Southwestern Advantage

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Southwestern Advantage Reviews

Updated 22 October 2014
Updated 22 October 2014
120 Reviews
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120 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  

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great Opportunity to Learn Your Strengths and Weaknesses

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  3. 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
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  5. 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.

  6.  

    Great experience

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  7. 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
  8.  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • 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
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

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

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

    I worked at Southwestern Advantage as an intern (less than an 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
  10. 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.

  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not worth the time and money

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Independent Contractor in Nashville, TN (US)
    Former Employee - Independent Contractor in Nashville, TN (US)

    I worked at Southwestern Advantage as a contractor (less than an 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
    Approves of CEO

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