Southern Company

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Southern Company Reviews

Updated January 20, 2015
Updated January 20, 2015
130 Reviews
3.7
130 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 11 reviews)


Cons
  • I think it is hard to move up in the company without being here for a while (in 3 reviews)

  • Slow moving bureaucratic organization (in 4 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    A little conversative

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

    I have been working at Southern Company as an intern (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
  2.  

    AFT Internship Program

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  3.  

    I worked at Southern Company

    Pros

    Benefits, Pay, People, Experience, Management

    Cons

    Industry, Environment, Boring, Cube, Inflexible

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  5.  

    Great opportunities to advance

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 (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
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Different strokes for different folks

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  7.  

    2012 Finance Internship

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Finance Intern
    Former Employee - Finance Intern

    I worked at Southern Company as an intern (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
  8.  

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

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

    I worked at Southern Company full-time (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
  9.  

    Great Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 (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
  10.  

    Old-fashoined stable company.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 (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
  11.  

    Good company bad processes

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 (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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