Southern Company Reviews

Updated June 23, 2015
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Southern Company CEO Thomas A. Fanning
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Pros
  • Very good benefits and long term retirement (in 15 reviews)

  • SO has great benefits, and competitive compensation (in 11 reviews)

Cons
  • I think it is hard to move up in the company without being here for a while (in 3 reviews)

  • very conservative culture, slow moving technology (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Great Company if you are patient

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Field Engineer in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Field Engineer in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Southern Company full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Southern Company is really a great company to work for. They truly care about their employees and the "southern style" is second to none. There are opportunities to learn various skills and they do what they can to create a work life balance. I didn't experience any micromanagement & basically had to fire yourself. Although the pay isn't that high compared to the industry, the perks and benefits are great! The company also encourages community involvement. This was probably the best place I ever worked.

    Cons

    Although Southern Company is a warm and caring environment, some if it's philosophies and developmental practices can be antiqued. It is definitely the "good ole boys" network. If you want to advance you have to make sure the right people like you. I left because I was stuck in my last role and was not able to move into a position of my choosing due to upper management blocking me or wanting to control where I go.

    Advice to Management

    A change in attitude regarding advancement and career opportunities should be looked into. Someone shouldn't have to wait 20 years for someone to retire to move into a position nor should they have to move when you say move in order to advance.


  2. Account Executive

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pensacola, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pensacola, FL

    I worked at Southern Company full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good Systems and Practices. Well balanced structure with a comprehensive benefits package. Longstanding company with incredible people and impeccable ethics.

    Cons

    Sometimes the decision makers are more concerned about perception than reality. Upper management often takes skewed opinions and hearsay as fact, and in doing so fail to act responsibly in matters that can negatively affect people's careers and futures.

    Advice to Management

    Look for long term solutions that can salvage working relationships rather than punitive ramifications imposed with the belief that flexing corporate muscle will undoubtedly result in better employee performance. Learn to build alliances of trust with both the "yes" workers, as well as the "what's in it for me workers". Only then can you emend the one dimensional form of employee development that plagues even our nation's best corporations.


  3. Review

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Southern Company

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Very good people. Care about what you're doing. Good pay and compensation.

    Cons

    Management has it's flaws. Expected to spend a large amount of time outside of regular working hours.


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  5. P&C Test Engineer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Southern Company

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great mentoring program
    A lot of hands-on field exposure, working on 230KVA-500KVA substations.

    Cons

    I really don't have any cons. In my case, the utility industry just wasn't for me.

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  6. Good Company

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Geologist in Birmingham, AL
    Current Employee - Geologist in Birmingham, AL

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

    Pros

    Great Work Environment, Good Benefits, and Strong Leadership

    Cons

    Limited ability to move up


  7. Analyst

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    Former Employee - Analyst in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Analyst in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Southern Company full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits, kind people, good location, stable company with stock options. Once you get in, you are in for life and perhaps your children too.

    Cons

    Slightly racist. Even within the minorities will only hire their own in their department. Protect their own, risk adverse, lower salary range, sometimes shady practices in order to prevent certain numbers hitting the books. Some people have a job there and I cannot figure why. Their jobs are easily replaceable with automation but because the stability and risk aversion it causes these people to stay tying up the funding to hire actual forward, YOUNGER, thinkers.

    Advice to Management

    Hire people due to their skill and potential, not due to who they are related to or know because they are neighbors of your best friend. There are a lot of GOOD people that were rejected or walked away because the lack of appreciation. Southern Company is a GOOD company, dont let it fall.


  8. Helpful (3)

    Project Analyst

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    Current Employee - Project Controls Engineer in Birmingham, AL
    Current Employee - Project Controls Engineer in Birmingham, AL

    I have been working at Southern Company full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Southern Culture of people always smiling. And that's it !

    Smart patches of people.

    Cons

    Smiles when you around , gossip as soon as you are off.
    Back room policies and conversation
    Pettiness with feedback
    Management support is politically driven
    People are managed by negative perspectives and threats.

    Frowned upon to bring innovative ideas to the table. It's all about status quo. It's a good ol' boy culture. Hyper sensitive egos throughout the company. Especially managerial people! They think world owes it to them.

    If you are young and ambitious, you better look somewhere else. If you are in mid career flight and want only a paycheck, welcome and be ready to have thick skin to tolerate ego spins.

    It seems like company is chasing its own tail. Creating problems to resolving them...

    Advice to Management

    Recruit passionate people
    Retain 'good' people, optimistic people.
    Support positiveness
    And above all, smash your egoistical management style.


  9. Stable Place to Grow Career

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Southern Company full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Heavy emphasis on employee development

    Cons

    Company is big on cross training, so you may have to mobile to advance. Lower salary compared to industry, high bonus.


  10. Great Employer

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineering Offers Excellent Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineering Offers Excellent Opportunities

    I worked at Southern Company

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent company: solid management, great benefits, offers good opportunities for advancement if you have a strong work ethic. Emphasis on customer service and satisfaction strongly promoted.

    Cons

    I really cannot list any negatives


  11. Good experience with a Fortune 500 electric utility

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Southern Company

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits and retirement. Well respected within the communities they serve. Decent leadership.

    Cons

    Politics are always a concern with a company this large, and some managers are there riding out their retirement. But overall, that can be managed.

    Advice to Management

    Keep promoting employee growth through education.



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