16 reviews)

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  1. "Great internship if you are looking to grow and get ahead!"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Salesperson/Independent Contractor in Kansas City, MO
    Former Contractor - Salesperson/Independent Contractor in Kansas City, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Woking at Southwestern allows you to internalize sales fundamentals such as positive mental attitude, goal setting, self-motivation, and killer work ethic.

    Cons

    You will need to work extremely hard to be successful. Only those who commit for the entire summer will be able to make a considerable amount of money.


  2. "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

  3. "Sales Representative"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Sales Representative in Nashville, TN
    Former Contractor - Sales Representative in Nashville, TN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Developed outstanding work-ethic while developing leadership and motivational skills with teams of outstanding individuals. Worked 80+ hours a week running our own business. Learned to organize leads and set hourly goals.

    Cons

    There is nothing good old fashioned hard work. Worked and lived off a stict commission compensation plan.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what your doing its going to work for 200 years


  4. "JUST DO IT"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Salesperson in Nashville, TN
    Current Employee - Salesperson in Nashville, TN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great program. Good opportunity to make money. Amazing experience.

    Cons

    The cons of this program could be that its extremely challenging, that the hours are long and that it puts you in a lot of uncomfortable situations that you might not be used to. This is also why the program is so beneficial.

    Advice to Management

    There are some things that annoy me probably like with any job. But most of those are just necessary in order for success.


  5. "Why I'm coming back for a second summer"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Student Manager in Oklahoma City, OK
    Current Employee - Student Manager in Oklahoma City, OK
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Potential to make more money than you could ever make as a college student, Great Mentors, Great POSITIVE environment of students, Entrepreneurial Spirit Development, Self-motivation Skills, Executing All aspects of running your own business, getting out of your comfort zone

    Cons

    Hardest internship in the world. This job has ALL the cons in life - bad environment, mean people, home stress? all these things happen in life. I chose to respond to it positively and choose to control what I can control. So worth it though.


  6. "Facts...."

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Bookman in Baton Rouge, LA
    Current Contractor - Bookman in Baton Rouge, LA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Southwestern Advantage as a contractor (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    It challenges me physically, mentally, and emotionally.

    5 summers... commitment
    4,800+ hours knocking on doors... proof of work ethic
    8+ states....adventure
    35+ leadership conferences... personal development
    15,000 families met....people knowledge
    1,500 families helped....sales skills
    13,500 rejections... self- knowledge + EQ
    500+ friendships.... network
    100,000+ living alumni..... mentors
    4 trips to Mexico.... fun
    1 trip to dominican republic....fun

    Cons

    -It challenges me physically, mentally, and emotionally.
    -Not everyone finishes the summer.
    -If I don't work hard and have a good attitude I wont do well.
    -I don't get to see my family as much as I would like.
    -Its not the most glamorous job.
    -I work long hours.
    -I hear the word NO a lot.

    Advice to Management

    Do your best.


  7. "Sales Person/ Full Time Recruiter"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Corporate Recruiter, Sales Representative in Norman, OK
    Current Employee - Corporate Recruiter, Sales Representative in Norman, OK
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Southwestern Advantage full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    You'll never find leaders in the corporate world who care as much as those who've mentored me through SW. It's pretty incredible to work with such motivated people who can simultaneously compete with each other while championing one another. The mission to empower young people to build the skills and the character they need to achieve their goals in life is lived out in every step of the process.

    Cons

    Emotionally rigorous. Don't try it if you're not ready to put your money where your mouth is and grow. SW works with DEVELOPING leaders and sales people. Mistakes happen! When learning to confront and care, it can be easy to miss the mark. Everyone in the program is learning and growing.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "The Navy SEALs of College Students"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing in Nashville, TN
    Current Employee - Marketing in Nashville, TN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Southwestern Advantage full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Lifelong friendships, world travel, personal development, new perspectives, increasing gratitude, an education in humanity, empathy, and the adventure of a lifetime – things that are only available by first dealing with the cons.

    Cons

    The cons are the fascinating part. Everyone who crosses paths with the program, even those who only interview, have to deal with the cons in some way –– directly while participating, indirectly while interviewing. The cons make people face their own fears and insecurities, and because of that, it's very interesting to see how people respond. The cons of the program are what attract the right people for the right reasons and are meant to scare away those who would not be a good match for the program. We believe hard work is fun and rewarding, we love challenges, risk, problem-solving, competition, and gaining independence. The pros are pretty cool, and they're all on the other side of the cons.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great experience, best thing I've ever done!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Student Manager in Nashville, TN
    Former Employee - Student Manager in Nashville, TN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Southwestern Advantage (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    People you work with, traveling, learning about sales, money, time management, team management, leadership, good attitude, getting good work ethics etc. Opportunity to make lots of money. I definitely believe that joining with Southwestern Advantage team was my best decision ever!

    Cons

    Hard work, high rejection from people when trying to sell them books

    Advice to Management

    Care about people


  10. "Southwestern summer internship"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Student Manager in Nashville, TN
    Current Intern - Student Manager in Nashville, TN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent training - teaches you about success principles, work ethics, time-management, adabtability and how to build a character and run a small business. In your first year your student manager helps you and coaches you; The program is very intensive and your success depends on you; A lot of different experiences every single day, chance to meet many people from different backgroud; In your first year you learn how to sell, in your second - how to recruit people, the following years - how to lead a team; Many opportunities for career progress

    Cons

    It is only for highly motivated and hard-working people; not everyone can do well in the program

    Advice to Management

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