Southern Company

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Southern Company Reviews

Updated February 10, 2015
Updated February 10, 2015
135 Reviews
3.7
135 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.  

    Good experience with a Fortune 500 electric utility

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Southern Company

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Keep promoting employee growth through education.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Very Good Job!!!

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    Current Employee - Csr1 in Windsor At Peachtree, GA
    Current Employee - Csr1 in Windsor At Peachtree, GA

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

    Pros

    Great Pay .. Childcare Friendly , great hours

    Cons

    Traffic Downtown area be prepared to live home early

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great company, if you like the South

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Southern Company full-time

    Pros

    Friendly people, *fantastic* benefits, very good work/life balance.

    Cons

    Located in very Red states in the South. For those of you that like that, this is a good home. But if you're a Blue state person with Blue state sensibilities, it's tough. Also, career advancement at Southern is highly, highly political.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    Great place, great people

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    The people are wonderful and you gain some rich experience at a leading energy company.

    Cons

    The culture is very hierarchical. It is sometimes hard to connect your work to the company's goals.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep listening to employees through engagement surveys.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Best Experiential Education Experience

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    Current Employee - Database Analyst Co-Op in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Database Analyst Co-Op in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    Excellent work environment, Excellent employee culture, Excellent benefits

    Cons

    For a co-op? None. Management will work with your school schedule to help plan your on and off semesters.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Nice Company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Southern Company

    Pros

    Good benefits and for the most part everyone is great to work with.

    Cons

    Lower Pay scale than many other utility company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great place to work!

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Southern Company

    Pros

    Good opportunities to grow if you are in the right group

    Cons

    Salary and diversity
    Too much favoritism in some groups

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great company with great people

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer

    I have been working at Southern Company

    Pros

    Southern Company is truly a great company with great people. They promote mostly from within and put a heavy emphasis on developing talent internally. Salary has historically been competitive and the performance bonus is typically very generous. Internal Southern Style culture is as good as any corporate culture I've experienced. Leaders are generally competent and have come up through the ranks.

    Cons

    Salaries have not kept pace with industry recently. Being a large company, it's not uncommon for a mistake in a part of the company completely unrelated to your function to have a large, negative impact on your bonus. Organization structure in most areas is relatively flat, which does provide exposure to senior managers, but also limits promotion opportunities. You often have to take multiple lateral job transitions before you can expect to move up. The aging workforce is in transition as senior experts are retiring in large numbers. There does not seem to be a sense of urgency to replace these very valuable assets, especially on the technical side. Staffing levels are low in many groups, giving heavy work loads and poor work/life balance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Prioritize technical development of support staff. Keep up the renewed operations focus, including developing our next generation of operations leaders, but give them some time to learn.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    There is no "Southern Style" to be found here

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Wilsonville, AL
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Wilsonville, AL

    I worked at Southern Company as a contractor

    Pros

    Plenty of overtime to be had, even if you don;t want it. Some of the people you work WITH are great family people who are there just to try to make a living.

    Cons

    If you work as a contract employee and not directly for Southern Company, you are nothing more than the "hired help." They have zero respect for the opinions of specialists hired to perform certain job functions, simply because they are not Southern Co. They are dismissive towards contract employees, women are made to feel as if the only job they are qualified for is secretarial duties, and their attitude is abusive and discriminatory. The only way anyone gets a promotion is if their lips are firmly planted to the coat tails of the "important." There have been occasions where Southern Co personnel have verbally abused and cursed contract employees in front of witnesses. The Southern Co employee received zero disciplinary action, was just relocated to another part of the facility. The contract employee was allowed to keep his job, but only because he filed a formal grievance. Once the "investigation" was complete, the contract employee was let go. Even though the contract employees do not work for Southern Co nor do they fall in Southern Co chain of command, Southern CO takes every opportunity they can to push around , harass via email and phone, and threaten to fire contract employees. Most of the contract employees are there to just try to make a living and support their families. Southern Co takes advantage of this and uses this as a leveraging tool. For a company that claims to have Christian values, they certainly appear to have never picked up a Bible.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of cronyism and start promoting people based on merit, and not because they stroke your ego. Employ better team building between your personnel and contract employees. Everyone there is working as a team to get the goal accomplished. Your people only want to find mistakes, get people fired, and drag the ship down. Make it easier for contract employees to file grievances on your personnel without fear for their job. Open your eyes and realize this is the 21st century. There are plenty of women out there with brains and experience who are certainly more capable than some of the men you have employed. Give them a chance and stop tucking them away behind a "secretaries' desk. Stop claiming to be about "Southern Style," when the mannerisms and attitudes are not there to back it up. Realize that people there have families and would like to see them. Forcing them to work weeks at a time with no break does not foster a healthy environment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    I have been with the company for almost 7 years. Overall experience has been good.

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    Current Employee - Marketing in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Marketing in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Southern Company

    Pros

    I enjoy the work life balance that the company promotes.

    Cons

    Advancing you career can be difficult if you lack networking skills.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give individuals a chance for opportunities if they are qualified and exhibit good work ethics and experience.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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