Southern Company

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Southern Company Reviews

Updated September 19, 2014
Updated September 19, 2014
112 Reviews
3.3
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.  

    Great Company

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer Co-Op  in  Birmingham, AL
    Current Employee - Engineer Co-Op in Birmingham, AL

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

    Pros

    They care about their employee and great safety program

    Cons

    Can be hectic sometimes when you have to meet project deadline

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote the employee based on their experience

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Old-fashoined stable company.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Consultant  in  Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Technical Consultant in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    Flexible work hours and nice staff. The environment is very friendly to new hires. Starting pay was decent.

    Cons

    Very aged company. Felt awkward as a younger adult coming in to the work force working with exclusively 50+ employees. There are politics within the office which is discouraging.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Good company bad processes

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT Security Analydt  in  Birmingham, AL
    Former Employee - IT Security Analydt in Birmingham, AL

    I worked at Southern Company full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Southern Company has an open developmental move program that allow to to try working in different departments within the company

    Cons

    Southern tends to have a Good Ole boy mentality. This subsequently puts people who are not good managers in management positions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean house with the employee level management.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great people & company but senior management lacks leadership qualities necessary to make for an enjoyable job

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Analyst Supply Chain  in  Columbia, AL
    Current Employee - Analyst Supply Chain in Columbia, AL

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, good job security, great people to work with

    Cons

    pitiful management i.e. only knowledgable on pushing employees past the limit, very overwhelming expectations, very unnecessary style of management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    not much hope so not really worth mentioning but to suggest a minima, create an enjoyable atmosphere for employees to work in by treating them like people. Be firm but mix in previous leadership style so company can get back to begin the best in the business.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    A job for life...

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Planning Analyst  in  Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Planning Analyst in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    Great pay, benefits and job security.

    Cons

    Not a cutting edge company and steeped in tradition. Can be frustrating when you know change will help but no one will accept it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the siloed operating companies. One company, one brand that all employees belong to. Too much APC vs GPC garbage that stops change for the better from happening.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Good Career Company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Director  in  Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - IT Director in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    Large enough to move around and learn various business areas.

    Cons

    Very conservative company. Decisions are slow. Raises and promotions are slow.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    IT customer service

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Southern Company

    Pros

    Good company if you not contractor.

    Cons

    contractors get no love from the company. Move up fast as you can.

  9.  

    Awesome Company to work for

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative

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

    Pros

    Insurance, Training, Opportunity for Advancement, Bonuses

    Cons

    No Cons its what you make it

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great Company

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

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

    Pros

    Relaxed environment with good benefits. Management really promotes self development.

    Cons

    Salaries average to below average. Its hard to move up unless you are willing to relocate.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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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