Southern Company

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Southern Company Reviews in Atlanta, GA

Updated November 20, 2014
Updated November 20, 2014
124 Reviews
3.7
124 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  

    This place will give you a real career.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Southern Company full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Southern Company is arguably the best at what they do in the world! You will have experience working at a industry leader. There is room to grow, people move departments and jobs all the time. You get to acquire new skills, you will never hit a career ceiling unless you choose to. You get some of the best low cost benefits.

    Cons

    Don't listen to negative people in the office. Many people have worked here their whole career and don't know what it's like elsewhere. Don't take this job for granted, other people would love to work here and take your place.
    I imagine many departments are different, try to surround yourself with people you like and can work with every day.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize your employees strengths and embrace those skills.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great! A lot of good people

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    Great! Southern has great leaders and benefits

    Cons

    I do no know of any

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
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  5.  

    Unbelievable

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

    I have been working at Southern Company full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Salary, career development, benefits, culture, etc etc etc

    Cons

    I honestly have not found any

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you are doing

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Class system and who you know

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    Easy going environment, free parking. If you stay here, you will likely be able to retire here with a pension.

    Cons

    The easy going environment is quite political behind the scenes. The company operates in a very southern style (no pun intended) where business decisions and support are based upon who you know. There are many, many camps and factions here. If not in the right one, you're toast! Northern and mid-western folks with different life experiences and broader perspectives from other parts of the country may struggle here. Contractors are treated as disposable assets. There is no sense of urgency to get anything done and if you are "on the inside" as an employee, this may be the job for you if you are accustomed to working within the realm of indecision.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value everyone, including contractors

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 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
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    IT Analyst

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Analyst in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - IT Analyst in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    Stability, you can be in one cube for the next 30 years.

    Cons

    Culture, the concept of southernnstyle says it all. This company exemplifies the good old boys style of business. I've never seen an environment where cronyism is so rampant and then told if you don't get on board you don't have a future here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make the hard decision and address the culture, you can't rely on the weather forever.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    As everything in life you take the good with the bad. In my case mostly great!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    Excellent transfer of knowledge, good benefits such as pension, health insurance, flexible work schedule.

    Cons

    Pay compared to other industries it's low. The jobs are usually filled by you know more than what you know, in other words networking is key in this company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to make more emphasis on paying top dollar to keep too talent

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not what I expected

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

    I worked at Southern Company full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The pension plan - if you remain long enough

    Cons

    no opportunities to advance and transfers out of area are discouraged

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at departments with high turnover - not all is retirement.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good company and good benefits.

    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 10 years)

    Pros

    Have had lots of opportunities for different jobs
    Opportunity for training and development
    Good benefits and good pay

    Cons

    Culture is very conservative, hard to effect change

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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