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Southwestern Advantage Reviews

Updated December 3, 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
  • The best results come from long hours and lots of rejection (in 41 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. "The Hardest Job You'll Ever Do, But One of The Best"

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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
    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.


  2. Helpful (6)

    "Sales manager"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Field Sales Leader in Omaha, NE
    Former Employee - Field Sales Leader in Omaha, NE
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Southwestern Advantage (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Networking, traveling, driving across the country, meeting fake people, and false confidence

    Cons

    A cult in all ways. This company is all about control. They want to control every aspect of your daily life and give you nothing more than a sense of urgency to work harder for them and the advancement of their culture.

    Advice to Management

    Spend 6 months completely away from the company and anyone associated with the company and you will begin to realize the koolaid is poison.

    Southwestern Advantage Response

    Jun 22, 2015 – Director of Communications

    We will be happy to listen to what led you to feel the way you do. Please contact at 888-602-7867.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "BEST Decision I've ever made!"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Student Manager
    Current Employee - Student Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Southwestern Advantage (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    -Personal Growth
    -Peer Group
    -Money! (I'll graduate debt free!)
    -Travel
    -Experience
    -Actual Responsibility
    -Growth/Management Opportunities
    -Challenge!!

    Cons

    -No Guarantees
    -Long Hours
    -Rejection

    *Definitely not for everyone. People who do this job (and do it well) are motivated by these "cons." That being said, if these are deterrents for you, the job is not for you.

    Advice to Management

    Stay true to the mission. I appreciate all that I've gotten from the company in the past three years, and I look forward to learning more and giving back over the next few!


  4. Helpful (5)

    "Its something to put on your resume"

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

    Pros

    -You become a better communicator
    -You can talk about your experience in an interview
    -If you're a born salesman or have nothing else to do and are desperate, then you got yourself an internship
    -I had moderate success so I was recognized, feels good but doesn't amount to much

    Cons

    -You become emotionally numb from 90+ hours each week of rejection
    -Managers only look out for their interests and that of the company
    -They expect incredible sales abilities with one week of "formal" training aka sales school
    -Company treats you like a number, rather than a person, because when you think of it, they can always find some other college student to do their work
    -Company loves to blame the individual for a bad experience by saying "we have plenty of campus wide meetings, or manager meetings, or workshops to help with that..." instead of owning up to their own lack of attention to their most valuable asset (their people)
    -After a summer they'll try to recruit you again by saying you had a great summer on paper, and they'll even have the nerve to make you feel bad for refusing

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on the individual, even though your process is designed around the elite, it doesn't always work for everyone. Also focus more on training your managers to lead, seems like all that managers do on phone calls and Sunday meetings is ask for numbers and offer little to nothing else. SW leaders seem great at recruiting but really bad, but i mean bad at leading from all the other dealers I've spoken to confidentially. I guess they are learning but not too sure if they are really improving...

    Southwestern Advantage Response

    May 26, 2015 – Director of Communications

    Thank you for sharing your experience with the summer sales program. All feedback helps us improve as individuals and as a company. Please contact me if you would like to elaborate - Trey Campbell... More


  5. "The most rewarding, positive, growing experience a college student to pursue."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Student Manager in Johnstown, PA
    Former Employee - Student Manager in Johnstown, PA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people, incredible training, and tremendous growth potential.

    Cons

    straight commission-you have to work for every penny you make. I loved it though.

    Advice to Management

    continue to listen to your managers and give them a voice. You're doing a great thing!


  6. "Great for a college student"

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    Current Employee - Independent Contractor in Batesville, MS
    Current Employee - Independent Contractor in Batesville, MS

    Pros

    -Great learning experience
    -Personal growth
    -Communication building

    Cons

    -Long hours and no guarantees

    Advice to Management

    MOVE FAST!


  7. "Great experience work hard and you will do well"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Nashville, TN
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Nashville, TN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    You are your own boss no limit to what you can do

    Cons

    If you don't work you don't get paid commission based

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Over All Good Experience"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Student Manager
    Former Employee - Student Manager
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Southwestern Advantage (More than a year)

    Pros

    Developing a work ethic at a young age is important, especially in a generation known for "being lazy". Southwestern pushes your ideas of what you think you're capable of and blows them out of the water. You learn to not let circumstance defeat you, and you learn to lead others with that mentality. Great mentorship inside the company as well.

    Cons

    It's door-to-door. If you aren't strong willed, don't apply. If you are strong willed, I would highly recommend it.
    It's long hours. (Wasn't an issue for me...but some people don't like to work.)

    Advice to Management

    Try not to be so pushy when talking about the personal lives of the students. Sometimes the advice you gave was in the interest of the company...not the student.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Incredible experience, unnecessarily challenging."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Independent Contractor in Nashville, TN
    Former Employee - Independent Contractor in Nashville, TN
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Learn hard work
    Outstanding sales training
    Hands-on, unique experience
    Learn a lot of life skills as a young age

    Cons

    Was told I would have somewhere to live, which was false
    Had to basically kill yourself to do this job
    90 hours a week, cold-calling
    They kind of feed you to the wolves

    Southwestern Advantage Response

    Mar 18, 2015 – Director of Communications

    At Southwestern Advantage, we value feedback such as your in order to see what could have been done to make your experience a better one. Please feel free to contact us at 888-602-7867 if you would... More


  10. "Once in a lifetime experience"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Independent Contractor
    Former Employee - Independent Contractor
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    learned invaluable sales and marketing skills
    learned work ethic, accountability, communication, accounting
    positive work environment, very helpful managers

    Cons

    crazy long hours
    underprivileged areas
    unusual housing
    very little sleep
    competitive environment is rewarding, but not for everyone

    Advice to Management

    be more cautious about giving away extra turf to those performing well


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