Southern Company

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Southern Company Reviews

Updated Jul 23, 2014
All Employees Current Employees Only

3.6 106 reviews

83% Approve of the CEO

Southern Company CEO Thomas A. Fanning

Thomas A. Fanning

(59 ratings)

76% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Very good benefits and long term retirement(in 15 reviews)

  • Great benefits, average salary made up some with bonus potential(in 9 reviews)


Cons
  • The work force genrally does not trust management(in 3 reviews)

  • Promoting minorities' over more qualified people was a common theme amongst the company(in 6 reviews)

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    Great opportunities to advance

    Senior Administrative Assistant (Former Employee) Birmingham, AL

    ProsGreat beneifts, training, my bosses were the best!!

    ConsBenefits were changed to support alternative life styles

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    2012 Finance Internship

    Finance Intern (Former Employee)

    ProsSouthern Company is a great organization with a friendly culture and outstanding people.

    ConsThe work environment just wasn't what I was looking for. The projects I worked on were not as challenging as I would have liked, and in general my role was not as fast paced and exciting as I would have liked.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Different strokes for different folks

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGood Benefits
    Too be honest that was the only pro for me
    Most people are friendly

    ConsToo old fashioned
    Low salary compared to other companies

    Advice to Senior ManagementBring the culture into the 21st century!! Your having a hard time attracting and keeping young talent because the company is far too conservative...

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Conflicted between the strong positive employee values and the lack of objectivity in employee promotions.

    Financial Analyst, Staff (Former Employee) Atlanta, GA

    ProsThe company values and pays its employees towards the upper end of each scale. The company also participates in an industry that is extremely relevant.

    ConsSouthern Company has a poor history of promoting worthy minorities. In addition, Southern Company has a long history of promoting friends and family.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGenerally, current management is on the right track, but hard decisions need to be made about the leaders of tomorrow.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great Company

    Engineer Co-Op (Current Employee) Birmingham, AL

    ProsThey care about their employee and great safety program

    ConsCan be hectic sometimes when you have to meet project deadline

    Advice to Senior ManagementPromote the employee based on their experience

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Old-fashoined stable company.

    Technical Consultant (Current Employee) Atlanta, GA

    ProsFlexible work hours and nice staff. The environment is very friendly to new hires. Starting pay was decent.

    ConsVery aged company. Felt awkward as a younger adult coming in to the work force working with exclusively 50+ employees. There are politics within the office which is discouraging.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good company bad processes

    IT Security Analydt (Former Employee) Birmingham, AL

    ProsSouthern Company has an open developmental move program that allow to to try working in different departments within the company

    ConsSouthern tends to have a Good Ole boy mentality. This subsequently puts people who are not good managers in management positions

    Advice to Senior ManagementClean house with the employee level management.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great people & company but senior management lacks leadership qualities necessary to make for an enjoyable job

    Analyst Supply Chain (Current Employee) Columbia, AL

    ProsGood benefits, good job security, great people to work with

    Conspitiful management i.e. only knowledgable on pushing employees past the limit, very overwhelming expectations, very unnecessary style of management

    Advice to Senior Managementnot much hope so not really worth mentioning but to suggest a minima, create an enjoyable atmosphere for employees to work in by treating them like people. Be firm but mix in previous leadership style so company can get back to begin the best in the business.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    A job for life...

    Planning Analyst (Current Employee) Atlanta, GA

    ProsGreat pay, benefits and job security.

    ConsNot a cutting edge company and steeped in tradition. Can be frustrating when you know change will help but no one will accept it.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet rid of the siloed operating companies. One company, one brand that all employees belong to. Too much APC vs GPC garbage that stops change for the better from happening.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good Career Company

    IT Director (Current Employee) Atlanta, GA

    ProsLarge enough to move around and learn various business areas.

    ConsVery conservative company. Decisions are slow. Raises and promotions are slow.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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