Southern Company Reviews

Updated July 17, 2015
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Southern Company CEO Thomas A. Fanning
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Pros
  • Very good benefits and long term retirement (in 15 reviews)

  • SO has great benefits, and competitive compensation (in 11 reviews)

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  • I think it is hard to move up in the company without being here for a while (in 3 reviews)

  • very conservative culture, slow moving technology (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Accountant Specialist Sr

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    Former Employee - Accountant Specialist Senior in Hoover, AL
    Former Employee - Accountant Specialist Senior in Hoover, AL

    I worked at Southern Company full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    great benefits good job experience learn many tasks

    Cons

    bad atmosphere at Southern LINC unprofessional at Southern LINC over all the other companies in Southern Company are great to work for


  2. Helpful (4)

    There is no "Southern Style" to be found here

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Wilsonville, AL
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Wilsonville, AL

    I worked at Southern Company as a contractor

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

    Pros

    Plenty of overtime to be had, even if you don;t want it. Some of the people you work WITH are great family people who are there just to try to make a living.

    Cons

    If you work as a contract employee and not directly for Southern Company, you are nothing more than the "hired help." They have zero respect for the opinions of specialists hired to perform certain job functions, simply because they are not Southern Co. They are dismissive towards contract employees, women are made to feel as if the only job they are qualified for is secretarial duties, and their attitude is abusive and discriminatory. The only way anyone gets a promotion is if their lips are firmly planted to the coat tails of the "important." There have been occasions where Southern Co personnel have verbally abused and cursed contract employees in front of witnesses. The Southern Co employee received zero disciplinary action, was just relocated to another part of the facility. The contract employee was allowed to keep his job, but only because he filed a formal grievance. Once the "investigation" was complete, the contract employee was let go. Even though the contract employees do not work for Southern Co nor do they fall in Southern Co chain of command, Southern CO takes every opportunity they can to push around , harass via email and phone, and threaten to fire contract employees. Most of the contract employees are there to just try to make a living and support their families. Southern Co takes advantage of this and uses this as a leveraging tool. For a company that claims to have Christian values, they certainly appear to have never picked up a Bible.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of cronyism and start promoting people based on merit, and not because they stroke your ego. Employ better team building between your personnel and contract employees. Everyone there is working as a team to get the goal accomplished. Your people only want to find mistakes, get people fired, and drag the ship down. Make it easier for contract employees to file grievances on your personnel without fear for their job. Open your eyes and realize this is the 21st century. There are plenty of women out there with brains and experience who are certainly more capable than some of the men you have employed. Give them a chance and stop tucking them away behind a "secretaries' desk. Stop claiming to be about "Southern Style," when the mannerisms and attitudes are not there to back it up. Realize that people there have families and would like to see them. Forcing them to work weeks at a time with no break does not foster a healthy environment.


  3. Helpful (9)

    It's an okay place to work if you like southern culture.

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Birmingham, AL
    Current Employee - Engineer in Birmingham, AL

    I have been working at Southern Company full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    This is a stable company. I understand that there are many people who like this place and that is totally good for them!

    Cons

    There are many cons. Firstly, the company is away too conservative and it is filled with old males. The cafeteria in Inverness has around 7 television screens and EVERY one of them is constantly tuned to Fox News. I've heard a myriad of racist and sexist comments during my five years working for this company an it's very disgusting. This is not at all a good pale for a younger technical professional to learn because the culture and knowledge retention programs are so regressive. There is no real knowledge retention program by the way, these old guys just fly by the seat of their pants. I've seen a few comments about how minorities apparently get priority promotion over others which is simply the most untrue thing that I've ever heard in my life. In actuality, the leadership is dominated by white men and there is absolutely no sign of that changing anytime soon. The middle management at this company are spineless and function mainly as yes men. The culture is extremely regressive and stupendously conservative. The company does a horrific job at actually training younger professionals. This is not the place where a young person with ideas should work. It's too stifling of an atmosphere and I personally have been searching for a much better position in another geographic location for a few months. I've gotten a few offers for interviews so let's hope that I can leave this company once and for all!!

    Advice to Management

    Fire yourself and institute a younger and more dynamic and diverse set of individuals to make this company actually competitive. I'm afraid that you've lost me already but you may be able to keep other bright minds. Seriously folks, this is a terrible place to work and if you are a sane individual that hates politics, racism, sexism, and plain incompetent behavior, you won't want to work here at all! You have to ask yourself if stability trumps decency, innovation, and passion. To me, it sure as hell doesn't.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Only looks good from the outside looking in.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous in Birmingham, AL
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Birmingham, AL

    I have been working at Southern Company (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Very laid back atmosphere - Flexible schedule - Decent Pay - Decent Benefits

    Cons

    - Advancing is very political and politics pays more than knowledge. - Contract labor is viewed as very expendable and of little worth to most management. No benefits, no training, and no inclusion in most company functions. There is an us and them mentality from most of the company towards contractors. - Aging work force is of no concern to management - Unless you have a four year degree or a masters, advancement is very limited. - Very much still a "good ol boy" network where it's more about who you know then what.

