Southwestern Advantage

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Southwestern Advantage Reviews

Updated 16 September 2014
Updated 16 September 2014
114 Reviews
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114 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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

  • You have the opportunity to make a lot of money (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • long hours: these taught me how to work hard regardless of my emotions (in 19 reviews)

  • 80 hours a week through torrential downpour or blistering heat waves during the summer (in 13 reviews)

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  1.  

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

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    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 for 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
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Long-hard days that help you know yourself and your limits

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    Former Employee - Independent Contractor  in  Joplin, MO (US)
    Former Employee - Independent Contractor in Joplin, MO (US)

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

    Pros

    Cold-calling, work-ethic, entrepreneurship, push you to the limit every day, sales pitch given to you, get in shape and a tan

    Cons

    On your own, they do not care about each individual except the high earners, home-life depends on the people they put you with, the full cost of the program is not disclosed until you are forced to pay

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not worth the time and money

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    Former Employee - Independent Contractor  in  Nashville, TN (US)
    Former Employee - Independent Contractor in Nashville, TN (US)

    I worked at Southwestern Advantage as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Looks good on a resume
    You will work harder than you ever thought possible and finish your summer feeling very accomplished
    I wasn't even close to a top producer and didn't buy into the cult-like mantras, etc., and I still made great money

    Cons

    Greatly exaggerate how many kids actually break even/make any money at all
    Unrealistic work schedule- I slipped a disk in my back and couldn't walk, but was berated by my manager for not putting in 80 hours that week
    You only have one day off per week, but you spend most of that day in meetings
    Hidden costs- you have to buy receipts, training materials, etc.
    Cult-like company culture- you're made to feel like if you aren't succeeding, it's because you're deficient in personal qualities (hard work, motivation, etc.)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please be realistic about what the day-to-day job looks like in the early stages of the recruiting process and be honest about the expenses that they will incur (gas, training materials, etc.); these often make it hard for employees to even break even, let alone earn money

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Being a salesperson is very tough.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Southwestern Advantage

    Pros

    You can make some money.

    Cons

    They take the life out of you.

  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    A huge growing experience

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Southwestern Advantage

    Pros

    The number one reason to work at SW is to run your own business and learn the nature of the people of the United States.

    Cons

    It is the hardest thing i have ever done four summers in a row. Long hours and time alone.

  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Hardest but absolutely the BEST thing I could've done for myself.

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    Former Employee - Independent Contractor  in  Grove City, OH (US)
    Former Employee - Independent Contractor in Grove City, OH (US)

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

    Pros

    Incredibly hard working, motivated, and positive co-workers and management. Incredible sales experience. Sell 3 months out of the year, recruit and train the remaining 9. Consistent and daily support and coaching. Move as a group.

    Cons

    Must make a large sum of money to profit and sustain you for the remainder of the 9 months you are not being paid. Cold calling for 14 hours a day can be difficult.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Real Deal about Southwestern Advantage

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    Current Employee - District Sales Manager
    Current Employee - District Sales Manager

    I have been working at Southwestern Advantage full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Your communication skills will enhance incredibly, your network with other people will grow, your resume will improve and you'll stand out amongst your peers

    Cons

    It will be very challenging for you, travel away from friends and family during the summer

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Only recruit someone if you truly believe that they will do well. The more honest you are on the front end the easier it will be to train someone for success in the program.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Be Ready to Work... A lot

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    Current Employee - Student Dealer/Direct Sales
    Current Employee - Student Dealer/Direct Sales

    I have been working at Southwestern Advantage as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Overall, it was a good experience. I learned a lot and finished as a top first year employee and even got the President's Club award.
    You have the opportunity to make a lot of money.
    It looks great on your resume.
    All expenses paid vacation for top performers.
    Got a lot of job offers from sister companies after I graduated college, but I didn't want to make a career in this type of environment.

    Cons

    100+ hour work week if you want to be successful.
    Cult-like company culture (But a lot of good people).
    A lot of employers have never heard of the company, so you need to spend a lot of time explaining it on future interviews.
    The exaggerate how good their company looks on a resume.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think the management does a good job at training and keeping employees motivated. They just need to better explain that the job is very difficult and go into more detail on the day-to-day before hiring people.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    I will give you words of encouragement.

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    Former Employee - Book Slinger  in  Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Book Slinger in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

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

    Pros

    - I made over 45,000 dollars gross, and 20,000 net in the entire 3 summers that I worked with Southwestern.
    - You get the right foundation of sales experience before you graduate, hence learn how to be a professional at a very young age.
    - Your communication skills increase dramatically. This is overlooked by almost everyone who work there.

    Perspective as a (now) recruitment consultant:
    - you are set apart by other candidates because it shows that you are ambitious, a risk taker, and an effective communicator.
    - You are able to demonstrate innate ability and knowledge of sales, meeting KPIs, and business development.
    - Your student/sales manager will always provide a positive reference as long as you finish the summer.
    - Looks good on your resume in ANY discipline/industry.

    Hardcore Truth about business:
    Southwestern WILL sugarcoat A LOT to recruit you. DO NOT take offense to this because at the end of the day they are trying to proactively recruit young, motivated students to put money into their own pockets, but at the same time provide an opportunity for you.
    This program is a "BUSINESS BOOT CAMP." You work extremely, incredibly hard but you will mature above and beyond your other peers. I can promise you that. If you have breezed through life without any worries about the future then I forbid you to sell books.

    Cons

    There has been enough cons on this website already, but the biggest red flag at the company has been their recruitment strategies.

    Managers: Please stop sugarcoating information to prospective students - you're doing an incredible disservice to yourself and piling up on the already bad reputation that we have on most campuses. Most of the time you don't actually have faith in your own rookies so why in the world did you recruit them. Quality vs quantity please.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do NOT stick around with Southwestern for more than 1 year after you've graduated. This will work against you because companies will not acknowledge b2c as professional experience. You will still most likely work as a junior sales person and never move into management position at any companies simply because SW is b2c. Please keep in mind and don't let your ASL or DSMs convince you to stick around for a long time.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    I learned more with Southwestern than I did in college.

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    Former Employee - Corporate Recruiter
    Former Employee - Corporate Recruiter

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

    Pros

    -Earn what your worth
    -awesome incentive trips
    -great people and leaders
    -opportunity for promotion
    -real-world experience while your in college
    -opportunity to work a lot of hours

    Cons

    -Away for the summer
    -No guarantees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Southwestern isn't for everyone and the management thinks the students should do it all the way through college and beyond. I honestly believe that every student in college with a good work ethic and drive wouldn't be able to spend their summer in a better way, however I don't believe it is a 4 year program for everyone.

    Recommends
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    Approves of CEO

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