Southern Company

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Southern Company Reviews

Updated January 28, 2015
Updated January 28, 2015
133 Reviews
3.7
133 Reviews
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Southern Company CEO Thomas A. Fanning
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Very good benefits and long term retirement (in 15 reviews)

  • Great benefits, average salary made up some with bonus potential (in 11 reviews)


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

  • Slow moving bureaucratic organization (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    I have been with the company for almost 7 years. Overall experience has been good.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Marketing in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Southern Company

    Pros

    I enjoy the work life balance that the company promotes.

    Cons

    Advancing you career can be difficult if you lack networking skills.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give individuals a chance for opportunities if they are qualified and exhibit good work ethics and experience.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good only if you can break through the 'Good Ole Boy' barrier

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Analyst I, Client Support in Birmingham, AL
    Current Employee - IT Analyst I, Client Support in Birmingham, AL

    I have been working at Southern Company as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    From what I hear, the benefits are good and people tend to stay once they become full-time employees. I am contracted out to SCS located in the APC Corporate HQ. Some things like QoL is great and there's a lot to learn if you get with the right people.

    Cons

    They don't mind keeping folks at contractors for 5+ years, accountability means nothing here, and if you don't fit the demographics of "Southern Style" then start looking elsewhere. There are many who hold positions and they are no where near qualified for them. This especially applies to many of the technical feilds involved.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please check the credentials of people you hire and premote. Just because they like your favorite college football team does not mean they are a good fit for the job...

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Class system and who you know

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    Easy going environment, free parking. If you stay here, you will likely be able to retire here with a pension.

    Cons

    The easy going environment is quite political behind the scenes. The company operates in a very southern style (no pun intended) where business decisions and support are based upon who you know. There are many, many camps and factions here. If not in the right one, you're toast! Northern and mid-western folks with different life experiences and broader perspectives from other parts of the country may struggle here. Contractors are treated as disposable assets. There is no sense of urgency to get anything done and if you are "on the inside" as an employee, this may be the job for you if you are accustomed to working within the realm of indecision.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value everyone, including contractors

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great People to work with.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer
    Current Employee - Engineer

    I have been working at Southern Company full-time

    Pros

    - Professional
    - Good Team Work
    - Decent Pay
    - Hard Working Employees / Good Co-Workers
    - First Line Supervisors care for their employees' professional development ( unfortunately, due to Southern's culture, it is difficult for supervisors to make a major impact).

    Cons

    - Lack of work/life balance- it is NOT uncommon to work 50 hours per week - it is expected to be on call if needed ( weekends/ nights)
    - Sometimes process and procedures are convoluted and contradict each other.
    - High turn over rate of technical employees due to "busy/ non-technical work" assignments.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Listen to your employees.
    - Clarify roles and responsibilities of departments and have clear realistic expectations.
    - Consider hiring more admin. assistants so engineers can truly focus 90% -100% on technical work.
    - You do an excellent job on hiring talented and smart people; however, not a good job on making sure technical employees are assigned technical tasks. Employees are you greatest assets, recognize that and invest in their professional development.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Good start to career

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer in Baxley, GA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Baxley, GA

    I worked at Southern Company full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Job security. Interesting aspects to working in a nuclear plant. Provides a sense of pride since work contribution directly relates to meeting public need. Flexible work hours. 9/80

    Cons

    Pay is significantly low with higher work load.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They are fully aware of the high turnover of engineering employees yet continue to do nothing or attempt ineffective strategies (significant effort for hiring of Philippines) rather than actually addressing "Why are people leaving?"

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Supply Chain

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst Supply Chain in Birmingham, AL
    Current Employee - Analyst Supply Chain in Birmingham, AL

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

    Pros

    Salary
    Yearly company performance bonus is a big pro
    Benefits

    Cons

    Hard to excel in your Career
    Good old boy network

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Different strokes for different folks

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Southern Company

    Pros

    Good Benefits
    Too be honest that was the only pro for me
    Most people are friendly

    Cons

    Too old fashioned
    Low salary compared to other companies

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring the culture into the 21st century!! Your having a hard time attracting and keeping young talent because the company is far too conservative...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    2012 Finance Internship

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Finance Intern
    Former Employee - Finance Intern

    I worked at Southern Company as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Southern Company is a great organization with a friendly culture and outstanding people.

    Cons

    The work environment just wasn't what I was looking for. The projects I worked on were not as challenging as I would have liked, and in general my role was not as fast paced and exciting as I would have liked.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Good company bad processes

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT Security Analydt in Birmingham, AL
    Former Employee - IT Security Analydt in Birmingham, AL

    I worked at Southern Company full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Southern Company has an open developmental move program that allow to to try working in different departments within the company

    Cons

    Southern tends to have a Good Ole boy mentality. This subsequently puts people who are not good managers in management positions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean house with the employee level management.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great people & company but senior management lacks leadership qualities necessary to make for an enjoyable job

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst Supply Chain in Columbia, AL
    Current Employee - Analyst Supply Chain in Columbia, AL

    I have been working at Southern Company full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, good job security, great people to work with

    Cons

    pitiful management i.e. only knowledgable on pushing employees past the limit, very overwhelming expectations, very unnecessary style of management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    not much hope so not really worth mentioning but to suggest a minima, create an enjoyable atmosphere for employees to work in by treating them like people. Be firm but mix in previous leadership style so company can get back to begin the best in the business.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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