Southern Company Reviews

Updated June 23, 2015
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  1. Great place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Birmingham, AL
    Current Employee - Manager in Birmingham, AL

    I have been working at Southern Company full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Strong leadership, opportunities for advancement, good benefits

    Cons

    Company is made up of multiple affiliate companies. It can take a long time for management to make decisions that require the buy in from all companies


  2. Helpful (2)

    This place will give you a real career.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Atlanta, GA

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

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

    Pros

    Southern Company is arguably the best at what they do in the world! You will have experience working at a industry leader. There is room to grow, people move departments and jobs all the time. You get to acquire new skills, you will never hit a career ceiling unless you choose to. You get some of the best low cost benefits.

    Cons

    Don't listen to negative people in the office. Many people have worked here their whole career and don't know what it's like elsewhere. Don't take this job for granted, other people would love to work here and take your place.
    I imagine many departments are different, try to surround yourself with people you like and can work with every day.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize your employees strengths and embrace those skills.


  3. Great! A lot of good people

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Atlanta, GA

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

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

    Pros

    Great! Southern has great leaders and benefits

    Cons

    I do no know of any

    Advice to Management

    None


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  5. Great company to work for.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    I have been working at Southern Company

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

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits, excellent bonus program

    Cons

    Difficult to advance without relocation.


  6. southern company

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Southern Company

    Pros

    Typical utility engineering job. Very stable.

    Cons

    Pay is not based on performance. This causes many engineers to go into management purely for the money.

    Advice to Management

    Value engineers


  7. Unbelievable

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Atlanta, GA

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

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

    Pros

    Salary, career development, benefits, culture, etc etc etc

    Cons

    I honestly have not found any

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing


  8. I work in the strategic finance group for Southern Company and have had a terrific learning experience.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst, Staff in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst, Staff in Atlanta, GA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Active learning environment with lots of support; I've never been hesitant to approach someone within my group or even outside for help on an issue large or small. This is part of the value system that is firmly implemented at SO and is very apparent in relation to other jobs I've held. Great exposure to management and even the executive level (in this specific position). Great benefits.

    Cons

    Southern is a very slow moving company so sometimes its difficult to actively pursue change or advancement in your career.


  9. Great People to work with.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer
    Current Employee - Engineer

    I have been working at Southern Company full-time

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Professional
    - Good Team Work
    - Decent Pay
    - Hard Working Employees / Good Co-Workers
    - First Line Supervisors care for their employees' professional development ( unfortunately, due to Southern's culture, it is difficult for supervisors to make a major impact).

    Cons

    - Lack of work/life balance- it is NOT uncommon to work 50 hours per week - it is expected to be on call if needed ( weekends/ nights)
    - Sometimes process and procedures are convoluted and contradict each other.
    - High turn over rate of technical employees due to "busy/ non-technical work" assignments.

    Advice to Management

    - Listen to your employees.
    - Clarify roles and responsibilities of departments and have clear realistic expectations.
    - Consider hiring more admin. assistants so engineers can truly focus 90% -100% on technical work.
    - You do an excellent job on hiring talented and smart people; however, not a good job on making sure technical employees are assigned technical tasks. Employees are you greatest assets, recognize that and invest in their professional development.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Only looks good from the outside looking in.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Birmingham, AL
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Birmingham, AL

    I have been working at Southern Company (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    - Very laid back atmosphere
    - Flexible schedule
    - Decent Pay
    - Decent Benefits

    Cons

    - Advancing is very political and politics pays more than knowledge.

    - Contract labor is viewed as very expendable and of little worth to most management. No benefits, no training, and no inclusion in most company functions. There is an us and them mentality from most of the company towards contractors.

    - Aging work force is of no concern to management

    - Unless you have a four year degree or a masters, advancement is very limited.

    - Very much still a "good ol boy" network where it's more about who you know then what.

    Advice to Management

    - A large majority of your work force is nearing the end of their career and yet you do nothing about it, this is going to come back to haunt you in the coming years.

    - Get to know your managers. Alot of them are near retirement age and are costing out the door, making them VERY poor managers, and it is becoming a very sore subject for those working under them.

    - More than 1/3 of SCS is operated by contract labor. Some who have been on board for several years and yet you continue to shun them. A lot are getting fed up with it and should the job market open up this could create a lot of turnover.

    - The hiring process is WAY to convoluted. Jobs are being awarded based on networking instead of who is right for the job.


  11. Great company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Southern Company

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice people. Good work environment

    Cons

    Cannot think of any at this time



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