Southern Company
3.7 of 5 101 reviews
www.southerncompany.com Atlanta, GA 5000+ Employees

Southern Company Reviews

Updated Apr 9, 2014
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3.7 101 reviews

                             

84% Approve of the CEO

Southern Company CEO Thomas A. Fanning

Thomas A. Fanning

(55 ratings)

77% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Supply Chain

    Analyst Supply Chain (Current Employee)
    Birmingham, AL

    ProsSalary
    Yearly company performance bonus is a big pro
    Benefits

    ConsHard to excel in your Career
    Good old boy network

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to your employees

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    2012 Finance Internship

    Finance Intern (Former Employee)

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

    ConsThe 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Different strokes for different folks

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

    ConsToo old fashioned
    Low salary compared to other companies

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good company bad processes

    IT Security Analydt (Former Employee)
    Birmingham, AL

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

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementClean house with the employee level management.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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

    Analyst Supply Chain (Current Employee)
    Columbia, AL

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

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

    Advice to Senior Managementnot 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Keep your options open

    E1bce861@opayq.com (Current Employee)

    Prospay, flexible hours, benefits, access to multiple organizations and groups tied to the community

    Consinadequate management, questionable ethics, office retaliation....could go on for a quite a while with cons. Yes, there are benefits but the cons and lack of leadership outweighs the benefits

    Advice to Senior ManagementInvest time and effort into acquiring members of management with actual ability to run a department properly. People that are knowledgeable, fair, accountable and interested in the development of their staff, instead those they CHOOSE. Individuals who will discourage and address office gossip, unprofessional behavior, office retaliation and a host of other concerns that can plague a department. It would be great to encounter some members of management that want to know their employees and listens to the concerns of those whose efforts keep them in management positions. Staff with character, integrity and an interest in acting ethically in all instances.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Operations Specialist

    Senior Operations Specialist (Current Employee)
    Cartersville, GA

    ProsAdvanced technical knowledge with long hours, but a flexible work schedule. This is a plant position with little room for growth.

    ConsThe pay for this job is 75-90K per year with little room for improvement. The job requires exceptional technical skills but does not compensate for the skills compared to other positions.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Fabulous Company, terrible politics

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsOffice environment is great, very nice people and great place to work. Family oriented and very insistent upon growth within the company.

    ConsManagement could pay more attention to what the supervisors and managers below them are doing. Lots of politics and tenure means TOO much. A few HORRIBLE people who have been there WAY to long.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTrim the fat. Get rid of the folks who are just THERE.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    The Epitome of a Cushy Corporate Job

    Financial Analyst (Former Employee)
    Atlanta, GA

    ProsThe perks as an employee are great. You get paid well, and don't have to work that hard.

    ConsThe organization is slow to move, rewards tenure over performance, and is highly inefficient. Even though there are many opportunities for the company to better implement technology to eliminate middle and back office jobs, the company does not undertake those projects for fear of having to lay off employees of the company.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCut the fat in the business. In your business, it is more important to look busy than to actually be doing work.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    There was a lot of pressure to do a good job and very little appreciation when you really did a good job.

    Technical Support Specialist (Former Employee)
    Birmingham, AL

    ProsStable company with great co-workers. Lots of information given during training and good pay.

    ConsAt first, I was given the impression that it would be a 2 year contract but it ended suddenly with no prior notice. I was called to the office, sent downstairs and told that the contract ended right then. I received a great review but they ended the contract saying that the sponsoring company discontinued financial support.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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