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Southwestern Advantage Reviews

Updated 13 October 2017
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Pros
  • You learn a lot about people skills, communication and sales (in 17 reviews)

  • Gives college students a chance at genuinely getting communication skills (in 18 reviews)

Cons
  • The best results come from long hours and lots of rejection (in 40 reviews)

  • To really enhance the communication going door to door gives students a unique opportunity to talk with a diverse group of people (in 18 reviews)

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  1. "WORK"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    get to meet and interact with so many different kinds of people
    learn a lot about yourself and communication style, try to improve it
    see the worst in yourself, see the best in yourself
    know yourself so much more
    all up to you

    Cons

    gamble, depends on your org/team/student manager support
    all up to you
    doesn't actually help too much in your communication (a lot is scripted)
    but definitely helps with your confidence, so learn to grow!


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Salesperson/student manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    All outcomes are based on your effort
    Teaches you to persevere through tough scenarios
    Management is filled with fantastic people

    Cons

    Its door-to-door sales. Absolutely miserable working 12 hours a day running from house to house

    Advice to Management

    Get with the times, start helping college kids build an online business

    Southwestern Advantage Response

    7 Apr 2016 – Director of Communications

    Thanks for the feedback using Glassdoor. With the door-to-door method of reaching customers for the student dealers to sell the educational products, there is a reason it is still done this way... More


  3. Helpful (3)

    "Intern Pitch is a sham"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    They seem to hire everyone!

    Cons

    Pitched to be a great paying job, but instead its just a door to door sales job where you MIGHT make UP TO $8k. Work at Mcdonalds instead.

    Southwestern Advantage Response

    25 Mar 2016 – Director of Communications

    It's a shame someone chooses to write a review that does not have all the facts and has not participated in the summer sales and leadership program. This person is not a current employee as they... More


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  5. "Student Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Student Manager in Nashville, TN (US)
    Former Employee - Student Manager in Nashville, TN (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Southwestern Advantage (Less than a year)

    Pros

    This is an internship that shapes you as an individual and in all areas of business. You learn how to proper train, develop, and manage people like you to accomplish a common goal. You get great interpersonal and communication skills.

    Cons

    There are extensive hours of working but it is your own business and you know that hard work always pays off. The more you invest in it the better results you will see. Just trust the process because it works!


  6. "Recommended worldwide!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Organizational Field Leader in Kaunas (Lithuania)
    Current Employee - Organizational Field Leader in Kaunas (Lithuania)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Southwestern Advantage full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Learn about yourself - your strengths and weaknesses. This job is perfect for every single college student, because of how it fits with school schedule and amount of things you can learn thru 3 months!
    it doesn't matter if you plan your career with sales or not, you need to communicate, take challenges and solve problems everywhere. It's all about your attitude, and that you can learn to manage the best just by being by yourself, face to face to that hard moment... ;)

    Cons

    You become the best yourself only by working really hard - what you are someday going to be, you are now becoming.

    Advice to Management

    Lead by example!


  7. "Love this company!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Organizational Leader in Riga (Latvia)
    Current Employee - Organizational Leader in Riga (Latvia)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    People are the biggest asset of this company! There is always someone to learn from, something to learn and great possibilities to earn at the same time!

    Cons

    Not for everyone (have to work hard) but everyone should sell at least one summer!

    Advice to Management

    Keep on rocking!


  8. "bad"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    Former Employee - Intern in North Miami Beach, FL (US)
    Former Employee - Intern in North Miami Beach, FL (US)

    I worked at Southwestern Advantage (Less than a year)

    Pros

    this job is a good networking tool

    Cons

    the amount of money is not worth the time

    Southwestern Advantage Response

    1 Feb 2016 – Director of Communications

    We would love feedback from you and why you have come to the conclusion you have. Please contact Trey Campbell at 888-602-7867. He is the Director of Communications and will be happy to listen to you.


  9. "Student Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    High energy environment, and great personal growth. The things you can learn from this is endless

    Cons

    You need to be able to break your own mental barriers.


  10. "Student Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Student Manager in Nashville, TN (US)
    Former Employee - Student Manager in Nashville, TN (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Southwestern Advantage (More than a year)

    Pros

    Challenging, You get payed what you earn

    Cons

    Move Away From Home, Not much Free Time, Can be frustrating


  11. "Student Manager /Salesperson"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Student Manager in Chicago, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Student Manager in Chicago, IL (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Southwestern Advantage part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    You learn a lot about people and build your communication skills, which are a huge asset to any company who wants to hire you when you graduate. I can honestly say i wouldn't be where I am today without having sold books for 3 summers. An invaluable experience

    Cons

    It's hard work, but if you like being rewarded and recognized for your work, it's well worth it

    Advice to Management

    Update the products, focus on the website and get away from the books. Track previous customers and give dealers the addresses of where the previous customers are


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