Southern Company

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Current Employee - Engineer III
Current Employee - Engineer III

I have been working at Southern Company

Pros

Good benefits and pay, family oriented, have the opportunity to climb the ladder by being promoted as see fit, attain knowledge, southern style, trust, the company was willing to provide a relocation package for those who did not reside in or near the place of work - either get reimbursed for relocation expenses or take a month's pay as a sign-on bonus, help people find a place to live and would even help the spouse find some type of work if possible in and around the area, provide programs for employees who may have issues/problems that they may need help with

Cons

learning a lot of procedures, going through training classes where you have to obtain at least 80%, the training program needs some work because some classes do not pertain to the whole engineering population that are at the plant, employees are only given a 30 minute lunch so employees really are not able to leave the plant to get something to eat since the nearest place to eat is 10-15 miles away, the human resource department needs some work - some employees who were being interviewed did not get the same treatment as others and need a better system to let new employees know where they can find the answer to certain questions that they may have

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Try to look into a better training program

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good place for those with connections

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    Current Employee - Contract Analyst
    Current Employee - Contract Analyst

    I have been working at Southern Company

    Pros

    If you lack advanced or undergraduate education, it's a place with good pay where you can retire quietly and draw a nice pension. Layoffs and downsizing rarely occur. Great benefits and annual bonus. Also, very stable.

    Cons

    The company doesn't respect education at all and spends more time recruiting than actually training and trying to retain current employees. Diversity is non-existent and management is among the worst ever. Really, managers are determined by years of experience and not leadership skills. Performance management is weak and everything from promotions, to pay increases are based on a "like" factor. Nepotism is rampant and there is a general culture of retaliation. On top of all this, the employees in general are lazy. No one knows why anything is done nor wants to find out. Most people have been in their jobs for like 100 years with no opportunities for upward mobility in sight. The same folks move around in different jobs, but are rarely promoted and if you are a minority, forget about it. You'll remain at the lowest levels within the company and will be expected to do the most work. There is a double standard for people who are in the "family" and then, there's everyone else.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Actually walk the walk by proving that you value ALL employees, not just those who are related to someone. Work on trying to promote a fair and equitable workplace for all, if that's possible.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Good place to work especially in challenging economic times

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

    I have been working at Southern Company

    Pros

    long term carrer; stable, sound company, good people to work with

    Cons

    Not fast growing unless in Nuclear generation

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat senior employees fairly for retention purposes.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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