Southern Company

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Southern Company Reviews

Updated September 25, 2014
Updated September 25, 2014
113 Reviews
3.4
113 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 10 reviews)


Cons
  • still rooted in the old boys club (in 3 reviews)

  • Slow moving bureaucratic organization (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Terribly Led Company and Unhappy Workforce

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Birmingham, AL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Birmingham, AL

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

    Pros

    Very hard working work force at the non management level. The end product is great and a tribute to the work force. The company truly cares about being a good neighbor. Very good benefits and long term retirement.

    Cons

    This is the most politically driven company I have ever experienced with no accountability in its culture. Promotions are inequitable and typically given based on gender, race or if you are related to somone at a high level. Most managment are not qualified for their positions. They do not understand the power business and certainaly lack the leadership qualities to lead, coach and motivate others. They typically acheieved those positions based on their connections and do not seem to convery the same message and leadership seen at the highest exectuvie level. Accountability is only passed down and not seen at the management levels. The work force genrally does not trust management. These issues are reasons why this company is desperately suffering from failures at many of their current projects. Upper management is not forthright with its people or its Puble Service Commisions on project status and critical issues.

    In summary, this company does not walk its talk. It professes to live by a motto of Superior Performance, Total Committment and Unquestionable Trust. The reality is most of the population there hate it and if you are not the right race or gender, and if you do not do alot of butt kissing....you will not succeed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My advice to the board is to bring in an outside CEO that will totally change this culture to one that walks the talk and creates a culture that is accountable and promotions are based on achievments and demonstration of strong leadership qualities. They will need to serioulsy look at its middle management and purge it. Many of its problems in projects and operations is directly a reflection of this poor leadership.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Unethical company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Southern Company full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Job stability, telecommuting
    Company volunteers in the community

    Cons

    HR Management has vendetta toward specific employees. Organization participates in retaliation, age and racial discrimination.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need new senior management who cares about the employees and not just the bottom line.
    There are tremendous opportunities for improvement.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Probably pretty good place to work, if your not a contractor.

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    Current Employee - Design  in  Birmingham, AL
    Current Employee - Design in Birmingham, AL

    I have been working at Southern Company as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    - Flexible Schedule
    - Really no hard to reach dead lines
    - Laid back atmosphere

    Cons

    - If your a contractor your more or less a hired slave, they keep you around for only as long as they need you and cut you loose.
    - Direct employees kick back and allow you to do the majority of the work while they get all of the benefits.
    - You are not on the same level as direct employee and are looked at as not equal.
    - The will tell you how much they value you and how much your needed, but when you ask about coming on direct, there is always an excuse

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get off you butt and see who really is getting your work done. Odds are, it's not who you think. Contractors carry your company and many of them that have been on board for a number of years are getting very frustrated with the continued run around.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    can't wait to leave

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineer  in  Augusta, GA
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Augusta, GA

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

    Pros

    low stress and good worklife balance. generous vacation time.

    Cons

    driving distance, low pay, hard to advance, pay freezes, no challenges,

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not a pleasant experience...

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Salaried  in  Birmingham, AL
    Former Employee - Salaried in Birmingham, AL

    I worked at Southern Company

    Pros

    -Normal 8 hour position if you work in the office
    -Benefits are on par with industry
    -Bonuses are decent (when they are able to give them)

    Cons

    -"good ole boy" system
    -very exclusive club for advancement; you had to be hand picked and have a "sponsor" that was on the executive level in management in order to be considered for advancement
    -high quality of actual work performed not necessarily requirement for advancement

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Provide more management training courses to those who are "selected" for advancement
    -listen to your employee's concerns more... no matter their level

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    They are a very predjustice company. Racism is intolerable at any level.

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    Current Employee - Market Analyst  in  Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Market Analyst in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Southern Company

    Pros

    Free Marta pass and decent health insurance.

    Cons

    Must be of the ausasian persuation to get ahead in this company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire the CEO and upper management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    IT Analyst

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    Current Employee - IT Analyst  in  Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - IT Analyst in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Southern Company full-time for 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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not what I expected

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Southern Company full-time for 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
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    This used to be a good company...

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    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    I worked at Southern Company

    Pros

    Mostly great coworkers. Fairly nice facilities.

    Cons

    Huge disparity between direct employees and contract employees. False promises of promotions made by management to appease employees when they have no intention of following through. Company takes advantage of contract employees and gives little in return. Poor compensation and no feedback (positive or negative) from management. Some managers are completely disconnected from reality, apathetic, and borderline incompetent. Advancement is very slow, political, and inconsistent. Workforce is older, with most employees within 5-10 years of retirement. The company does not seem concerned with the aging workforce, nor do they seem concerned with hiring in younger employees. Very hard to give feedback to management when they do not value you or your opinion.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit the contract employee system altogether. Hire younger employees now to prepare for the future. Promote employees who have demonstrated leadership skills into management positions.

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

    Comfortable place but company is lagging behind

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Staff Analyst  in  Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Staff Analyst in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Southern Company full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Telecommuting, benefits, employees mental and physical health, and work/life balance. SoCo is a great place to be if you are looking for low stress, easy going environment. If you are a person who is a self starter there are immense opportunities to start something interesting to you. Great educational and developmental training opportunities for management and executive positions.

    Cons

    Opportunities to be an expert in your field is rare or valued. Much of the management and executives are internally developed with limited experience working in their organization they are managing. Mentoring is rare and promotions come from relationships versus proven skills. Though this is common for many larger organizations. Workforce is seasoned so until you have 10yrs w/ co, you are junior and shrugged off. Very limited accountability for decisions is pervasive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The energy sector and usage is moving and changing faster than ever before. Opportunities to harness innovation and develop new market strategies are hindered due to cultural "Southern Style" behaviors. Measure success more through demonstration and anticipation of the future than meeting the needs of today.

    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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