Southern Company

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Southern Company Reviews

Updated September 19, 2014
Updated September 19, 2014
112 Reviews
3.4
112 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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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Working while being constantly under a microscope

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Well run company

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Plesent work environment, open and friendly

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Security Analyst  in  Birmingham, AL
    Current Employee - IT Security Analyst in Birmingham, AL

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

    Pros

    People 1st company
    Family is important

    Cons

    old school
    still rooted in the old boys club

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    fouces on young empoyees and onboarding

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

    A little conversative

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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 as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Very regulated big firm with highly completed system

    Cons

    not a place of challenge

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recruit more young people and offer more challenges

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    AFT Internship Program

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern
    Current Employee - Intern

    I have been working at Southern Company as an intern

    Pros

    Great program. Great people. Pretty advanced work and very flexible for interns.

    Cons

    They pay isn't quite as competitive as other top companies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try and recruit the best and the brightest from across the country. It will pay dividends down the road.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    I worked at Southern Company

    Pros

    Benefits, Pay, People, Experience, Management

    Cons

    Industry, Environment, Boring, Cube, Inflexible

  8.  

    Great opportunities to advance

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Administrative Assistant  in  Birmingham, AL
    Former Employee - Senior Administrative Assistant in Birmingham, AL

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

    Pros

    Great beneifts, training, my bosses were the best!!

    Cons

    Benefits were changed to support alternative life styles

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    Conflicted between the strong positive employee values and the lack of objectivity in employee promotions.

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

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

    Pros

    The company values and pays its employees towards the upper end of each scale. The company also participates in an industry that is extremely relevant.

    Cons

    Southern Company has a poor history of promoting worthy minorities. In addition, Southern Company has a long history of promoting friends and family.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Generally, current management is on the right track, but hard decisions need to be made about the leaders of tomorrow.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Different strokes for different folks

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Southern Company

    Pros

    Good Benefits
    Too be honest that was the only pro for me
    Most people are friendly

    Cons

    Too old fashioned
    Low salary compared to other companies

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring the culture into the 21st century!! Your having a hard time attracting and keeping young talent because the company is far too conservative...

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

    2012 Finance Internship

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    Former Employee - Finance Intern
    Former Employee - Finance Intern

    I worked at Southern Company as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Southern Company is a great organization with a friendly culture and outstanding people.

    Cons

    The work environment just wasn't what I was looking for. The projects I worked on were not as challenging as I would have liked, and in general my role was not as fast paced and exciting as I would have liked.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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