Southwestern Advantage

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Updated 11 April, 2015
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  1. Best college internship

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Contractor - Student Manager
    Former Contractor - Student Manager

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people and coaching for support

    Cons

    Hardest work ever and facing lots of rejection

  2. Learn what you need at an exponential rate.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Southwestern Advantage full-time

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people, willing to help you better yourself. You get what you put into it. Its all on you to succeed.

    Cons

    Hard work, long hours. No base salary. All commission. The product seems to be growing out dated. Pay for your own travel.

  3. Helpful (1)

    Incredible learning experience applicable to any industry, regardless of your professional goals.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Student Manager
    Current Employee - Student Manager

    I have been working at Southwestern Advantage full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent leadership and training. You have the opportunity to develop skills that are normally not present in entry level positions. Extremely competitive and the individuals who work here are outstanding.

    Cons

    Incredibly hard work and extremely risky. Expenses are completely dependent on you and it's a 100% commission job, so there's a big possibility that financially you won't want to be where you want, but at the end of the day, it's all about how hard you work

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  5. Helpful (3)

    Nothing More Than A Sales Cult

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    Current Employee - Direct Sales Representative in Newburgh, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Direct Sales Representative in Newburgh, NY (US)

    I have been working at Southwestern Advantage full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    You will either gain a greater understanding of the tactics of a cult or simply be a member of one.

    Cons

    -Cult-like tactics
    -Sugarcoated rationalizations of backward thinking
    -Duping others into buying products that you wouldn't buy yourself
    -Working 80 hours a week for possibly nothing
    -Possibly spending the next year of your life in a depressed state of mind, engaging in alcoholism and other bad habits
    -Engaging in the door-to-door industry, a dying business model that only makes money for the higher ups because of the multiple people who get sucked into the gig

    Advice to Management

    Quit

    Southwestern Advantage Response

    Feb 26, 2015Director of Communications

    I would personally like to discuss your experience if you are willing to engage with me. Trey Campbell, Director of Communications 888-602-7867

  6. amazing

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Field Sales Leader
    Former Intern - Field Sales Leader

    I worked at Southwestern Advantage as an intern (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    allowed me to develop the attitude and work ethic I would need for the rest of my life

    Cons

    long hour
    no guarantee of success

    Advice to Management

    adapt to the changing times faster

  7. I sold books for one summer in California

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    Former Contractor - Direct Sales Executive in Monterey, CA (US)
    Former Contractor - Direct Sales Executive in Monterey, CA (US)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    No place like Southwestern to build character, meet motivated people and learn Sales

    Cons

    I wasn't prepared for the sales territory that I was sent to (predominantly Mexican and unable to speak English) and occasionally it would have been nice to see more support from individual managers who didn't seem to care if you were struggling for a bit.

    Advice to Management

    Spend more time in field with beginners.

    Southwestern Advantage Response

    Feb 26, 2015Director of Communications

    Thanks for the feedback! This is helpful. It sounds like the pros were worth the summer.

  8. Personal Growth WILL occur

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Independent Contractor in Cave City, KY (US)
    Former Intern - Independent Contractor in Cave City, KY (US)

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

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

    Pros

    Grew personally, learned a lot about people and sales

    Cons

    no time to yourself except for when you're working. You burn out quickly! It was not good for my health afterwards.

  9. Building character is not for the fainthearted.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Independent Contractor
    Former Intern - Independent Contractor

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Personal growth: more opportunities than you have ever seen packed into a summer or if you decide to "full-time" as they say or work all year long recruiting as well as selling. Southwestern is for people that "work hard/play hard". People that want and need to push themselves and believe in what they are doing. There are many amazing, beautiful, people who believe in the mission and values of SouthWestern. There are some absolutely fabulous skills that can be learned if you apply yourself. There is also the opportunity incredible profit within a short period of time.

    Cons

    There is a real disregard for driving safety (driving too fast without seat belts to "keep momentum") and personal safety (cold calling late at night without appointments). In order to make the kind of profits that high producers make students/interns work themselves silly. I know people that were in car accidents because they fell asleep at the wheel. Many students get sick, because they don't handle the stress well. That kind of risk can carry a high reward, however, personal safety is very important.

    Advice to Management

    I think that driving safety needs to be an important part of sales school. It needs to emphasized to org leaders that their first years need to have an emergency kit, spare tire, and good insurance---with a rental car clause. I know so many people who wrecked their cars or had to buy new cars in the middle of the summer.

    Southwestern Advantage Response

    Feb 26, 2015Director of Communications

    Great feedback! The Director of Communications will cover driver safety in Sales School training prior to the start of the students running their business. While it assumed the students are ... More

  10. Yes, it is worth the committment

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Southwestern Advantage

    Pros

    Great success skills learned and you will never regret it.

    Cons

    Potentially poor leadership if organization leaders are motivated by units more than student growth.

    Advice to Management

    Lester Crafton's groups seem to be the happiest employees

  11. Helpful (3)

    It was the hardest work that I would never want to do again

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - First Year Seller in Philadelphia, PA (US)
    Former Employee - First Year Seller in Philadelphia, PA (US)

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    great lessons on attitude, hard work and dealing with rejection and failure

    Cons

    13+ hour work days, no support during the week and too much driving

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