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Southwestern Advantage Reviews

Updated 16 February 2017
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Pros
  • learn a lot about yourself and communication style, try to improve it (in 14 reviews)

  • I enjoyed working about 13 hours a day and made a lot of money in 3 months (in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • Pitched to be a great paying job, but instead its just a door to door sales job where you MIGHT make UP TO (in 15 reviews)

  • I worked very long hours but, my hard work brought great success (in 30 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (4)

    "Make sure you want to do it."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - "Intern" in Suffolk, VA (US)
    Former Employee - "Intern" in Suffolk, VA (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    You will learn some great life skills
    You will take a big bite out of that poop sandwich
    Potential for a lot of money

    Cons

    Insanely hard. 85+ hour work weeks
    Have fun dealing with your own thoughts
    Slave work, even at 8000 dollars for the summer, that comes down to less than $5 an hour...
    You can feel bad about what you're doing.
    You are bugging people everyday
    Can be sketchy working in some bad neighborhoods.

    Advice to Management

    More transparency please. There were some shady practices and some hypocrisy.

    Southwestern Advantage Response

    26 Oct 2015 – Director of Communications

    Please contact the company - Trey Campbell at 888-602-7867 - and let us know how we can do a better job and what you thought was not transparent. We work hard to set up realistic expectations and ... More


  2. "Good!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Student Manager/Salesperson in Cascade, IA (US)
    Former Employee - Student Manager/Salesperson in Cascade, IA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Southwestern Advantage (More than a year)

    Pros

    It was a great experience! I am so glad I had the opportunity to work for a great company!

    Cons

    It is a very challenging experience that requires a lot of mental toughness. That is not necessarily a con but not a job for everyone

    Advice to Management

    I think management does a very good job of running Southwestern Advantage. I was glad I worked there.


  3. "customer service rep"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Nashville, TN (US)
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Nashville, TN (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Scripts provided; plenty of downtime between calls; management is very lenient

    Cons

    Being a third-party to the sales means lots of limited capability for customer service leading to lots of screaming customers

    Advice to Management

    No advice; the job is what it is


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  5. Helpful (6)

    "Absolute scam"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Get some experience in interviewing

    Cons

    -Expected to work Monday-Saturday from 7 am-9pm
    -Lied beforehand about what the job would be
    -only paid by commission
    -the families that buy stuff have a hard time getting out of paying for the website
    -unsafe working conditions


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Southwestern Dis advantage"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Learned to know when a job/"opportunity" sounds too good to be true, that's because it really is and the fall is mighty steep

    Cons

    No work/life balance, very cult-like, robot galore fest, brainwashing at its best

    Advice to Management

    don't care


  7. "Good experience for future jobs/careers"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Salisbury, NC (US)
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Salisbury, NC (US)

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

    Pros

    I did the summer college student "internship/job" as a sales representative for Southwestern Advantage. You get to go out of your home state for the entire summer and be independent. You will learn a lot both from the positive and negative experiences.

    Cons

    It is a door-to-door job, so that in itself explains a lot of the hardships that come with this experience. It can get frustrating & expensive if you are not making money.


  8. "Sales Management"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nashville, TN (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nashville, TN (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Southwestern Advantage full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The company mission is outstanding. They do a terrific job with their college program, developing young people into contributors in various fields. They have also expanded into numerous verticals allowing those trained as undergrads, choices to remain in their family of companies.

    Cons

    Due to the above, can be incestuous. Sometimes companies need to "cross pollinate" to develop best practices. So hiring from outside the firm can be beneficial. It seems they do this in ops and accounting.

    Advice to Management

    See the above. Overall, it seems management has the ship pointed in the right direction.


  9. "The Hardest Job You'll Ever Do, But One of The Best"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Student Manager in Nashville, TN (US)
    Former Employee - Student Manager in Nashville, TN (US)
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Southwestern Advantage (More than a year)

    Pros

    -This job provides a lot of room for personal growth and professional growth.
    -Its a summer internship in sales, communication and leadership.
    -You have an opportunity to build your own team through recruiting and watch them succeed.
    -Your personal manager and all other managers in your organization are great leaders that you will highly respect at the end of the summer.

    Cons

    -Mostly recruited through Universities
    -This is the hardest summer job you will ever do, but if you complete it, it will be one of the most rewarding experiences.
    -It is really the hardest summer job you can ever do, do not take that sentence for granted.
    -If you are not open minded this job is not for you.

    Advice to Management

    -Keep doing what you are doing. This job helped make me the best version of myself and I am eternally grateful for working here.


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Sales manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Field Sales Leader in Omaha, NE (US)
    Former Employee - Field Sales Leader in Omaha, NE (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Southwestern Advantage (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Networking, traveling, driving across the country, meeting fake people, and false confidence

    Cons

    A cult in all ways. This company is all about control. They want to control every aspect of your daily life and give you nothing more than a sense of urgency to work harder for them and the advancement of their culture.

    Advice to Management

    Spend 6 months completely away from the company and anyone associated with the company and you will begin to realize the koolaid is poison.

    Southwestern Advantage Response

    22 Jun 2015 – Director of Communications

    We will be happy to listen to what led you to feel the way you do. Please contact at 888-602-7867.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "BEST Decision I've ever made!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Student Manager
    Current Employee - Student Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Southwestern Advantage (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    -Personal Growth
    -Peer Group
    -Money! (I'll graduate debt free!)
    -Travel
    -Experience
    -Actual Responsibility
    -Growth/Management Opportunities
    -Challenge!!

    Cons

    -No Guarantees
    -Long Hours
    -Rejection

    *Definitely not for everyone. People who do this job (and do it well) are motivated by these "cons." That being said, if these are deterrents for you, the job is not for you.

    Advice to Management

    Stay true to the mission. I appreciate all that I've gotten from the company in the past three years, and I look forward to learning more and giving back over the next few!



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