Southern Company

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Southern Company Reviews

Updated December 11, 2014
Updated December 11, 2014
124 Reviews
3.7
124 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.  

    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 (more than an 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
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 (more than an 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
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Keep your options open

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - E1bce861@opayq.com
    Current Employee - E1bce861@opayq.com

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

    Pros

    pay, flexible hours, benefits, access to multiple organizations and groups tied to the community

    Cons

    inadequate management, questionable ethics, office retaliation....could go on for a quite a while with cons. Yes, there are benefits but the cons and lack of leadership outweighs the benefits

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest time and effort into acquiring members of management with actual ability to run a department properly. People that are knowledgeable, fair, accountable and interested in the development of their staff, instead those they CHOOSE. Individuals who will discourage and address office gossip, unprofessional behavior, office retaliation and a host of other concerns that can plague a department. It would be great to encounter some members of management that want to know their employees and listens to the concerns of those whose efforts keep them in management positions. Staff with character, integrity and an interest in acting ethically in all instances.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    You're just a number

    Former Employee - Senior Reactor Operator in Dothan, AL
    Former Employee - Senior Reactor Operator in Dothan, AL

    I worked at Southern Company full-time

    Pros

    You have a job... for now.

    Cons

    Just another corporation focused on the bottom line.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You will look around one day and have no one left but the inexperienced running your facilities.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    IT organization

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

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

    Pros

    All you have to do is show up to get a check.

    Cons

    Politics, negative older workforce that is there simply to fatten up their paycheck. Over the past 2 years there has been a serious mismanagement of projects but senior management is more worried about appearance than actually fixing the problem.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's time for a change in direction. Southern style is a joke and is there only in words.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company, stable, good hours, good bonus

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

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

    Pros

    SO has great benefits, and competitive compensation

    Cons

    very conservative culture, slow moving technology

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Summer Intern

    • 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 (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great people who are outgoing and goal oriented. A good overall atmosphere in the workplace. Pay is better than average.

    Cons

    Could concentrate less on company stipulations and focus more on employes

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Operations Specialist

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Operations Specialist in Cartersville, GA
    Current Employee - Senior Operations Specialist in Cartersville, GA

    I have been working at Southern Company full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Advanced technical knowledge with long hours, but a flexible work schedule. This is a plant position with little room for growth.

    Cons

    The pay for this job is 75-90K per year with little room for improvement. The job requires exceptional technical skills but does not compensate for the skills compared to other positions.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Fair Company with little room for growth

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

    I have been working at Southern Company

    Pros

    Good Benefits, great people, great infrastructure. Solid company with different entities to move laterally. Many lifers waiting to retire or die

    Cons

    Their way or the highway. Not interested in any other opinions than their own. They say that they promote diversity but what they really support is affirmative action

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your people and don't be so arrogant that you believe your own rhetoric.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Project Controls Engineer

    Current Employee - Project Controls Engineer in Birmingham, AL
    Current Employee - Project Controls Engineer in Birmingham, AL

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

    Pros

    Great Environment and people to work with

    Cons

    Small foot print Globally and not too much opportunity outside the country

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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