Southern Company

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Southern Company Reviews

Updated October 20, 2014
Updated October 20, 2014
120 Reviews
3.5
120 Reviews
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Southern Company CEO Thomas A. Fanning
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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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great company to work for.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    I have been working at Southern Company

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits, excellent bonus program

    Cons

    Difficult to advance without relocation.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

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

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    • 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
  3.  

    Unbelievable

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    • 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
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  5.  

    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 as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    The People here are extremely great people and really nice. The Cafe is easy to navigate and has decent food. The Gym is easy to get to so you dont have to go drive anywhere.

    Cons

    I think it is hard to move up in the company without being here for a while. Other than this I enjoy it here.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great People to work with.

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

    I have been working at Southern Company full-time

    Pros

    - Professional
    - Good Team Work
    - Decent Pay
    - Hard Working Employees / Good Co-Workers
    - First Line Supervisors care for their employees' professional development ( unfortunately, due to Southern's culture, it is difficult for supervisors to make a major impact).

    Cons

    - Lack of work/life balance- it is NOT uncommon to work 50 hours per week - it is expected to be on call if needed ( weekends/ nights)
    - Sometimes process and procedures are convoluted and contradict each other.
    - High turn over rate of technical employees due to "busy/ non-technical work" assignments.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Listen to your employees.
    - Clarify roles and responsibilities of departments and have clear realistic expectations.
    - Consider hiring more admin. assistants so engineers can truly focus 90% -100% on technical work.
    - You do an excellent job on hiring talented and smart people; however, not a good job on making sure technical employees are assigned technical tasks. Employees are you greatest assets, recognize that and invest in their professional development.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Class system and who you know

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    • 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
  8.  

    Only looks good from the outside looking in.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Birmingham, AL
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Birmingham, AL

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

    Pros

    - Very laid back atmosphere
    - Flexible schedule
    - Decent Pay
    - Decent Benefits

    Cons

    - Advancing is very political and politics pays more than knowledge.

    - Contract labor is viewed as very expendable and of little worth to most management. No benefits, no training, and no inclusion in most company functions. There is an us and them mentality from most of the company towards contractors.

    - Aging work force is of no concern to management

    - Unless you have a four year degree or a masters, advancement is very limited.

    - Very much still a "good ol boy" network where it's more about who you know then what.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - A large majority of your work force is nearing the end of their career and yet you do nothing about it, this is going to come back to haunt you in the coming years.

    - Get to know your managers. Alot of them are near retirement age and are costing out the door, making them VERY poor managers, and it is becoming a very sore subject for those working under them.

    - More than 1/3 of SCS is operated by contract labor. Some who have been on board for several years and yet you continue to shun them. A lot are getting fed up with it and should the job market open up this could create a lot of turnover.

    - The hiring process is WAY to convoluted. Jobs are being awarded based on networking instead of who is right for the job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    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
  10.  

    Great people to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  11.  

    Good start to career

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

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

    Pros

    Job security. Interesting aspects to working in a nuclear plant. Provides a sense of pride since work contribution directly relates to meeting public need. Flexible work hours. 9/80

    Cons

    Pay is significantly low with higher work load.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They are fully aware of the high turnover of engineering employees yet continue to do nothing or attempt ineffective strategies (significant effort for hiring of Philippines) rather than actually addressing "Why are people leaving?"

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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