Southern Company

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Southern Company Reviews

Updated February 10, 2015
Updated February 10, 2015
54 Reviews
4.0
54 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.  

    Good experience with a Fortune 500 electric utility

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Southern Company

    Pros

    Good benefits and retirement. Well respected within the communities they serve. Decent leadership.

    Cons

    Politics are always a concern with a company this large, and some managers are there riding out their retirement. But overall, that can be managed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep promoting employee growth through education.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great place, great people

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Southern Company full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The people are wonderful and you gain some rich experience at a leading energy company.

    Cons

    The culture is very hierarchical. It is sometimes hard to connect your work to the company's goals.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep listening to employees through engagement surveys.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Nice Company

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Southern Company

    Pros

    Good benefits and for the most part everyone is great to work with.

    Cons

    Lower Pay scale than many other utility company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great company, if you like the South

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Southern Company full-time

    Pros

    Friendly people, *fantastic* benefits, very good work/life balance.

    Cons

    Located in very Red states in the South. For those of you that like that, this is a good home. But if you're a Blue state person with Blue state sensibilities, it's tough. Also, career advancement at Southern is highly, highly political.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    Great place to work!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Southern Company

    Pros

    Good opportunities to grow if you are in the right group

    Cons

    Salary and diversity
    Too much favoritism in some groups

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    I work in the strategic finance group for Southern Company and have had a terrific learning experience.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst, Staff in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst, Staff in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Southern Company part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Active learning environment with lots of support; I've never been hesitant to approach someone within my group or even outside for help on an issue large or small. This is part of the value system that is firmly implemented at SO and is very apparent in relation to other jobs I've held. Great exposure to management and even the executive level (in this specific position). Great benefits.

    Cons

    Southern is a very slow moving company so sometimes its difficult to actively pursue change or advancement in your career.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Southern Company

    Pros

    Nice people. Good work environment

    Cons

    Cannot think of any at this time

    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great people to work for

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Assistant in Birmingham, AL
    Former Contractor - Assistant in Birmingham, AL

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

    Pros

    Great hours, great people,compensation.work balance life. Would recommend for anyone. Little supervision. Listened to New ideas.

    Cons

    Contract position,no promotions. Training. Need higher education to advance. Some can be clanish. To many meetings to do job effectively.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Good Company

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

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

    Pros

    Stable, good compensation, great employees

    Cons

    Repetitive work projects sometimes

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company, could benefit from dislodging entrenchment.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    - Very professional environment / culture
    - Great benefits
    - Family friendly
    - Decent pay when all perks are included

    Cons

    - Lots of "old boys"
    - Slow moving bureaucratic organization
    - Big swing toward deferred compensation as you move up

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Get more agile (Southern Prize is a good start)
    - Be more open to hiring and promoting new people

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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