Southern Company Reviews

Updated July 20, 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)

Cons
  • 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. Training Analyst

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    Former Employee - Managing Partner in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Managing Partner in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Southern Company

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great corporate culture. Family-oriented. Pretty good pay and excellent benefits (health care, savings plan, stock options, etc). Growth opportunities galore. And the company invests in developing employees. The industry is virtually recession proof. It will continue to change but always be around. This is a well-respected, high-integrity company that I am proud to say I was associated with. Most former employees will say these same things. They Pay for Performance.

    Cons

    Few worth mentioning. Politics like any big company.

    Advice to Management

    If other companies were managed like this one, there would be more happy employees in this country.


  2. Proud to work for Southern Company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Southern Company

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great company to work for with excellent benefits.

    Cons

    In my current position the travel can be tiresome.


  3. Good Stable Job

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Baxley, GA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Baxley, GA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Really great people to work with and lot of opportunities available.

    Cons

    Can be boring working in my area since it is a remote location.


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  5. Great company

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Southern Company (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Work life balance is understood and practiced

    Cons

    Being a great place to work, low attrition rates makes career growth slow


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    Great Company if you are patient

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    Former Employee - Field Engineer in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Field Engineer in Atlanta, GA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Southern Company is really a great company to work for. They truly care about their employees and the "southern style" is second to none. There are opportunities to learn various skills and they do what they can to create a work life balance. I didn't experience any micromanagement & basically had to fire yourself. Although the pay isn't that high compared to the industry, the perks and benefits are great! The company also encourages community involvement. This was probably the best place I ever worked.

    Cons

    Although Southern Company is a warm and caring environment, some if it's philosophies and developmental practices can be antiqued. It is definitely the "good ole boys" network. If you want to advance you have to make sure the right people like you. I left because I was stuck in my last role and was not able to move into a position of my choosing due to upper management blocking me or wanting to control where I go.

    Advice to Management

    A change in attitude regarding advancement and career opportunities should be looked into. Someone shouldn't have to wait 20 years for someone to retire to move into a position nor should they have to move when you say move in order to advance.


  7. Account Executive

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pensacola, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pensacola, FL

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

    Pros

    Good Systems and Practices. Well balanced structure with a comprehensive benefits package. Longstanding company with incredible people and impeccable ethics.

    Cons

    Sometimes the decision makers are more concerned about perception than reality. Upper management often takes skewed opinions and hearsay as fact, and in doing so fail to act responsibly in matters that can negatively affect people's careers and futures.

    Advice to Management

    Look for long term solutions that can salvage working relationships rather than punitive ramifications imposed with the belief that flexing corporate muscle will undoubtedly result in better employee performance. Learn to build alliances of trust with both the "yes" workers, as well as the "what's in it for me workers". Only then can you emend the one dimensional form of employee development that plagues even our nation's best corporations.


  8. Review

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Southern Company

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Very good people. Care about what you're doing. Good pay and compensation.

    Cons

    Management has it's flaws. Expected to spend a large amount of time outside of regular working hours.


  9. P&C Test Engineer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Southern Company

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great mentoring program A lot of hands-on field exposure, working on 230KVA-500KVA substations.

    Cons

    I really don't have any cons. In my case, the utility industry just wasn't for me.

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  10. Great environment

    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Atlanta, GA
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Southern Company as an intern

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of work, challenging so helps with development,

    Cons

    Only limited to certain locations. Not ideal for people that like to get around or travel


  11. Good Company

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Geologist in Birmingham, AL
    Current Employee - Geologist in Birmingham, AL

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

    Pros

    Great Work Environment, Good Benefits, and Strong Leadership

    Cons

    Limited ability to move up



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