Southco

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Southco Reviews

Updated December 8, 2014
Updated December 8, 2014
26 Reviews
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26 Reviews
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  1.  

    hard working people who care about who they work with

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    Former Employee - Finance/Accounting Co-op in Concordville, PA
    Former Employee - Finance/Accounting Co-op in Concordville, PA

    I worked at Southco as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    very friendly group of people

    Cons

    have to drive to work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good private company with good benefits

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Southco full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good people, good benefits. Very stable company that is over 100 years old. Supportive of "work-life" balance. Also, all ideas are considered and supported. For the most part, senior leadship is down-to-earth and approachable.

    Cons

    Better pay can be found in other industries, but it is fair for a manufacturing company. Benefits, while good, have been cut over the past 10-15 years. Not sure where things are headed in this regard.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep an eye on pay. The company needs to stay ahead of the manufacturing industry to ensure avaiability of quality new employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Seems like a great place to work with a great company culture

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    Former Employee - Assembly Engineering Co-op in Concordville, PA
    Former Employee - Assembly Engineering Co-op in Concordville, PA

    I worked at Southco as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Very family like culture, seems that there are advancement or lateral opportunities. Allow interns and co-ops to do real engineering work a d gaim valuable experience. Interns are actually treated as members of the staff. Employees are treated well. I would definitely recommend the company

    Cons

    Need to know someone to get a foot in the door. They also need to hire more maintenance people to keep machines running efficiently

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more maintenance staff

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Family Feel; Good Work Life Balance

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    Current Employee - Corporate Manager in Concordville, PA
    Current Employee - Corporate Manager in Concordville, PA

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

    Pros

    Southco is a very employee focused company with a big heart. There is a great deal of flexibility when you are in an office role - manufacturing is a little different due to the nature of the work and schedules. But for office staff it is a very flexible job with work from home options and very little pressure to work long hours as long as you get your work done. Lots of employee focused activities - family days, kids days, fund raisers, team building, food, and other perks.

    Cons

    Small company doesn't always mean a lot of opportunities for promotion. Merit increases are small. Some issues with duplication of efforts - more focused communication and sharing across silos would help. Technical knowledge still seems to hold more weight than behaviors and that puts some people out of position in management roles.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The same people can't be on every single project. Invest in more development and stretch some people in new ways.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Jekyll and Hide Leadership. Focus on wrong metrics. Ineffective middle management. Hypocritical at the top.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Southco full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    It used to be a great place to work and there are still some really great people there. I'm afraid I hear more people saying how they need to start looking. Then there will be nothing left.

    Cons

    Where do I start? Being nickeled and dimed on spending in our department then hearing leadership is having regional sales meetings. (And from what I hear the sales meetings always have more booze and bed sharing then strategy and information sharing.). Or hearing that all the officers and bored members are going to Asia with their spouses on the company dime?

    We focus on this rediculous metric - passed due to request when customers are able to request tomorrow when we have a lead time of 6 weeks. Why???

    We've been on mandatory overtime for months. Maybe even a year now. I've lost track. And the offices get summer hours.

    And the leaders are one day nice and positive the next day scary and demeaning. I've seen more than one co-worker reduced to tears. I have a unique view in having multiple roles here. And I can tell you it's got so much potential but no one seems to care enough to return it to greatness.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a look back. You "fixed" what wasn't broke.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    It is a great place to work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Southco

    Pros

    Very smart people to work with

    Cons

    Middle management is a little intrusive

  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good Ole' Boy's Club

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    offer training and education assistance

    Cons

    "good ole' boys club" mentality still in effect, no chance for position other than entry level unless you are part of the "club" When moving up within the company pay scales are about 2/3rds less than if hired into the position from outside.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Maybe time for management to look at themselves instead of their employees for the "problems" within.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    stress

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    Former Employee - Customer Service in Concordville, PA
    Former Employee - Customer Service in Concordville, PA

    I worked at Southco full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    good shifts - if you finish the work

    Cons

    No work life balance. If you want to succeed you need to work upwards of 60 hours to stay on top of the work load

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Support your employees and work with their weaknesses and strengths

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    My experience with Southco

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    Former Employee - Machine Set-up/Operator in Honeoye Falls, NY
    Former Employee - Machine Set-up/Operator in Honeoye Falls, NY

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

    Pros

    Quality awareness, good people to work with, teamwork among employees, good training

    Cons

    Becoming cross-trained in many areas, and becoming more educated does not guarantee job security.

  11.  

    Great Place to Work. Good people.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Global connectivity and innovation. Room for growth and learning.

    Cons

    nothing at this time. nothing at this time.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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