Southern Company

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Southern Company Reviews

Updated January 19, 2015
Updated January 19, 2015
130 Reviews
3.7
130 Reviews
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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. 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
  2.  

    Nice Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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

    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
  3.  

    Great place to work!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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

    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
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  5.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 an 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
  6.  

    Great company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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
  7.  

    Great people to work for

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assistant in Birmingham, AL
    Former Employee - Assistant in Birmingham, AL

    I worked at Southern Company as a contractor (less than an 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
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company, could benefit from dislodging entrenchment.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  9.  

    Good Company

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

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

    Pros

    Stable, good compensation, great employees

    Cons

    Repetitive work projects sometimes

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    Definitely more good than bad

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Computer Systems Analyst in Birmingham, AL
    Former Employee - Computer Systems Analyst in Birmingham, AL

    I worked at Southern Company full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Seriously great people working at this company. Family atmosphere. Relaxed, low pressure working environment. Great benefits. You become very familiar with an industry that many people take for granted. Lots of different areas to work in and you are encouraged to try new things. Made some great friends working here.

    Cons

    I left about a year ago and it came down to just feeling stifled in my job. There was a hiring freeze and "cost containment" i.e no training budget. I wasn't really feeling challenged in my job and my skills were getting stale. Combine that with the fact that pay is just perfectly average. Promotions are very hard to come by, and you get caught up in the HR grinder that happens at many huge companies. You have no idea if you are doing what you need to do to advance or not. Looking back, leaving was the right decision.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This is by nature a conservative company. Many benefits don't really pay off until you have worked there forever. Unfortunately nowadays people don't work anywhere forever, especially in IT. Pay to keep top talent and make sure people are staying up to date with skills and training relevant to their jobs. There comes a point when the comfort of working here and the "stability" is only worth so much.

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

    Great Company

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

    I have been working at Southern Company full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Conservative - The company makes decisions that create long term stability.

    Cons

    Conservative - Because of the very conservative approach, there is not a lot of innovation.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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