Southwestern Advantage

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Southwestern Advantage Reviews

Updated 8 November 2014
Updated 8 November 2014
123 Reviews
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123 Reviews
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Southwestern Advantage Chairman & CEO Henry Bedford
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great people, willing to help you better yourself (in 9 reviews)

  • The opportunity for personal growth is uncapped (in 9 reviews)


Cons
  • long hours: these taught me how to work hard regardless of my emotions (in 21 reviews)

  • Incredibly hard work and extremely risky (in 14 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    worth it

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Cincinnati, OH (US)
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Cincinnati, OH (US)

    I worked at Southwestern Advantage full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Teaches necessary skills to be successful professionally. The things I learned with southwestern have gotten me countless job interviews and is an amazing talking point in interviews.

    Cons

    the hardest summer internship you will do (and as such the most rewarding)
    you will want to quit at some point, and powering through gives an amazing sense of accomplishment

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Yes, its challenging, but absolutely worth it.

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    Former Employee - Field Sales Leader in Nashville, TN (US)
    Former Employee - Field Sales Leader in Nashville, TN (US)

    I worked at Southwestern Advantage full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    SWA brings College Students in as Interns and offers immediate employment after college, providing you did well in the position in the previous year. The seminars and coaching are outstanding. Seriously, I have never left a seminar NOT feeling inspired to do my job. The leaders all started where the interns did and walk the walk. This place offers true Sales and Management Experience for those willing to work. The people are quality and will be the movers and shakers of this generation.

    Another thing; this company welcomes positive change and listens to its employees. Within my employment there, many ideas that I either had, or that were discussed were put into action within years, sometimes months of the idea forming.

    Cons

    Selling Books/ Recruiting/ Managing Teams can be very challenging and you are expected to put in the hours. 80+/weekly during the summer/selling and 60+/weekly while recruiting. The system works though. Everything that is taught, is through the experience that yielded success from another Employee. The work/ life balance is not equal. Consider certain parts of this job an investment in your career bank account.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep listening to younger employees and staying current on what future customers want in education

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    SW Advantage is truly helping young people develop the skills they need to achieve their goals in life, 100%.

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    Current Employee - Associate Sales Leader
    Current Employee - Associate Sales Leader

    I have been working at Southwestern Advantage full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Plenty of room for growth and GREAT loads of money to be made for those who earn it. In 12 weeks I made $20,000.

    Cons

    It's hard work... which is great because everyone else wants the easy way out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Thank you!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great learning experience, especially if you want to stand out and acquire a good background in sales. Hard work.

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    Former Employee - Independent Contractor
    Former Employee - Independent Contractor

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

    Pros

    Supportive managers, positive environment, encouraging, great teammates and co-workers. You get a week of training in Nashville before you go out to work, and they provide you with your starting materials. Weekly Sunday meetings are fun and constructive, since that is where managers give you feedback on your week. Competitions are motivating and friendly as well. If you are willing to put in the work, you will get results and learn a ton about yourself, working with people, and about sales.

    Cons

    Commission based, long workday, very hard work, lots of rejection, working on your own for most of the day. Lots of people quit because they couldn't handle the job, or had other life issues that interfered. Managers don't accept excuses for not working as hard as they believe you should.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great Opportunity to Learn Your Strengths and Weaknesses

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    Former Employee - Corporate Recruiter
    Former Employee - Corporate Recruiter

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

    Pros

    One of the most life changing experiences you will ever have! No other internship will allow you to have so much control over what you do on a daily basis. There is no filing papers, data entry, or making coffee runs. If you want to do something with your summer that most people either can't or aren't willing to do, this is the place for you. Easy to advance in the company and the pay is phenomenal if you just go to work and follow the directions of your leadership. The people that you meet will become your lifelong friends and you will have more fun than you can possibly imagine.

    Cons

    It can be difficult to maintain balance between your life before SW and how much you will love being a part of the SW culture. When you are not selling you are probably partying in Mexico, New Orleans, Nashville, or at a local get together. Also make sure that you make an effort to find volunteer opportunities or other internships during the fall and spring inside of your desired career field. SW will make your resume stand out but it will not provide you with your dream career if it is all you do.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You are the leaders, your students will follow in your footsteps. Make sure that you are living a life that others should want to emulate. Don't become so focused on money that you forget about the people who got you there. And stop the gossip

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great experience

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    Former Employee - District Sales Manager in Nashville, TN (US)
    Former Employee - District Sales Manager in Nashville, TN (US)

    I worked at Southwestern Advantage full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    great leadership, grow a lot, build a good resume

    Cons

    Not a lot. You have to work hard. And that is actually a positive

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find ways to have alumni more involved.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Cult Company! Do not fall for their trap! NO NO NO NO NO NO NO! YOU WILL DIE!!!

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    Former Employee - Independent Contractor
    Former Employee - Independent Contractor

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

    Pros

    People will be impressed that you actually did this job, on your next interview. Or they will think you are stupid for falling for it.

    Cons

    Everything. 80+ hour workweek. The place is a cult. All the positive reviews are by people who have been brainwashed. You have no free time and are treated terribly by team leaders. They disregard your safety and wellbeing. Can be put in dangerous areas/situations. Can lose money if you don't sell enough because of transportation/gas money, if you do operate out of a car (as opposed to on foot or bike). They encourage you to basically go the whole summer without eating a real meal. Talk about 1 minute showers in the morning. No base salary/pay.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find a new business model. Stop ripping off college kids and putting them in harm's way. Focus on the product itself. Or just give up on business, all businesses have a life cycle and Southwestern's is clearly over.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Miniature Cult

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Southwestern Advantage

    Pros

    Gives you great experiences
    Puts you out of your comfort zone

    Cons

    Pay is based solely on commission, less than 30%
    No downtime for anything else

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more honest about how much you can earn during a summer.

  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Life Changing

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Southwestern Advantage full-time

    Pros

    Great people, the best training ever! Working as a student dealer was one of best decisions I ever made, Southwestern gives you a chance through their program to gain true confidence, emotional and mental toughness, and to be a part of an elite fraternity.

    Cons

    Can be hard to leave due to the relationships and culture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    People before profit is what made Southwestern the company it is, at the end of the day without the people as Spencer would say we would have no company. Advise: Stop listening to accountants who never built a business and focus on the talented good people and empower them to bring Southwestern back to it's glory.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Great experience to learn and gain skills that will help you succeed in life

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Student Manager in Lexington-Fayette, KY (US)
    Former Employee - Student Manager in Lexington-Fayette, KY (US)

    I worked at Southwestern Advantage as an intern (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Incredible work environment, great people, awesome mentors.

    Cons

    this is based off opinion

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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