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Southwestern Advantage Reviews

Updated June 20, 2017
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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. "Student Manager /Salesperson"

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

    I worked at Southwestern Advantage part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    You learn a lot about people and build your communication skills, which are a huge asset to any company who wants to hire you when you graduate. I can honestly say i wouldn't be where I am today without having sold books for 3 summers. An invaluable experience

    Cons

    It's hard work, but if you like being rewarded and recognized for your work, it's well worth it

    Advice to Management

    Update the products, focus on the website and get away from the books. Track previous customers and give dealers the addresses of where the previous customers are


  2. "corporate recruiter/salesperson"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Organizational Leader/Corporate Recruiter/Salesperson in Saint Petersburg, FL
    Former Employee - Organizational Leader/Corporate Recruiter/Salesperson in Saint Petersburg, FL
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You get to meet and interact with a lot of different people. Building communication skills and learning about people is invaluable. Truly can change a person's life.

    Cons

    It's a lot of work and isn't for everyone. If you like to work hard and be recognized for it, it's great.


  3. "Student Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • 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
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Southwestern Advantage (Less than a year)

    Pros

    great work environment! very independent and not micro managed! great internship to get started with. i had a great time at the internship and would do it again if i was in college

    Cons

    door to door sales, so there are some hot days, and a lot of rejection, but there is a lot of rejection in sales. also, payment in the internship is purely commission based.

    Advice to Management

    keep the internship like it is, it is a very good starter internship, the only thing that i would suggest is to maybe keep the payment to employees more stable.


  4. Helpful (5)

    "Summer Intern 2014"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Sales Intern in Bloomington, IL
    Former Employee - Sales Intern in Bloomington, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Southwestern Advantage (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Learn to push through a ton of obstacles and objections. Also get some really helpful sales experience, and you really learn how to grind.

    Cons

    both books and door to door sales are on the decline severely. The company is not very innovative at all and fired the woman who made the only innovative part of their company - the children's website. Find another sales internship as a college summer intern they're not that hard to get

    Southwestern Advantage Response

    Oct 26, 2015 – Director of Communications

    Results of sales would say otherwise. We appreciate the feedback and welcome the opportunity to share just how innovative we are as a company founded in 1855 who has remained relevant in today's ... More


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Make sure you want to do it."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - "Intern" in Suffolk, VA
    Former Employee - "Intern" in Suffolk, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    You will learn some great life skills
    You will take a big bite out of that poop sandwich
    Potential for a lot of money

    Cons

    Insanely hard. 85+ hour work weeks
    Have fun dealing with your own thoughts
    Slave work, even at 8000 dollars for the summer, that comes down to less than $5 an hour...
    You can feel bad about what you're doing.
    You are bugging people everyday
    Can be sketchy working in some bad neighborhoods.

    Advice to Management

    More transparency please. There were some shady practices and some hypocrisy.

    Southwestern Advantage Response

    Oct 26, 2015 – Director of Communications

    Please contact the company - Trey Campbell at 888-602-7867 - and let us know how we can do a better job and what you thought was not transparent. We work hard to set up realistic expectations and ... More


  6. "Good!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Student Manager/Salesperson in Cascade, IA
    Former Employee - Student Manager/Salesperson in Cascade, IA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Southwestern Advantage (More than a year)

    Pros

    It was a great experience! I am so glad I had the opportunity to work for a great company!

    Cons

    It is a very challenging experience that requires a lot of mental toughness. That is not necessarily a con but not a job for everyone

    Advice to Management

    I think management does a very good job of running Southwestern Advantage. I was glad I worked there.


  7. "customer service rep"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Nashville, TN
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Nashville, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Scripts provided; plenty of downtime between calls; management is very lenient

    Cons

    Being a third-party to the sales means lots of limited capability for customer service leading to lots of screaming customers

    Advice to Management

    No advice; the job is what it is


  8. "Good experience for future jobs/careers"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Salisbury, NC
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Salisbury, NC

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

    Pros

    I did the summer college student "internship/job" as a sales representative for Southwestern Advantage. You get to go out of your home state for the entire summer and be independent. You will learn a lot both from the positive and negative experiences.

    Cons

    It is a door-to-door job, so that in itself explains a lot of the hardships that come with this experience. It can get frustrating & expensive if you are not making money.


  9. "Sales Management"

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

    I worked at Southwestern Advantage full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The company mission is outstanding. They do a terrific job with their college program, developing young people into contributors in various fields. They have also expanded into numerous verticals allowing those trained as undergrads, choices to remain in their family of companies.

    Cons

    Due to the above, can be incestuous. Sometimes companies need to "cross pollinate" to develop best practices. So hiring from outside the firm can be beneficial. It seems they do this in ops and accounting.

    Advice to Management

    See the above. Overall, it seems management has the ship pointed in the right direction.


  10. "The Hardest Job You'll Ever Do, But One of The Best"

    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
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Southwestern Advantage (More than a year)

    Pros

    -This job provides a lot of room for personal growth and professional growth.
    -Its a summer internship in sales, communication and leadership.
    -You have an opportunity to build your own team through recruiting and watch them succeed.
    -Your personal manager and all other managers in your organization are great leaders that you will highly respect at the end of the summer.

    Cons

    -Mostly recruited through Universities
    -This is the hardest summer job you will ever do, but if you complete it, it will be one of the most rewarding experiences.
    -It is really the hardest summer job you can ever do, do not take that sentence for granted.
    -If you are not open minded this job is not for you.

    Advice to Management

    -Keep doing what you are doing. This job helped make me the best version of myself and I am eternally grateful for working here.


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