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Southwestern Advantage Reviews

Updated October 13, 2017
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Pros
  • You learn a lot about people skills, communication and sales (in 17 reviews)

  • Gives college students a chance at genuinely getting communication skills (in 18 reviews)

Cons
  • The best results come from long hours and lots of rejection (in 40 reviews)

  • To really enhance the communication going door to door gives students a unique opportunity to talk with a diverse group of people (in 18 reviews)

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  1. "bad"

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    Former Employee - Intern in North Miami Beach, FL
    Former Employee - Intern in North Miami Beach, FL

    I worked at Southwestern Advantage (Less than a year)

    Pros

    this job is a good networking tool

    Cons

    the amount of money is not worth the time

    Southwestern Advantage Response

    Feb 1, 2016 – Director of Communications

    We would love feedback from you and why you have come to the conclusion you have. Please contact Trey Campbell at 888-602-7867. He is the Director of Communications and will be happy to listen to you.


  2. "Student Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    High energy environment, and great personal growth. The things you can learn from this is endless

    Cons

    You need to be able to break your own mental barriers.

  3. "Student Manager"

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    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 a year)

    Pros

    Challenging, You get payed what you earn

    Cons

    Move Away From Home, Not much Free Time, Can be frustrating


  4. "Student Manager /Salesperson"

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    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


  5. "Hard work but rewarding"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Southwestern Advantage (More than a year)

    Pros

    Extremely difficult job as I spent 2 summers going door to door for 80+ hours a week. Definitely not for everyone but you learn essential life lessons along the way.

    Cons

    Tough, but structured in a way to maximize earning/learning potential


  6. "corporate recruiter/salesperson"

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    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.


  7. "Student Manager"

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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

    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.

  8. Helpful (5)

    "Summer Intern 2014"

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    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


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Make sure you want to do it."

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    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


  10. "Good!"

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    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.


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