Southern Company Reviews

Updated August 23, 2014
Updated August 23, 2014
110 Reviews

3.3
110 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 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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Employee Reviews

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    How do you obtain a job

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    Current Employee - NONE  in  Birmingham, AL
    Current Employee - NONE in Birmingham, AL

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

    Pros

    Havent had the pleasure of experiencing the pros.

    Cons

    Those impressive rejection letters that i receive

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I have applied for over 50 jobs with southern company. All of which, i know i qualify for. I have even drove nearly 4 hours for job interview. Only to be rejected via email. I can say those are some impressive rejection letter. Apparently southern company has impressive response for all their jobs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not what I expected

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    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
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good company and good benefits.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Southern Company full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Have had lots of opportunities for different jobs
    Opportunity for training and development
    Good benefits and good pay

    Cons

    Culture is very conservative, hard to effect change

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great Opportunities and job security.

    Cons

    Promotions from within slow and management is sometimes in the fog.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Supply Chain

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    Current Employee - Analyst Supply Chain  in  Birmingham, AL
    Current Employee - Analyst Supply Chain in Birmingham, AL

    I have been working at Southern Company full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Salary
    Yearly company performance bonus is a big pro
    Benefits

    Cons

    Hard to excel in your Career
    Good old boy network

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Comfortable place but company is lagging behind

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    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
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Working while being constantly under a microscope

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    Former Employee - Drafter  in  Forest Park, GA
    Former Employee - Drafter in Forest Park, GA

    I worked at Southern Company as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Friendly environment and helpful staff. Nice incentives

    Cons

    A air of dislike for contract employees by some full time staff. No feedback from management. There is a culture problem within the company that is not properly address or enforce yet.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It seems management may have a vendetta towards contract employee. No personal response from management. History from this particular manager has happened to four previous employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Well run company

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

    I have been working at Southern Company full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Well run and managed company. Good opportunities as well as work/life balance

    Cons

    Old company with slightly regressive culture

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Perhaps tone down the "we need to save" message. The company will be fine and telling your employees we're getting rid of your perks because we have no money isn't the best way to retain talent.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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