    Advice to Management

    - A large majority of your work force is nearing the end of their career and yet you do nothing about it, this is going to come back to haunt you in the coming years. - Get to know your managers. Alot of them are near retirement age and are costing out the door, making them VERY poor managers, and it is becoming a very sore subject for those working under them. - More than 1/3 of SCS is operated by contract labor. Some who have been on board for several years and yet you continue to shun them. A lot are getting fed up with it and should the job market open up this could create a lot of turnover. - The hiring process is WAY to convoluted. Jobs are being awarded based on networking instead of who is right for the job.


  6. Helpful (5)

    IT Analyst

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Analyst in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - IT Analyst in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Southern Company full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Stability, you can be in one cube for the next 30 years.

    Cons

    Culture, the concept of southernnstyle says it all. This company exemplifies the good old boys style of business. I've never seen an environment where cronyism is so rampant and then told if you don't get on board you don't have a future here.

    Advice to Management

    Make the hard decision and address the culture, you can't rely on the weather forever.


  7. Helpful (3)

    This used to be a good company...

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    I worked at Southern Company

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

    Pros

    Mostly great coworkers. Fairly nice facilities.

    Cons

    Huge disparity between direct employees and contract employees. False promises of promotions made by management to appease employees when they have no intention of following through. Company takes advantage of contract employees and gives little in return. Poor compensation and no feedback (positive or negative) from management. Some managers are completely disconnected from reality, apathetic, and borderline incompetent. Advancement is very slow, political, and inconsistent. Workforce is older, with most employees within 5-10 years of retirement. The company does not seem concerned with the aging workforce, nor do they seem concerned with hiring in younger employees. Very hard to give feedback to management when they do not value you or your opinion.

    Advice to Management

    Quit the contract employee system altogether. Hire younger employees now to prepare for the future. Promote employees who have demonstrated leadership skills into management positions.


  8. Helpful (2)

    Comfortable place but company is lagging behind

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Staff Analyst in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Staff Analyst in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Southern Company full-time (More than 8 years)

    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Telecommuting, benefits, employees mental and physical health, and work/life balance. SoCo is a great place to be if you are looking for low stress, easy going environment. If you are a person who is a self starter there are immense opportunities to start something interesting to you. Great educational and developmental training opportunities for management and executive positions.

    Cons

    Opportunities to be an expert in your field is rare or valued. Much of the management and executives are internally developed with limited experience working in their organization they are managing. Mentoring is rare and promotions come from relationships versus proven skills. Though this is common for many larger organizations. Workforce is seasoned so until you have 10yrs w/ co, you are junior and shrugged off. Very limited accountability for decisions is pervasive.

    Advice to Management

    The energy sector and usage is moving and changing faster than ever before. Opportunities to harness innovation and develop new market strategies are hindered due to cultural "Southern Style" behaviors. Measure success more through demonstration and anticipation of the future than meeting the needs of today.


  9. Helpful (2)

    Working while being constantly under a microscope

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Drafter in Forest Park, GA
    Former Contractor - Drafter in Forest Park, GA

    I worked at Southern Company as a contractor (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Friendly environment and helpful staff. Nice incentives

    Cons

    A air of dislike for contract employees by some full time staff. No feedback from management. There is a culture problem within the company that is not properly address or enforce yet.

    Advice to Management

    It seems management may have a vendetta towards contract employee. No personal response from management. History from this particular manager has happened to four previous employees.


  10. You're just a number

    Former Employee - Senior Reactor Operator in Dothan, AL
    Former Employee - Senior Reactor Operator in Dothan, AL

    I worked at Southern Company full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    You have a job... for now.

    Cons

    Just another corporation focused on the bottom line.

    Advice to Management

    You will look around one day and have no one left but the inexperienced running your facilities.


  11. Helpful (1)

    IT organization

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Analyst in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - IT Analyst in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Southern Company full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    All you have to do is show up to get a check.

    Cons

    Politics, negative older workforce that is there simply to fatten up their paycheck. Over the past 2 years there has been a serious mismanagement of projects but senior management is more worried about appearance than actually fixing the problem.

    Advice to Management

    It's time for a change in direction. Southern style is a joke and is there only in words.



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