Southwestern Advantage

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  1.  

    Best internship you can get while on school

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Southwestern Advantage part-time

    Pros

    Great collective
    Amazing training
    very good personal compensation
    you acquire good working habits

    Cons

    not for everybody
    long working hours - 80h+

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get more to know what you are selling and less focus on profit

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Best internship to do while in college

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Salesperson/Student Manager in Johnstown, PA (US)
    Former Intern - Salesperson/Student Manager in Johnstown, PA (US)

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

    Pros

    meet some of the best, hard working and motivated young people. This internship really prepare you for life after college and gives you the tools and intangibles to be successful. You are you're own boss and get out what you put in(experience, profit, etc.). President, CEO, Executives and managers are all really approachable and down to earth.

    Cons

    really long hours but you are not forced to work them. Although they are necessary to be successful in this internship

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great work! Continue to look for ways to expand the company

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 4 people found this helpful  

    My Southwestern DISadvantage "Internship"

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    Former Intern - Intern in Austin, TX (US)
    Former Intern - Intern in Austin, TX (US)

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

    Pros

    I learned to stop being so trusting of people, especially recruiters.

    Cons

    I don't even know where to begin when thinking back when I thought I had accepted an "internship" at the end of my freshman year. My recruiter was charming, and painted a much different picture of what my summer selling books would be like. Let's just say, I arrived at Sales School and discovered the cult I was talked into being a part of. After a week of brainwashing, I left for my "HQ" in Kentucky where I was going to live with 2 peers and 1 student leader. My manager lived about an hour away from me in another house with a few other team members. The house I stayed in was barely livable and smelled of dog pee. I had to wake up at 6 am and couldn't return to the HQ til 11 pm. My territory to sell was in the rural area of Kentucky in 100 degree weather. I left before my first week finished and my only regret is attending the first info session when I first got lured into the scheme. I didn't believe all of the bad reviews until I got to experience it for myself. For those of you reading my post, you've been warned.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would give constructive criticism here, but when I think about it, upper management is clever. They hire naive, broke college kids who are desperate for job opportunities. Then, they talk up the program, lie to the poor kids and parents, and isolate the candidates away from their support system. Meanwhile, the upper management sit pretty in their cubicles, offices, and air conditioned buildings. Well played.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Southwestern Advantage Response

    Feb 26, 2015Director of Communications

    Please give us a call to talk about your experience. I would like to know more. Trey Campbell, 888-602-7867

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  5.  

    Perfect for those who are willing to step outside their comfort zone

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at Southwestern Advantage as an intern

    Pros

    Absolute dedication will yield enourmous results from a personal and financial point of vies.

    Cons

    Its a 24/7 job for 12 weeks.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Sw Advantage taught me success principles at an early age that helped me develop better habits and thought processes.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Salesperson/Student Manager
    Former Intern - Salesperson/Student Manager

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

    Pros

    Some of the best training around. The leaders of this company really take an interest in nurturing young minds and making leaders out of each person. I have never met a more charismatic leader than Dan Moore; his philosophies and empathy are awe-inspiring.

    Cons

    It is incredibly hard, every aspect of every job in this company. Some people don't like to step outside the box and work tirelessly toward a goal. I don't see this as a con for the company, but more something that some people find intolerable.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    A job not everyone can do

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Sales Representative in Ewing, NJ (US)
    Former Intern - Sales Representative in Ewing, NJ (US)

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

    Pros

    I really like that the company gives college kids the opportunity to run their own business and potentially make a lot of money. You'll also get the chance to make a lot of really good friends, meet a lot of cool people and even meet and keep in touch with families you otherwise would've never met.

    Cons

    It's definitely a job that takes a certain kind of person to finish. You'll have to be very independent and be able to keep yourself motivated and positive throughout the day. You'll get a lot of doors slammed on you but you have to keep positive and go on to the next one on your own.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I wish there was free housing so that we didn't have to worry about paying rent while being on commission only.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    hardest lesson learned = one you remember

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Southwestern Advantage

    Pros

    The principals that they teach you and the enthusiastic people around you provides a great atmosphere to work. Most if not all the lessons are not provided by but learned through hard work and dedication. Gives college students a chance at genuinely getting communication skills. Hardest thing I've ever done but absolutely the best thing I've could've done for myself.

    Cons

    You're selling books door-to-door, 80 hours a week, on straight commission, by yourself, in a place you've most likely never been to, for the whole summer.

  9.  

    Very challenging internship. Think twice before you enroll

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Student Dealer/Direct Sales in Reading, PA (US)
    Former Contractor - Student Dealer/Direct Sales in Reading, PA (US)

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

    Pros

    Good for taking you out of your comfort zone. You will have to negotiate your own accommodation (by knocking door to door) and connect with residents in a wide range of towns for book sale.

    Cons

    Very tiring and dangerous. I have been harassed for more I can remember. A lot of my peers quit before they progress to the 1st month of sales. I had to relocate because both my roommates quit and build my relationship in a new town.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    You get out what you put into it

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Sales Intern in Nashville, TN (US)
    Former Intern - Sales Intern in Nashville, TN (US)

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

    Pros

    Chance for lucrative compensation in or right out of college

    Cons

    Difficult, not structured, company mentality can sometimes verge on cultish.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    spend more time training recruits, and provide more emotional support.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great life experience

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Organizational Leader in Nashville, TN (US)
    Current Employee - Organizational Leader in Nashville, TN (US)

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

    Pros

    great company values and work culture, gives opportunity to reveal one's potential and grow as much as possible

    Cons

    time consuming, very intense adn challenging

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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